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If you don’t want to camp and cook trail grub over a propane flame, there are several great options for dining in and around Grand Canyon National Park. Here are five Forbes Travel Guide favorites:
1. El Tovar Dining Room. Located on the South Rim, El Tovar Dining Room offers gourmet fare in the historic El Tovar hotel. Along with a list of sustainable wines, the restaurant offers dishes like deviled crab cakes with Sonoran remoulade, the regional favorite El Tovar black bean and tortilla soup and wild Alaskan sustainable salmon tostada.
2. Red Raven Restaurant. You’ll find this restaurant in Williams, about an hour south of the Grand Canyon. Chef David Haines caters to foodies with dishes like brochette of lamb with homemade chimichurri sauce.
3. Arizona Room. Dinner is served inside the Bright Angel Lodge at the Arizona Room, which offers entrees like tender natural baby back ribs and blackened wild salmon with avocado tomatillo salsa. All entrees come with a salad or regional favorites roasted red pepper soup or southwestern corn chowder.
4. The Coronado Room. Surprisingly enough, some of the most elegant fare around the Grand Canyon is found inside this restaurant at the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn. It serves hearty dishes like venison and elk, along with grilled seafood and has a lengthy wine list.
5. Grand Cookout. Have a camp-style meal in luxury at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This alfresco, star gazing experience features Western music, folk tales and down-home grub like barbecue beef brisket, baked beans and biscuits.