Because of our statewide responsibilities, DNR employees are well-traveled and have acquired fantastic opinions about many of Utah’s small town eateries. Here are our top 5 small town eateries throughout Utah worth trying, and what each town has to offer in terms of recreation:
1. Ray’s Tavern. Located in Green River, Utah, Ray’s Tavern has fantastic burgers, hand-dipped fries, local brews and apple pie. As a favorite of DNR employees, you can count on stellar service. Ray’s is a popular destination for hikers, campers and river rafters passing through. Green River is the perfect place to stay if you plan on visiting nearby Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks.
2. Taggart’s Grill. Located in Morgan, Utah, Taggart’s Grill is a family owned restaurant situated in a high desert canyon. Pick anything from burgers, sandwiches and decadent home-made desserts like cheesecake and brownies. Morgan is also home to East Canyon State Park and is an hour away from Park City.
3. Balance Rock Eatery and Pub. Balanced Rock Eatery and Pub, located on Main Street Helper, Utah, has undeniable character. This eatery was originally build in 1906 and was used as a furniture store, giving you that perfect small town feel paired with delicious food. They are especially famous for their breakfast dishes. During your visit to Helper, check out Price Canyon Recreation Area and Scofield State Park.
4. Burr Trail Grill. Don’t forget to stop by the locally owned Burr Trail Grill while in Boulder, Utah. This joint has unreal appetizers (an onion wrapped in bacon, for example) that you can’t get anywhere else. All beef, trout and lamb are locally sourced. Some of the tops sites in Boulder include Anasazi State Park Museum and the Boulder Mail Trail. Capitol Reef National Park is only about an hour drive north.
5. Little Wonder Cafe. “Homestyle food away from home.” Located in the heart of Main Street Richfield, Utah, Little Wonder Cafe is well… Wonderful. Enjoy some home cooking in charm. And maybe some country fried steak. Sitting right next to Fishlake National Forest, Richfield has a lot to offer when it comes to recreation. Visit Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, just about 20 minutes south, to discover artifacts left behind by Fremont Indians.