St. George, Utah
I'm moving to St. George, Utah, in less than a week. Any fun foodie finds near St. George? Good local restaurants? If all else fails, Las Vegas -- in all it's culinary splendor -- is only a two-hour drive away. However, I'm not going to be driving two hours each way every day just to get a good dinner.
My wife and I are local physicians who travel to Europe 4-5 a year just to eat. We are serious foodies. St George is wonderful for lots of things but food is not one of them. you willl need to cook. Tripadvisor.com lists most of the hidden local spots. My favorite is Orchids with chef Emi. he is from Europe and cooks well. But the price for food high and wine list is terrible. bring your own and pay the $10 corkage. Painted pony is well known and was listed for the first time in Wine spectator. Also high prices. Most patrons in Utah don 't drink alcohol (you will see them with big glasses of water showing everyone that they are not sinning) and the locally owned spots cant make a living. I personally won't eat at chain places. Its un-american. The townies love "Olive garden" the think they have hit the big time. Good luck. The best grocer is Harmons. The other spots listed on replies are good too.
I moved here recently from Monterey, and there isn't a lot to choose from. In SG itself, I'd recommend Osaka Bistro. It's been open about a year, and it quite good. If you head up to Springdale, which is about 45 minutes from central St George, there are some more options. I really liked Parallel 88 when we ate there a few months back, and the Bit & Spur is usually pretty good. Also Oscar's for casual burgers/tacos type fare.
Bit & Spur
1212 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767
Try The Painted Pony and Troy's BBQ.
The Painted Pony Restaurant @ 1 West Saint George Boulevard, St George, UT 435 - 634 - 1700.
Troy's BBQ @ 95 West 700 South, Saint George, UT 435 - 272 - 4444,
Painted Pony Restaurant
2 W Saint George Blvd, Saint George, UT 84770
I ate at a Thai restaurant once, I think it was Benja Thai on St. George Blvd, it was decent (and a surprise for St. George). Otherwise, my impression of St George (I used to travel there frequently for work) is that it is the land of chain restaurants, not much for the foodie. But perhaps there are some hidden gems that the business traveler would miss.