23rd Street Cafe
Meticulously made coffee in a space that’s more about music and poetry than laptops and cellphones.
Meticulously made coffee in a space that’s more about music and poetry than laptops and cellphones.
With its hip graphic design, ever-so-cool servers and a loyal cupcakes following, this simple sandwich spot could be at home in Soho,but it's in St. George.
The kitches has taken on new life under a new chef, Carl Fiessinger breathes some Southern soul into the menu, but stays within the New West framework, so longtimers will be happy and every tummy satisfied.
Park City locals believe the steak sandwich is the best in town. You’ll also find classics like wiener schnitzel, rack of lamb and steak Diane.
Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, diners can marvel at nature’s magnificent handiwork while feasting from the sushi bar. The menu is global, and the scene is lively—with live music some nights.
The menu features classic sushi, plus trendy combos. Try the Asian "tapas." Then there's the beer side of things, which accounts for the peanuts.
A fresh take on Mexican food from award-winning chef Matthew Lake whose New York Rose Mexicano was "the gold standard." More upscale than a taco joint, but nowhere near white tablecloth, this bright inviting cafe offers table side guacamole; the rest of the menu, from margaritas to mole, is just as fresh and immediate.
Alpine House has a lot of separate mini-ambiences for its size: ikat-covered wing chairs near a fireplace, a deluxe carved picnic table, an intimate banquette, and a bar, all lit by a bank of windows looking out over the plaza. The menu is short: a fantastic tomato soup, jazzed up with coconut and garnished with eggplant croutons. Caesar pizza was slicked with alfredo and plenty of parm, topped with white anchovies and roasted garlic cloves, with chopped romaine and croutons tossed on top. And for the big finish, a couple of brilliant desserts: deep dish blueberry cobbler with ice cream and baked apricots topped with meringue cream and lime zest, each served simply in a deep bowl. There’s nothing cozier than eating out of a bowl. Resort Village, Sundial Building, North of the Cabriolet, Park City, 435-615-4828
A pizza-only off shoot of the neighborhood Italian spot; you can buy it by the slice.
This is Epic Brewing Company's brewpub, though the main brewery is on 300 West. The menu of beer-friendly food was conceived by chef Robert Angellili and stands up to the considerable heft of beers.
Enjoy fine dining at the top of the world. Apex at Montage exudes luxury in the most understated and comfortable way. No need to tux up to experience pampered service; the assumption is you're here to relax and that means not having to worry about a thing. The classy lack of pretension extends to the menu -- no unpronouncables, nothing scary or even too daring -- just top of the line everything. Quality speaks for itself.
Chic pizza in Bountiful. Arella's pies appeal to pizza purists, traditionalists and adventurers, with wood-fired crusts and toppings that range from caramelized pear to jalapeno.
The best of local Greek eateries is also one of the city’s best restaurants, period. Fare ranges from Greek greatest hits like gyros and skordalia to Cretan dishes like the chicken braised with okra, but the grilled Greek octopus is what keeps us coming back for more.
This place probably does as much takeout as full-service business—traffic is heavy, but the dining room is tiny. The diner gets to mix and match proteins and sauces for the stir-fries; there is also a list of pan-Asian noodle dishes.
The menu is not frighteningly authentic or disturbingly Americanized. Dishes are chef-driven and Chef James seems most comfortable in the melting pot.
This tiny antique storefront offers an experience larger than the square feet would lead you to expect. The food is more interesting than ever, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nosh, listen to music and relax with a drink in the bottle-lined speakeasy.
It's a restaurant and brewpub, with the emphasis on small plates and late hours. The food is inventive, the beer is good and—big plus—they serve cocktails as well as brew at this neighborhood hot spot.
The T.J. Taxi is a flour tortilla stuffed with chicken, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, cheddar-jack cheese and guacamole.
Bambara is hip urban chic, casual and comfortable upscale American bistro dining; bringing a sophisticated, yet approachable element to Salt Lake City’s dining scene. Chef Nathan Powers makes decisions about food based on sustainability and the belief that good food should be available to everybody. Using a Burgundian imagination, he turns out dishes with a sophisticated heartiness three times a day.
This drinker's bar is devoted to cocktails and the shakers prefer the term "bartenders." A survivor of the ups and downs of Utah liquor laws, this was the vanguard of Salt Lake's new cocktail movement, serving classic drinks and creative inventions behind the best electric sign in the city.
An indirect offshoot of Moab Brewery, the Grill focuses as much on house-brewed root beer as alcoholic suds, but the generally hefty food suits either.
A great downtown beer bar with great food as well. The ice bar keeps things chill. Don’t forget about it.
Motor City Mexican The subtitle is "burger and taco garage" but garage is the notable word. This is a theme restaurant and hearkens back to the seventies heyday of such places- lots of cars and motorcycle on display, oil cans to hold the flatware, and a 50seat bar made out of toolboxes. If you've ever dreamed of eating in a garage, you'll be thrilled.
One of a trio of local bistros, this one is sleek and urbanely stylish as well as being LEED-certified. You can feel good about that and about the food, graciously served under the direction of Miles Broadhead, one of our city's finest hosts. Fare ranges from classic ribeye for two to unusual but delicious beet gnocchi.
Everything from burgers served on ciabatta bread to bargain-priced rice bowls at lunch, to the evening’s California Ahi Stack, a tall cylinder of tuna, crab, avocado, rice and mango salsa.
The coziness and the low wine markups make you want to sit and sip. The menu features a lot of Thai-influenced flavors, but mainstays here are classic French favorites like beef bourguignon and steak au poivre.
This is probably the most "American" restaurant in town—the cuisine here is based on the Native American dishes Chef Mark Mason enjoyed in his youth. But the fundamentals—like Navajo fry bread and the "three sisters" combo of squash, corn and beans—have been given a beautiful urban polish by this experienced chef. Don't miss the cactus pear margarita.
The kitchen offers imaginative selections even though the dark wood and cozy ambience look like an old gentlemen’s club. Don’t miss the Dreamloaf, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes.
The restaurant is reminiscent of the Alps. For dinner, try the mushroom tart in puff pastry with red wine sauce, and the lobster and corn ravioli in smoky tomato sauce. Don’t miss the award-winning brunch.
Blue lemon's sleek interior and high-concept food have city style. Informal but chic, many-flavored but healthy, Blue lemon's unique take on food and service is a happy change from downtown's food-as-usual.
Formica tables, linoleum floors, Elvis kitsch and tunes on the jukebox make this an all-American fave. Pancakes, patty melts and chicken-fried steak in sausage gravy over smashed potatoes and burgers are comfort food at its best.
Bohemian keeps a firm connection to its cultural history-so to go with the wonderful Czech beer, you can nosh on potato pancakes, pork chops and goulash. There's also plenty of American beer fare.
Salt Lake's biryani mainstay has several restaurant sisters worthy to call family.
This biryani mainstay in Salt Lake is sublimely satisfying, from the wise-cracking Sikh host to our friendly server, from the vegetarian entrees to the tandoor's carnivore's delights. We always finish with kheer-rice pudding flavored with cardamom.
Meat, meat and more meat is the order of the day at the Brazilian-style churrascaria buffet. On the lighter side are plated fish entrees and a salad bar.
The original tiny shop on Broadway turns out waffles made with pearl sugar, topped with fruit, whipped cream or chocolate. Plus frites, Belgian beef stew, and a gargantuan sandwich called a mitraillette (or submachine gun). The new, slightly larger Sugar House cafe has a larger menu.
BTG stand for "By the Glass." There are craft cocktails and specialty beer, and you can order food from Caffe Molise, but the pieces des resistances are the more than 50 wines by the glass. Order a tasting portion or a full glass; sample vintages you might not want by the bottle.
Choose your bug- besides crawfish, you can have shrimp ($9.95 a pound), clams, snow, blue or dungeness crab at market price(if you order two or more pounds, you can have corn in the same boil). At Bucket of Crawfish, you choose your seasoning (cajun, garlic butter, lemon pepper) and heat level, and better not forget the beer. For sides, there's corn, fries, rice and sausages. When the food arrives, get cracking. If you must be more civilized, you can order a fried basket. That's it. Brought to you by the brilliant folks who own Pho Green Papaya.
Housed in the luxurious Montage, this casual restaurant presents the most deluxe versions of America's favorite food. The burgers are stupendous, there's a great list of bourbons to back them, and if you're not a bourbon imbiber, have one of the majorly good milkshakes.
The buzz is back: Garlic burgers and sandwiches are still great, there’s sports on TV and a dartboard, but after a brief and unhappy hiatus, beer is again being served and all is right with the world.
The draws are prime rib, New York strip and pork chops–and the ladies' night specials in the popular bar downstairs.
(Open seasonally) This café offers buzz-worthy dishes like rattlesnake cakes and fancy tamales. Save room for dessert.
Authentic dishes like garlic soup share the menu with favorites like port-sauced lamb shank Service is dependably courteous and friendly at this family-owned spot.
Get the mezzes platter for some of the best falafel in town. Entrees range from pita sandwiches to gargantuan dinner platters of braised shortribs, roast chicken and pasta..
As exciting as new restaurants can be, it's equally satisfying to return to an old favorite year after year and find that it's just as good as you remembered it. Certainly, the latter is a rarer experience--anyone can open a restaurant, but keeping in business is an odds-against proposition. So walking into Cafe Oscar on rare snowy morning last winter and finding nothing changed was a rare experience Even our--waiter--I think his name is Grant and he is NOT grumpy, although some get that impression--wasa familiar face. The patio is great in summer but the dining room is cozy in a late-sixties kind of way, with copper-topped tables, a tile mosaic and soft cloth napkins. Gorgeous blueberry pancakes come with lots of real, fresh blueberries and real maple syrup of boysenberry syrup. Eggs are fresh and hot, Oscar's famous potatoes are crisp and brown, bacon is thick and not too salty. Coffee keeps coming. Three meals a day are served at Oscar's, but we love the mornings the best.
The tacos al carbon feature flame-grilled skirt steak with pico de gallo, cheese and cilanro. Sabor's cheap eats and low-key service make a fun meal.
This charming café is the spot for a leisurely lunch or dinner. Chicken and bacon tossed with mixed greens and grilled veggies on focaccia are café-goers’ favorites.
Pizzas from the wood-fired brick oven are wonderful, as are the clams in a white wine, basil, tomato and butter broth. The stylish downtown restaurant is one of the city's premier and perennial lunch spots; in Cottonwood, the brunch is especially popular.
Pizzas from the wood-fired brick oven are wonderful, as are the clams in a white wine, basil, tomato and butter broth. The stylish downtown restaurant is one of the city;s premier and eprennial lunch spots; in Cottonwood, the brunch is especially popular.
Exchange news, enjoy sandwiches and salads, and linger over a cuppa conscientiously grown coffee.
The menu is limited, but excellent. Our penne al caprino tasted as if it had been tossed on the way to our table.
A sibling of the Italian restaurant above, BTG is really a wine bar; because the food comes from Caffe Molise's kitchen, we're listing it here. The draw, though, is the selection of more than 50 wines by the glass (hence the name). Beer, cocktails, and speciality spirits also available.
Anytime is the best time to eat here–the house smoked salmon is good three times a day. Chef Ethan Lappe sources food all over northern Utah. In the morning, try homemade English muffins. End your evening with the brilliant grapefruit brulee.
Opting for a vegan lifestyle, though increasingly popular, is a feat of tenacity that few people can remain committed to, despite their morals. Some people can commit to live without meat, fewer without milk, probably even fewer without butter or eggs, and once they realize they can't have 90 percent of baked goodies, the numbers get really sad. After years of hard work and experimentation, vegan bakery owner Kelly Colobella of Cakewalk bakery in Woods Cross has found a way to reconcile her commitment to animal welfare with her love for baked goods. The pastries sold at Cakewalk aren't the crunchy sprouted wheat and oat bran bars you might expect of a vegan bakery, either. Cakewalk specializes in gourmet cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, pies, muffins, and occasion cakes. They've even created something called a "dillo"-kind of a vegan version of a Twinkie, that you can eat plain, chocolate dipped, or coated in raspberry and coconut. There are also vegan eclairs, marshmallows, candy bars, honey substitutes, and a special vegan cheese substitue from Scotland. Vegans: Run, don't walk, to Cakewalk.
Downtown's essential Italian-American comfort food spot, with a takeout pizza shop, Amore, next door.
This family spot strives for a natural and tasty menu–and dishes like fresh trout and cornmeal pancakes achieve it. Be sure to look at the great rock collection and the stone kiva.
Well, the Caputos have gone from one extreme to the other. Tipica, the late restaurant brainchild of chef Adam Kreisel and Caputo's next-generation entrepreneur Matt Caputo, wanted Utahns to eat beef heart tartare, a leap of faith most Beehivers are not up to, at least when it comes to food. But Tipica's replacement, Caputo's By Night fulfills every American expectation of Italian food, which means it's an awful lot like other Italian restaurants. Different pastas, your choice of several sauces, pasta dishes like ravioli and lasagna, main dishes that are the usual roast beef-familiar fish-boneless chicken choices. Servings are gi-normous.
A great selection of olive oils, imported pastas, salamis and house-aged cheeses, including one of the largest selections of fine chocolate in the country. The deli menu doesn't reflect the market, but is a reliable source for meatball sandwiches and such.
Pastry and a few hot dishes make this a fave morning stop, but desserts are showstoppers. For lunch, try the herbed goat cheese on a chewy baguette.
Jean-Louis Montecot brings French food - complete with sidewalk cafe - to Sugar House. The menu is brief but thoroughly Gallic.
Affordable, family-friendly, full-scale Italian in Deer Valley, Cena is run by Stein Eriksen, but aims at a wider audience. Pizzas and flatbreads from a wood-fired oven suit simple tastes while pork porterhouse and calamari crostine satisfy the more adventurous.
A meal at Chanon Thai Cafe is like a casual dinner at your best Thai friend's place. Try curried fish cakes and red-curry prawns with coconut milk and pineapple.
Besides a view of Mt. Timpanogos from the dining room, Chef/Owners, R. Troy Wilson, CEC and Peter B. Sproul, CEC offer new classics, like macadamia nut-crusted halibut and mushroom and walnut ravioli.
The Chef's Tasting Menu gives you an overview of the kitchen's genius, relieves you of the agony of choosing and, if you add the wine option, assures you the best wine possible.
One of Bill White's prettiest places, this restaurant is reminiscent of Santa Fe, but the food is pure Park City. Margaritas are good, and the avocado and shrimp appetizer combines guacamole and ceviche flavors in a genius dish.
The menu is straightforward Sinatra-era chilled shellfish and rare steaks, with a few seafood and poultry entrees thrown in for the non-beefeaters.
These tacos al pastor are the real deal. Carved from a big pineapple-marinated hunk, the meat is folded in delicate masa tortillas with chopped pineapple, onion and cilantro.
High altitude exercise calls for calories to match. Ever-popular eggplant parmesan features thin slices of eggplant, topped with marinara and mozzarella. The private club features live music and DJs.
Most dishes come in either "hearty" or "petite" portion sizes. This means you can enjoy a smoked salmon pizzetta or fried rock shrimp appetizer and then a petite order of fire-roasted pork chops with adobo rub and black bean-corn salsa. Expect crowds.
Food is focused on familiar dishes with chef's flair—like braised pork shoulder crusted in Panko. Attention to detail makes this one of Utah's best.
Another excellent Indian restaurant, Copper Bowl is a chic restaurant, upscale and classy, with a full bar and an adventurous menu compared with most local Indian eateries. The buffet is the prettiest in town.
The Copper Onion's new sibling, Copper Common, recently opened.
An instant hit when it opened, Ryan Lowder's Copper Onion has improved steadily: Specials are more special, the menu is more balanced (a little less fat, a little less salt), and with the recent rejiggering of the space, the space is even more welcoming. Drop in, have one of Jimmy Santangelo's seasonal cocktails and food to sate anytime hunger pangs.
The space is hip and the food stands apart, too. We liked the Certified Angus beef, medium rare, with thick spears of aspargus.
Remember when this was a ski bum's town? The garlic burger and a beer is what you order.
Cucina is a cafe, bakery and deli–good for dinner after a long day, whether it's lasagna, meatloaf or a chicken pesto salad. The menu has recently expanded to include small plates and surprisingly substantial beer and wine lists.
Cucina Toscana provides all the convivial pleasure dining can bring. An energetic, not an elegant, environment, it’s white-tablecloth in its intentions and in its hand-kissing service from host Valter Nassi. Tuscan at heart, the menu spills into other geography
A marinara-tinged taste of Southern Italian foods—pasta alla matriciana, pasta e polpette, chicken cacciatore—remind you what a delight correctly cooked pasta can be.
The Nisar family's restaurant is tiny, but fast service and fair prices make this a perfect take-out spot, but if you opt to dine in there's always a Bollywood film wailing on the telly.
Del Mar al Lago was everyone's favorite secret until this year. Now it's just everyone's favorite. The modest restaurant has been given a boost in style and scope, making dining here a comfortably exotic experience. Our ethnic food-scape is pretty sparse so Peruvian is a fairly novel cuisine to most Utahns, but the savory and citrusy variations of cebicha, or ceviche—not to mention the pisco sours—have won the hearts and minds of Utah diners, even to the point of embracing skewered beef heart. Don't be afraid, timid diners: Plenty of rice and pasta dishes are on the menu, along with fried foods and even a Peruvian version of paella.
In our sushi-saturated city, this lounge-like restaurant offers a range of Japanese cuisine—tempura, wagyu, sashimi and rolls.
Gelato is the new fro-yo, and everyone knows that although its texture is creamier, it's actually lower in fat and sugar than ice cream. Because it's denser, it's also more flavorful. But most gelato in this country is made from some kind of mix imported from Italy. In Salt Lake City, Mike England's Dolcetti Gelato in Sugar House is the only place I know of that makes it from scratch, and it's gorgeous, both in the tub and in the mouth. Swirls of dark chocolate marble the white base of stracciatella; the glossy chocolate is irresistible. Go have some and feel good about it.
Pork and shrimp rolls, curry shrimp, five-spice chicken and the "Look Luck" beef beef in a caramel sauce) are popular.
Home-style elegance is the vibe here. The rooms are cozy and gracious, the service is good and the outdoor patio is one of the best in Park City. Easy Street specializes in substantial, American dishes. That doesn't mean the food is heavy. Mac-and-cheese is spiffed up with lobster meat, and there's always a special from the rotisserie.
A longtime tradition, Easy Street Bakery highlights are the handmade morning pastries, some sweet and some savory, and on nice days ,this is the best people-watching perch in town. But Easy Street also has Peet's coffee and espresso drinks.
Claiming to be the oldest, this restaurant is one of Park City’s most versatile. On weekend mornings, locals line up for breakfasts. Lunches and dinners include barbecue and burgers.
It serves 13 different beers, but pizzas are the best thing from the kitchen. The beer is cold and that's the point when you've been playing in Moab.
On the weekends, this feels like a New York spot, packed with hipsters whose large dogs wait pantingly outside. The window bar seating makes it a good place to solo, and the menu runs the gamut from healthy wraps to fancy schmancy eggs florentine.
The tiniest Thai restaurant in town is owned by Woot Pangsawan, who provides great curries, to-go, eat there or have delivered, plus friendly personal service.
This is what you hope Moab will be like, vestigially idealistic, eccentric and unique. Linger on the patio with your banana pancake, then shop the bric-a-brac inside.
Regulars storm this restaurant for south-of-the-border eats. Burritos fly through the kitchen like chiles too hot to handle—proving consistently good food is what matters.
Serving oh-so-British pastries, scones, sausage rolls and tea, along with a selection of imported shelf goods for those in exile from the Isles.
Em's is committed to the highest quality ingredients and preparation. For lunch, try the sandwich on ciabatta. At dinner, the kitchen moves up the food chain.
Chef/owner Ken Rose's American food borrow from other cuisines. Save room for pineapple sorbet with stewed fresh pineapple.
The tiny pizzeria with the great big soul, Este serves New York-style pizza-thin-crusted and easily foldable to edible size-with a style of its own: Try the "pink" pizza, topped with ricotta and marinara. Vegan cheese is available; there's microbrew on tap and music on the patio at both locations.
Try the "pink" pizza, topped with ricotta and marinara. Vegan cheese is available; there's microbrew on tap.
It's a wine bar! It's a restaurant! It's a cocktail lounge! It's the hottest thing in downtown SLC. Those famous Brussels sprouts with the hazelnuts are still a marvel, and the menu is evolving into something broader and more adventurous--artichoke ravioli, carbonara mac and cheese, sweet pea and potato gnocchi, for example.
A smart French-style cafe and bakery in the heart of downtown. Different bakers are behind the patisserie and the boulangerie, meaning sweet and daily breads get the attention they deserve. Go for classics like onion soup and croque monsieur, but don't ignore other specials and always leave with at least one loaf of bread.
Keep Fats Grill in your brain's Rolodex. It's a family-friendly pool hall where you can take a break for a brew and also get a home-style meal of grilled chicken.
Inventive, modern food for lunch and dinner. A longer list of intriguing small plates and Hillary Merrill's wine list is always interesting.
Finally, SLC has a Jewish deli worthy of the name. Stop by for your hot pastrami fix, or to satisfy your latke craving or your yen for knishes.
The spirit of Spain is alive and well on the plate at this modern tapateria. Scott Evans, owner of Pago, and chef Phelix Gardner translate their love of Spain into food that ranges from authentically to impressionistically Spanish, using as many local ingredients as possible.
The Scandinavian vibe comes from the heritage of owner Finn Gurholt. The lunch menu features Nordic sandwiches, but Finn's is famous for breakfast, served until the doors close at 2 p.m. Pyttipanna, a fry of potatoes, onions and beef, topped with an egg, is a specialty.
This local branch of a national chain has a famously impressive wine list. With more than 100 available by the glass, it has selections that pair well with anything you order.
Young chef/owners Viet Pham and Bowman Brown have made their mark already. Although Forage belongs to both of them, its kitchen is currently dominated by Brown while Pham is becoming famous on TV. Solo, Brown is serving some of the most exciting food in the state, with every dish presented like a small, scrupulously composed sculpture. Dining here is a commitment and an event. Prepare for surprise and delight.
Founding chef Franck Peissel's influence can still be tasted–personal interpretations of continental classics. Some–like the meatloaf–are perennials, but mostly the menu changes according to season and the current chef's whim.
The kitchen continues the trend of excellence greater than size. Try bucatini was simply tossed with romanesco sprigs, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, grana padano and olive oil. Desserts are amazing and the place, behind a locally owned bookstore, is utterly charming.
Frida is one of the finest things to happen to Salt Lake dining, ever. This is not your typical tacos/tamales menu–it represents the apex of still too little-known Mexican cuisine, elegant sophisticated and as complex as French. Plus, there's a nice margarita menu.
From Scratch is a restaurant that takes the "local" and "handmade" ethos popular in today's culture to the nth degree. When it comes to the pizza, the result is unique among Utah pies. There are a couple of pastas and a burger to round out the menu, soups, salads and a few appetizers. It's worth a trip downtown.
Off the beaten Main Street track, this pizzeria is a family-friendly solution to a ski-hungry evening. Pastas, paninis and wood-fired pizzas aren’t cutting edgy, but they're good.
Everyone compares it to an Austin bar. Live music, good food and the rockingest patio in town.
Folks love the breakfasts, but you’re missing out if you don’t try the pork chop, roasted until pale pink, its rich pigginess set off by a port and apple sauce.
Ghidotti's evolves Little Italy more than Italy, and the food follows suit- think spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and rigatoni Bolognese. Try the chicken soup.
Tucked inside Dr. Christopher’s Herb Shop, Ginger’s serves truly garden-fresh, bright-flavored dishes, mostly vegetarian dishes.
Friendly sushi chefs serve favorites, such as the Mars Twist, fresh nigiri and seasonal soft-shell crab rolls. Vegetable tempura and udon noodles are also good.
The service is polished, and the menu is as fun or as refined or as inventive chef Zane Holmquist's mood. The appeal resonates with the jet set and intrepid local diners. The wine list is exceptional. But so is the burger.
A jazzed up Alpine theme–elk carpaccio with pickled shallots, foie gras with cherry-prune compote and weiner schitzel with caraway-spiked carrot strings.
Part of the national hot dog revival, gourmet doggery Good Dog serves Nathan's and Sabrett's weiners, with your choice of toppings. Try the excellent chili.
The pitmasters turn out excellent smoked prime rib, smoked turkey breast kissed with flavor courtesy of applewood, and barbecued chicken, brisket and sausage.
This downtown mainstay has cheesecakes, cannoli, napoleons, pies, cookies, muffins, and flaky croissants. And don't forget breads and rolls to take home.
Play pool, throw darts, listen to live music, and kill beers and time on the patio and upstairs deck. But the menu wants Gracie’s to be something more, a gastropub. And, face it, you don’t see truffled ravioli in a vodka-pesto sauce on most bar menus.
Always bustling on Saturdays with patrons stocking up on sauces, stuffed pastas and olive oil. Professionals pack the downtown store at lunch for some of the best sandwiches in the West.
Always bustling on Saturdays with patrons stocking up on sauces, stuffed pastas and olive oil. Professionals pack the downtown store at lunch for some of the best sandwiches in the West.
Professionals pack the store at lunch for sandwiches, bread, pasta and sauces.
The brunch buffet at Salt Lake's AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Grand America Hotel is one of the stars of the city, but Chef Phillip Yates makes sure other meals here are up to the same standard.
Dishes like osso buco and grape salad with gorgonzola, roasted walnuts and Champagne vinaigrette are sensational, and the wine list features hard-to-find Italian wines as well as flights, including sparkling.
Green Pig is a pub of a different color. The owners are making an effort to be as green as possible, using eco-friendly building materials and sustainable kitchen practices. The star on the menu is the chili verde nachos, with big pork chunks under the cheese.
Live country music, fresh salmon, lamb and chicken, and a mammoth salad bar. Order bread pudding whether you think you want it or not. You will.
The renaissance of the garlic burger is the huge news at this little not-so-fast burger joint, but if you're not in the mood for that much fragrance, the blue and bacon or the Maui burgers are also terrific. An honest little hole-in-the-wall where potatoes are fried while you wait and so are the bacon and eggs in the breakfast sandwich.
Classic steakhouse with inventive touches like potato spring rolls and candied apple salad. Beef is aged, hand cut and cooked at 1600 degrees; seafood includes standards like salmon and ahi, as well as barramundi and bouillabaisse. The wine list is notable; the special wine dinners, remarkable.
Japanese, Thai, Korean and Hawaiian all work together in this streamlined cafe. Try the Maui Wowi, Royal Hawaiian and the Haole sushi.
This is the restaurant that used to be Jasoh!-the quirky upstairs restaurant which has been introducing Ogdenites to fine flavors for years. Gone is the awkward concept of two separate concepts under one roof. Now, as our server rejoiced (in a bit of oversharing), he doesn't have to wear a tie to work to learn about wine. Hearth's centerpiece is a wood-fired oven, and much of the menu is inspired by that–the pizzas, the flatbreads and the hearth breads, all made with the same basic dough and baked in the wood oven but shaped in different thicknesses with varying textures. There were several elk dishes on the menu and some yak. Try it.
Owners Blake Spalding and Jen Castle set the original bar for local, sustainable and organic food in Utah. Now the cafe has gained national fame. They garden, forage, raise chickens and bees, and offer breakfasts, dinners and even picnic lunches.
Obviously, the focus is on whiskey-based drinks featuring the gastro-distillery award-winning spirits, although the bar stocks other spirits. The food is whiskey-themed, too, and the space-in a former livery stable-is pure Park City.
SLC's premier Indian-Nepalese restaurant features original art, imported copper serving utensils and an ever-expanding menu. Start the meal with momos, fat little dumplings like pot-stickers. All the tandoor dishes are good, but Himalayan food is rare, so go for the quanty masala, a stew made of nine different beans.
Though the menu here is as long as, um, a Chinese menu, featuring hundreds of dishes, I can only vouch for a few so far. There are miles to go towards mastering Ho Mei's menu, but the prices allow it and the results are worth it if you're interested in real Chinese food. Of course, there is ham-fried rice on the menu, because, I mean, we are in Utah.
Authentic, pristine, and slightly weird is what we look for in Chinese food–Tea House does honorable renditions of favorites, but it is a rewarding place to go explore.
Sushi with a twist-like the spicy Funky Charlie Roll, tuna and wasabi-filled, then fried.
Dryness is the pitfall of the tandoor, but lamb and chicken here are succulent. The vividness of the tikkas, biryanis and kormas makes other Indian food seem like an echo.
Vietnamese cuisine is underrepresented in Salt Lake's Thai-ed up dining scene, so a restaurant that offers more than noodles is welcome. Try broken rice dishes, clay pots and pho.
It's hard to know what to expect when your first sight of the dining venue is of young girls in boots and bikinis dancing on tables. Being an intrepid diner, I was unfazed by Inferno's (previously the Sandbar) welcoming committee and reputation as a late-night bar rather than suppertime destination. I was rewarded with a satisfying plate of Mexican food; not authentic, but totally comforting cheese enchiladas with chili, chicken flautas with gobs of guacamole, and tacos accompanied by margaritas- the Tequila Bar has over 60 kinds of tequila. It's a club, but before 9:30 pm, kids are welcome if they are with an adult. Big plus: open seven days a week.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten lends his name to this restaurant at the St. Regis. The food is terrific, the wine cellar's inventory is deep, and it's not as expensive as the view from the patio leads you to expect.
This is one of the only elegant Chinese restaurants in town, but that doesn't mean lunch–Chinese or Thai–isn't a good deal. It's a great deal. Note the specialty Chinese menu: DOn't miss the ginger whole fish. Call ahead for authentic Peking duck.
Wood-fired ovens are taking over=. This low-key place looks like any mom & pop pizzeria, except for the oven dominating one end of the room.
At lunch, take advantage of the $5.95 bento box lunch-your choice of teriyaki, complete with rice, soup, salad, California roll, fruit and gyoza.
Upscale for a bowling alley, but still with something for everyone in the family to love. Besides pins, there are video games and The Lift Grill & Lounge. In Newpark.
Try the Nepalese specialties, including spicy pickles to set off the tandoor-roasted meats. Both goat and sami, a kibbeh-like mixture of ground lamb and lentils, are available in several styles.
Keys On Main is a full service Dueling Piano club located in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake. We offer a full bar, and a food menu featuring sandwiches, salads, wraps, appetizers and desserts. We are open Tuesday through Saturday, with live entertainment nightly, featuring our all request Dueling Piano show Thursday through Saturday. Keys On Main is 21 and over.
One of the first straight-up classy bars in the city, Kristauf's opened in sync with the martini craze and has survived long enough to have competition. A gin martini is the purist's cocktail but most of us savor al kinds of concoctions in a martini glass– just ask owner Cody Frantz.
The service is friendly, the sushi is fresh, the tempura is amazingly light, and the prices are reasonable. Servings are occidentally large, and service is impeccable.
Cuter than a cupcake, Grand America's new pastry shop has all the charm of Paris.The pretty windows alone are worth a visit.
Utah's original glamor girl is regaining her luster. The grounds are as beautiful as ever; additions are functional, like greenhouse, grapevines and vegetable gardens, all supplying the kitchen. The interior has been refreshed and the menu, rethought by Chef Brandon Howard with today's tastes in mind. Sotelo made his name at Fresco and Faustina, and brings a modern sensibility to this elegant classic.
They say it's the oldest continually operating restaurant in Utah. Breakfasts include oatmeal, trout, and nearly extinct dishes like finnan haddie. For dinner: spaghetti, barbecued lamb shank or grilled liver.
Layla relies on family recipes. The resulting standards, like hummus and kebabs, are great, but explore some of the more unusual dishes, too.
Chef Pier Antonio Micheli introduced Tuscan cuisine to Logan--bruchetta with fresh mozarella and basil, carpaccio, pasta Bolognese and crab-stuffed ravioli.
Every booth comes with its own dedicated pie shelf. Because no matter what you're eating–liver and onions, raspberry pancakes, meat loaf or a reuben–you'll want to save room for pie. Tip: Order your favorite pie first, in case they run out.
The kouing aman still reigns supreme among Salt Lake City pastries, but with a hot breakfast menu and lunch options Les Mad is more than a great bakery.
Little America has been the favorite gathering place of generations of native Salt Lakers. Weekdays, you'll find the city power players breakfast-ing in the coffee shop.
It’s a definite dive, but its followers are faithful. So try the spareribs, tangy hot pot with eggplant and shredded pork and jumbo shrimp in a black bean sauce. If you don’t like the ambience, drive through.
Living food (never heated over 116 degrees) is an increasingly popular cuisine. Here it is pulled off with great flair and served with kindness. The raw tacos and pizza are particularly good.
Certainly Salt Lake's most picturesque restaurant, the old log cabin is pretty in every season. Chef Dave Jones has a sure hand with American vernacular and is not afraid of frying. He also has a way with healthy, low-calorie, high energy food.
Lone Star serves a burrito that's a meal in itself, whether you choose basic bean and cheese or a special.
Chef Neville never stops researching regional Italian cuisine, and he travels and tastes his way to ever better food. He knows and is scrupulous about his ingredients, and that is the basic of Italian food. The braised dishes, like the famous killer shortribs and the lamb shank, have always been stars, but pastas are now at the same superlative level and Wednesday's special is whole fish. The budge-blowing selection of Italian wines is worth whatever you spend. Ask about the schedule of special wine dinners.
Mikel Trapp (owner of Trio and Fresca) owns this sleek little taqueria at the foot of the canyon and serves untraditional versions of tortilla-wrapped meals—involving quinoa and portobello, as well as chipotle and pork. Plus margaritas.
An American gastropub, MacCool’s emphasizes its kitchen, buying local and artisanal such as organic Niman Ranch meat and Beehive Cheese. But Guinness is still front and center.
Angus beef steaks, bison chicken fried steak, fried chicken and burgers have made this a Utah institution for more than 50 years. Eat in, drive up or take home.
Although this is a steakhouse, it's the double-breasted chicken, smothered in cheese, tomatoes and onion, that is one of those dishes that inspires everyone else at the table to exclaim, "I wish I'd ordered that."
The rooms are filled with red and gold dragons. Chefs recruited from San Francisco crank out a huge menu; desserts are noteworthy. Call ahead.
Eat spaghetti and meatballs without wine—this is truly Utah-style Italian food.
(Open seasonally) Try the tasting menu for an overview of the kitchen’s talent. It’s white tablecloth, but nothing is formal.
Salt Lake's favorite for seafood, and with good reason: Fish is flown in daily, then perfectly prepared. The clam chowder is famous citywide and the classic cocktails are a treat in latter-day Cosmo-land. Don't overlook the exceptional and reasonably priced breakfasts-they're a city institution.
Salt Lake's favorite for seafood, and with good reason: Fish is flown in daily, then perfectly prepared. The clam chowder is famous citywide and the classic cocktails are a treat in latter-day Cosmo-land. Don't overlook the exceptional and reasonably priced breakfasts-they're a city institution.
Salt Lake's favorite for seafood, and with good reason: Fish is flown in daily, then perfectly prepared. The clam chowder is famous citywide and the classic cocktails are a treat in latter-day Cosmo-land. Don't overlook the exceptional and reasonably priced-breakfasts-they're a city institution.
The night-life side of the sea-food restaurant, the Oyster Bar offers a full bar menu and seasonal drink specials. To begin or end an evening, have a real martinis or a classic, up daiquiri with a dozen oyster-half price on Mondays.
One of downtown's most charming spaces, the atmosphere here trumps City Creek's new eateries. Eat at your own pace, the full meal deal or the tapas—Moroccan shredded beef on gingered couscous, smoked Utah trout with caperberry sauce. For dessert, the caramel sauced gingerbread, or the dessert wine tasting.
After a ridiculously mighty struggle to obtain a license, Maxwell's succeeded in opening in Exchange Place downtown, a location that's been screaming for a good bar for at least 10 years. Perfect for business lunch, after-work drinks and snacks, pre or post theater noshing, Maxwell's is the kind of place you see on every Manhattan block. But there's been nothing like it in downtown SLC. The thin-crust pizza and old-fashioned pastas aren't breaking any culinary ground, but talk about filling a niche. Thanks for persevering, Maxwell, whoever you are.
Excellent, with the bright flavor that is the hallmark of Middle Eastern food and a great range of dishes, Mazza has been a go-to for fine food in SLC before there was much fine food at all.
Meditrina has secured its place as a great spot for wine and apps, wine and supper or wine and a late-night snack. Try the Oreo's in red wine.
Mi La-cai's noodles rise above the rest, and their pho is fantastic–each bowl a work of art. The beautiful setting is a pleasure–it's even a pleasure to get the bill.
Pastas are the way to go here. Chicken breast was drowned in a pizzaiola sauce; braised shortribs were sided with rosemary roasted potatoes and French green beans.
Never mind the incongruous focus on seafood in the middle of the desert-enjoy the Southwest flavors, with ceviche, clams and fish tacos.
This spiffy little neighborhood place is open for lunch, but the menu's strongest suit is suggested by the name. Items like a chile verde-smothered breakfast wrap and the pancakes offer serious sustenance until 2 p.m.
Leslie Fiet has added 7-inch pies to her bakery's repertoire of cupcakes. ("Breakfast at Tiffany's" has Tiffany-blue icing.) Don't forget the box lunches.
A beloved watering hole for river-runners, slick-rock bikers, red-rock hikers and everyone who needs a bite and a beer, which is nearly everyone in Moab. Moab Brewery brews all of its beers on-site.
Mom’s has fed travelers on blue plate standards since 1928. This is the place to try a Utah “scone” with “honey butter.”
This itty-bitty eatery/take-out joint is the place to go for authentic cheesesteaks made with thinkly sliced steak and griddled onions glued together with good ol' American cheese and wrapped in a big, soft so-called French roll.
The breakfast burrito is stuffed with eggs or tofu with black beans, tomatoes, peppers and guacamole; the heaping pile of home fries with mushrooms, peppers and cheese is smothered in guacamole.
A humble burrito place with high-flown belief in sustainability raised meats, locally sourced vegetables and community support. Result: everything you'd ever want in a burrito joint, except a beer.
A duck chile relleno arrives in a maelstrom of queso and ranchero sauce. Braised lamb shank and lobster with cheese enchiladas share the menu with seasonal entrées.
My Thai is an unpretentious mom-and-pop operation–she's mainly in the kitchen and he mainly waits tables, but in a lull, she darts out from her stove to ask diners if they like the food. Yes, we do.
Gorgeous fresh fish, sustainably sourced fish is the basis of the menu, but the superlatives don't stop there. The richest Kobe beef around is another highlight, and so is the yakitori grill and the sake collection.
Will Pliler has been in the New Yorker's kitchen since the get-go. His cooking is a mix of traditional flavors and modern twists–a good example is the BLT salad which had us scraping the plate most inelegantly. Café at the New Yorker offers smaller plates–perfect for pre-theater dining.
A New York-sized eatery, meaning tiny, offers big flavor via specialty pastas, stuffed vegetables and wonderful bubbly-crusted pizzas.
Oasis has a New Age vibe, but the food's only agenda is taste. Lots of veg options, but meat, too. The German pancakes are wonderful, but the evening menu suits the space–imaginative and refreshing.
Fast, friendly and hugely flavorful–that sums up this little banh mi shop that's taken SLC by storm. Pho is also good and so are full plates, but the banh mi are heaven.
Fast, friendly and hugely flavorful– that sums up this little banh mi shop that's taken SLC by storm. Pho is also good and so are full plates, but the banh mi are heaven.
This downtown cafe offers light salads and panini, some tapas, a list of wines and beers.
Surely this is the oddest business plan in Utah—no prices and no menu. Choose from a buffet of salads, soups, entrées and desserts, decide what the meal is worth, and pay just that.
Blueberry pancakes, fresh eggs, crisp potatoes and thick bacon. We love breakfast, though Oscar's serves equally satisfying meals a other times of day.
Tiny, dynamic and food-driven, Pago's ingredients are locally sourced and re-imagined regularly. That's why it's often so crowded. The list of wines by the glass is great, but the artisanal cocktails are also a treat.
The kitchen mixes cutting edge with standards-like sage-smoked quail on mushroom risotto. Even "surf and turf" has a twsit-tenderloin tataki with chile-dustedd scallops.
As Portlandia as SLC gets, this warehouse-chic bistro provides the perfect setting for lingering over cocktails or wine and seasonally inventive food at, lunch, dinner or in-between.
Chef Jeff Crosland heads the kitchen—try red pepper soup with shrimp or the plate of scallops with a genius goat cheese-yam mousse. Comfort food coziness with the panache of haute cuisine and one of the most gorgeous views of the Watchman.
Welcome the return of true French cuisine via escargots, confit, duck, daube and baked oysters, steak and moules frites. The zinc bar remains the prime place to dine.
The town’s fave house-roasted coffee and housemade pastries make this one of the best energy stops in town.
The cooks here are proud of their Pecos-style spicy ahi tacos. Desserts include roasted bananas and chocolate cake. Stop in for a very low-key Sunday brunch.
One of Salt Lake City's best, Pat's brisket, pork and ribs deserve the spotlight. Don't miss "Burnt End Fridays."
Curries are fragrant with coconut milk, and ginger duck is lip-smacking good. The dining room conveys warmth via tasteful decor using Thai silks and traditional arts.
Italian panini are a specialty. The market offers an assortment: fresh bread, Italian meats, cheeses, sauces and pastas.
A little chef-owned, red sauce Italian spot catering to its neighborhood. Expect casual, you-hand-on service, hope they have enough glasses to accomodate the win you bring and order the spinach ravioli.
Breakfast and lunch only, except for Sunday supper. Great chicken waffles, local eggs, and other breakfasts are served all day, with home-style additions at lunch and a single menu supper on Sunday evenings. Beer only.
Pinon is a breakfast and lunch mainstay, but remember it for dinner too. It's the perfect place to pick up a picnic for an outdoor convert or day hike and check out their healthy menu.
Another Pan-Asian fusion menu-this time, in a westside strip mall, with the list of small plates fortified by a list of sake cocktails.
The pizza menu reaches heights of quality that fancier restaurants only fantasize about. Not only are the blister-crusted pizzas the epitome of their genre, but braised short ribs, local mushrooms and arugula on ciabatta are equally stellar.
The signature pie at this new local chain features thinly sliced lemons, which are a terrific addition. Service is cafeteria-style, meaning fast, and the pizza, salads and gelato are remarkably good.
A pan-Asian delight, low-key but high-style, chic but funky, with chef's invention laid over Asian classics. Kimchi stew is a wonder and don't miss the steamed buns.
With 24 beers on tap available for only $2 every Tuesday, Porcupine has practically created its own holiday. Chicken noodle soup has homemade noodles and lots of chicken; burgers and chile verde burritos are good, too.
The restaurant space at Park City's Waldorf-Astoria has been through some changes. Chef Clement Gelas has moved the menu back from the original edge and away from the health-oriented tricks of the second incarnation to solid middle-classic, hearty mountain-fit fare with the touch of originality to prove a real chef is in the kitchen.
Tables are covered wagons around a diorama featuring coyotes, cougars and cowboys—corny, but fun. The menu is standard—but kids love it.
Prime’s recipe for success is simple: Buy quality ingredients, hire a superb cook and insist on impeccable service. Enjoy the piano bar, and save room for molten chocolate cake.
The owner's known as "T," and his award-winning barbecue is why you come here. Try the sweet and tender baby back ribs with hot barbecue sauce or a dinner of deep-fried catfish with sides of spicy beans and slightly sweet coleslaw. There's no beer, but lemonade's a refreshing substitute. Don't skip the sweet potato pie.
Fresh from a winning turn on the competitive circuit, twin brothers Rod and Roger Livingston have settled down into a bricks and mortar restaurant with great success. Ribs and brisket are the stars here, but the handbreaded fried okra almost steals the spotlight.
This neighborhood place emphasizes Southwestern flavors and premium beers. Try the portobello mushroom with fresh mozzarella and caramelized onions or beef with ancho jus.
Both locations are a blessing in this city of Salt, which still has mysteriously few good Mexican restaurants. Mole is what you want.
Generally, Utah cinnamon rolls suffer from a superfluity of icing-I've been served rolls with so much icing ladled over them that the pastry ended up drowned in a soft sugar-shortening soup. Yecch. So I was happy to find that the cinnamon rolls at Red Moose Coffee had soft dough, crusty edges, lots of cinnamon and almost not too much icing. Fresh strawberry scones, housemade "Oreos" and sandwiches are some other goodies offered. Oh, coffee's good, too, and the service is friendly. Check it out.
Try eating here on the terrace–melting-pot American dishes like smoked trout salad with prickly pear vinaigrette. And you can't beat the red rock ambience.
The house-brewed beers—honey wheat, amber ale or oatmeal stout, to name a few—complement a menu of burgers, brick-oven pizzas and rotisserie chicken
Hot dogs so huge you have to eat them with a fork. Made by Idaho's Snake River Farms from 100 percent Kobe beef, they are smoked over hardwood and come in out-there variations, like the banh mi dog.
Lamb chops are tender, falafel is crunchy, and the prices fall between fast food and fine dining. It’s a den of heady fragrance and home cooking, if your home is east of the Mediterranean.
There are four restaurants here: Little Nauvoo Cafe (801-539-3346) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; Lion House Pantry (801-539-3257) serves lunch and dinner buffet-style (it's famous for the hot rolls, a Thanksgiving tradition in many Salt Lake households); The Garden (801-539-3170) serves lunch and dinner (don't miss the fried pickles); and The Roof (801-539-1911), a finer dining option eye-to-eye with Moroni on top of the temple, is open for dinner, with a mammoth dessert buffet.
Whether to list this restaurant as Japanese (there's a sushi bar), Thai (there are several kinds of curry on the menu or Chinese (potstickers are good) is a nice question, but we're not going to worry to much about it. Just enjoy the fact that miso soup, potstickers and curry can all arrive on the same lunch special.
The first interesting thing about Rich's is its location-downtown, filling a niche the size of an abyss. It's a tiny place, designed mostly for pick-up and go, but with a few cafe tables for those who want to hang. The second thing I noticed at Rich's were the fried green beans, which are becoming a thing on burger stand menus, I suspect because someone has come up with a pre-battered food service version. Still, they're a nice change from French fries. You could say mighty fine.
Find breathtaking views and good food at this spot near Capitol Reef. The locally smoked trout is a fine start, then move on to the mixed grill of local meats. Bring your own wine—corkage is $5.
The sedate pink walls, dark wood paneling and knick-knacks remind you of decors gone by, and the Italian fare is from the same long-gone era. Drop in without a reservation on weeknights and pretend the world hasn't changed in 30-plus years. The kitchen makes a mean bolognese, and the pasta is NOT overcooked.
As bustling now as it was when it was still a train station, this is a pre-Jazz favorite and great for kids, too. Dishes overflow the plate and fill the belly.
An authentic 1930s diner has been completely, dazzlingly restored - down to the matchbooks - and refitted to serve 21st-century customers. The menu, too, is a re-creation of old-fashioned favorites - pancakes, burgers and meatloaf - for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The salad bar offers more than enough to eat, the best bang for the buck is the Full Rodizio, a smorgasbord selection of grilled, mostly carnivorous, treats-turkey, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, vegetables and pineapple-brought to your table until you cry "uncle."
Don't be deterred by the strip mall exterior. Inside, you'll find dishes like prosciutto-warped pork tenderloin and chocolate cake with pomegranate syrup.
Choose from specialty pizzas, baked sea scallops and herb-crusted lamb at this fixture on the historic block.
A charming little daytime cafe in Millcreek with a wholesome granola vibe three meals a day.
Northern Indian tikka masalas and Southern Indian doses allow diners to enjoy the full range of Indian cuisine, while casual surroundings and helpful servers create a pleasant atmosphere.
Northern Indian tikka masalas and Southern Indian dosas allow diners to enjoy the full range of Indian cuisine, while casual surroundings and helpful servers create a pleasant atmosphere.
(Open seasonally) Don’t miss the lobster chowder, but note the novelties, too: In a new take on the classic lettuce wedge salad, Royal Street’s version adds baby beets, glazed walnuts and pear tomatoes.
This Ugly Betty building has inner beauty. Stick with classics like crab cocktail, order the wedge, and ask for your butter-sizzled steak no more than medium, please. Eat dessert, then linger in the cool bar.
The original funky trolley car is almost buried by the beer garden in fine weather, but Ruth's till serves up diner food in a low-key setting, and the patio is one of the best. Collegiate fare like burgers, BLTs and enchiladas in big portions ruler here. The giant biscuits come with every meal, and the chocolate pudding should.
Lavanya Mahate has imported her style of Indian cooking from South Jordan to SLC. Besides terrific lunch and dinner menus, East Indian Cafe offers regular celebrations of specialties like Indian street food or kebabs. Stay tuned.
Highlighting South Indian street food, one of the glories of subcontinental cuisine, Lavanya Mahala’s restaurant serves as cultural as well as culinary center, offering cooking classes, specialty groceries and celebration as well as great food.
Totally vegan and mostly organic food, emphasizing fresh vegetables, herbs and soy. Macadamia-creamed carrot butter crostini is a tempting starter; follow with a wok dish with cashew-coconut curry.
And sandwiches and burgers and steak and fish...the menu here has expanded far beyond its name.
At SLC’s original coffee shop, owner John Bolton buys and roasts the better-than-fair-trade beans. Baker Dave Wheeler turns out terrific baked goods, and lunch here is your secret weapon.
Down-to-earth food in a comfortable setting—sounds simple, but if so, why aren’t there more Sammy’s in our world? Try the bacon-grilled shrimp or a chicken bowl with your brew.
Charming Vietnamese stilt houses surround the courtyard. Sapa's menu ranges from Thai curries to fusion and hot pots, but the sushi is the best bet.
The menu goes far outside the usual pad thai and curry. Thai food's appeal lies in the subtleties of difference achieved with a limited list of ingredients.
The food ranges from ethereally (baby cucumbers with chili flakes and lemon) to earthily (the special ricotta dumplings) scrumptious. Pappardelle with duck ragu and spaghetti with bottarga (Sardinian mullet roe) show pure Italian soul, and while we have lots of good pizza in Utah, Sea Salt's ranks with the best.
Every Neapolitan-style pie here is hand-shaped by a pizza artisan and baked in a wood-fired oven. And they make great gelato right next door.
Cool new digs, friendly service and fun food make Shabu one of PC’s most popular spots: Make reservations. A stylish bar with prize-winning mixologists adds to the freestyle feel.
The second shabu-style eatery in PC is less grand than the first but offers max flavor from quality ingredients.
Sauces are supreme: try a kiwi-tomato salsa on marinated chicken breast or ancho-chili sauce on Utah rack of lamb. The excellent wine list offers thoughtful pairings.
Relax in your own private room, while you enjoy finely presented teriyaki, tempura, sukiyaki or something grilled by a chef before your eyes.
The only German cafe in town is packed at lunchtime with customers ordering bratwurst, wiener schnitzel, sauerkraut, red cabbage and spaetzle. Shelves are crowded with Bahlsen cookies, marzipan and other delicacies.
Main Street got its glitter back at Silver. Black kale caesar is an amazing salad, the alternate greens adding an earthy chew to balance the heavy dressing and the rabbit and black garlic pappardelle is terrific. Silver is a fun place to shed the hiking boots and break out your Blahniks.
Silver Fork's kitchen handles three daily meals beautifully. Try pancakes made with a 50-year-old sourdough starter. Don't miss the smoked trout and brie appetizer. No more corkage fees, so bring your own.
Comfort food with an upscale sensibility and original touches, like shrimp and grits with chipotle or Niman Ranch pork cutlets with spaetzle. Morning meals are also tops, and the location is spectacular.
The décor is formal, the fare is hearty but refined—salmon in a morel cream, or pearl onion fritters dusted with coarse salt.
Another strip mall mom and pop find, the two dishes to look out for are sweet potato gnocchi and osso buco made with pork.
The pies here are as good as any food in Ogden. Selection ranges from traditional to Thai (try it), and there's a good selection of wine and beer.
The setting is straight out of a Dodge City; the menu is a blend of home cooking, Southwestern and old-school continental. Corn bisque with grilled shrimp was a creamy golden wonder. Yes, to everyone's question: the black-bottom banana cream pie is still on the menu.
Here you'll find yourself in a cozy lounge. The dining room has a wall of windows facing the mountains. New chef, Nate Nagy, is starting slow with a single menu every night.
Choose a mini or a full cake, mix and match cakes and icings, or try a house creation, like Hanky Panky Red Velvet.
Sonny Bryan was one of the legends of Texas-style barbecue. His tiny smokehouse right off a Dallas freeway, furnished with smoke-soaked school desks, was a mecca for decades. Before Sonny died in 1989, he sold the name and recipes, and the original was replicated around the rest of Texas and the country. Now, soulful Sonny's is in soulless Sandy, but the brisket is pretty much the same. Ribs are good, but beef is what Texas barbecue is all about, and a chopped brisket sandwich with a Shiner bock is as true a taste of Texas as you'll find outside the Lone Star state.
A big city restaurant in small-town Ogden, Sonora Grill is a surprise from the second you step in the door. The chic decor is straight outta Mexico City or Vegas and though the food sounds familiar–tacos, burritos, guacamole–the Mexican usuals are elevated to another level, more sophisticated than your corner burrito joint. There's a great list of tequilas and a creative list of margaritas.
A chef-driven restaurant in small-town Utah. Unusual, but the menu bridges familiar dishes (fried everything) with innovative cusine (fennel oil). There's a dance floor in the adjoining bar, and everyone, including chef Steven Berzansky, is having fun.
The quality of the meat and the accuracy of the cooking are what makes a steakhouse great. Beef is aged on the bone and many cuts are served on the bone; a luxurious change from the usual cuts.
India meets the Rat Pack in this restaurant, but the food is all sub-continental soul-spicy curries, Nepalese momos, chicken chicken chili, goat and lots of vegetarian options. A number of American dishes are on the menu, too.
House-made gelato is the big star at this family-owned café, but the food is worth your time. Try the pulled pork, the salmon BLT or the sirloin.
Relax, have some vino and enjoy your achiote-braised lamb shank with mint mashed potatoes on rosemary spaghetti squash.
One of the “greenest” restaurants in town, Squatters brews award-winning beers and pairs them with everything from wings to ahi tacos.
Everyone loves the bourbon burger, and Salt Lake Brewers Co-op brews are available by the bottle and on the state-of-the-art tap system. Open for breakfast daily.
Ever-hipper Provo is home to some cutting edge food now that the cutting edge has a folksy, musical saw kind of style. Station 22 is a perfect example of the Utah roots trend-a charming, funky interior, a great soundtrack and a menu with a slight Southern twang. Try the fried chicken sandwich with red cabbage on ciabatta.
Experience Utah's only Forbes Five-Star Hotel & Spa. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch on our scenic decks. Start with a sumptuous breakfast before a day of adventure in the mountains of Deer Valley Resort.
A cool little Arts and Crafts-style cafe, Stella is balanced between trend and tried-and-true. The careful cooking comes with moderate prices. Great for lunch.
This pit stop is famous for its pinto bean and pickle pies. Yes, we said pickle.
Find the yin and yang of Asian-American flavors in Bill White's sushi, excellent Korean tacos, crab sliders and other Amer-Asian food fusions, including the best hot dog in the state, topped with bacon and house-made kimchi.
Takashi Gibo earned his deserved acclaim by purchasing the freshest fish and serving it in politely eye-popping presentations. Check the chalkboard for daily specials like Thai mackerel, fatty tuna or spot prawns, and expect the best sushi in the city.
The food is locally sourced and classically wonderful, with only a little moderno foam spritz to prove we are in the 21st century. Famous for its chef's tasting menu, which ranges from adventurous to classic.
Delicious salmon tandoori, sizzling on a plate with onions and peppers like fajitas, is mysteriously not overcooked. Friendly service.
Salt Lake needs more Mexican food, and Todd Gardiner is here to provide it. Artisan tacos (try the duck confit), inventive guacamole and lots of tequila.
Some of the best Mexican food in the state can be found in this family-owned cafe in Midway. Don't be fooled by the bland exterior; inside you'll find a full-fledged cantina and an adjoining family restaurant with a soulful salsa bar.
Fuchsia-colored walls and black decor accents give the restaurant a unique, contemporary feel. The food, though, is tried-and-true Indian, with a focus on tandoori dishes and specialties like butter chicken.
Flavor is the focus here, with the degree of heat in your control. Try the specials such as lemongrass beef and rice noodle soup.
Tasty is a family-run spot, absolutely plain, in and out, but spotless and friendly, and the food is fresh and plentiful. And it's so close to a walk in the park.
Start with a chili salad of chicken, cucumbers, onion and tomato. Go on to galangal coconut soup. Served in a Mongolian hotpot, one bowl can feed two or three.
Find this West Jordan cafe in a strip mall just off the Bangerter Highway. Whatever is lacking in ambience is made up for in the seven-page menu's low prices and expert preparation-most dishes range from a mere $5.25 to $6.95.
Paprika-infused pad Thai, deep-fried boneless duck and gang gra ree-all are excellent choices–but there are 50-plus items on the menu. Be tempted by batter-fried bananas with coconut ice cream.
Curries and noodle dishes hit a precise procession on the palate–sweet, then sour, savory and hot–plus there are dishes you've never tried before and should: bacon and collard greens, red curry with duck, salmon with chili and coconut sauce.
The fresh, expertly prepared Thai food here backs up the stellar service. Lunch specials are a steal at just under seven bucks, and include two entrees (the vegetarian and tofu dishes are noteworthy), rice and house salad.
This restaurant is diminutive, but the flavors are fresh, big and bold and the service is proficient and gracious. Never expensive, this place is even more of a bargain during lunchtime, when adventurous customers enjoy the $6.95 combination plates, a triple Thai tasting that's one of the best deals in town.
The soothing ambiance is enhanced by the white noise of a water wall. The sauce for the lettuce wraps is made tableside. Don't miss the generous filet of lemongrass-crusted halibut or the heavenly cloud dessert. This is one of the most popular destinations for dining after shopping in The Gateway.
This is Epic Brewing Company's brewpub, though the main brewery is on 300 West. The menu of beer-friendly food was conceived by chef Robert Angellili and stands up to the considerable heft of the beers.
This is Beervana, with 260 bottled beers and 32 on draft. The kitchen is an overachiever for a beer bar, turning out artichoke heart pizza and Cornish game hens.
The menu stars Southwestern cuisine– ribs, beef and chicken– as well as the chili verde. A long-time Zion favorite; there's almost always a wait here, but it's almost always a pleasant one with a view and a brew in hand.
The restaurant is reminiscent of the Alps, but serves fine American cuisine. Don't miss the award-winning brunch.
The ornate soda fountain, tile floors and mahogany tables are the setting for daily specials and soups, traditional milkshakes and sundaes.
It's hard even to update the review of this venerable bistro: So much stays the same. But, like I always say, it's nice to know where to get quiche when you want it. And our raspberry crepes were great. Yes, I said crepes. From the same era as quiche.
Food is at the forefront of the re-imagined Canyons, and the Farm is the flagship featuring sustainably raised and produced handmade food.
The café in Sundance Resort serves comfort food with fine western style—pizzas and sandwiches, spit-roasted chickens, and -steaks. The Sunday brunch offers a mammoth buffet.
Ski-day sustenance and fireside dinner for the apres-ski set. In summer, dine at the top of the mountain.
A great sandwich is about proportion, not quantity, and these balance filling and bread, toasted until the meld is complete.
Living up to its name, this place offers the largest selection of fresh oysters in the state: Belon, Olympia, Malpeque and Snow Creek plus the standard Bluepoints for indulgent oyster tasting. Crab and shrimp are also stellar and conscientiously procured.
This is the best selection of fresh oysters in town: Belon, Olympia, Malpeque and Snow Creek plus Bluepoints. Crab and shrimp are conscientiously procured.
College students can live, and apparently even think, on a diet of pizza, beer and soft drinks, and the original Pie is the quintessential college pizzeria.(There are other locations.)
For starters, try the jumbo coconut shrimp served with a piquant Jalapeño-orange marmalade sauce. The selection of entrées includes filet mignon with a rosemary-burgundy reduction sauce of macademia-crusted halibut.
Good pub fare and freshly brewed beer make this a hot spot for shoppers, the business crowd and ski bums. Take note of the beer classes run by brewmaster Chris Haas.
The extensive selection of award-winning house-brewed beers—honey wheat, hefeweizen, black bier or oatmeal stout, to name a few (root beers for the tykes)—complement a menu of grilled burgers in pita, thin-crust brick-oven pizzas, golden rotisserie herbed chicken and creative salads.
Red Rock proves the pleasure of beer as a complement to pizzas, rotisserie chicken and chile polenta. Not to mention brunch. Now also open in Fashion Place Mall.
The neon sign says "Bodega" and you can drink a beer in the phone booth-sized corner bar. But better to go underground to the speakeasy-styled the Rest. Enjoy a cocktail in the apparently bomb-proof library, take a booth or sit at the bar and dine in.
The Rose is a place for conversation as much as coffee. But coffee is from Four Barrel Coffee Roasters, and the cinnamon toast is killer.
More than a century old, with walls adorned with moose trophies, as well as a stuffed St. Bernard. The Starburger is two beef patties with knackwurst. You must be 21 to eat here.
Sauteed mushrooms, shrimp cocktail and bacon-wrapped scallops are classics, as are the steamed vegetables, rice pilaf and the filled-to-the-brim stainless salad bowl large enough to feed a family of 10. And then there's the beef.
This place is a winner for pulled pork, Texas brisket or Memphis ribs. Plus killer sides, like Greek potatoes.
The resort’s flagship is known for its seasonal, straightforward menu and memorable decor, including Robert Redford's kachina collection.Try the wild game—spice-rubbed quail and buffalo tenderloin.
Troy Greenhawt bases his business on super-convenient flexibility–it's open for weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, Sunday supper and late-night noshing. Bartender Sean Neves is one of the city's best.
Servings at Tiburon are large and rich: Elk tenderloin was enriched with mushrooms and demi-glace; a big, creamy wedge of St. Andre came with pork belly. In summer, tomatoes come from the garden.
From boho bistro, Tin Angel has grown into one of Salt Lake’s premier dining destinations. Chef Jerry Liedtke can make magic with anything from a snack to a full meal, vegetarian or omnivore.
The sleek digs—exposed brick walls, minimal décor and gallery lighting—set off the food’s aesthetic. There’s novice-friendly fare like the California roll, but there are also whimsical creations like the Sunburn roll and some of the best tempura this side of the Pacific.
This home-grown burger house serves fresh-ground beef, toasted buns, twice-fried potatoes and milkshakes made with real scoops of ice cream. No pastrami in sight.
Chef-owner Sam Oteo presents tacos in a whole new and lovely way–his tiny Tortilla Bar kitchen uses local, sustainable healthful ingredients and puts them together with a sophisticated but still earthily Mexican touch. Beets on a tortilla? Believe it.
The specialty is wood-fired pizza, but there are salads, soups and sandwiches too. Check out the "Ubriaco" pie-three cheeses, pancetta and an egg on top.
Besides sushi, the menu offers cripsy-light tempura and numerous house cocktails and sake.
Yes, you can find plush sea bream, tangy ceviche and refreshing octopus salad. But the menu also offers crispy-light tempura for the raw-fearing. Sip and sample the numerous house cocktails and sake.
You can get a little spiritual about pastries this good on a Sunday morning, but at Tulie you can be just as uplifted by a Wednesday lunch.
This restaurant's faux-Tuscan kitsch is mellowing into retro charm, though the glass chandelier is a bit nerve-wracking. The double-cut pork chop is classic, and so is the chocolate cake.
The cross-over cooking offers soups, sandwiches, seafood and pastas with American, Greek, Italian or Mexican spices.
Valter Nassi is back and his new restaurant overflows with his effervescent personality just like Cucina Toscana did. The dining room is beautifully Italianate and set up so Valter can be everywhere at once. Besides your favorites from the old restaurants, there are new delights, including a number of tableside dishes.
Chef Ian Brandt, of Sage’s Café and Cali’s Grocery, owns Vertical Diner's animal-free menu of burgers, sandwiches and breakfasts. Plus organic wines and coffee.
(Open seasonally) Arrive by sleigh and settle in for a luxurious five-course meal. Reservations and timeliness a must. Park City Mountain Resort.
This easy-to-use trattoria features American-style wood oven-fired pizza, great special pastas and salads. Desserts, made by Amber Billingsley, are perfect.
From the full cena to the carpaccio bar, Cucina Toscana's new casual sister restaurant is like no other Italian Restaurant else Utah-modern, stylish and very Italian.
Restaurateur Bill White is known for his eye-popping eateries. Wahso is his crown jewel, done up with lanterns and silks like a 1930s noir set. Try the “new style” sashimi, but don’t miss the jasmine tea-smoked duck. This is what “fusion” promised.
Not just the bagels, but bagels as buns, enfolding a sustaining layering of sandwhich fillings like egg and bacon or sausage. One of these and a cup of Park City Roasters coffee and you are more than good to go.
WASATCH BREW PUB This was the first brewpub in Utah, and it serves hand-crafted beer and family-friendly fare without a hefty price tag. Everyone loves Polygamy Porter, and they serve a great weekend brunch too.
Tucked into an erstwhile gas station, the kitchen is little, but the flavors are big– a goat cheese-stuffed chile relleno crusted in Panko and the chocolate-chile creme brulee. 445 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, 435-772-0283.
The indoor/outdoor setting provides an opportunity to enjoy an understated evening inhaling nature's beauty. Pastas are stick-to-the-ribs mountain food, served with carbonara, prawns or veggies.
One of Park City's most popular noshing spots–especially on Taco Tuesdays. The bakery behind turns out desserts and pastries for Bill White's restaurants as well as take-home entrees.
Blue corn pancakes for breakfast and lunch are good bets. But to truly experience Xetava, dine under the stars in eco-concious Kayenta.
Yamasaki is a little oasis of calm in suburban madness and its invitation to serenity is welcome. Try the bento ($12)-tempura shrimp and onion rings, gyoza, California rolls and teriyaki-or a plate of grilled salmon in miso sauce with rice and tempura carrot slivers and onion rings for about $6.
A link that has loosened its chain and developed its own personality, Z’Tejas serves faithful versions of Tex-Mex, probably as good as you can get it outside the Lone Star state.
The charming, Swiss-themed resort is big on buffets—seafood, Italian and brunch.
Chef-owner Elio Scanu's menu features regional Italian dishes– check out the specials. But that's only part of Zucca–there is also a great Italian market and deli, selling salumi and cheese and sandwiches, a regular schedule of cooking classes and a special menu of healthful dishes.
Chef Matthew Lake and owner Sean Slatter have planted a new flag downtown. The modern interior is defined by streetside windows, its location makes it a fave lunch spot, and the cheese and by-the-glass wine selection make it an appealing after-work stop.