Dinosaurland and Eastern Utah Restaurants

Because the towns in eastern Utah are small, dining options are generally more casual and less innovative than in urban areas. The area has only two brewpubs: the refreshingly trendy Vernal Brewing Company, which opened just off Vernal’s Main Street in 2013, and Grogg’s Pinnacle Brewing Co., between Helper and Price; happily, both turn out good food and beer. Price has a mix of ethnic restaurants (with surprisingly low prices) that represents its immigrant railroad and mining history. Vernal, a farming and ranching town, has good steak houses and tasty diner eats. The best dining in this part of the state can be found in upscale lodges—Falcon's Ledge Lodge, between Duchesne and Roosevelt, and Red Canyon Lodge and Flaming Gorge Resort, both near Flaming Gorge—which pride themselves on having gourmet menus. Bear in mind that most locally owned restaurants are closed on Sunday, so plan ahead or you'll likely be stuck eating in motel restaurants or fast-food joints.

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  • 1. Sherald's

    $ | Fast Food

    If you hanker for the nostalgia, and the prices, of an old-fashioned hamburger stand, you're in luck. Order at the window and eat outside at...Read More

  • 2. Vernal Brewing Company

    $$ | Modern American

    One of the rare breweries in this corner of the state, this gastropub also stands out for its creative, modern takes on burgers, pizza, and...Read More

  • 3. Betty's Café

    $ | American

    This friendly, no-frills greasy spoon brings in locals and tourists alike for meals that will leave you full all day. While lunch is tasty here...Read More

  • 4. Dinosaur Brew Haus

    $ | American

    This friendly joint serves higher quality food than your average sports pub, including hand-cut fries (try them Cajun-style), house-smoked meats...Read More

  • 5. Farlaino's Café

    $ | American

    Found in a historic building along Main Street, this casual restaurant attracts locals with large portions of American diner fare for breakfast...Read More

  • 6. Greek Streak

    $ | Greek

    In what used to be a Greek coffeehouse in the early 1900s, this low-key café is a reminder of Price's strong Greek heritage. The menu includes...Read More

  • 7. Plaza Mexicana

    $$ | Mexican

    Festive, colorful interiors and authentic Mexican specialties make Plaza Mexicana a sure bet if you need a break from Vernal's ubiquitous diner...Read More

  • 8. Club XS

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    The atmosphere is odd at this combo nightclub and family steak house, but the steaks are the best in town, as locals will attest. Seafood, sandwiches...Read More

  • 9. El Salto Mexican Cafe

    $ | Mexican

    Traditional Mexican specialties such as Navajo tacos, spicy or mellow chiles rellenos, smothered burritos, and horchata (a drink made of milk...Read More

  • 10. Nicki Spaghetti

    $ | Italian

    In a welcome departure from the region's typical bar and grill fare, this restaurant serves traditional Italian dishes at very reasonable prices...Read More

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