Rocking V Cafe, with a major emphasis on rocking, is an art-filled restaurant and art gallery serving eclectic slow food in an artfully enhanced setting, a mercantile building that dates to 1892. Located at 97 West Center Street in Kanab, Utah, it combines good food with local art and lots of fun in an old-time western atmosphere. The main floor is old and creaky, the front windows still have old glass with ripples, the original adobe bricks still show through gaps in the stucco, the cubbyholes from the days when the building was a post office still remain and the safe dates to 1902 or 1906. Upstairs, the Rafters Gallery displays oils, pastels, black and white photographs, wood sculptures, ceramics, steel work and plasters from local and regional artists. But the food is the main attraction. Open from 11:30 to 10 Thursday through Monday, Rocking V Cafe features a menu that offers a few pleasant surprises. My wife and I started by sharing a Caesar salad with shrimp and hickory smoked Rainbow trout with fresh greens, peppers and salsa. For an entree, my wife was delighted to see a Hawaiian favorite, grilled Mahi Mahi, with coconut jasmine rice and fresh vegetables. I couldn't resist the specialty of the house, the eight-ounce Bison tenderloin, chargrilled, seared with a blend of garlic, wild mushrooms and black truffle and served over baby greens with garlic sour cream Yukon gold mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus. A very entertaining and satisfying experience to be sure.
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