East Idaho Eats: Three-tip blueberry nachos, Hawaiian burgers, goat cheese scones and more offered at Half Cab Grill

KELLY CANYON — The concession stand at Kelly Canyon Resort underwent a major renovation this year and reopened last week as the Half Cab Grill.

Tyler Nielson, a professional chef with years of experience, has been hired to run the grill and he presents a new range of hearty foods and tasty treats.

One big difference is that the restaurant is now open year-round so diners can enjoy beautiful canyon views in the spring and summer while dining outdoors. During the winter months, hungry skiers can stop for a bite to eat, stay warm on the heated deck, and try a variety of items like the Swiss Mushroom Bacon Sandwich or the Hawaiian Burger.

Half Cab Grill’s Hawaiian burger. | Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com

“There’s grilled pineapple, grilled SPAM, mayonnaise, and lettuce on 1/3 lb of beef,” says Nielson. “My assistant said I couldn’t have a Hawaiian burger on the menu unless there was SPAM on it.”

The meat at the Half Cab Grill is fresh, and you can get a smoked three-tip steak from a large outdoor smoker on a sandwich, salad, or nachos.

Fresh corn chips are smothered in Nielson’s Made From Scratch Cheese Sauce and topped with guacamole, sour cream and a medley of black beans and corn salsa. Blueberry sauce is drizzled over the top, creating a sweet, meaty, cheesy sweetness you’ll think about long after you leave Half Cab Grill.

Traditional grilled dishes are also offered, including chicken fillets, steak and seafood of the day. Both come with your choice of potatoes with parmesan crusted fries being the most popular option.

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Traditional dishes like grilled steak with fries and broccoli are offered at the Half Cab Grill. | Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com

As for dessert, you can’t go wrong with Mama’s brownie, cheesecake, caramel apple crisp or freshly baked chocolate chip cookies – but my favorite was the GOAT bites. No, they’re not made of goat, they’re simply the best ever.

“These are freshly made scones covered in powdered sugar with a side of raspberry dip,” says Nielson. “They really are the best of all time.”

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Goat Bites — scones covered in powdered sugar with a raspberry dip — are a popular favorite at Half Cab Grill. GOAT means greatest of all time. | Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com

Nielson says his menu may change with the seasons and as the restaurant grows. The Half Cab Grill is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. and orders can be placed online. Nielson and his team also offer offsite catering.

“We have a full menu of options, including specialty menu choices. We’re happy to host special events, weddings, parties, corporate meetings, whatever,” he says.

To learn more about Half Cab Grill, visit their website or Facebook page.

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The Half Cab Grill is open year round at Kelly Canyon. | Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com

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