My usual stop on the GC to Phx.run is the 'Roadhouse' in Bellemont, next to the Harley dealership, right on I-40. I love the micro-brew selection and you cannot complain to the cook, either, because it will be YOU! They also have a salad bar, important as I am generally craving 'greens' after my longer backpacks and like a salad-bar handy for, as Paulie used to say, 'ma-jor grind-age'.
When headed from the Village to the Valley, SR 64 shaves about 45 minutes off of the trip vs. using 180. Yes, 64 is less scenic for sure - I save 180 for when I have tourist-types in town that want to see the Canyon. Stopping @ the Roadhouse also 'breaks up' the drive some.