St. George Restaurant CHANGES THINGS UP… And it’s AWESOME!
Earlier this week, I was invited down to Chuck-A-Rama by the General Manager, Feliz. Apparently, they've made a few changes, and Feliz wanted us to try it out and tell them what we think. Now, months ago, I stopped by Golden Corral and donned it the BEST BUFFET in St. George. But after this week, there's a new king in town. That king goes by the name Chuck-A-Rama.
According to Feliz, they were rolling out some new items and making "Asian Day" a little bit better and more unique. I wasn't too excited that it was Asian Day, but I was still happy to be there. Once I got into the food, I was SO HAPPY it was Asian Day! It was delish!
- Broccoli Stir Fry
- Lo Mein
- White Rice
- Ham Fried Rice
- Spring Rolls
- Tempura Pork
- Grilled Steak
- Orange Sauce
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Red Curry Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce
My first plate consisted of Ham Fried Rice, Orange Chicken, and Lo Mein noodles! The Rice was good, as was the orange chicken... But the Lo Mein noodles were THE BEST I've ever had! I went back for more Lo Mein, then tried the teriyaki beef with white rice. SO GOOD. AGAIN!
After I had two plates of Asian Food, I moved on to my normal rounds at a buffet. I had Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. Mac and Cheese. Scones with Cinnamon Honey Butter. Pizza. French Fries.
They even have an Icee machine! I haven't had an Icee since I was a kid! Plus, a true Utah place will have a pump of Fry Sauce... And they have that!
And... Of course they have a Salad Bar! Salad bar isn't my thing, WHATSOEVER! But they swapped the Salad Bar and the Fruit/ Fruit Salad Bar. Apparently that's a big deal to people that have been to Chuck-A-Rama a lot! I didn't even notice because I never venture to that side of the buffet!
Chuck-A-Rama tasted better than I've ever had before, and I would even go back on Asian Day! You really should head down to Chuck-A-Rama with your friends or family, and try the new items. It was clean, the service was spectacular, and I left happy with a full belly!
Washington Post Names THREE Southern Utah Pizza Joints As "THE BEST"!
The Washington Post has written about the BEST PIZZA in the nation. They rank the most popular pizza places in EACH STATE. They ranked pizza from Best NEW YORK Style Pizza, Best NEAPOLITAN Style Pizza, The Best CHICAGO Style Pizza, and The Best DETROIT Style Pizza.
Two Southern Utah Pizza joints were ranked #1 in two different categories: Neapolitan Style, and New York Style. While another Southern Utah restaurant was ranked #3 in the Neapolitan category.
NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA:
New York Style Pizza is defined as "Thin in the center with a risen lip on the edge dressed in sauce with cheese atop."
1. Tomatoes Pizza Pie. Marysvale, Utah. (GOLD)
2. Villaggio Pizzeria. South Salt Lake. (SILVER)
3. Rusted Sun Pizzeria. Salt Lake City. (BRONZE)
NEAPOLITAN STYLE PIZZA:
Neapolitan Style Pizza is defined as "puffy-crusted wood-fired pizzas with all sorts of fancy toppings."
1. Centro Woodfired Pizzeria. Cedar City, Utah. (GOLD)
2. Antica Forma. Moab, Utah. (SILVER)
3. Dixie Pizza Wagon. Hurricane, Utah. (BRONZE)
DETROIT STYLE PIZZA:
Detroit Style Pizza is defined as "Square slices with a thick crust. Cheese often cooked underneath the sauce and used to crisp up the edges."
1. Bricks Corner. Salt Lake City, Utah. (GOLD)
2. Via 313 Pizza. Orem, Utah. (SILVER)
3. Via 313 Pizza. South Sandy, Utah. (BRONZE)
THREE Southern Utah Restaurants made the list! Tomatoes Pizza Pie in Marysvale is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE pizza place. I'm so glad they made GOLD for New York Style. Centro Pizza in Cedar was also GOLD for Neapolitan, while Dixie Pizza Cart made BRONZE for Neapolitan.
St. George Restaurants That Could EASILY Be A National Franchise!
Southern Utah is home to some AMAZING restaurants, and here's a list of some that I think could become the next BIG franchise!
Yes, hibachi restaurants already exist everywhere, but SAKURA has to be the best! Here in St. George, they ALWAYS have huge wait times. And for good reason! The food is awesome and the experience is fun! Bring Sakura across the nation! It deserves it!
2. Angelica's Mexican Grill:
Angelicas USED TO BE Irmita's.. Which gets confusing because Irmita has opened "Irmita's" again... But trust me! Angelica's is SO GOOD! There's usually a line out the door! I LOVE their steak street tacos! Their sweet carnitas are also a hit with everyone. But they also have their Salsa Bar which compliments their food nicely. I still wish my favorite wasn't named "Wimpy Mild", but whatever. I'll take it! Let's franchise this place!
Yes, it's a knock-off of Cafe Rio, but I think it's better! I prefer Durango's over Cafe Rio and Cafe Rio's little brother: Costa Vida. Durangos quesadillas are superior, AND CHEAPER! Plus... They have a FANTASTIC Chicken Tortilla Soup! If you haven't tried it yet, go for it! I love me some Durangs!
If you're into a mom & pop diner, look no further! BISHOP'S! When I was a kid it was a little Hole-In-The-Wall Diner, and my uncle would take me there on my birthday! I started going there again, as there's now two locations (in much cleaner locations) on both sides of town. I only get breakfast when I go there, but TRY THEIR SCONES! You'll be in heaven!
5. Farmstead Bakery:
People in this town go straight BANANAS for Farmstead! If you've had their food, you'd understand why! It's fresh and made daily, plus HEALTHY! Here's a little secret... Word on the street is they MAY franchise Farmstead. Which is a HUGE WIN for this St. George bakery!
What LOCAL RESTAURANT do you think could be a BIG FRANCHISE?
76 Years Later: Amazing Old Photos Of Dixie Sun Bowl Construction!
This month, the Dixie Sun Bowl celebrates it's 76th birthday! SEVENTY SIX YEARS and still around. There was a time, a few years ago where the city wanted to demolish the Dixie Sun Bowl, and move the rodeo to the Fair Grounds in Hurricane! Luckily, that NEVER happened. The story behind how the Dixie Sun Bowl was created is AWESOME!
In the 1940's before World War II, the rodeo was happening down the street, but the venue wasn't permanent. They started searching for the perfect spot. However, the war hit, the men left and the idea was put on hold. Finally, the war was over, and the men returned home! One day, Neal Lundberg and Ez McArthur were out riding their horses, when they ran into St. George Mayor, Eric Snow. Snow pointed out a location that the city owned and encouraged Lundberg and McArthur to talk to the city council about the land. That land is now... THE DIXIE SUN BOWL!
Lions Club members were asked to each donate $100 to the cause. That $100 is the equivalent of $1,300 now! That's a big ask. 42 Lions pulled out their wallets and donated the $100, while 130 non-members donated AT LEAST $100 to the cause. The Lions Club got creative with fundraising and even started selling raffle tickets to win CARS! One car was a new 1947 Plymouth. That Plymouth was won by Sheriff Antone Prince.
Local people started donating their time, their work, even their equipment to bring this venue together. It was a true community effort. In January of 1947, construction began, and by September it was complete and ready for the Dixie Round-Up Rodeo! Now, the venue needed a name. The Newspaper put out a contest to name the new venue. Bobby Laub of Santa Clara submitted "The Dixie Sunbowl" and won the cash prize: $15. The project cost around $35,000, which would now cost around $10,000,000!
WHOA: 40 Images Of St. George That Will Make You Feel SO OLD!
THEN (3000 East):
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