Spending your Thanksgiving in one of Utah’s red rock national parks with the whole family? Or maybe you snuck away from your family to spend some holiday time in peace and quiet up at a snowy mountain ski resort. Either way, a big meal on Thanksgiving needs to happen. Some of Utah’s best restaurants keep their doors open for locals and visitors alike.
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
SORREL RIVER RANCH—Prix Fixe
Thursday November 26, 2015
Sorrel River Ranch is an upscale resort and spa in the heart of red rock wilderness just 17 miles away from Moab. The ranch has been homesteaded since 1903, sits on 160 acres of land, and is nestled right up against the Colorado River.
Seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Soup or
Farm Fresh Garden Salad—baby greens + garden vegetables
Sorrel River Bacon Wrapped Turkey Roulade—herb stuffing, roasted jalapeno corn sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, served with turkey gravy and corn bread muffins or
Red River Idaho Trout—fresh river trout served over roasted garden harvest vegetable rice pilaf with baby rainbow carrots, served with brown butter sauce and corn bread muffins
Pilgrim Pumpkin Pie
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Hand Pies
Double Chocolate Cream Pie
Learn More About Arches National Park
ZION NATIONAL PARK
THE SPOTTED DOG CAFÉ—Traditional Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday November 26, 2015 Noon – 8:00 p.m.
This casual American Bistro uses fresh local produce, hormone-free meats, sustainably harvested fish, and brews up locally roasted Canyon Ritual coffee. The Spotted Dog has received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for a consecutive six years—because it’s excellent.
Oven-roasted Turkey | with cranberry chutney
Mashed Potatoes | with turkey gravy
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans with Almonds
Mixed Green Salad
Beverages & Dessert: a la carte
Kids (12 or younger) $12.95
Under 5 years old FREE
Learn More About Zion National Park
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
HELL’S BACKBONE GRILL
Thursday November 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday November 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Chef-owners Jen Castle and Blake Spalding are committed to sustainability, environmental ethics, social and community responsibility—and darn good food: organic, locally produced, regional, seasonal, and lots of it grown in the restaurant’s two gardens. This once-in-a-lifetime restaurant is consistently a well-deserved recipient of local and national awards. And their Thanksgiving menu? We're considering calling in sick to our own family dinners to make the trek down to Boulder, Utah for the most divinely local meal of our lives.
Organic Spiced Apple Cider
Spiced and Sweet Pepitas and Walnuts
Organic Chicken Liver Pate with Apple Brandy and Currants--Served on Handmade Bread
Homemade Heirloom Dill Pickles From the Farm
Cream Cheese Spreads of Farm Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Green Onion & Boulder Honey with Basil and Roasted Garlic
Spinach Salad with La Quercia Organic Prosciutto, Pinon Vinaigrette, Jicama and Utah Pomegranate Seeds
Heirloom Carrot and Tarragon Soup
Thanksgiving Bread Braids With Sage Whipped Butter
Apple Cider & Herbed Salt-Brined Organic Utah Heritage Turkey
Two kinds of gravy: Giblet with Madeira and Oaxacan Chile Mole
Two kinds of stuffing: Spoonbread with Housemade Lamb Chorizo and Dried Boulder Apples and Milk Bread Stuffing with Hazelnuts, Bourbon and Sage
Sweet Escalante Cherry and Cranberry Sauce
Creamed Green Beans with Wild-Foraged
Boulder Mountain Porcini Mushrooms and Frizzled Shallots
Farm Roast of Jerusalem Artichokes, Beets and Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs and Utah Goat Cheese
Baked Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Butter
Buttery Smashed Heirloom Farm Potatoes with Sour Cream and Roasted Garlic
Honey-Thyme Roasted Garden Carrots
Butternut Squash Rings with a Maple and Chimayo Chile Glaze
Chocolate-Chile Pecan Pie
Boulder Apple Hand Pies with Creme Fraiche
Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hazelnut Crust and Frangelico Whipped Cream
Handmade Candy: Dark Chocolate Fudge with Popcorn and Pine Nuts, Almond Marbles, Dried Apples with Caramel and Sea Salt
Fair Trade and Organic Coffee and Swiss Water Process Decaf
Learn More About Capitol Reef National Park