Miguel's Baja Grill

Posted - Aug. 31, 2004 at 9:34 p.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

The rugged red cliffs and swift moving river may not be the only things attracting visitors to Moab. Miguel's Baja Grill has become a popular restaurant with locals and tourists wanting to add a little spice to their dinner. Situated on Main Street between two original adobe buildings, Miguel's Baja Grill is decorated in authentic Baja California style. The restaurant has recreated the colors of Mexico with bright blues, whites and Mexican adobes. Dave Bodner and Carrie Valdes opened Miguel's Baja Grill four years ago.

Dave spent a lot of time in Baja California as a child. He has fond memories of the area, but most of all, he remembers the food. The Baja-style recipes used in the restaurant are traditional menu items and original recipes Dave has mastered over the years. All the food is prepared fresh when ordered, and the restaurant doesn't use any bottled or pre-made sauces.

Maria and Juan are the chefs at Miguel's Baja Grill, and Dave tells me the restaurant's fish tacos are famous in Moab. Many of the items on the menu at Miguel's Baja Grill are made with fish, but Dave doesn't use just any fish. He uses high quality fish that is frozen as soon as it's caught to give it that fresh taste. Other popular menu items include lamb tacos, scallops, shrimp, mahi-mahi and portabella mushroom tacos. If you're looking for a more traditional Mexican dish, Miguel's Baja Grill also offers the M.O.A.B. — the Mother of All Burritos — with beans, rice, cheese and meat.

Because Moab is a seasonal town, it isn't worth it for Dave to keep the restaurant open during the winter months. From mid-February until mid-March, the restaurant is only open on weekends, and from March until mid-November, Miguel's Baja Grill is open all week. Even though the restaurant closes for the true winter months, Dave says he enjoys the holiday.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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