Susie's Branding Iron
2971 South Highway 191 (across from Shell Station)
Moab, Utah, 84535
Phone: (435) 259-6275
Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday, 11am to 10pm
On July 22, 1989, Karl Tangren opened up The Branding Iron; a place where locals could get good food, and play music. Now we had visited this place about four years ago, and truthfully, we weren't that impressed. It was only open for dinner and it didn't seem worth the travel, so wrote it off as a to-go place. After being closed for a little while, and undergoing major renovation, it reopened on September 3, 2012 with new management of sorts, Karl's daughter, Susie Taylor. The name was slightly changed to Susie's Branding Iron, now open for lunch and dinner. We kept remembering our first experience there, so didn't rush to try it out; that was a major loss on our parts.
We finally went there on a Saturday night and it was an amazing experience. After being warmly greeted and seated, our waitress, Melena, took our drink orders. Melena is a doll, very efficient, attentive and makes sure you are enjoying your meal. More and more diners kept coming in, some greeted by name; talking and laughter filled the air. The restaurant is more open now, southwestern/cowboy décor; there is a bar that opens at 4pm every day, and a beautiful patio area.
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights is the Prime Rib special; 16 ounce slab (about 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches thick) of the most delicious beef we've tasted. This Prime Rib was tender, juicy, perfectly cooked, and I swear it did melt in the mouth...chewing was optional. It came with choice of potato (mashed potatoes are two scoops and homemade!), gravy and Navajo Fry Bread. It also came with a generous side salad; the salad dressings, as well as the gravies, are house made; no bottled stuff.
I decided to try out the Country Fried Steak; a meal that no restaurant should mess up, and Susie's does a most excellent job. The breading on the steak is one I've not tasted before, lightly seasoned, yet hearty; crispy, yet combines with the meat to create a wonderful mouth feel. I too had the mashed potatoes, and corn for my vegetable; the gravy was peppery, but didn't take flavor away from the meat or potatoes. Honey is a basic condiment on the table, so we saved our fry bread for dessert...it was a perfect finish to a perfect meal.
The atmosphere and staff are both welcoming and friendly; the food is top notch; whether for lunch or dinner, you must try out Susie's Branding Iron when in the Moab area...and they do take out service too.