Friday, October 20, 2006

Friday Food Porn: Hell's Backbone Grill and a Guest Photographer

Who would have imagined that squeaky-clean Utah would be home to a restaurant called Hell's Backbone Grill? Located in the southern Utah town of Boulder - think red rock beautiful - this local eatery is garnishing quite a reputation. Utah food blogger Vanessa of She Craves recently wrote about a day she escaped from Salt Lake and visited Hell's Backbone and Vanessa raved about the food as well as the natural beauty of the setting.



I've been to Boulder, located near the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, but never to Hell's Backbone Grill. Since I haven't been there, you know I didn't get to eat any of this food. All the food below was eaten by my next door neighbors Maria and Kym, and wonderfully photographed by Maria. (Edit later that day, oops, I thought it was Maria and Kym who went to Hell's Backbone but it turns out it was Maria and her friend Sarah.)

If you read my comments you might recognize Maria as the neighbor I've designated as food-blogger-to-be. When she sent me these photos (we e-mail each other, even though we live next door) I immediately asked her if she would be a guest photographer for Food Porn Friday. So here are Maria's photos and descriptions of the food at Hell's Backbone. Consider this her first food blog post!


The sign at Hell's Backbone Grill, hinting at the simple charm waiting inside the restaurant.


The homemade biscuits which are served with sage butter. Maria says they're melt-in-your-mouth good.


The award-winning salad, with greens from their garden, corn, pepitas, jicama, peaches, and a chile-lime dressing.


Maria ordered pasta with a red pepper sauce, with autumn veggies, including a very tasty acorn squash.


Kym Sarah had steak with lemony mashed potatoes, adobe chile cream sauce, and perfectly prepared veggies.


For dessert there's apple crunch cake with butterscotch sauce, whipped cream, and edible flowers.

Another tasty dessert option is the peach cobbler with toasted pine nuts and vanilla bean ice cream.


Hell's Backbone Grill
Boulder Utah
1-435-335-7464
Open March 15 - November each year
Cookbook also available: With a Measure of Grace
counter customizable free hit

11 comments:

  1. All those dishes are mouth watering and are presented so beautifully too! Looks like a GREAT place to dine!!!

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  2. The food looks so delicious - another incentive to visit Utah.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Thanks! The pictures look great!! Hell's is amazing! I can't wait to go back!

    Oh, I went with my friend Sarah, not Kym...but no worries!

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  4. I was just looking through my mom's yearbook and I saw that you were named the "Betty Crocker Homemaker." And won a contest or something. I thought it's pretty cute you were a big cooker back then too!
    Love, Jenn
    (For those of you who
    don't know, I'm Kalyn's neice.)

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  5. Hi Bill, Naudee, and Ruth, you guys should come to visit Utah. It's quite beautiful.

    Maria, tell Sarah sorry about that. I must have misunderstood when I was talking to Kym because I had the impression she had been there. I'll fix it when I get home.

    Jenn, how fun that you're reading the blog. Yes, I confess I was Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow in high school. Who would have guessed?

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  6. Oh my! Now that's food porn! Yummy.

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  7. The food looks delicious especially the peach cobbler!

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  8. That looks great. Having been a visitor to Utah many times, I can say that I have every confidnece those desserts are fabulous. I think that some of the best cobblers and pies are found in restaurants (and homes) in Utah.

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  9. My hiking buddies and I (6 of us) had dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill on Friday 4/11.
    I must say this was probably the worst dining experience of my life.

    First, the waiter came over and brought of some bread and water. Then when I asked for another basket of bread, he had the audacity to try to charge $3.00 for bread that wasn't very good in the first place.

    Next, the server was extremely poor. Reason, probably because you tack ad 18% gratuity for parties of 6 or more so her had no reason to work for a tip. He certainly gave the table of 2 great service. Very smug.

    Third, we met a couple on the trail that day and they did not have very good reviews about the food, so we all ordered $23.00 meat loaf (yes $23.00)
    Now you would think that $23.00 meat loaf would come with soup or salad, but no that was extra. Not only extra but the small plate of lettuce and disgusting salad dressing was $8.00. (All this and no extra basket of bread)

    Bottom line is, we spent $45.00 per person which was probably worth about $15.00 at the most and left there extremely dissatisfied.

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  10. Greg, I haven't eaten there myself, but I haven't heard anything but good about it from people who have. Does not sound like a good experience for you though. If you're that dissatisfied with a restaurant, I'd probably contact the owner.

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