The Best Restaurants to Try During the IRONMAN® World Championship

The Best Restaurants to Try During the IRONMAN® World Championship

by | Apr 15, 2022 | Blog | 0 comments

The 2021 Intermountain IRONMAN® World Championship is coming up fast! On May 7, 2022, St. George will host this exciting event, which is set to bring thousands of athletes, spectators, and volunteers to the area. 

If you haven’t already, now is the time to book your race weekend accommodations! The influx of visitors for the race, along with the early summer guests making their way to Zion National Park, are likely to make it difficult to find availability at hotels and vacation rentals in the area. Vibrant Management manages three boutique properties in the area that offer the perfect basecamps for athletes and their families. Check out this guide to learn more about our properties, and to book your race weekend stay before it’s too late!

Once you’ve booked your stay at a Vibrant managed-property, it’s time to start planning the rest of your race weekend visit—like where you’ll fuel up before and after the race! Keep reading to learn a few of the best dining options in Springdale to enjoy during the 2021 IRONMAN® World Championship.

Camp Outpost Co. Zion

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast, lunch, or dinner option on your way to pick up your race packet or after the race before a day of exploring nearby Zion National Park? Head to Camp Outpost Co. Zion.

This unique restaurant’s crowning jewels are the large rotisserie, communal fire pit, and large outdoor seating area, where you can relax and take in views of Zion in the distance while enjoying simple, yet delicious foods. Breakfast options include things like French toast, oatmeal, and omelets. For lunch and dinner, try rotisserie chicken, as well as other American cuisines like burgers and salads, or some tasty tacos.

Oscar’s Cafe

One of Springdale, Utah’s most popular dining options is Oscar’s Cafe. This beautiful, relaxed spot offers Mexican and American options in a quaint and quirky setting. Sip your coffee from a handcrafted clay mug, and fill up on hearty dishes like breakfast burritos, enchiladas, burgers, and more. Oscar’s Cafe offers plenty of outdoor seating, though you can dine inside too, if you prefer.

Switchback Grille

Staying at Vibrant Management’s popular vacation rental property, Watchman Villas? Just a short walk away from your private villa, you’ll find this upscale dining experience. Switchback Grille is an elegant steakhouse with a variety of steaks, as well as seafood options and salad options. This is a great spot to celebrate post-race, or for a special date night out while visiting Zion.

Zion Canyon Brew Pub

Prefer to celebrate your race in a more relaxed setting? Zion Canyon Brew Pub is a great choice. This local favorite holds the title of the first microbrewery in Southern Utah. It offers a fun, casual atmosphere located just outside of the South Entrance of Zion National Park. 

Alongside their homemade brews, you can also fill up on bar fare, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Some unique menu items include their buffalo meatloaf and bangers and mash. Grab a seat by the window to enjoy views of Zion’s towering peaks. Or come on a weekend evening for some live music.

Bit & Spur Restaurant & Saloon

Mexican and Southwest cuisine are popular choices throughout Southern Utah. If you’re in the mood for Southwest cuisine with a twist, head to Bit & Spur Restaurant & Saloon. This historic spot first opened as a roadside bar in the 1970s. Today, they serve up food, drinks, and friendly service to tourists and locals alike. The menu features favorites like Sweet Potato Tamales, Champinones pasta, and Chile Verde Pot Pie. The drink menu is packed with refreshing cocktails, including plenty of flavors of margaritas.

Cafe Soleil

If you’re looking to satisfy your caffeine fix before you get to the race starting line or need a quick, grab-and-go breakfast or lunch option as you head to Zion, plan a stop at Cafe Soleil. This small cafe offers a variety of coffee, tea, and espresso options, as well as basic sandwiches, salads, and hot pizzas. This spot is a great choice for vegetarians and vegans looking for quick and healthy dining options.

Planning Your Visit for the 2021 IRONMAN® World Championship

From quick, simple breakfast and lunch options to delicious Southwest cuisine and upscale dining options, you’ll find a variety of options in the Springdale area. And when you stay at Cliffrose Lodge, Watchman Villas, or The Dwellings, you’ll be just a short drive away from these options, as well as from the starting line of the race.

Whether you’ll be putting your skills to the test on the racecourse or are attending as a spectator or volunteer, time is running out to plan your visit for the 2021 IRONMAN® World Championship.

Already booked your stay at a Vibrant Management property and put a few restaurant options on your list? Check out this guide next to learn the best options for getting to and from your airport of choice for the race.

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