My mother and I just returned from a 3 week tour of the west and southwest and there was one place that I just had to tell everyone about that we found in the middle of nowhere. It is called the Golden Hills Motel and Restaurant and is located at the junction of US 89 and State Road 9 at Mt. Carmel Junction just outside of Zion National Park. When we arrived at the junction, we had two choices, The Thunderbird Motel and Restaurant, a rather impressive Best Western with a Native American motif and the Golden Hills, a little bright pink motel, none too impressive, located across the street. What got out attention was the sign on the building that said "homemade pies and bread." We decided to check it out and am I glad we did. This little restaurant has some of the best home cooking I have ever had outside of my grandmother's kitchen. Nothing fancy, a small salad bar, but extememly fresh, homemade soup, and a basic menu, fried chicken, chicken fried steak, etc. What really stood out were the soup, desserts, and bread. I tried the clam chowder and it was every bit as good as anything I have had in Quincey's Market in Boston, just excellent! We were asked if we wanted rolls or scones with our meal, and to be different we said scones, thinking of the short biscuits with currents that we were used to. Well here a scone is a fried ball of dough, light as a feather, kind of like a doughnut without the hole, served with honey butter. Wonderful! The meals were well done, using fresh ingredients. We couldn't pass up homemade pie, so we ordered some to go. After 4 hours in our cooler when we took out our cream pie slices later that evening, the crust was as flaky as I have ever had and the fillings were creamy and rich. Mouthwatering!
If you ever get the chance to happen by this neck of the woods, don't miss out on some very good home cooking Utah style. I have included a link to their website below.