Old West comfort food at Horse Head Grill
FOOD ADVENTURES OF A COMFORT COOK
by Mary Cokenour
A new chef has come into Monticello, taken over the old MD Ranch Cookhouse; serving up comfort food to all us cowboys and girls.
Lou Jean Cressler’s her name; cooking, grilling and baking are her claim to fame.
After perfecting her skills in southern San Juan County, Lou Jean decided that Monticello was in need; so to the rescue she came.
Open six days a week (being open on Sunday is in the works) from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Lou Jean and her friendly staff serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Up early, eyes unfocused, brain cloudy…you need a good serving of French Toast, Pancakes, Omelets or Old Fashioned Biscuits and Gravy.
On the way out of town for a day of adventuring? The Horse Head Grill can set you up with a primo sack lunch. Just stop on in, or even call your order in advance for pickup.
Lunch is a dream for anyone who has just finished a long hike or busy morning at work. Horse Head Grill’s burgers are made for them special at Blue Mountain Meats; that’s right, they source in locally!
The burgers are half pounders that are cooked on a charcoal grill; one bite and you’re sighing, “Charcoal…yum.”
Not a burger person? Try the Navajo Taco, BLT, Philly Cheese Steak or Grilled Chicken.
Make sure to order something with bacon…thick cut, crispy and a generous portion make any burger or sandwich totally complete.
Sides are fries, chips or a small salad; I recommend the onion rings that are lightly battered, whole onion and not greasy.
The onion rings are also an appetizer, so a portion can be shared between two; that is if you want to share after you taste one.
Dinner choices are Ribs, Country Fried Steak, Pork Chops or Steak, Steak and more Steak done up the way you like it. All meals come with a choice of vegetable, potato and small salad; but wait, leave room for dessert.
Lou Jean makes the desserts herself; pies, cakes, and to die-for brownies…the chocolate mint brownie will make you melt!
Occasionally there is live music at the Horse Head, so keep an eye open when reading the San Juan Record for announcements.
Hungry little cowpokes, yes, there is a children’s menu; and don’t be stealing that corndog off your child’s plate if you want to keep that hand.
Horse Head Grill has Old West décor, comfort food, welcoming attitude; don’t pass this place by when driving through Monticello.
Horse Head Grill, 380 South Main Street, Monticello, Utah, 84535, (435) 587-3058.