Spent the long Presidents' Day weekend at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. We stayed at Gouldings' Lodge, and ate at the Stagecoach Dining Room on the grounds.
The room was great, with a balcony overlooking the Park, and included many extras, like a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and refrigerator.
The fare there in the middle of nowhere is much as one would expect, uninspiring and basically adequate, with many things out of cans and the freezer.... with a couple of notable exceptions.
The french fries are Worth Living For! Crisp, golden brown on the edges, and obviously NOT left sitting under a warming lamp. They were clearly cooked when ordered. And they weren't salted to death either. Excellent! (I discovered this the first afternoon, right after we checked in, and had them at every meal thereafter.)
They also do a very good Navajo Taco (no surprise there!) and make good, old-fashioned milkshakes... thick and creamy and perfect. The hot chocolate was also terrific and a perfect way to cast off the chill of photographing the sunrise over the incredible stone formations.
The prices are very good, especially for a lodge restaurant, and the portions are huge, as seems to be the trend in American restaurants at present.
Eating there is not "dining," but it will fill you up at a good price and it's handy to the park... and nothing else is in the winter.
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