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Mutton Stew KFC--huh?

I'm going to be in Shiprock next week and Petrified Forest as well. Looking for spots on CH, I came across 3 mentions of mutton stew at a KFC in Shiprock. At the risk of sounding really dumb, are we talking Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC? I'm confused.

Any other recs for Shiprock or around the Petrfied Forest or, while I'm at it, Flagstaff are super welcome.

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  1. Franchised KFC's can adjust their menus for regional specialties. The ones in Hawaii, for instance, don't carry mac & cheese, but they do have white rice with gravy for a side.

    1. Mutton is a common staple in many Native American cultures, along with goat and yak. Since Shiprock is a big center for our friends on the Navajo lands, it would make sense for KFC to have such an item.

      As for Flagstaff, I highly recommend Mike and Rhonda's The Place on East Route 66 (don't go to the other one - not as good) for huge breakfasts for little pocket money.

      I liked Stromboli's on South Milton for decent Italian. Dala Thai and Beaver Street Brewery always get good mentions on this board, but I haven't been to either.

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      1. re: Seth Chadwick

        Seth, I believe it is called Dara Thai. The food is pretty good - not great and not bad - a funky quintessential Flagstaff place that won't put you in the poorhouse. We have better Thai restaurants in the Valley but the NAU student servers are so damned earnest that it makes Dara Thai a winning place to eat.

        1. re: Sherri

          Correct. It is Dara.

          I need much more caffeine. :o)

          1. re: Sherri

            Yes, Dara Thai! This is probably one of the few places I'd eat in town. Having visited friends for a few years up in Flag while they were in college, DT was a favorite. No idea what it's like now though, that was a few years ago.

          2. re: Seth Chadwick

            Yak is a common staple in Native American cultures? Would you please expand a bit?

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              My mistake, Sam. I meant buffalo. I wrote a paper in college in zoology comparing buffalo to yak and I still mix the two up. My apologies.

          3. I was driving through Flagstaff, trying to make Monument Valley before sundown (what a awesome place the Valley). As I was headed north out of Flagstaff, I stopped at a Mexican place, which was a little more than a toco stand. I had the best green pork burrito ever. Every thing else look really good. The folks eating there seemed to know its a find. The name is Los Alitos and its next to Arby's.


            1. KFC has been THE place to eat in Shiprock for years.

              1. Along the "way," La Posada in Winslow is a "do not miss." I also like Mr Maestas in Holbrook, just N. of the RR tracks (about 1.5 blocks), east side of 77, off of the Interstate. I usually hit it, when I'm driving up to I-40 on the "back road." La Posada is more of a SW-influenced take on finer dining, while Mr Maestas is a mom-n-pop AZ-Mexican spot. Both are good, in their own way. Depending on where you are coming from, Mr Maestas is just N. of 180, which will take you to the south entrance to PFNP.

                As far as Shiprock is concerned, I've only driven thru on my way to Navajo Dam, NM or the back road to Santa Fe. Think I bought gasoline there once.


                1. Shiprock has a flea market on week-ends and you can get some great food there.Grilled mutton and a grilled anaheim chile with ash bread and Anaszi beans, washed down with strong black coffee.Just look for the Weber grills,usually there are several places with them.

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                  1. re: twodogs

                    The flea market sounds great. What are ash bread and Anaszi beans?

                    Thanks to everyone for your help. Keep it coming; I've got one more day before I go.

                    1. re: jasmurph

                      Ash bread is very similar to fry bread except it is cooked on the Weber over coals,not fried in oil.Anasazi beans are like a pinto bean but a little bit sweeter.They usually give you the mutton,the green chile and the beans all wrapped up in the ash bread,sometimes the beans are seperate in a bowl.It's the original Navajo taco.

                      1. re: twodogs

                        Wow, that sounds great! I would never have thought of stopping by a flea market for some good food, but you have changed my mind. Next trip up to Navajo Dam, NM, I know where I'll be going.


                  2. We were in Flag last weekend, tried Beaver St Brewery and really enjoyed it. Lots of tempting choices on the menu, great looking salads, lots of wood oven pizzas and my dessert martini was delish! We will be going back, even though the waitress was a little on the cold side.