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Broken Oar Restaurant Serves Dinner Monday through Saturday
Check Out its Wall of Frames, Décor Depicting Moab’s River Culture
By Sharon Sullivan

Broken Oar Restaurant has always been known for its sweet potato fries – long before sweet potato fries became popular at many eateries, said Audrena Apadaca, co-owner of Broken Oar along with her husband Randy Apadaca.

However, the sweet potato fries at Broken Oar come with a twist – they’re served covered with caramel sauce, cinnamon and sugar, sea salt and a bit of lemon zest.

“It’s our claim to fame,” Apadaca said. “The lemon zest with caramel is really delicious.”

Those with less adventurous palates also have the option to order the fries plain, without the embellishments, she said.
Broken Oar is a family-friendly restaurant set in a beautiful log-cabin-style building with a fireplace, and elegant staircase leading to a loft with additional indoor seating. There’s also outside deck dining available.

The menu includes a choice of burgers with various toppings, served on a toasted ciabatta bun, with a side of the signature sweet potato fries, French fries, or beer-battered onion rings.

Plus, there are pulled pork, beef brisket, and Rubicon (a twist on the classic Reuben) sandwiches. Or, consider Apadaca’s favorite, the Buffalo Chicken sandwich.

The menu also includes steaks, fish and chips, shrimp and chips, an array of salads, and a half-dozen other entrees from which to choose, like grilled pork chop served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus, honey siracha chicken with roasted potatoes and fresh asparagus, or pan-seared red trout served with sautéed asparagus, roasted potatoes, finished with parmesan cheese.

Additionally, you’ll find pasta dishes, including a vegetarian Veggie Scampi dish.
Broken Oar also serves what they call “street food mashups” that include such items as various smoked meat tacos, and a BBQ chicken or vegie flatbread.

Randy Apadaca also works in the river adventure industry, and the restaurant reflects that aspect of Moab’s culture. The décor is themed around river guiding, with broken oars donated by various guides over the years displayed inside the restaurant.

There’s also a “wall of frames” with photographs of white-water rapids, along with other river rafting adventure photos.
“Our theme is ‘we play hard and eat well,’” Audrena Apadaca said. “We want it to be a memorable experience.”
Broken Oar serves wine and beer, including craft brews from Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Brewery –one of its beers is called the Broken Oar Lager.

Broken Oar Restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m., and sometimes later.
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