by Anura Guruge
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Mutton sandwich in Fried Bread at ‘The Junction’.
I am no stranger to Canyon de Chelly & Chinle, AZ. I have been there a total of four times, spanning 33-years.
33 years ago there was really ONLY one place to eat ‘Thunderbird Lodge Cafeteria‘ — and it WAS GOOD.
19 years ago you had the option of eating at the ‘Holiday Inn’ restaurant as well — BUT, the ‘Thunderbird Lodge Cafeteria’ was still the best.
3 years ago ‘Thunderbird Lodge Cafeteria’ (then called ‘The Sacred Lodge Cafeteria’) still rocked.
Not anymore. The ‘Thunderbird Lodge Cafeteria’, under new management (as of 18-months ago), SUCKS and sucks badly. The quality of food as plummeted.
Luckily there is the NEW ‘The Junction‘ attached to the ‘Best Western’ Hotel. ‘The Junction’ is GOOD. Very good and furthermore offers everything on the menu at the ‘Thunderbird’ and more. Yes, the common items between the two menus are typically $3 more expensive at ‘The Junction’, but that is well worth it since the quality and service is so much better. Plus ‘The Junction’ is full-service.
There is also a new “Denny’s” and a “Burger King” — the latter offering the ONLY reliable Wi-Fi in town.
“Denny’s” was OK. We had breakfast their once. Service was a tad slow but the food was OK.
We ate three nights in a row at ‘The Junction’ and even took some new Navajo friends there for dinner. They told us that they go there too — rather than the ‘Thunderbird’.
So, DEFINITELY recommend ‘The Junction’.
I personally also like “Church’s Chicken” and we have eaten there twice. It is fun and good.
Also do NOT forget the outstanding ‘Bashas’ supermarket with their deli that has an extensive range of hot food — including LOTS of great mutton. Their pot roast is very good.
So, my recommendations (at least for 2018): ‘The Junction’, “Church’s Chicken”, ‘Bashas’ supermarket, “Denny’s” & “Burger King”.
Search ‘Chelly’ & ‘Navajo’.
by Anura Guruge