5. Peekaboo Canyon Wood-Fired Grill
Vegetarian and vegan with artisanal pizza and a full menu of international and locally inspired dishes.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary co-founders Francis and Silva Battista own Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Grill, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that lives up to the sanctuary's guiding principles of kindness, positive influence, leadership, authenticity and transparency.
The grill was named after the nearby Peekaboo slot canyon, a spectacular trail that winds through a tall, narrow redstone canyon. The dishes start arriving. Quina Dressed Avocado, Southwestern Salad, one of their wood-fired pizzas and the best bowl of oatmeal I've ever had.
The grill’s general manager, Kathy Chadbourne, has the motto: "Community, Conversation and Cuisine." She says that her whole life has been about this motto, and was thrilled by the opportunity to take it Kanab. "It's just kind of what I do, and I get to do it here," she says, emphasizing "here" and motioning to the space around her.
To the space around Kanab? Francis Battista turns to the sanctuary to describe it: "So much of the work of Best Friends is inspired by the environment of the canyons and this whole area. It is transformative."
"I think we all believe the beauty of this area is its most valuable resource. It's irreplaceable," says Mr. Battista. "Of course, we're right here on the doorstep of the monument, which is a spectacular and amazing place as well."