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After another long day hiking, we ended up at Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, UT for dinner.  It’s a cute little restaurant and we had high hopes for an amazing dinner.  Sadly, that didn’t happen.  We both ordered soup, Loren got the black bean and I got the corn chowder.

The thing they boast most about here are the fresh vegetables grown in their own garden.  I really enjoyed my corn chowder.  It was creamy and had a nice flavor to it.  Loren wasn’t quite as enthused about his.  He thought it tasted more like a chili.  The bread was very good and came with a basil butter.

The entrees took quite a while to come out of the kitchen.  We both ordered the specials of the night.  Loren got the prime rib and I got the filet.

Talk about appearances being deceiving.  As beautiful and appetizing as this plate looked, the prime rib was stone cold.   The vegetables were a mix of warm and cold and we’re still not sure if that was on purpose or not.  The carrots were so hard that we could barely cut them with a knife.

I ordered my filet medium, but it was closer to a medium rare.  The main issue I had with it though was the sauce that was on top of it.  It was horribly spicy.  Loren said it tasted like jalepeno, but I don’t what it was, I just had to cut off the top part and put it on Loren’s plate.  The mashed potatoes were supposed to be some sort of lemony potatoes, but I couldn’t taste even a hint of lemon in them.  Overall, it was just so disappointing and even more so when we got the $99 bill.

Hell’s Backbone Grill
N0 20 North Hwy 12
Boulder, UT

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  • Filed under: American, Utah
  • Cafe Adobe

    After a long day hiking through Zion & Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Cafe Adobe in Hatch, UT for dinner.  Loren started off with some chips & salsa.

    The salsa was a bit more spicy than he anticipated, but he said it was fresh and tasty.  He ordered some fajitas and I went for a chimichanga.

    Both entrees tasted fresh and homemade.  They had wonderful flavors and there was way more on the plate than either of us could eat, and yet, I couldn’t pass up the mini apple pies.

    These were addictive.  The crust on them was perfect and with the ice cream and caramel sauce, this was one yummy dessert.  I’d definitely order it again.  I believe the restaurant is only open seasonally, so check before you go.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

    Cafe Adobe
    16 North Main
    Hatch, UT

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  • Filed under: Dessert, Mexican, Utah
  • The Bed & Breakfast we’re staying at is in the middle of nowhere, so there aren’t many dining options.  It was getting late, so we stopped at the Thunderbird Restaurant for dinner.  It’s attached to a motel and has that diner type feel to it, though the prices were a bit higher than what I expected.

    Both of our entrees came with soup or salad bar and bread.

    We both went for the broccoli cream soup.  It was ok.   Loren ordered the country fried steak for his entree which came with mashed potatoes and veggies.

    It also fell in the just ok category.  The veggies were waterlogged and inedible, but the steak was fairly tender.  I ordered the fried chicken.

    The chicken had been fried way too long.  The crispy outer shell was too hard to even break through on some pieces, yet there were some pieces with a mushy, somewhat uncooked batter underneath the outer shell.   Not good eats.  But, even with the mediocre entrees we couldn’t pass up a piece of ho-made pie.

    The story on the back of the menu said that there wasn’t enough room on the neon sign for the word “homemade”, so the owner told the sign maker to just make it “ho-made”.  The buttered rum sauce really made this pie yummy.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

    Thunderbird Restaurant
    Junction US 89 and Hwy 9 Box 5536
    Mt Carmel, UT

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  • Filed under: American, Dessert, Utah
  • Cappelettis

    We left Las Vegas this morning on our way to the mountains in Utah.  We stopped in St George for lunch and ate at Cappelettis Italian Restaurant.  We started off with the spinach artichoke dip.

    This was very fresh and tasty.  The chips were warm and the dip just had a wonderful flavor and texture.  There was also a lot of it which made it difficult to finish our entrees.  Loren ordered the half sandwich and soup.

    He got the French onion soup and chicken salad sandwich.  I really liked the sandwich.   Besides the chicken, it had grapes, apples, dried cranberries, and lettuce.  The bread was thick and soft an overall just very tasty.  I ordered the fettucine alfredo.

    Although it had way too much cheese sprinkled on top, the rest of it was creamy and delicious.  No separating of the sauce here which was a wonderful thing.  There was way too much of it for me to finish though.  And yet, I still managed to save room for dessert.

    I don’t remember what this was called, just that it was amazingly chocolatety.  Thick and rich with some different textural layers in it.   Something I’d most definitely order again.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was $36.

    36 E Tabernacle
    Saint George, UT

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  • Filed under: Dessert, Italian, Utah