A wonderful meal following up a long day of hiking, biking, or geocaching is a real treat. Something about stopping and relaxing with family or friends for some really great, fresh, well made and seasoned food talks to the soul and makes that long drive fade away or a day of exploring the Grand Canyon and the Pueblo Nations so much more memorable.
Page, AZ is known for being a cross roads between points on all major parts of the compass. Page, while originally a small local settlement for the Native American and Hispanic populations in the area, became a true town when workers for the Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon dam and constructions projects sprang to life. Strategically located between Flagstaff and Southern Utah, Page is the supply city for numerous outfitters, ranchers, travelers, and adventurers in the area. They also are located near the heart of the Pueblo Nation and other First Nations tribes, as well as at the foot of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Historically Page was a cow town. Ranchers, miners, and others would come sometimes hours in from Utah, Colorado, and northern Arizona to pick up supplies and get services that were the closest to their remote homes. Always a traveler’s stop, restaurants in Page, Arizona were a welcome sight after sometimes many hours of travel, as often people stayed overnight before the long drives home or on. A hot, tasty, fresh meal was important and very welcome.
When hunting a restaurant in Page AZ, it would be natural to see what was around the local area and where the locals ate. Indian Fry Bread might be available as street food, but if you want something more substantial and perhaps some liquid libations to go along with a great meal, you need to look at truly authentic Mexican restaurants in Page, AZ. The Hispanic heritage of the area lends itself to some great offerings, with a larger variety than you might expect.
Since Page gets a lot of travelers, a lot of them have experienced what is advertised as Mexican food but really is not – it is Tex-Mex. Now, no insult to that regional cuisine, which can be good – but it simply is not authentic Mexican. One of your first indications is a lot of grilled food drowned in very hot sauce or worse, very hot barbecue sauce. Those are not things you would normally find in any true Mexican cuisine. A variety of spices, corn, beans, seafood, pork, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables, citrus, and herbs are more common. And homemade tortillas are a sure fire nod towards a chef that knows what they are doing and where they are from. Some regions in Mexico have over 40 varieties of tortilla alone.
Another indicator that makes for a great food rest stop is a truly authentic margarita with good quality ingredients. In Mexico syrups and bases are made fresh, in house. A knowledgeable barkeep will know that. You also should expect good sized portions and delicious drinks, not some small watered down thing imitating a real Mexican based delight. Be careful, though, and please stop for the night after indulging. Our AZHP does not have much of a sense of humor about indulging and driving. Get a good night’s rest in one of our local fine establishments and drive the next day refreshed with great memories of a truly authentic Mexican restaurant in Page AZ, one you will come back to your next trip through. We’ll keep a seat ready for you.