Houston's Trail's End

Kanab, Utah (last visit: September 2007).

Kanab is centrally located between Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon (north rim) National Parks, so there's a good chance you'll pass through the area. It used to be a favorite location for film makers, but now it's a pretty quick backwater. Houston's is a local institution, offering what is sometimes described as "real cowboy food." It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I've only eaten breakfast there.

The Menu
Lots of heavy American favorites. Chicken fried steak is a favorite; biscuits and gravy are also available.

The Atmosphere
Informal and plain. I had read that servers wore guns, but was disappointed to so no such firearms in evidence. Perhaps it's an evening thing.

The Meal
Staying true to my vacation philosophy of "only eat it if it will harden your arteries," I ordered chicken fried steak. It was a large piece of cube steak, with a very crispy coating and sausage gravy on top. It was a very good version. Accompanying it were some of the better hash browns I can remember eating. They were crispy on top, with a center that still had the firm texture of shredded potatoes. Two scrambled eggs were pretty standard, as were two biscuits.

Houston's serves food that is plain and heavy - but if you like that style, you'll like Houston's.

The Bill
Somewhere around $10.

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