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St George UT: dinner & breakfast

Staying for one night in St George on the way from San Diego to Fruita Colorado.

We are a group of 8 including one vegetarian; all are enthusiastic eaters. The Painted Pony looks very nice - maybe too nice for us slobs. Any alternate recommendations? Is Pancho & Lefty's worth a try? How about Italian or just any casual restaurant with a good menu?

The Bearpaw looks perfect for breakfast. If you have a better idea, please share.

Thank you!

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  1. I actually prefer Fairway Grill to Bearpaw for breakfast, but then I'm an omelette guy. Worth a shot, especially if Bearpaw is crowded.

    Some will want to flame me, but if you've never been, Chuck-A-Rama is worth at least one visit for anyone who likes boofays.

    And there's now an In And Out in Washington, but obviously you can get those at home.

    1. The one time I went to the BearPaw the service was terrible. Pick anywhere else.

      1. I vote for the Painted Pony - especially because there should be something for everyone. You will be in St George in the middle of July, the standards just ain't that high :) The coffee at the Bearpaw was awful!

        1. have you considered staying in Mesquite instead? The rooms at the Casa Blanca are fine and roomy, the pool area is great, and the food in the three restaurants is really quite good. I'm sure they're running a special on the room rate.

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          1. re: rooney

            Good call. Mesquite is way more fun in just about every way. No... make that every way. lol

            1. re: GroovinGourmet

              That is funny. Our group booked rooms at the Crystal Inn - not worth trying to reverse the flow. Thank you for the responses - I am looking forward to our overnighter in SG, in spite of what you say ;).

              sdn

              ps: are there no worthwhile Mexican joints in your fair city?

              1. re: sdnativa

                Not my fair city. I live in SLC. But I've traveled through SG enough to know the slim pickings. If I'm wanting something Mex in SG, I'm heading to Irmita's (assuming they are still there). Funky little taco shack that is not half bad.

                1. re: GroovinGourmet

                  Irmita's is gone from their shack on Bluff Street. I'm not sure if they've moved or not, as I'm not local either.

                2. re: sdnativa

                  Ugh. Crystal Inn in SG. Overpriced. But, you can always hop into the Tony Roma's attached to it for a drink (with an appy, of course - Utah Law - no drink without food). I've never really heard about any restaurants worth mentioning in SG other than The Painted Pony. There is a Neilson's Frozen Custard there,somewhere. There is also a new branch of Q4U BBQ. The one in SLC is decent.

            2. The Painted Pony is overrated and overpriced. An excellent choice for breakfast would be the Egg and I at Sunset Boulevard and Bluff Street. Excellent food and good service plus an outdoor patio if it isn't too hot.

              Good Mexican choices would be Ernesto's on St. George Boulevard and Don Pedro on Valley View Drive.

              Pass on the Bearpaw. Lousy service which someone said in another post. Fairway Grill has good food and service.

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              1. re: spideri

                While the PP may be somewhat overpriced, there's not much to choose from in SG. I believe their food to be of good quality, and when good food is hard to find the good food does not deserve to be called overrated. Just one person's opinion. By the way, what did you have there?

              2. I thouight I should report back that we had two excellent dinners at Scaldoni's on Sunset in St .George. It was recommended by our hotel. Scaldoni's is italian with emphasis on fish. We liked it so much, we stopped for a meal on our way back to San Diego.

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                1. re: sdnativa

                  Thanks for the tip! I will remember to check out Scaldoni's next time thru. I know I've seen it in my drives around town.

                2. Breakfast? O my, the Seven Wives Inn has the best breakfast in town, however, it's only open to guests...you many want to stay there. Honest. A new Vietnamese place opened up..I can never spell it....starts with an A and is over by DI. It's a little hole in the wall, the the owners are awesome and the pho- so good! Try Q4U...a BBQ spot down on Sunset toward Santa Clara. It's SOO delicious. A friend of mine's family owns a new restaurant called HAven Cuisine just off the freeway. My hubby and I went to check it out, and I was so impressed. Just google Haven Cuisine, St. George. It's updone American classics. We really loved the mashed potatoes (the gravy!), meatloaf( who knew meatloaf could be so delicious), and the fresh donuts. The donuts. Wow. Must. Go. Now. :) All cheaper than the Painted Pony. I have also heard good things about Xetava.