Hidden practically out in the middle of nowhere along Highway 40 in Utah, is a steakhouse aptly named The Hideout. Reviews tout it as being worth a 2-hour drive for their signature steak on a rock. Fortunately, we didn’t have to drive 2 hours just to try it since it was right along the way on our trip to Vernal, Utah.
We stopped there in the early afternoon, right between normal lunch & dinner hours. The place was fairly empty and we were seated immediately. Before we left, two other large traveling groups had stopped to eat here, too, along with several people who seemed to be local regulars. The Hideout has plenty of room with more than one dining room.
Our server was casual, but friendly and very attentive to our needs. He knew the menu, made recommendations when asked, and made sure our requests were accommodated.
Among the more unique items on the menu, and what we really went to The Hideout for, was the steak cooked on a stone. There are multiple cuts of steak offered and you can choose to cook it on the stone yourself (recommended!) or have the chef cook it for you – still on the stone. The owner is a very friendly and open guy and came to our table to tell us about the restaurant and the process. He fell in love with steak cooked on a stone at another restaurant and wanted to have his own restaurant with the same concept. The stones are cut from volcanic rock that is then seasoned at very high temperatures and used at The Hideout. Every day at 8:00 am, they heat the stones in an old smoker that is converted to a gas oven. They are kept hot just waiting for a piece of steak!
Tri Tip Steak ($14.99) – Not the type of cut I usually order for a steak, but this was really good cooked on the stone. The steak comes out with a raw on the stone. The server told us to immediately flip it over, then start cutting it into smaller pieces that will cook quickly. They were ready to eat pretty much as soon as we got it cut up.
Filet (8 oz. – $25.99) – Mr. Diner & I split this one….sooooo good! We tried it with the recommended glaze that we poured over it as it cooked on the stone. It was delicious and our steaks were perfectly cooked to our liking! (I guess you only have yourself to blame if you cook it yourself.)
5050 Burger with Onion Rings ($6.99) – This 1/3 pound burger patty is half beef and half bacon and is served on a toasted bun with more bacon and traditional toppings. It was more moist than most burgers, but the patty itself didn’t have a significant bacon flavor. We had asked about how many onion rings it came with, and the server made sure they didn’t skimp…look at all those delicious battered rings!
Salad Bar ($4.99 a la carte, $2.49 added to entree, or can be in place of a side) – Pretty typical salad bar.
Kids Mini Corndogs with Fries ($3.99) – Mini corndogs were good; the fries were a little on the limp side.
Cream Corn (side) – Entrees come with a choice of 2 sides. This cream corn was heavy on the cream and butter with whole kernals of corn. Reminded my of my grandma’s.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes (side) – Just okay. I couldn’t taste the garlic.
Baked Beans (side) – These had been baking a long time and were to the point of falling apart. They were slightly sweet and had a kick of chile powder.
Rootbeer Float (I think this was $3.99, but not sure) – Huge glass!
We really enjoyed our experiences at The Hideout. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area…and there’s not much else to choose from, anyway. I probably wouldn’t drive 2 hours just to eat here, but will definitely make a point to go again if we’re headed to Vernal. We loved the steak and the novelty of cooking it on a stone. Do it! The sides were lacking a bit; I’d recommend the corn, salad bar, or onion rings. The baked potato might be a good option, too, but we didn’t try it. Somebody bring a steak on a stone restaurant to Utah County, please!
The Hideout Steakhouse
8400 S Parriette Rd
Myton, UT 84052
Entree Price: $$$
Average Fork Rating: 4.6
Mr. Diner: 5
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 5
Sweet Diner: 5
Little Diner: 4
Guest Diner M: 4.5
Guest Diner D: 4.5