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Good Views, Good Food at Zax Restaurant in the heart of downtown Moab
By Sharon Sullivan


Enjoy a wide range of cuisine, either indoors or outdoors at Zax Restaurant, 96 S. Main St. in Moab.

You can sit outside at a corner sidewalk table, dine inside, or enjoy a meal on the second-floor deck overlooking the La Sal Mountains and downtown Moab where two sides are open to the outside air. This upper level also includes curtains for when protection from the sun, wind or other weather is needed. “It’s been really popular,” said Zax co-owner Mike Bynum.

Zax Restaurant has a full menu that includes a variety of burgers where you can add from a range of extra toppings. Other sandwiches include the Rueben, roasted portabella mushroom, BBQ pulled pork, and more. Sandwiches come with French fries, which can be swapped out for onion rings, pickle fries or sweet potato fries.

Menu items also include an array of salads, beer cheese soup, fish and chips, pasta, pizza, seafood and steaks.

You might want to start off your meal with an appetizer – there’s spinach artichoke dip, spicy battered pickle fries served with a side of jalapeno ranch dressing, deep-fried cauliflower, and Zax wings.

The restaurant is well-known for its pizza, Bynum said. The dough is made from a unique recipe used for more than 25 years. (Bynum’s former business partner Bart Bortles owns Woody’s Wood-fired Pizza in Golden, Colorado and uses the same dough recipe). “It’s derivative from Navajo fry bread,” Bynum said. He recommends spreading honey on the pizza crust edge. If you feel like dining at home, consider Zax’s “Take and Bake” pizzas, a fresh Zax pizza you can bake at home in 15 minutes.

The buffalo head mounted over the bar area is a nod to Bynum’s and Bortles’ football-playing days at the University of Colorado, where the mascot is the buffalo. Bynum spent his teen years in Moab, however, where he worked at Knowles Hardware Store, where the restaurant is now located – thus, he has a long history with the building.

Zax Restaurant also serves a wide variety of beers, wines and spirits – including “Zax’s Favorite Drinks.” There’s also all-you-can-drink sodas and bottomless coffee!

Zax is open daily for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and sometimes later. “We try and feed people before we close up,” Bynum said. So, if someone comes in around closing time, there may still be some pizza even if the kitchen is closed down, he noted.

“We try and take care of folks,” Bynum said. “It’s a friendly place with good food.”

And be sure to mention you read about Zax Restaurant in Moab Happenings.

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