Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jacob Lake Inn; Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Jacob Lake Inn

HWY 89A & AZ-67
Jacob Lake, AZ 86022

Phone:(928) 643-7232


Nestled in the Kaibab National Forest, on the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, is a beautiful oasis; the Jacob Lake Inn.  I can't tell you anything about the lodging, you can look that up on their website; but I can tell you about the restaurant and bakery.  The day we were there, a tour bus group had taken over the main dining area, so we sat at the counter.  It reminded us of the old time diners and the d├ęcor is farm country meets the southwest.  

The menu offered a nice variety of items from sandwiches to burgers, salads and hot entrees.

The "bull" burgers caught our interest, so I ordered the Kaibab Bull while hubby got the Grand Bull.  Might as well tell you now, we inhaled our meals; they were so delicious!

The Kaibab Bull Burger has "hunter sauce" (a sweetened brown sauce), grilled onions/ green peppers/mushrooms medley, bacon, tomato and Swiss cheese on grilled bread.  The meat was cooked well, yet still juicy; bacon thick cut and crispy; the "hunter sauce" was mildly sweet and brought out the flavors of the vegetables.  Skin-on, shoestring fries were crispy on the outside, tender on the inside; but I did miss the fry sauce (it's a Utah thing).

The Grand Bull Burger has mild green chiles, tomatoes, grilled onions, Cheddar cheese and bacon on grilled bread.  Again, meat cooked well, but juicy; thick cut and crispy bacon, yummy grilled onions and a slight, but sweet heat to the chiles.  We tried each other's burgers and both agreed that the "hunter sauce" on the Kaibab Bull Burger added so much to the overall flavor. 

Next to the counter area is a small store with dry goods, souvenirs and candy; but we were fascinated by the bakery counter.  A large assortment of freshly baked, soft, huge cookies of wondrous combinations: chocolate raspberry, German chocolate cake with a coconut topping, lemon zucchini, lemon raspberry, chocolate parfait and many more...I'm starting to drool.  We purchased a dozen to take home; yes they made it, and even after a few days, they were still soft and delicious.

Heading to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon?  Save your appetite and stop at Jacob Lake Inn for a good meal and delicious baked goods.  You won't regret the wait all the way to get there.

Mary Cokenour

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