Monday, January 18, 2021

2017 Dining Awards

America's tastes have changed and Utah chefs are right at the forefront.

Not that long ago, we were basic—dinner was a hunk of protein sided with a starch, a green veg and a yellow veg. But life and dining are at once simpler and more complicated now. Simpler because we’re eating more foods closer to their source. Complicated because we’ve incorporated all kinds of techniques, ingredients and flavors from other cultures. Simpler because we understand that we can break old rules with impunity. More complicated because food has become a political issue.

Look at the food made by this year’s Dining Awards winners: sunchokes, rabbit, currants, exotic mushrooms, whole fish. The only beef showing is marrow; the only red meat is lamb. In the land of the beef and the home of the burger, vegetables rule.

The chef’s palette has expanded with his palate. Chefs are paying attention to table settings as well as what is on the plate, recognizing that dining is a multi-sensory experience, that the texture of a plate and the heft of a spoon should complement the food.

The new New American cuisine strives to impress with its honesty, not its glamour. Lucky for us, that’s been a Utah value all along.

2017 Dining Awards Winners

2017 Hall of Fame Winners

Restaurants named to the Salt Lake magazine Hall of Fame have demonstrated high quality of food, service and ambiance consistently for a significant number of years.

Log Haven

Mazza

Red Iguana

Aristo’s

Takashi

Squatters Pub Brewery

Hell’s Backbone Grill

2017 Readers' Choice Winners

Best Restaurant—Salt Lake City: HSL

Best Restaurant—Park City: Handle

Best Restaurant—Provo: Communal

Best Restaurant—Moab & Southeast Utah: Hell’s Backbone Grill

Best Restaurant—St. George & Southwest Utah: Painted Pony

Best Restaurant—Ogden and Northern Utah: Tona Sushi

Best Restaurant in Utah: Hell’s Backbone Grill

Best Restaurant Discovery: Vessel Kitchen

Best Indian Restaurant: Bombay House

Best Chinese Restaurant: Mandarin

Best Mexican Restaurant: Red Iguana

Best Southeast Asian Restaurant: Oh Mai

Best Japanese Restaurant: Takashi

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Mazza Cafe

Best Quick Eats: Even Stevens

Best Lunch: Plates & Palates

Best Breakfast: Ruth’s Diner

Best Comfort Food:Hub & Spoke Diner

Click to visit our Dining Guide

Our Jan/Feb issue is out on stands now! This issue means so much to us. Made with lots of love and tears. We hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy every moment of reading it. ❤️ ...

Here's one from our upcoming Jan/Feb issue out on stands in just a few days. We hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy every moment of reading it.⁠

Mary photobombs Lisa Barlow at the premiere party for Real Housewives of Salt Lake. Below is a snippet from Mary's last editor's letter:⁠

"It’s all a little crazy.⁠
Sometime in 2020, the world stopped making sense for a lot of us. Between one of the ugliest election cycles the U.S. has ever been through and the most mysterious disease most of us have ever experienced, normal was canceled. We can’t get together with friends, hug our loved ones, be in the room with them when they die. But somehow we have to go on, right? Somehow we have to continue to work and love and laugh. This issue of Salt Lake magazine holds a lot of frivolity, the main one being an extremely silly TV show, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. There I am in a pink fur coat in a car with our cover housewife, Lisa Barlow and her boys."⁠

Pick up our Jan/Feb issue at your local grocer and read the full letter. ❤️

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We love you so much, Salt Lake ❤️⁠

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Be merry, be bright and be good for goodness sake! ✨
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Skip the milk and cookies this holiday and leave out something that Santa really wants 🍺😉🎅⁠

Check out our local holiday beer round up for last minute gift ideas! Link in bio!
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Mary's last-minute holiday gift ideas from last year are still as true and relevant today...⁠

"The planet we live with and the creatures on it need all kinds of things. Polar bears need presents, tree frogs in the Amazon need gifts, our Utah canyons and our national parks need help."⁠

Check the link in bio for full write up.
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There was never a time there wasn’t Mary Malouf. Until now. Today, Mary died when a rogue wave swept her out to sea off the coast of Northern California. Only she – perhaps the world’s foremost lover of Bronte, BBC mysteries and, of course, Moby Dick – would appreciate such poetic drama.

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.” — Mary Brown Malouf. Ooops. Herman Mellville.
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