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Extending Your Zion National Park Itinerary

Zion National Park is a magnificent red rock playground; but that’s no anomaly in Southern Utah. Greater Zion is home to world-class state parks, reservoirs, and vistas. Although it’s impossible to experience every facet of southern Utah’s glory in just one weekend, this itinerary will take you through the highlights, including Zion National Park and beyond.

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Day 1: Arrive in St. George

Kick off the long weekend,  St. George and surrounding towns make a perfect basecamp for Greater Zion adventures. Visitors can either fly into St. George’s regional airport (serviced by Delta and America), make the 4.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City, or fly into Las Vegas and make the two-hour drive to St. George.

You’ll find familiar hotels in downtown St. George and Washington. Spanning beyond the bigger cities, you’ll find charming, local B&Bs, vacation rentals, and glamping accommodations. Campsites are also available in Zion National Park or the state parks.

Wilderness is a large part of Greater Zion, but this is no food desert. Chuck your bags and head out for some great eats that are uniquely Greater Zion.

Evening Activity

If you plan ahead, grab tickets to a Broadway-style show in the middle of Padre Canyon. It’s Tuacahn Amphitheatre, an outdoor facility that produces high-quality Disney and well-known musicals throughout the summer. Watch the stars on stage as well as above.

Bonus Activity

Anytime you have a minute, insert a stop at a historic site. You’ll find pioneer history around every turn.

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Day 2: Exploring Zion National Park

The secret to a great day at Zion National Park? Arrive early. The park entrance can be a one-hour drive from St. George. Start your day at the Visitor Center to check for weather, wildlife, and trail alerts and take this time to ensure you’re prepared for the adventures ahead.

Once you fill up your hydration pack and put on your sunblock, it’s time to hit the trails. Hiking in Zion is one of the park’s main attractions and trails range from family-friendly loops to grueling 12-mile treks. Permits are required on some of the more strenuous hikes, like Angels Landing, so check requirements ahead of time. There are also drivable viewpoints like Lava Point Overlook, where you can take in the scenery without the hike.

Where to Eat

Pack your lunch in (and out!) or stop for a bite in the nearby town of Springdale. For dinner, satiate your post-hike hunger in St. George or Springdale or stop by Balcony One in Virgin on your way back to home base.

Bonus Activity

Stay up late for some stargazing in Zion National Park. As an accredited Dark Sky Park, it is one of the best places to stargaze in the country.

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Day 3: A Day on the Water

After yesterday’s activities in Zion National Park, even experienced hikers are sure to wake up sore. Get your body moving with an early morning yoga session and feel better during today’s activities (and trust us, you’ll want to!) Consider a paddleboard yoga session on the water, or visit one of the many studios in downtown St. George.

It’s no surprise that Southern Utah gets hot during the summer months. In-the-know visitors find places near St. George to cool off in the water. Sand Hollow and Quail Creek state parks are two of these glimmering oases:

Sand Hollow State Park

Sand Hollow State Park lies only 25 minutes from the center of St. George, near Hurricane, where crystal clear waters lap against the pebbly red shore. Although popular, you’ll see much smaller crowds here than at Zion National Park. Sunbathe on the red sand, cliff jump into and swim in the clear blue waters, or rent a boat and jet skis for the day. Extend the fun by tearing up the sand dunes on a guided UTV tour.

Quail Creek State Park

Or, relax and cool down at Quail Creek State Park, a smaller and lesser-known state park only 20 minutes from St. George. Primarily a fishing destination, this scenic reservoir also encourages swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and boating with onsite rentals.

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Day 4: Departure

Start the last day of the trip the right way: by fueling up at one of Greater Zion’s best breakfast restaurants. Afterward, here are two options to make the most of your last day in St. George.

Take a Morning Hike

Sneak in one more hike before you head out. The nearby Snow Canyon State Park, Zion’s “little brother,” has trails that wind through soaring cliffs, petrified sandstone dunes, and petroglyph sites. Another favorite is the Veyo Volcano – technically, a cinder cone – which does not have an established trail but is open to hikers nonetheless.

Treat Yourself to a Slow Morning

If you prefer to spend your remaining hours of vacation relaxing and exploring the culture and arts, St. George delivers. There are 16 art galleries and museums in the area, and if you’re lucky, you may catch one of the town’s annual art festivals. Or, you might opt for a morning ride on rental bikes before grabbing sweets at Veyo pies – a local favorite.

There are plenty of places across Greater Zion to whet your whistle with some lovely adult beverages. Due to the nature of it, most of the cocktails are served up alongside some mighty tasty food too. Check out these places to imbibe and feast – responsibly, of course.

Hive 435 Tap House

Located in downtown St. George, the Hive boasts the largest selection of tap beers in Southern Utah, but also hand-crafted cocktails. All of them pair well with their live music offerings and gourmet pizzas or sandwiches.

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Station 2 Bar by Zion Brewery

This renovated fire hall is the perfect spot to enjoy the Utah-crafted beers of Zion Brewery. Try a flight to taste multiple beers or a sip a pint while relaxing in their outdoor spaces, lounging on the second floor or while shooting pool on the third floor. (See their sister location at Zion Canyon Village in Springdale.)

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The Office Lounge

Claiming to be one of the best-kept secrets in St. George, dip into this hotel bar and restaurant for craft cocktails, wines, and beers. Play pool, grab a burger, relax in a great atmosphere, and tell everyone  “I’ll be at ‘The Office.’” See if that flies when you’re on vacation in Greater Zion.

George’s Corner

Offering a peek into the past, George’s Corner offers a full gamut of cocktails, beers and wines, but still mixes drinks behind “the Mormon Curtain.” A full menu compliments this long-standing, multi-level establishment that’s open for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


The go-to place for a craft cocktail. Their mixologists work overtime, playing with the perfect ingredients and methods to make you some fabulous concoctions that rival those of the kitchen. And there’s no question, the cocktails and nosh are a match you can’t miss.

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Guru’s Sports Bar & Grill

Sports. Bar. Truly. TVs plaster the walls of this sports-loving establishment. Stop in for a game or simply to rehash your golf game or epic adventure. Standard pours, potions, and pints come from the bartender, along side upscale bar noshes like wings, mozzarella sticks, burgers, ribs and more.

Painted Pony Restaurant

Romantic or casual – or the perfect mix of both – this downtown St. George destination serves up some delightful sips. Enjoy them at the bar, in the dining room or on their tree-top patio – a kid-like, but very adult experience, especially with a cocktail in hand.

The Bit and Spur

Favorites like the Prickly Pear Margarita are showcased on this saloon and restaurant’s menu in the middle of Springdale, just outside of Zion. Toast to a fabulous day of exploration with some Southwest food and selection of margaritas, beers, wine or even mocktails.

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King’s Landing Bistro

From a Watermelon Mojito to an Espresso Martini, the variety of crafted, seasonal drinks at this Springdale restaurant rivals nowhere else. Backyard to Zion National Park, this fine-dining and sipping experience can’t get any better, offering all your senses something to remember.


Balcony One

High quality liquors and fruits decorate the cocktails coming from this bar and restaurant in Virgin, featuring American-Mediterranean Cuisine. At the bar or on their patio, or the restaurant, try a Moscow Mule, Jalapeno Margarita or a seasonal special like the Gin Empress Summer Blossom.


Café Sabor

This Mexican-food favorite finds their chips and salsa pairing well with anything that comes from behind the bar. Multitudes of flavors of margaritas, including peach, accompany other standard concoctions, draft and bottled beers, and wines. Watch for the drink specials too.

Xetava Gardens Café

Set among an art village, there’s artistic flare evident in the house-made sangria, the prickly pear spritzer, drunken iceberg and other cocktails of this American café. These lovely beverages (and nonalcoholic mixtures and espresso drinks too) are served breakfast, lunch or dinner in the comfort of their cozy space or under a canopied patio.

Anasazi Steakhouse

While your steak, chicken or buffalo is cooking on a lava rock or your fondue is simmering on your tabletop, indulge in a specialty cocktail at this unique dining destination in St. George. Toast to a special occasion or simply celebrate another wonderful day in Greater Zion.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Greater Zion

Treat yourself! After a day of adventures – no matter at what level or impact – order dessert. You’ve earned it. Our local foodie, @stg_eats has pinpointed the best dessert in Greater Zion. (We all want her job, right?) Whether you go strictly for dessert or take in the entire dining experience at these establishments below, we know you’ll be left licking your lips and wanting more.

Bread Pudding at Pig’s Ear American Bistro

The Pig’s Ear serves quite a few delicious desserts, but the Bread Pudding reigns supreme. The Crème Anglaise, brandy caramel sauce and custard is the perfect combination and the perfect consistency.

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Fondue at Anasazi Steakhouse

Anasazi serves a full assortment of fruits and desserts to dip into their warm chocolate fondue, which is melted right at your table. There are several types of chocolate to choose from too. I highly recommend the Toblerone. 

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Chocolate Cake at Xetava Gardens Café

Nothing quite compares to the decadence of an amazing chocolate cake. Xetava has hit a home run with their triple chocolate cake that comes with homemade whipped cream, fresh strawberries and a chocolate drizzle that’s just right.

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Toffee Cake at Aragosta Restaurant

An amazing blend of salty caramel and sweet chocolate make this an incredible dessert. It melts in your mouth and will make you want to go back to Aragosta just for dessert.

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Pie at Croshaw’s Gourmet Pies

This family-owned business serves up some of the best pie in Southern Utah. My personal favorite is the Lemon Cream Cheese. Little known fact: not only are their fruit pies incredible, but their chicken pot pie is one of the best kept secrets!

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Cheesecake at Cheesecake Culture

Whether you want a big dessert or something smaller, Cheesecake Culture has something for you. And each of their desserts is fantastic! As different as this may sound, I highly recommend trying the coconut cheesecake!

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Berries-n-Cream Cup from Berries-n-Cream

This healthier treat is made with the fresh fruit of your choice and topped with a delicious, sweet cream, which comes in three flavors (original, chocolate, and salted caramel). They also have a dairy-free version.

Asphalt Pie at WINGERS Restaurant

Imagine all your favorite desserts in one and that’s an Asphalt Pie. Oreo cookies, mint chip ice cream, chocolate, caramel, whipped cream …  it’s like a little slice of heaven!

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Pastries at Farmstead

Choosing a favorite pastry from Farmstead would be as difficult as choosing a favorite child … it just can’t be done! Try anything, or try everything! You really can’t go wrong! The donuts are great, the flaky croissants are wonderful, and the Kouign Amann is a must-have!

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Churro Sundae at Green Iguana Mexican Restaurant

How do you make a yummy ice cream sundae even better? Stick a pair of churros in it, of course! Also topped with chocolate, caramel, whipped cream and a cherry, this is a dessert you won’t forget! 

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Cream Cheese Apple Crisp at Stage Coach Grille

Also known as the Kolob Bar, this delicious dessert takes the classic apple crisp to the next level. It starts with a coconut granola crust and is then topped with cream cheese, apple pie filling, and a strudel. Are you drooling yet?

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Visit Greater Zion’s Dining page to find more on restaurants and food across the area!

@stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram is Greater Zion’s go-to for restaurant happenings, news, and reviews. To be in-the-know and for recommendations on eating your way through Greater Zion, check out, and give a follow to @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram.

Moove over, salad. The carnivores are looking for steak. And our local foodie, @stg_eats won’t steer you wrong when it comes to finding a good ole American piece of meat. Check out these locales for their prime offerings, but know the rest of their menus won’t disappoint either.

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Cappeletti’s serves one of the most popular steak dishes in Southern Utah. Their flat iron steak with cheese sauce on a bed of veggies is absolutely fantastic.

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Whether you go with the filet, ribeye or another cut, all their meat is sourced locally from Kanab. But the best part is ordering “on the rock” and cooking the meat yourself on a lava rock!

There are several great cuts here to choose from, but their house specialty is a Buffalo Ribeye. It’s a nice departure from the traditional and a must try!

The grilled tenderloin is everything you’d expect and more. And for those with a lighter appetite it comes in petite portions as well.

Aragosta Restaurant

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The Aragosta filet mignon is a fantastic cut on its own, but this steak is topped with sliced lobster meat that makes it next level.

Wood Ash Rye

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The bone-in beef ribeye is an absolute beast. It is a must-have, as there is definitely nothing else like it in Greater Zion. 

Charming is the word that comes to mind when thinking about this rustic steakhouse in Pine Valley. The prime rib is amazing and so are the affordable prices.

Always be sure to ask about the chef’s cut special of the day. Pro tip- you can make any steak a surf and turf by adding shrimp and it is highly recommended.

The Tomahawk Ribeye is a veritable feast for two. You can also make any steak Oscar-style and top it with an amazing jumbo lump crab cake! Two locations – La Verkin and Springdale.

The prime bone-in ribeye is delicious. For something a little different, you should also give the prime beef steak tacos a try!

Rylu’s Bistro

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The filet is wonderful and the menu changes seasonally, so it’s worth going back. All the veggies and sides are also fresh, seasonal and locally sourced.

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse

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The hibachi filet mignon is extra special as you can watch an entertaining chef prepare and cook it right at your table!

Visit Greater Zion’s Dining page to find more on restaurants and food across the area!

@stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram is Greater Zion’s go-to for restaurant happenings, news, and reviews. To be in-the-know and for recommendations on eating your way through Greater Zion, check out, and give a follow to @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram.

When there are so many adventures in Greater Zion, how is one expected to find time to eat?

As our local foodie expert, St. George Eats points out, there are plenty of quick, yet quality bites, to be found throughout the region. With the majority featuring fast service (order at the counter), you’re able to dine in or take it to go. Regardless, you’ll be enjoying all kinds of yumminess! And you’ll be fueled for your next adventure!

Blue Katz
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Many people know this spot for their coffee, but there is so much more to their menu. They have some of the best sandwiches in town. We also love the spring rolls!

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Need a little taste of Hawaii in the desert? Then this is your spot! Serving up fresh, authentic, Hawaiian poke bowls, you’ll forget you’re in Southern Utah.

Mad Pita
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Often touted as having the best fries in town by locals, they also have fantastic pita sandwiches. We love the soft pita bread that they stuff full of a variety of ingredients. You definitely won’t leave hungry.

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Looking for a delicious burger? Add Morty’s to your must-try list! Need something a bit lighter? They’ve got quinoa salads too. We also love their milkshakes and their scone fries!

Tom’s has been in St. George for a long time and if you stop by, you can see why. They are great at allowing you to customize your sandwich any way you like it. We also enjoy getting a side of their house-made potato salad.

Jalapenos Authentic Mexican Food

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If delicious, authentic Mexican food is what you’re after, look no further than Jalapenos. They’ve even got a drive-thru to make it even quicker. Don’t be fooled by their gas station location, as these guys have got some Mexican food worth stopping for. 

This food truck is in a permanent location located in Hurricane. We love how unique the truck is. They serve specialties from all over the country with big portions at an affordable price, and it’s all so tasty. Their homemade pie is also worth trying!

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This Peruvian café serves up rotisserie chicken along with many fantastic side choices. The chicken stuffed avocado is always our favorite. What makes it extra delicious are their sauces- they’re unique and you won’t find anything like it anywhere else.

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Love Indian food, but don’t have the time for a sit-down restaurant? Turmeric is a quick-service Indian food restaurant that brings you those delicious flavors right away. We love how you can customize your food any way you like it and just a tip: don’t forget the naan! 

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Want something healthier, but quick at the same time? Healthy and fantastic is the name of the game at Mixed Greens. Choose from a variety of salads or bowls, or if you want something sweeter, check out their acai bowl.

Lamy’s Mexican Food

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Another one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in town, this hidden gem (with a drive-thru) is to die for. Serving up your favorites – burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas, bowls, etc.  – in huge portions with scrumptious flavors! Don’t be surprised if you go home with leftovers.

Café Soleil

Need to grab something quick before you head into Zion National Park? Fuel up with some grub from Café Soleil in Springdale, featuring sandwiches, salads, pizza and more. You’ll love the food and the views too!

Visit Greater Zion’s Dining page to find more on restaurants and food across the area!

A Tasty Way to Stay Warm

Nights in the desert climate of Greater Zion leave you wanting for a good mug of steamy hot chocolate. Our local foodie, @stg_eats, Greater Zion’s go-to for restaurant happenings, news, and reviews, has done the laborious work of vetting these sweet chocolate concoctors and offers this list of favorites.

Grab a cup of warm and head out to see the Christmas lights, stroll through the Red Hills Desert Garden or Town Square.

But don’t let the holidays be the end. Hot chocolate flows here well into Spring and beyond.

After you finish giving each place on this list a try, make sure to stay in-the-know and recieve recommendations on eating your way through Greater Zion by checking out and following @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram.

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If you’re looking for a quick stop for hot chocolate, Swig is a great spot! We especially liked “the Nutcracker” which has hazelnut and vanilla in it!

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Another great, quick stop for some hot cocoa. We especially liked the one with raspberry and vanilla (don’t forget the whipped cream)!

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They serve up a delicious Nutella hot chocolate. They also get bonus points for having the prettiest hot chocolate I tried.  

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They might actually take the cake for my overall favorite hot chocolate. Creamy, delicious, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles! It’s dreamy!

They surprised me with how good their hot cocoa was since they are known more for their burgers and fries, but their hot chocolate had a caramel flavor to it that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

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If you’ve heard about their famous chocolate milk, I learned that their hot cocoa is their chocolate milk heated up. I loved how creamy it was! They also have a kid’s temp and a regular temp, which I think is so smart! 

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It’s called “Cocoa Supreme” for good reason! It’s fantastic. But then again, I wasn’t surprised because everything they serve is top-notch! Plus they use homemade whipped cream to top it off!

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Many people don’t realize that Berries-n-Cream also serves an amazing hot chocolate named Cocoa-n-Cream. They add their signature cream (original, salted caramel, or chocolate) to a warm cup of hot cocoa, and it makes it even creamier and more delicious. 

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Gas station hot chocolate? Hear me out, if you’re looking for hot chocolate that’s easy on the wallet and tasty too, then Maverik is a great choice! I was also intrigued by the pumpkin spice hot cocoa and will have to go back and try it sometime. 

@stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram is Greater Zion’s go-to for restaurant happenings, news, and reviews. To be in-the-know and for recommendations on eating your way through Greater Zion, check out, and give a follow to @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram.

Have A Wordly-Dining Experience in Greater Zion

No matter where you’re coming from, Greater Zion offers a taste of the world. Cuisines from across the globe dot the area, and our favorite foodie, @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram, offers her recommendations for stops that make your taste buds jump for joy. @stg_eats is Greater Zion’s go-to for restaurant happenings, news, and reviews, an if you’d like to be in-the-know and get recommendations on eating your way through Greater Zion, check out, and give a follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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This stand-out Mexican restaurant is loved by locals and visitors alike. Particularly known for their street tacos with a crisped shell, we also love the variety of fresh salsas and toppings to add to your tacos. 

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If you’re looking for Korean food in Greater Zion, then Flavor of Seoul is a must-stop. Featuring authentic Korean food, our favorites are the Ramyeon Soup and the Jap-chae, which is made with sweet potato noodles. 

Papas got jerk

This Jamaican restaurant is one of only two in the whole state of Utah. Here you will find authentic family recipes made by the owner herself. If you enjoy some spice, try the Jerk Chicken or Pork. For something milder, the Chicken Curry is also fantastic. 

With two locations in the St. George area, it is known to serve the best Thai food around. The curry and the mango rice are delicious. If you’re feeling like sushi instead, their menu of rolls and dinner entrees will satisfy too.

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One of our favorite spots because of the fun atmosphere! We love watching the talented Hibachi chefs cook our food in front of us. It’s dinner and a show all in one!  Although not prepared live, sushi and other chef’s specials abound.

Some of the best authentic Italian food you will find in Greater Zion is at Chef Alfredo’s. Located downtown in the charming Green Gate Village, you will love the food and the quaint setting too … for a special occasion or any ordinary day. 

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Kabuto is a newer restaurant on the food scene, but we are so glad they’re here! They’ve got a huge selection of sushi rolls; a few that we have tried and loved are the Linda Roll and the Japanese Lasagna. 

This hidden gem, located in downtown Hurricane, serves up some delicious, authentic Peruvian and Venezuelan cuisine, even for breakfast. Make sure you try the yummy empanadas!

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Often voted as one of the best restaurants in all of Southern Utah, their Indian food is absolutely fantastic! The chicken tikka masala makes me want to lick the plate clean. Make sure to order some naan, so you can sop up every last bit of sauce! 

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Tia’s is a great spot for all ages. We personally love their pupusa. We also love that they serve breakfast all day and that their cuisine pulls influences from Mexico, El Salvador, Germany and Bulgaria. Check them out on Sundays for their El Salvadorian specialties.

It can be hard to find Chinese food in Southern Utah, but our go-to has always been Panda Garden. I personally love the cashew chicken and my kids can’t get enough of their lo mein noodles. Their menu is sure to have all of your Chinese favorites!

Visit Greater Zion’s Dining page to find more on restaurants and food across the area!

Restaurants the Whole Family Will Love

A trip to Greater Zion often means family time. Our local foodie, @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram is Greater Zion’s go-to for restaurant happenings, news, and reviews and provides us with this list of top dining destinations for families. These places are especially selected to accommodate the kiddos, parents, and grandparents, but are good for a group of friends too. Their accommodations are great, but so is the food. Enjoy the noshes and the family connections! Also, if you’d like to be in-the-know and receive recommendations on eating your way through Greater Zion, check out, and give a follow to @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram.

Pizza Factory

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Not only do they serve customizable pizza, but pasta, salad and warm, twisted breadsticks (our favorite) and dipping sauces! Also a fun spot for birthdays because they’ll make a pizza in the shape of your age!

Cafe Sabor

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Some of the best chips and salsa in town coupled with a fun kids menu and great options for adults as well. Don’t forget to stop by on Mondays when kids eat free.


This hibachi grill restaurant is sure to entertain the whole family. Watch their talented chefs cook your dinner right in front of you. I’m not sure which is better – watching it being made or eating it! 

Cross Country Diner

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This unique food truck has a permanent parking spot in Hurricane. Their menu features specialties from across the country. Enjoy your food at the tables there or walk across the street to the park. Also, don’t leave without their homemade pie! 

Viva Chicken

This quick service Peruvian restaurant is a favorite in Southern Utah. We love their healthy, tasty menu! They make it easy to feed your whole group with their family meal packages. 

Mad Pita Express

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Their claim to fame is their amazing seasoned fries, which are sure to delight everyone in your party.  We also love their Greek pita sandwiches made with their soft, homemade pitas. 

Durango’s Mexican Grill

I love Durango’s, not only for the food, but also for the location. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy your meal outside in the courtyard. This quick-service Tex-Mex restaurant is a local favorite and serves salads, burritos, tacos, and quesadillas for the kids.  

Street Eats

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This fast, casual restaurant has a really fun vibe for the whole family. Street Eats has taken street food and put their own spin on it with some amazing ingredients and flavors. It’s an open kitchen, so you can even watch your meal being prepared. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu, but the Cruncher is one of our favorites. They also use high-quality meat for their juicy burgers. They feature a kids menu with their main dishes simplified. 


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This fast, casual restaurant has a really fun vibe for the whole family. Street Eats has taken street food and put their own spin on it with some amazing ingredients and flavors. It’s an open kitchen, so you can even watch your meal being prepared. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu, but the Cruncher is one of our favorites. They also use high-quality meat for their juicy burgers. They feature a kids menu with their main dishes simplified. 

Morty’s Cafe

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Morty’s serves up some delicious burgers, fries, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast all day. They also have a kids’ menu, so it’s easy to find something for all ages. We are big fans of their specialty milkshakes and their scone fries! Try them with the raspberry cheesecake dipping sauce. Yum!

Zion Pizza & Noodle Co.

If you’re looking for a family spot in Springdale, this is a good choice because who doesn’t like pizza? They’ve got many pizzas from which to choose, including my kids’ favorite, “Boring Cheese Pizza,” as it says on the menu. 


Chuck a Rama
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This classic Utah buffet is a great choice for the whole family. The kids will love all-you-can-eat mac and cheese, pizza and ice cream, while they’ve got a great salad buffet and hand-carved meats for the adults. All ages are sure to love the Utah scones and the yummy desserts too!

Visit Greater Zion’s Dining page to discover more family friendly dining options.

@stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram is Greater Zion’s go-to for restaurant happenings, news, and reviews. To be in-the-know and for recommendations on eating your way through Greater Zion, check out, and give a follow to @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram.

The Best Spots for Your Caffeine Fix

You’re likely to have a favorite coffee spot at home, but when you’re traveling to Greater Zion, you’re sure to find a fabulous (temporary) replacement. Here’s the list of top coffee stops to get you buzzing on caffeine – whether that’s in the morning or for a mid-day pick-me-up. Explore their non-caffeine options too for lemonades, smoothies and even breakfast or sweet treats.

Dutch Bros Coffee
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Dutch Bros. Coffee

New to the area, they’ve already made a caffeine splash with their friendly customer service and vast menu. Find every kind of espresso concoction, lemonade, tea, and more. Insider tip: browse their menu online prior to hitting the drive-thru to know all your options.

River Rock Roasting Co
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River Rock Roasting Company

Their coffee loves you. And you’ll love their self-roasted coffee, along with the views. Pair your java with a baked good, quiche or breakfast sandwich. And your later-day second dose of caffeine or smoothie pairs well with pizza or salad. A perfect stop on the way to Zion.

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Perks! Coffee, Espresso & Smoothies

Several Perks! dot Greater Zion and each offers the same craveable espresso drinks and coffee. Their specialty drinks include favorites like Chunky Monkey and Pure Bliss. The store locations have breakfast and lunch covered with scrambles, pastries, sandwiches, wraps and salads.

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Beans & Brews

Known across Utah and based in Salt Lake, there’s just one Beans & Brews in Greater Zion, but they’re worth seeking out. Try a Mr. B’s (iced or piping hot) or a big ole Revolver packed with white cocoa and six shots of espresso. That’ll keep you revved all day!

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FeelLove Coffee

They say there’s magic in every cup, and they’re not wrong. So many choices of mochas, lattes, infused water and lemonades, and even mélanges – and further options for milks or nut milks. An extensive food menu provides vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Eat in their darling shops or take it to go. 

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Deep Creek Coffee Company

Located in Springdale, Deep Creek coffee pairs well with any adventure. Founded by a husband and wife pair with a passion for coffee and adventure, they offer coffee, tea, and espresso staples, but also local specials including a lavender mocha or spiced maple latte, and wellness concoctions. Nitro cold brew, kombucha and ice tea on tap too.

Bear Paw Café

The go-to place for waffles, French toast, eggs benedict and more favorites for over 25 years, Bear Paw’s breakfast has to include a drip coffee, espresso drink, hot chocolate (with sprinkles!), smoothie or other creative beverage. 

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The Crepêry

Yes, it’s a crepe shop – with a huge variety of both savory and sweet ones, plus salads – but the coffee and espresso selections are stars as well.  With or without a French pancake, their coffee can be hot, iced or blended and they do have milk substitutes.

Blues Katz Rock n’ Roll Grill

Not a traditional coffee shop, but they were the first coffee roaster in Southern Utah and still formulate some of the best lattes formulating some of the best today. Try a dirty chai latte or a raspberry mocha. Real fruit smoothies too. All available through the drive-thru or in-house.

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Caffe Elevato

This fun and funky establishment will satisfy your appetite for all things caffeine, cuisine and community. Pair any and all of your favorite coffee, tea or energy drinks with their wide (and healthy) selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. If you can, enjoy your drink while playing a board game from their extensive collection or attending one of their many evening events featuring chess, poetry, karaoke, trivia, open mic night and more.

The Coffee Club

Located south of St. George, on the way to and from the airport, The Coffee Club provides 360-degree views of the desert, stretching from Sand Mountain to the Arizona Strip. This family-owned-and-operated spot is neighbors with Sidecar Cafe, where you can grab a meal to accompany your delicious coffee. Soak in the vintage, eclectic atmosphere while you indulge in your favorite coffee or tea.

Visit Greater Zion’s Dining page to find more on restaurants and food across the area!

Find a One-of-a-Kind Meal in Greater Zion

If you’ve been to Greater Zion, you’ve likely eaten at these establishments, and you’ve maybe gone back for more, even on the same trip. Local foodie @stg_eats presents, Greater Zion’s go-to for restaurant happenings, news and reviews, created this go-to list of the top places you must try when you’re in Greater Zion! To stay in-the-know and for recommendations on eating your way through Greater Zion, check out, give a follow to @stg_eats on Facebook and Instagram.

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Oscar’s Cafe

The locals of Springdale will all tell you that Oscar’s is the place to go!  Eat your meal and enjoy views of Zion while you’re at it! Serving up fresh mex, sandwiches, burgers and more! 

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Cliffside Restaurant

Enjoy contemporary American cuisine with the best view of the city surrounded by the gorgeous red rocks. Providing indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant can’t be missed!

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Benja Thai and Sushi

Touted as the best Thai food in Southern Utah, we recommend the curry, the pad thai and finish up with some mango rice! They’ve also got an all-you-can-eat sushi option Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.!

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Wood Ash Rye

The newest restaurant on our list is a welcome addition to Greater Zion. This beautiful restaurant serves up unique dishes with regionally sourced ingredients. They’ve also got an in-house bakery that makes fresh biscuits, breads, and pastas daily. 

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Xetava Gardens Cafe

This café, located in the Coyote Gulch Art Village in Ivins, is worth the drive! Their dishes are fresh, organic, locally sourced and absolutely delicious! 

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Riggatti’s Wood Fired Pizza

Riggatti’s serves up some of the best pizza in Greater Zion. You can watch your pizza being hand-tossed and crafted before it hits their wood-fired oven. It’s a great spot for the whole family! 

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Angelica’s Mexican Grill

The locals of St. George love Angelica’s for their street tacos. Delicious meat choices in crisped corn shells and lots of toppings at their salsa bar make these tacos some of the yummiest you will find! 

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Mad Pita Express

Found in an unassuming strip mall, this local favorite serves up some great Mediterranean cuisine. Their pitas are stuffed full with fresh ingredients and their fries are the best in town! 

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River Rock Roasting Company

This quick-service restaurant obviously serves coffee but also has tasty smoothies, massive cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, and pizza right at the edge of a basalt canyon. Head outside and enjoy the views on their back patio while you chow down on their delectable cuisine. 

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Chef Alfredo’s

Who knew authentic Italian cuisine could be found in Greater Zion? It can at Chef Alfredo’s! Serving up mouthwatering pastas, desserts and more all in the middle of historic downtown St. George. 

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Visit Greater Zion’s Dining page to find more on restaurants and food across the area!