Dining Awards

Adam “Scoop” Kaessner/Water Witch: 2021 Salt Lake Magazine Cocktail Contest

The star ingredient of Seething Song, the 2021 Salt Lake Magazine Cocktail Contest entry from Water Witch, is gardenia syrup.

Michaela Dransfield/Undercurrent: 2021 Salt Lake Magazine Cocktail Contest

The star ingredient of Sex Dreams, the 2021 Salt Lake Magazine Cocktail Contest entry from Undercurrent, is Angostura.

2021 Blue Plate Awards

Each Year, Salt Lake Magazine hosts the Blue Plate Awards, honoring the growers, food evangelists, grocers, servers, bakers, chefs, bartenders, restaurateurs—basically anyone who has a hand in the essential act of feeding...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: The Store

Since 1968, The Store has been the platonic ideal of a neighborhood market—locally focused, community-based and appealingly small scale. The Store sells food and drinks from hundreds of local vendors, providing new...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: Cucina Wine Bar and Deli

Working with Chef Joey Ferran, owner Dean Pierose has spent years turning what was a casual Avenues deli into a bistro and wine bar where Avenue residents gather to enjoy a place...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: Spice-To-Go

Spice Kitchen Incubator helps refugees turn their cooking skills into a viable, sustainable enterprise by offering affordable kitchen space, training, access to financing, and advice about business practices and marketing. Founded by...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: Fisher Brewing

The Latter-day Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Fisher Brewing Company was founded in 1884. When German immigrant Albert Fisher founded the brewery on the banks of the Jordan River...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: Rico Brand

Rico Brand, owned by Jorge Fierro, is the quintessential immigrant success story. Originally from Mexico, Fierro arrived in Salt Lake City penniless in 1985. Thoroughly unimpressed with the Mexican food offerings at...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: Oquirrh Restaurant

After working in some of the best restaurants in town (The Copper Onion, HSL, Pago) Chef Andrew Fuller and front-of-house standout Angelena Fuller opened their dream restaurant, Oquirrh, in downtown Salt Lake...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: Hearth and Hill

In just a few years, Hearth and Hill has earned its reputation as a good neighbor. The restaurant proudly states that the majority of diners are Park City locals, who keep returning...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: Hive Eats SLC

Hive Eats is a subscription meal delivery service featuring 10 of Salt Lake City’s favorite restaurants. Locally produced, locally sourced meals prepared by small independent restaurants are delivered each week. Meals are...

2021 Blue Plate Awards: Clearwater Distilling

As ill-timed as a venture could possibly be, Matt and Stephanie Eau Claire’s Clearwater Distilling opened in March­—yes, that March—complete with a tasting room and package store in Pleasant Grove. Matt makes...

Blue Plate Award Winners 2020

Although we were heartbroken that our annual Blue Plate Awards were canceled due to COVID-19, we thought now (more than ever) was the perfect time to share our winners and pay respect...

2019 Hall of Fame

Each restaurant in Salt Lake magazine's Hall of Fame has received consistent awards for excellence over a period of years. These restaurants represent the foundation of the Utah dining scene. If you...

2019 Readers’ Choice Awards

We asked you, dear readers what you thought about where to eat around the state. Our survey got a huge response, with more than 600 of you responding. There are some old...

2019 Dining Awards – Blue Plate Specials

Breaking bread with another human being is the most basic act of communion at the most basic level. In other words, restaurants are about community. Each year we award our Blue Plate...
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