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Restaurant Happenings - March 2006

Hogi Yogi & Teriyaki Stix,
Good Food-Fast!

By Deirdre O. Keating

Hogi Yogi
Teriyaki Stix

396 S. Main
Moab UT 84532
435-250-2656

Where to eat? With so much to explore in the Moab area, meals can be a real kink in your plan. You want something fast so you can hit the trails, but you want something good to fuel your ride or hike as well. Add the complication of traveling with friends, and now you’re contending with pleasing totally different tastes.

What’s the solution? Hogi Yogi & Teriyaki Stix on Main Street!

Since 1995, owner Carter Frank has been offering healthy choices made your way, to eat in or to go. As the name implies, sandwiches and frozen yogurt are the main fare, but the menu has greatly expanded since the name first stuck. Everyone can find something to love on this menu.

Signature sandwiches are served on toasted Focaccia bread, while hoagies are available on fresh baked white or wheat rolls. Turkey is the most popular, but the choices range from homemade chicken salad, Philly steaks, and seafood to the more tradition meatball or roast beef. The list of toppings is truly impressive: three kinds of cheese, several sauces, and the veggies. Not just the typical pickles, lettuce and onion here. You can choose fresh green peppers, red onions, mushrooms, olives, cucumbers, sprouts, banana peppers, jalapenos, shredded carrots, and avocado. See the potential to please everyone?

RECIPE OF THE MONTH
From Teriyaki Stik

Chicken Curry

3 red potatoes, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
4 cups sliced carrots
½ gallon of water

Boil for 10 minutes. Add Japanese curry paste until thick. Add 3 cups chicken, cut into bite-size pieces. Heat and serve with rice. Enjoy!

And, if someone in your party is really craving a hot meal, at the next counter Teriyaki Stix is serving up hot bowls of rice with your choice, once again, of teriyaki, sweet n sour, hot n spicy, or curry. And that’s just the chicken! There is also yaki beef and kalua pork, as well as a veggie bowl and yakisoba noodles.

Salad lovers will be happy at either counter. Hogi Yogi offers sweet spinach with a strawberry vinaigrette or cobb salad with bacon and blue cheese. Teriyaki Stix serves lettuce with chicken, won tons, and almonds.

The best reason to eat healthy (well, besides longevity, your heart, and all those other reasons) is so you can afford to eat dessert!

Hogi Yogi lets you get creative here as well. Four kinds of sherbet, five kinds of milkshakes, eight real fruit smoothies, and over 20 mix-ins for their frozen yogurt! They’ve recently added a new temptation as well: fresh baked cookies and ice cream. You don’t have to decide between them either because they are serving them together as ice cream cookie sandwiches. Again, you get to choose what kind of cookie as well as what flavor ice cream.

Carter says the yogurt mixes are where he’s seen some of the most interesting customer creations.
“There was one lady who really loved olives. She always asked for extra olives on her sandwich, and one day she asked us to blend olives with yogurt.”

Any good?

“She said it was, but I wouldn’t recommend it.”

Especially when you could choose fruit, cookies, candy, and other tempting choices!

Carter Frank’s move to Moab eleven years ago has paid off. He loves the opportunity to live here and to work with people directly, “both customers and employees.” He has remained true to his original goal: to offer fast and healthy food. You don’t usually see those two adjectives together. “People want food that is quick and easy, but that shouldn’t have to mean fried and greasy too.”

The active tourists to Moab have responded in kind, and Carter is especially grateful to the diverse group of loyal locals who keep the place open year round. Carter shows his gratitude by giving back to the community in numerous ways, especially sponsoring different youth activities and even coaching the 7th grade boys’ basketball team this year. “Much of our business depends on the season. Our hours, the size of our staff, whether we’re mostly selling hot Teriyaki bowls or cold yogurt.”
What remains consistent is the fresh food and strong service.

Whether you’re looking for a quick fix through the drive-through window service, or want to enjoy the weather on the covered patio, there is something here for everyone. Carter dares you to try it and not be hooked. “The saying around here is: taste it, love it, crave it.”

Come try it for yourself. Hogi Yogi & Teriyaki Stix are located at 396 S. Main, and open seven days a week, until 9 pm or 11 pm depending on the season. For more information or to place an order, call 250-2656.

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