Post-Adventure Meals in Moab
There are few things more rewarding in life than a chocolate milkshake, loaded Cowboy Burger, and basket of onion rings at Milt’s Stop & Eat after a long, hot, strenuous day of playing in the Moab desert. The town’s oldest restaurant, which has been serving food since 1954 (and has the original Formica counters to prove it), has reached cult status among tourists and locals, and justly so. The fries are hand-cut, the malts are made to order, the burgers come loaded with everything from onion rings to grilled pineapple, the fry sauce is addiction in a bottle, and the eating there is like turning back the clock to a simpler era. And, Milt’s is super affordable, with burgers starting at just $4.95.
The restaurant, which is conveniently located en route to Slickrock Recreation Area, has a tiny dining room that’s typically full, and a pick-up window for those who choose to eat at the outdoor tables. Along with being stewards of Moab nostalgia, owners BC Laprade and Danelle Ballengee buy local dairy products, grass fed beef, and desert-grown produce. The lines can be very long, but don’t get discouraged — these shakes are worth the wait!
Milt’s Stop & Eat is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and is closed on Mondays. Since this is a seasonal restaurant, Milt’s closes for winter offseason, mid-December through early February.
Eddie McStiff’s is another Moab staple. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1991, and has since become a go-to for bar food, beers, and cocktails for both locals and visitors. It’s a great gathering place to watch a game with friends or check out live music, and kids love it for the pizza and pasta. The convenient location in the heart of downtown, and the bright green exterior paint make it hard to miss. Yes, the place can get crowded, but a rambling layout— including upstairs lounge — and quick service make it a good bet for even the busiest season.
Eddie McStiff’s offers classic bar food, but it’s got an upscale side too (entrees cost around $15 each), with dishes like salmon cakes, Burrito Mulege, and a miso tofu wrap. They also have a gluten-free menu. The restaurant sources its food from local producers, like Creekside Lane Farms and the town’s Youth Garden Project. McStiff’s makes their dough daily from scratch, and grinds the meat for their burgers in-house. To top it off, all of the oil the restaurant uses is turned into biodiesel.
Eddie McStiff’s is open year-round from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.
In short, Milt’s Stop & Eat and Eddie McStiff’s are two of Moab’s many great restaurants that offer more than just delicious food to fuel or satiate a big adventure — both are local favorites teeming with the funky and colorful history of the dusty ranch outpost that has been turned into an international destination.