One benefit of a small city being a tourist mecca is that there’s no shortage of food options. With all different price tiers and varied cuisines, for being such a small city (the actual residential population is only around 5,000), Moab truly offers a slew of dining choices. While I had always planned on eating at the Desert Bistro, between the rave reviews I had read on it not to mention its unique and terrific sounding menu, I still did plenty of other research to check out some notable dining venues. With only two nights there, our time in Moab was obviously quite limited but I think I chose wisely.
2728 South Highway 191
I’ll say right off the bat that the one negative of Bangkok House is that it’s not right in downtown Moab. It’s located about 10 minutes past it, literally right off of the road. So if you are traveling there in the dark (as we were), it’s extremely difficult to spot since it’s not as if there’s a brightly illuminated marquee with the words Bangkok House projected off of it. And minus slightly slow service to get seated, everything from that point on was great, especially the food. The menu is a combination of Thai and Japanese dishes (lest you think small city Utah just has meat and potato venues, think again). The building is very much hole in the wallesque (it was clearly something else at one time), the parking lot is unpaved, but the prices are extremely low and the food is of a great quality.
D ordered a Thai ice tea ($2.95) which was sinfully delicious (I need to start ordering these myself). We we split an order of the edamame ($4.95). These are one of the healthiest things you can ever order and never truly fill up on-steamed soybeans. D also ordered a cup of the Thai Tom Kha Soup with chicken ($3.95). It was a most generous helping. It’s a sweet and sour coconut based soup consisting of Thai herbs, mushrooms, scallions, and cilantro. I had a couple of tastes and it made me really want to be more adventurous when dining at Thai restaurants.
For my entree I went Japanese and selected the Japanese Udon noodles entree ($13.95) which consisted of udon noodles and mixed vegetables in hot tempura broth. All Japanese entrees come with your choice of either miso soup or a green salad. Unfortunately they were all out of miso soup which was somewhat disappointing. I just eschewed the salad. It was the type of dish where I didn’t feel at all full from eating it.
For his main course, D opted for more Thai and selected the Panang Curry with chicken ($14.95). Included in it were green beans, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, ground peanuts, Thai herbs, and coconut milk. D hadn’t had a Thai curry in a while and thoroughly liked it.
There’s nothing overly special about Bangkok House and yet it fulfilled my craving for Asian food to a T. It also seemed popular with the locals which is always a good sign.
Sweet Cravings Bakery and Bistro
397 N. Main Street
As the free breakfast option at our hotel was mediocre at best, I wanted to have a nice, special morning meal at one of the spots in town that I had read about. We were also making the 3.5 hour drive back to Salt Lake City later that morning and thought a nice hearty breakfast would be the way to go. The Sweet Cravings Bakery and Bistro definitely delivered.
It’s located at one end of downtown Moab and has a parking lot out front too which was nice. The gentleman who greeted us and was manning the cash register was one of the friendliest people ever, unlike places where you come in and the person working is too indifferent to even say hello.
Sweet Cravings is the type of place where you place your order and get a number card, then your food is brought to you. I ended up ordering a meatless fritatta special which was simple but good. D also ordered one of the specials that day (they had quite a few) which was a breakfast style quesadilla with chorizo. He loves having anything with salsa in the morning.
It’s a breakfast and lunch spot only (closes by 4 PM) and they offer the full gamut of offerings-everything from breakfast and lunch paninis to French toast to salads to regular sandwich selections. And as I had seen in other reviews, many people recommended coming here for your picnic ingredients so that you could enjoy them later in nearby Arches.
Being a bakery, there’s just about every type of sweet concoction to tempt you. I ended up selecting a bag of lavender shortbread cookies (these were utterly amazing), and D chose a cinnamon roll that seemed larger in size than a newborn’s head. We enjoyed it later that evening.
Sometimes one’s final meal at a destination turns out to be mediocre for various reasons, but the Sweet Cravings Bakery definitely helped in dispelling that.
And I want to give an honorable mention to Wicked Brew, a drive-through coffee/tea house. I didn’t get to try it but it certainly looked unique as we passed by it when driving to Bangkok House.
If you visit Moab, be sure to come on an empty stomach as there will be lots to occupy your time by way of eating!