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. Here are our completely random and amazing selections from the western side of Salt Lake City. 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 Reason to Put Your Boots On: The Westerner
Let’s start here: You only think you don’t like country line dancing. Trust us. Go to one of the free classes at The Westerner and you’ll change your mind. You’ll learn that the activity is a lot of fun but requires a lot of coordination, a skill that becomes increasingly difficult after each beer. Or, you could always try your luck on the mechanical bull. Dancing lessons each Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m., mechanical bull seven days a week. 3360 S. Redwood Rd., SLC, 801-972-5447, westernerslc.com
Best Bubbles: Gossip
Of course you could go to Gossip for the food—the pan-Asian menu is robust and inviting—but the real winner at this West Valley restaurant is their beverage menu. There’s tea, boba tea, smoothies, boba smoothies. OK, you get the picture. Now get the boba. 1629 W. 3500 South, WVC, 801-886-2868, gossiptapioca.weebly.com
Best Need For Speed: Utah Motorsports Campus
This isn’t your grandfather’s figure-eight go-kart track. At Utah Motorsports Campus, you can feel the need for speed—regardless of your driving skill level or age. You’ll dip, you’ll turn and you’ll zoom along at speeds of nearly 50 miles per hour —and you’ll do it all on Utah’s only outdoor kart track and one of the longest kart tracks in the nation. 512 S. Sheep Lane, Grantsville, 435-277-8000, utahmotorsportscampus.com
Best Way to Avoid Missionary Homecomings: Airport Park-and-Wait
Gone are the days of trudging through the airport and waiting by baggage claim to pick up a loved one. Now we park and wait. Salt Lake International Airport kicks it up a notch with its newly-opened park-and-wait convenience store/bathrooms/fast food/coffee shop/electric car charging stations. You can keep an eye on the status of your loved one hurtling through the air while eating a burrito and juicing up your Nissan Leaf. We live in the future. 776 N. Terminal Dr., SLC, slcairport.com
Best Bubble Waffle: Shirokuma Snow Cream
Maybe this is the only bubble waffle in West Salt Lake, or in all of Salt Lake Valley. In any case, you want some. Bubble waffles are made to order and can be filled with chocolate chips or mochi and they’re fabulous! Order an original bubble waffle in a cup with shaved ribbons of snow cream, a Taiwanese version of ice cream, or take some home—they reheat surprisingly well. 2843 S. 5600 West, WVC, 801-251-0134, shirokumaslc.com
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