Sherman's Food Adventures: Whiptail Grill

Whiptail Grill

While we were in Vegas, I met up with Zamboni Guy and he was perplexed why we were there for only one night.  Well, the priority was hiking Zion, Antelope and Bryce Canyon rather than gorging on buffets.  So we left rather early the next morning. The drive from Vegas to Springdale, Utah was fairly uneventful but the temperature gauge was well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  So imagine the shock to the system as we exited our air-conditioned SUV upon arrival!  Seeing how we needed to acclimatize to the surroundings (as we were going for a hike), we decided to eat outside at Whiptail Grill.

My son wasn't overly hungry due to the heat and also a rash that had developed (was it connected to the heat???).  So he merely ordered the Whiplash Wings in house BBQ sauce.  I'm not sure where they got their wings from... man these were huge and plump!.  Despite the amount of surprisingly spicy smoky sauce, the skin was still fairly crunchy.  It could've been rendered a bit more, but that would overcooked the wings as a result.   Underneath, there was a mess of house-cut fries.  So this was more like an entree in terms of size.  Maybe it was due to the heat because my daughter decided to get the kid's Quesadilla with cheese.  Sure, this wasn't anything exciting, yet as the same time, they managed to crisp this out nicely with lots of oeey goeey cheese.

For myself, I had something lighter in pan-seared Mahi Mahi Tacos with grape salsa, cabbage blend and salsa fresca in grilled flour tortillas.  This was truly refreshing especially in the heat.  The fish was a little dry, but not a deal-breaker.  Flavors were subtle with the sweetness of grapes and tang from the tomatoes.  The side of limes were necessary to liven everything up.  Viv ended up with the most substantial item in the Southwestern Chicken Sandwich with pepper jack cheese, smoked apple-wood bacon and chipotle aioli on a brioche bun.  Nothing mind-blowing, the sandwich still ate very well where the charred chicken was tender and moist.  Lots of complimentary flavors going on.  As you can see, Whiptail ain't anything fancy, but it did the job.  So with all things considered, this was a fairly decent lunch that set us up for the rest of the day.

The Good:
- More than acceptable eats
- Friendly people
- Food is fresh

The Bad:
- A little pricey, but okay due to the limited selection


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