Each year, the editors and writers at Salt Lake magazine scour the state for the best of, well, everything. We eat the food, shop at the shops, drink the beer, go to the shows, to guide you to the Best of the Beehive. It’s hard work, we know. You’re welcome. Check back each week for another dose of the Best of the Beehive. Or just buy the magazine already to get it over with.—Eds.
Best Two Hots: Serving Time Cafe
Usually there’s not a line to get into prison, but Serving Time Cafe is the exception. A work program at the Utah State Prison, Serving Time employs female inmates, giving them skills that will serve them well when they’re on the outside. And with menu items like “Parole Violator” and “Prison Blues Burger,” the cheekiness is, well, criminal. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. 14072 Pony Express Rd., Draper, 801-576-7712, corrections.utah.gov
Best Chicken Skin Burgers: Franck’s
Every Thursday, Franck’s chef Robert Perkins dreams up a new burger. The patty is always house-ground Wagyu beef and it always comes with a large Epic beer, but everything else about the burger is different—sometimes wildly different. Just one example: guajillo chile seasoning the beef, topped with pumpkin mole, cotija cheese, charred avocado aioli, jalapeno pickled carrot and roasted chicken skin. It was served on a caramelized egg yolk bun with chipotle russet potato chips. This burger’s Thursday is in the past, but who knows what next Thursday will bring? BTW, Franck’s also has one of the state’s best patios. 6263 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay, 801-274-6264, francksfood.com
Best Massage for Two: Sego Lily Spa
If the stress of everyday life has got you and your significant other down, find sanctuary at Sego Lilly’s relaxing meditation room and later with a couples massage. Don’t skip the optional 20-minute couples soak, with snacks and sparking cider included—it’s the most relaxing part. 7475 Union Park Ave., Midvale, 801-566-2502, segolilyspa.com
Best New Venue: Commonwealth Room
When you first walk into this new South Salt Lake Venue, it will feel like a familiar friend. It’s The State Room on steroids—double the capacity—because the people behind it’s conception and bookings are the same people who brought The State Room to Salt Lake nine years ago. 195 W. Commonwealth Ave., SLC, thecommon-wealthroom.com
Best Paint and File: Nailed!
Nailed has always been the go-to for the best nails in SLC, and now there’s a location in Millcreek—you’ll recognize the house-made seasonal sugar scrubs, boutique gift shop and the on-trend nail colors—but the modern design makes this sister location a chic, yet familiar, option. 3369 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-532-6245, nailedboutique.com
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