To start with if you are eating in the Stagecoach Dinning Room, the chances are you are staying in the Goulding's Lodge. There is not much choice in this neck of the wood. The menu is simple fare, very hearty and rustic. There are some local dishes, like Navajo fried bread, otherwise, it is burgers, fried chicken, prawn cocktails. The price are the same as a bistro or restro in DC. It does not make an impression on me with the food.
The first night I ordered a chicken salad and added some prawns in it. The portion was huge. My companion ordered a steak. Frankly, it was neither here or there.
I dined twice there, even though the second night I drove out to other town nearby to look for food, but no way of finding any, as there was a snow storm, most of the other small motels and restaurants let go of their staffs early!! Ended up drove back to Stagecoach for anotherdinner. The second night I ordered a baby ribs, and my companion ordered fried chicken. My ribs were served within 15 minutes, I was wondering how did that happen?? You surely cannot cook it in such a short time. My first bite tells me that the rib was either poached first or it has been used to make soup first and then re-use for the entrée, then grilled it or put it into the oven. It was smeared with a thick layer of BBQ sauce. By that point, I am already staving and had no energy to change it. In any case, where else would I go, no where else was open!! Food that are not cook from scratch on the spot rarely is good food. I think the restaurant is in a position that they don't have to improve on their quality of food and would still has customers. The lodge serves large tour group even in low season. When I was there, there were groups of Japanese tourists and some FIT (frequent individual travelers) even in low season. If I were the Executive Chef there, I would look into improving the quality of the food. The staffs are friendly. Though the first night when I asked for balsamic vinegar to go with my salad, I was told there was none. I told her to go and ask the kitchen, there must be balsamic vinegar somewhere in a restaurant, right??
Having said all the above, it has the best buttermilk pancake for breakfast. I love breakfast there.
I will let you be the judge yourself.