Between hiking, sightseeing, fishing, and exploring, you’re going to work up quite an appetite during your stay at Cougar Ridge. Luckily, there’s no shortage of dining options available just a short drive away.
If you’re ready to find the perfect hearty breakfast or delicious dinner, keep reading to learn 9 Torrey, Utah restaurants to try during your stay.
1. Hunt & Gather
If you’re in the mood for unique cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients, head to Hunt & Gather. Located in Torrey, this restaurant may be new in town, but its serving up flavors and flair that have quickly made it a local favorite.
Hunt & Gather specializes in slow-cooked meals made from local ingredients like wild game, fish, organic vegetables, stone fruits, and more. Dig into rich organic goat cheese from Mesa Farm Market. Sip on a cool cider from Etta Place Cidery. Chef Chet Saign has 28-years of experience working in restaurants from New Orleans to New Jersey. His French cooking skills collide with his passion for local ingredients in this delicious gem.
Because of their use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the menu changes with the season. With limited options for fine dining in the area, Hunt & Gather is the perfect spot for a special evening out.
As if you need another reason to visit, Hunt & Gather was even named one of the “10 Utah Restaurants born amid the pandemic to Celebrate in 2021” by the Salt Lake Tribune.
2. The Wild Rabbit Cafe
If you’re looking for something a bit more casual for a hearty breakfast or fresh lunch, The Wild Rabbit Cafe is a great choice. This simple restaurant serves up filling breakfast and lunch plates, and also features a full coffee bar great for getting your rmonring Java fix.
On the breakfast menu, you’ll find house-baked buttermilk biscuits, oversized breakfast burritos made from farm-fresh local eggs, and more. Their toast options are perfect for those looking for something light and healthy to start their day. For lunch, sandwiches and salads fill the menu, with options like the Hot Rub, a pastrami sandwich topped with swiss, kraut, grilled onion, and crisp apples with 1000 island dressing on toasted marble rye.
3. Dark Sky Coffee
For a quick caffeine stop on your way to Capitol Reef, head to Dark Sky Coffee. This drive-thru coffee shop may not serve food, but it does feature a full drink menu with coffees, frozen and blended drinks, and even some ice cream options.
4. The Broken Spur Steakhouse
Attached to the inn of the same name, The Broken Spur Steakhouse specializes in hot, hearty meals great for filling up after a long day of hiking. A breakfast buffet is available to both guests and visitors during the morning hours and is stocked with all of your favorite classics.
For dinner, the restaurant serves up traditional steakhouse fare, including steak dinners with a variety of side options. Also on the menu is a pistachio-crusted salmon, country-style cordon bleu, and several pasta dishes.
5. The Pioneer Kitchen
Located at Capitol Reef Resort, The Pioneer Kitchen specializes in delicious comfort food with an incredible view. Menu items include traditional fare like burgers, pot pies, fried catfish, trout, and short ribs. They also offer several vegetarian options for diners who prefer to go meat-free. A sampling of small plates and starters are also available, and great for sharing with friends after a day of exploring Capitol Reef.
Like many of the restaurants in the area, The Pioneer Kitchen takes advantage of the natural scenery that surrounds it with large windows great for taking it all in while you eat. While many restaurants in the area close during the winter months, The Pioneer Kitchen is open yearround, making it a good option for those visiting the area during the off-season.
6. Slackers Burger Joint
This small, simple burger joint is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Originally opened as a burger stand with no indoor seating in 1990, it has since expanded to offer indoor dining. The menu here is simple and straightforward; burgers and fries are the go-to. However, you’ll also find several chicken and fish options, grilled sandwiches, chili, and even a bison burger.
7. Capitol Burger
Don’t go looking for a permanent address for this next Torrey, Utah restaurant. That’s because Capitol Burger is a traveling food truck. You’ll find it parked at a variety of businesses and events throughout Torrey.
Their menu features fun, delicious takes on the classic burger. Whether it’s piles of patties or toppings like mac and cheese, their homemade burgers are always a hit. With their patterned black and white trailer, they’re also easy to spot when you’re out and about in Torrey.
8. Rim Rock Restaurant
Another hotel dining option in Torrey is the Rim Rock Restaurant, located at The Rim Rock Inn. Their menu features western cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Popular menu options include pan seared trout, fruit wood smoked ribs, and a variety of steaks. Stone fireplaces and picture windows make this restaurant as much about the atmosphere as it is about the food.
9. Chuckwagon Deli
Part general store, part deli, part grocery store, and part bakery, the Chuckwagon is the place to go to stock up for a day of hiking and exploring. You can get a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, as well as everything you’ll need to fill your pack for a picnic in the park. Start your day with a quick stop at their bakery for fresh pastries, donuts, cinnamon rolls, and more, as well as coffee to wash it down.
Dining Options at Cougar Ridge
While bowling in The Grand Lodge or even hosting a rodeo are great on-site activities to enjoy during your visit, a grill out is another must-do. We provide everything you need to grill up a delicious meal while you relax in the stunning scenery that surrounds you.
If you’d rather leave the cooking to the pros, you can also opt for a catered affair. From a simple BBQ to a lavish 9-course meal, the sky’s the limit when it comes to on-site dining.
Ready to start planning an exciting — and tasty — visit to Torrey, Utah? Book your stay at Cougar Ridge today!