In 1995, co-owners Barry Eldredge, Clayton Wyman, Homer Cutrubus and brother Phidia Cutrubus built the Ogden Comfort Suites and its accompanying restaurant, Cactus Reds.
Eldredge said he and Wyman both had experience in the hospitality industry before the four business partners decided to venture out on their own.
They hired a chef from the Lake Tahoe area to design a menu of Southwest cuisine, featuring several meat dishes, seafood, sandwiches, salads and hamburgers.
Since their hotel features Southwestern dA(c)cor, they decided to theme the restaurant along the same lines. Eldredge said about half of their business comes from locals and the other half from hotel guests.
Appetizers include Calamari ($6.95), served with marinara or hot mustard sauce, and the Foot of Onion Rings ($5.95) with ranch dressing and fry sauce.
A popular salad is the Mojave Beef ($9.50), a bed of greens with thin slices of grilled sirloin and fajita vegetables, cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes and choice of dressing.
One of the features of the restaurant is the Prime Rib ($14.95/10 ounces) served every night of the week. Eldredge said it is slow-roasted to perfection and melts in your mouth. It comes with au jus, creamed horseradish, soup or salad, a vegetable, warm bread and choice of side dish.
The Million Dollar Potatoes ($3.50) are their most famous side dish. "People drive long distances for it," Eldredge said.
Other favorites include the Baby Back Ribs ($14.95/half rack), Old Fashioned Fish and Chips ($10.95) and the Cactus Burger ($7.95), a 1/2-pound patty or chargrilled chicken breast on a toasted bakery roll with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions.
To top it all off, Eldredge recommends the Mocha Mud Pie ($4.95) for dessert, with mocha ice cream in a cookie crust, topped with thick fudge, mocha whipped cream, shaved chocolate and slivered almonds.