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2014 Dining Awards Readers' Choice Winners


We always want to know what our readers think, and after tallying more than one thousand votes, it’s clear they have very good taste. (Click here to see the 2014 Dining Awards winners chosen by our panel.)

Best Restaurant: SLC
237 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-935-4431

Best Restaurant: PC
Silver Star Café
1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, 435-655-3456

Best Restaurant: Provo/Central Utah
102 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-373-8000

Best Restaurant: Ogden/Northern Utah
Plates & Palates
390 N. 500 West, Bountiful, 801-292-2425

Best Restaurant: Moab/Southeastern Utah
Hell’s Backbone Grill
20 N. Highway 12, Boulder, 435-335-7464

Best Restaurant: St. George/Southwestern Utah (tie)
The Bear Paw
75 N. Main St., St. George, 435-634-0126

The Painted Pony
2 W. St. George Blvd, St. George, 435-634-1700

Best New Restaurant
237 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-935-4431

(Note to readers: Pallet won this award last year and is not a new restaurant. Second place by a close margin was Alamexo.)

Best Japanese
18 W. Market St., SLC, 801-519-9595

Best Lunch
Silver Star Café
1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, 435-655-3456

Best Southeast Asian
Plum Alley
111 East Braodway #190, SLC, 801-355-0543

(Note to readers: By the time you read this, Plum Alley will be closed.)

Best Coffee Shop (tie)
Coffee Garden
878 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-355-3425

The Rose Establishment
235 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-990-6270

Best Chinese
675 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-467-3663
10450 S. State St., Sandy, 801-576-0688

Best Quick Eats
Caputo’s Market & Deli
314 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-531-8669
1516 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-486-6615

Best Indian
Bombay House
2731 Parleys Way, SLC, 801-581-0222
7726 Campus View Dr. #120, West Jordan, 801-282-0777
463 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-373-6677

Best Italian
1513 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-486-1300

Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
1515 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-484-9259
912 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-521-4572

Best Mexican
Red Iguana
736 W. North Temple, SLC, 801-322-1489
866 W. South Temple, SLC, 801-214-6050

Best Breakfast
Pig & A Jelly Jar
401 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-202-7366

Best Comfort Food
Pig & A Jelly Jar
401 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-202-7366

Best Undiscovered
237 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-935-4431

Best Wine List
Bistro 222
222 S. Main St., SLC, 801-456-0347

Best Desserts (tie)
237 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-935-4431

Silver Star Café
1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, 435-655-3456

You know it's spring in Utah when cherry blossoms are in full bloom at the @utstatecapitol ⁠🌸😍⁠

Photo by @gravesstuart

Inspired by @oldsaltlake, we're celebrating #throwbackthursday with a favorite snapshot of early 20th century Salt Lake City. 🏖️⁠

Photos shared by @oldsaltlake are inspiring millennials and zoomers decades later with visions of a different city: one with easily accessible public transportation, walkable streets, local businesses (open late) and distinctive architecture.⁠

See more photos at the link in our bio. ⁠

Pictured: Women relax at what is believed to be Saltair Beach, date unknown

Why did Utah's only Titanic passenger not survive her journey?⁠

The descendants of Irene Corbett believe that the 30-year-old teacher sacrificed her life to save others. It's one of the many ways this remarkable figure bucked tradition and forged her own trail.⁠

Read more about Irene at the link in our bio!

One year ago today: a Salt Lake earthquake that even shook Moroni 👼⁠

Photo by @gravesstuart

"We must have done something right, cause you guys kept coming back."⁠

@bluepelatedinerslc, one of Salt Lake's signature spots for everyone from hungover college kids to vegan food lovers, will be closing its doors this May after more than two decades of service. It's the latest casualty in a brutal year for the restaurant industry. ⁠

Head to the link in our bio for a tribute to Blue Plate Diner. (And keep supporting your favorite local restaurants. ❤️)

Tony Caputo, a food evangelist and founding father of today’s SLC food community, passed away last night.⁠

Tony started @caputosmarket in 1997, bringing his passion for the cuisine of his heritage to Utah tables. Most days during the lunch rush you’d find Tony behind the counter slicing meat and cheeses and then, after it wound down, holding court out front. He’d often rush back behind the counter and holler over his shoulder, “you have to try this!" only to return with a sample bite of veiny cheese, a paper-thin leaf of prosciutto or a perfectly crisp amaretti cookie that he’d recently added to his menagerie of taste. For his many contributions to Salt Lake City, we awarded Tony with a Lifetime Achievement Dining Award in 2007.⁠

Today, we're sending love to @caputosmarket and the many people whose lives were touched by Tony. A full tribute is on our website now. ❤️

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Even in the exploration boom of the 1800s, nobody dared to explore the terrain flowing through the Green and the Colorado Rivers.⁠

That is, nobody until Major John W. Powell said the 19th Century equivalent of “Hey man, hold my beer while I try this.”⁠

Read more about his dangerous expedition at the link in our bio!⁠

Photo of Powell’s expedition courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division⁠

A brand new issue of Salt Lake magazine is coming your way! ⁠

We can't wait to share these stories with you. This issue includes our annual Blue Plate Awards celebrating those surviving and thriving in the restaurant biz. Plus, we take a road trip to Wyoming and ask why the only Utah passenger on the Titanic didn’t survive her journey.⁠

A note from our editor Jeremy Pugh, including beautiful tributes to Mary Brown Malouf from our friends in the community, is online now. Read more at the link in our bio ❤️⁠

Subscribers: Look for this issue in your mailbox soon. The magazine will be on newsstands March 1! 📬

Today, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Blue Plate Awards! ⁠🎉⁠

These prizes honor the growers, food evangelists, grocers, servers, bakers, chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs who do more than put good food on the table—they make our community a better place to live. This year, just surviving as a local business deserves an award, but each of our Blue Plate winners did more than that. They made us grateful for every person involved in the essential act of feeding us.⁠ 🍽⁠

At the link in our bio, we have the full list of winners, a celebration of feats of COVID creativity and a tribute to restaurants we lost this year. If you’re hungry for more, pick up a copy on newsstands March 1! Plus, check out our Instagram for spotlights on some of the Blue Plate winners. ⁠

This year’s Blue Plate Awards are the first without our beloved Executive Editor Mary Brown Malouf. We dedicate them to her, our town’s biggest food fan, critic and champion. xoxomm⁠ 💙

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @ricobrandut for Staying in Beansness⁠

Last summer, it seemed that Rico would be another victim of rapid gentrification in Salt Lake. Luckily, Rico was able to find a new home in Poplar Grove and now plans to add even more employees. It’s a last-minute happy ending for a community leader who literally wears his mission on his sleeve, courtesy a tattoo in bright red block letters: “pay it forward.” 💙⁠

2021 Blue Plate Award Winner: @spicekitchenincubator for Keeping the Spice Flowing⁠

This year Spice Kitchen Incubator, already an essential resource for refugees, became, well, even more essential. 💙⁠

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @thestore_utah for Special Deliveries ⁠

As grocery delivery becomes the new norm, The Store offers a personal touch that only an independent grocer can provide. Last March, high-risk and elderly customers began calling in their grocery lists over the phone, and The Store’s general managers personally delivered food to their homes. 💙⁠

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @cucinaslc for Preserving Neighborhood Connection⁠

Cucina’s outdoor spaces became a place where the neighborhood could gather safely. Owner Dean Pierose offered free coffee in the mornings and encouraged his regulars to linger and commiserate together, preserving a semblance of society during a socially distanced time. 💙⁠