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Fred’s Diner at Raptor Ranch offers food options at Grand Canyon Junction

Fred’s Diner at Raptor Ranch welcomes guests from around the world. From left: Raptor Ranch, co-owner, Ron Brown, head chef Francisco Granados and Raptor Ranch co-owner Troy Morris. (V. Ronnie Tierney/WGCN)

Fred’s Diner at Raptor Ranch welcomes guests from around the world. From left: Raptor Ranch, co-owner, Ron Brown, head chef Francisco Granados and Raptor Ranch co-owner Troy Morris. (V. Ronnie Tierney/WGCN)

GRAND CANYON JUNCTION, Ariz. — The newly renovated Fred’s Diner at Raptor Ranch is heating up with pizza, chicken wings, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, fried zucchini, jalapeño poppers and more.

To cool down, soft serve ice cream is available along with milk shakes.

The pizza menu features a large variety of pizza including gluten free cauliflower crust pizza, which Raptor Ranch Co-Owner, Ron Brown says has been a hit.

“It’s really been a crowd pleaser, everybody really likes it,” Brown said.

Installation of a specialty pizza oven cooks the pizzas in three to eight minutes, depending on the size of the pizza.

“Next week we will be installing our outdoor grill and will feature hamburgers and eventually a beer garden,” Brown said.

The restaurant features a dining room, self-serve drinks and the welcoming Stone age atmosphere.

“Customers love our pizza,” said store manager, Bridge Reitan. “We recently had national pizza bloggers traveling through and they rated our pizza number one. They said they were surprised our pizza was so good.”

Fred’s Diner Head Chef Francisco Granados really enjoys his job and said people should come in and taste his food.

“The food is really good. I’m really happy to be working here,” Granados said.

“It’s nice to have a product that people enjoy,” Brown said. “We serve quality food and it’s nice that we can serve it quickly.”

Also in the near future are plans for an outdoor smoker.

“We’re going to have a barbecue on the weekends,” said Raptor Ranch co-owner Troy Morris. “We will feature ribs, elk and bison burgers. Guests can sit outside, enjoy a meal and watch the sunset or even a bird show.”

Summer/fall hours of the restaurant are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. To place an order call Fred’s Diner at (928) 635-3072.

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