Best Quick Eats
Best bite: Brisket banh mi.
The French-Vietnamese hybrid sandwich known as banh mi is one of the great sandwiches in the world, right up there with the hamburger, the hoagie and the Reuben. Oh Mai—in its original location on State Street and now in Holladay—serves the best banh mi in Utah. Key is the lightweight bread; the fluffy insides are torn out, leaving a crisp and easily bitable crust hollow to hold the fillings. From there, the balance of hefty meat with tangy hot vegetables and pickles makes the most exciting bite you can buy for the amazingly low price. You can order several of the sandwich fillings over jasmine rice or try Oh Mai’s pho and bun. But you must order the banh mi. 3425 S. State St., SLC, 801-467-6882; 6093 S. Highland Dr., 801-277-9888
Best Comfort Food
Pig and a Jelly Jar
Good morning. Or afternoon: Sausage is one of mankind’s best inventions and the Pig, aptly, serves some of SLC’s best, made by Frody Volgger.
What a great idea: one menu, one price, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Sounds like eating at Mom’s house, right? (Clean your plate!) Amy Britt, co-owner of Meditrina, serves Sunday night supper at her breakfast-all-day, lunch and dinner café with the funny name. For breakfast, we like the chicken and waffle. For lunch, we like the sausage grinder. For Sunday supper, we like everything. 401 E. 900 South, Ste. A, SLC, 385-202-7366
Daily bread: The country French loaf is perfect for everything from sandwiches to table bread.
Generations ago, grocery store shelves replaced the corner bakery, giving rise to bread that remained moist for weeks. A loaf’s shelf life was its main selling point. So it seems only right that a grocery store has restored bread to its proper place as a daily purchase. In its efforts to replace grocery shopping with a new, local and fresh model, Harmons sent bakers to the San Francisco Baking Institute to learn the ancient craft of baking. Now Harmons sells some of the best loaves anywhere, with a crisp brown crust and a soft moist crumb. No, you can’t keep it for weeks. But it’s so good you’ll eat it in a day. Locations across Utah. harmonsgrocery.com
Favorite decorating detail: The glowering portrait of Porter Rockwell, Brigham Young’s right-hand gun.
The exquisite eye and comfortable aesthetic of Cody Derrick made Pallet one of the must-see restaurants of the year. Owned by his brother Rocky Derrick and Drew Eastman, Pallet dared to open in Gateway’s shadow but created an environment of such distinction that it was an immediate hit. Warm old wood, big windows and as much of the original dairy warehouse as possible combine in a tongue-in-cheek way to make the restaurant irresistibly charming. 237 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-935-4431