Bryce Sunset Inn
After a busy Sunday morning seeing the sunrise at Bryce Canyon and hiking the Peek-A-Boo Loop, I was definitely looking for some lunch. The first restaurant I tried was closed so I headed down the road to Panguitch to the Bryce Sunset Inn and was drawn in with the giant sign telling me burgers were in my future!
Walking in the restaurant felt more like walking into someone’s home. It was nice and welcoming. The tables were more like dining tables than machine made restaurant tables. None of them matched but they were all great wood tables in immaculate shape. There was even a fire place in the corner. Overall just a super inviting feel to it.
Now this is where it gets fun. When I walked in, I was greeted by a wonderful man. He was the owner and he was from Prague and spoke with a European accent. When I asked him about the burgers I saw on the sign he said no. “I don’t have burgers, this is what I have.” He told me about 3 or 4 sandwiches they were serving and then told me that I wanted the bratwurst. It was fresh and I would love it.
How can I turn that down! I ordered the bratwurst and it was really good. It came smothered in a tomato based sauce that had a little spice to it and was really good. The brat was thick and heavy and filled me up. It was served with some fried potatoes and some veggies as garnish.
My favorite part was that as people kept coming into the restaurant and asking for burgers he just kept saying, “No burgers, you want bratwurst. It is very good.” And people just kept ordering the bratwurst! It was starting to crack me up and then finally the last people I saw came in got the real story. They couldn’t run the grill because it was too windy outside and that is why they didn’t have burgers!
The best part is, I probably wouldn’t have tried the bratwurst but because he told me to, I did and it was delicious! I was saved from another burger!
As I finished the brat the owner came back and told me that he just made fresh croissants and I had to try one. At this point I couldn’t argue so I had a croissant and it was really good. Nice and buttery and light. It was perfect after the savory bratwurst and I enjoyed it.
A lot of these smaller restaurants I go to the best part are the stories and the people and this was no exception. While I enjoyed the food, I will remember this owner for a long time. If you find yourself around Bryce Canyon and are looking for a different dinning experience, give the Bryce Sunset Inn a shot.
Finding the Sunset Inn
The Bryce Sunset Inn is the dinning option of the Inn. It is located at 3124 Utah 12 (Scenic Byway) about 16 miles outside of Bryce Canyon near where it intersects with 89.
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