Nedra was born in Kanab, Utah, in 1917, the granddaughter of a Mormon Pioneer who had settled in nearby Paria Canyon. Her mother, Jesiel Brown opened Brown’s 89 House in Kanab in 1940, and thus began a long tradition in fine Southwestern Cuisine.
Nedra opened her Café in Fredonia, Arizona, in 1957, and began serving her own style Mexican food one day week. Her reputation spread and a demanding clien-tele soon persuaded her to serve Mexican food full time.


For 40 years Nedra’s has enjoyed a reputation for having the best Mexican food around, and has been a favorite stop for countless movie crews and stars. Frequent customers have included James Garner, Vera Miles, Sidney Poitier and Clint Eastwood. Sen. Barry Goldwater was known to have gallons of Nedra’s special hot sauce flown to his Arizona ranch.


Expansion began in 1990 with the opening of Nedra’s Too in Kanab, Utah. Operated now by a daughter, Nedra Pauline, Nedra’s Café symbolizes a three generation tradition of fine dining.

Due to our central location among the scenic, and geological wonders of the Colorado Plateau, the Fredonia - Kanab area has long been a favorite filming location for Hollywood’s major motion picture studios.

More western movies and television programs have been filmed in this area than in any other single location outside of Hollywood itself.



Movies and TV Series Filmed in Kanab



Deadwood Coach(1924)

Dude Ranger (1934)

Ramona (1963)

Bad Man of Brimstone (1938)

The Lone Ranger (1938)

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Stagecoach (1939)

Union Pacific (1939)

Brigham Young (1940)

Western Union (1940)

Billy The Kid (1941)

My Friend Flicka (1943)

In Old Oklahoma (1943)

Buffalo Bill (1944)

Can’t Help Singing (1944)

Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945)

Smokey (1945)

Thunder in the Valley (1947)

Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)

In Search of Noah’s Ark (1976)

Big Cat (1949)

Calamity Jane & Sam Bass (1949)

Red Canyon (1949)

The Outsiders (1950)

Oh Susanna (1951)

Westward the Women (1952)

Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)

Pony Express (1953)

Yellow Tomhawk (1954)

Fort Yuma (1955)

Jubal Troop (1956)

War Drums (1957)

Sergeants Three (1963)

Duel At Diablo (1966)

Brighty of the Grand Canyon (1967)

Bandolero (1968)

The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)

One Little Indian (1973)

The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976)

Brigham (1976)

Donners Pass (1978))

Maverick (1993)

Geronimo (1993)

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

The Long Ride Home

No Place To Ride


The Car (1977)

The Alex Joseph Story (1976)

Point Break (1990)

Treasure of Zion (IMAX 1996)



Arabian Nights (1942)

The Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Girl in Black Stockings

Again A Love Story

Windwalker (1995)

Evolution (1998)

Planet of the Apes (1999)


Greatest Story Ever Told (1969)


The Lone Ranger

Death Valley Days

Have Gun Will Travel

Daniel Boone


How The West Was Won

Six Million Dollar Man

Grizzly Adams


The Bionic Boy

Wagon Train

F Troop

Route 66

Biblical Stories


Mackenna’s Gold (1969)