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Though Gateway Canyons Resort, is located in the secluded canyonlands of Western Colorado about 55 miles from the closest town of Grand Junction, you won’t go hungry while staying at this unique resort. There are four different dining options to choose from serving a variety of cuisine, with a fifth (a planned tacqueria being built with the resort’s new luxury casitas) set to open this summer. The resort’s more casual Paradox Grille, lies close to the resort’s entrance, and as such is a popular stop in summer for the many drivers and motorcyclists who traverse the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Highway (or US 141) which passes by the resort. They stop in to take a seat at the wood-clad, rustic bar to try a local microbrew or dig into hearty Southwestern-influenced plates such as the tasty house made tortilla soup, ranch steak sandwich (with grilled onion, stilton bleu cheese, and the chef’s steak sauce topping a 6-ounce chuck steak). Paradox Grille also serves flavorful breakfasts (steel cut oatmeal with fresh berries is a great start to any day) and dinner seven days a week.
You might not expect to find a fine dining restaurant in this neck of the woods, but you will, and be impressed by the one at Gateway Canyons. Entrada Restaurant is open for dinner only and serves a menu of refined dishes with a global influence, such as grilled rib eye with chimichuri, stilton, bacon lardons and potato puree, and seared scallops with Serrano ham and truffled tomatoes. The casually elegant space is marked by an outdoor fire bowl at its entrance that provides a striking welcome in winter; in summer you’ll want to take a seat on the outdoor patio where you’ll have a full view of the mountains and stars. For a more casual experience, there’s also the resort’s Kiva Café, which serves breakfast, snacks and lunch near the resort’s pool, as well as the vintage Airstream trailer, situated near the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum, which functions as a stationery food truck dishing up hot dogs and other casual fare.