After a long day of adventures on the trails, on the river, or exploring the national parks, a satisfying meal is non-negotiable. Fortunately, Moab offers a plethora of great dining options that belie its small-town status. With offerings from breakfast to BBQ to food trucks to fancy fine dining (and just about everything in-between), these five Moab restaurants are all worth a visit.
36 South 100 West
While most Moab restaurants won’t give you a second glance if you come in covered in a fine layer of desert dust, you’ll definitely want to get cleaned up a bit before visiting this fine dining establishment. The menu puts a Southwestern spin on classic French cuisine, with nightly game specials and fresh seafood flown in from the coast. Desert Bistro also boasts an extensive wine and cocktail list, as well as fresh-baked bread and desserts, all made in-house. Reservations are recommended, especially during the busy season.
90 East Center St.
If sushi isn’t the first food that springs to mind when you think of desert fine dining, you’re probably not alone. But one meal at Sabaku (the Japanese word for “desert”), and you’ll quickly realize that great sushi doesn’t have to be served anywhere near an ocean. With fresh fish overnighted in several times per week, as well as house-made tamago and anago, Sabaku will delight even seasoned sushi connoisseurs. Those with food intolerances will be happy to know about the gluten-free tempura batter, and thrifty tourists will want to take advantage of happy-hour pricing between 5:00 and 6:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Love Muffin Café
139 North Main St.
If you’re looking for a quick stop for some pre-adventure fuel, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than coffee and a breakfast panini or burrito from the Love Muffin Café. With a seasonal, organic menu comprised largely of local ingredients, there are also plenty of lighter options like house-made granola and quinoa bowls. Though Love Muffin may be best known for its breakfast offerings, their lunch menu is just as delicious, featuring fresh sandwiches and salads made with house-made bread, sauces, and dressings. And while the line can often reach out the door, the friendly staff keeps it moving along at an impressive clip.
221 South Main St.
Packing a serious post-adventure appetite? Stop by Spitfire Smokehouse for the best BBQ in town. Specializing in North Carolina style but dabbling in other disciplines, this food-truck-style BBQ trailer is open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons starting at 2:00, and serves hungry patrons the finest in carnivorous cuisine until they sell out—which happens on a regular basis. Whether you prefer pulled pork, brisket, ribs, or sausage, Spitfire combines finger-lickin’ flavor with nap-inducing heartiness. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper BBQ joint without all the staple sides and fixins like house-made pickles, coleslaw, potato salad, and baked beans.
Moab Food Truck Park
39 West 100 North
OK, so technically this isn’t one restaurant so much as a collective of various mobile eateries, but the newly opened Moab Food Truck Park is not to be missed, especially if you’re part of a group that has a tough time settling on one place to please all palates. With a wide variety of mouth-watering food truck fare such as Red Wok Chinese Express, Tacos Gordo, Moab Waffle Company, Downtown Dawgs, Delicate Donuts, The Crusty Crab, and Big Don’s Pizza, there’s truly something for everybody. The shaded and misted seating area comes in handy during hot weather, and if you’re lucky, you might even be treated to some live music while enjoying your meal.
Suffice it to say that Moab has no shortage of eating options; these are just a few of our favorites. For more information on places to eat, places to stay, or things to do, visit discovermoab.com.