36 S. 100 W, Moab
Fancy dinners out are not the real draw of Moab but if you’re looking for an upscale meal on your family trip, this is our pick. A cozy bistro with a laid back patio outside and Southwestern decor inside, this restaurant is housed in Moab’s original dance hall, which was built in 1892. The menu rotates seasonally and the entree offerings can include everything from free-range chicken breast stuffed with black beans and sun-dried tomatoes to handmade Agnolotti pasta filled with parmesan, asiago, and truffled mushrooms to grilled pork tenderloin to veg-friendly creations.
Milt’s Stop & Eat
356 Millcreek Dr., Moab
Moab’s oldest restaurant is a walk-up counter with a blessedly simple burgers-and-fries type of menu. While the lunch and dinner options are great, Milt’s is really famous for its milkshakes, which you’ll inevitably find yourself dreaming about as you’re out exploring the hot, dry desert trails.
686 S. Main St., Moab
The craft brewery scene in Utah and Colorado is surprisingly strong, and it’s at its best at neighborhood hangouts like Moab Brewery. Climbers, bikers, runners, and others from the athletic set head here after a long day out in the desert to swap stories and sip on the brewery’s famous Dead Horse Ale. Bonus: The restaurant is huge and very casual, so kids are very welcome.
57 S. Main St., Moab
Since 1991, Eddie McStiff’s has been a mainstay in Moab for good tavern food. As to be expected, this a spot for burgers, chicken tenders, nachos, cobb salads, and pulled pork wraps. Less expected: Eddie McStiff’s carries a gluten-free menu (and a kid’s menu.) Head here for lunch or dinner, and go next door to Wake and Bake Cafe for the awesome breakfast tacos.