Every year the list is different. We don’t do categories, we don’t fill in forms, we don’t count votes. We just pick our brains and everyone else’s for the coolest, newest and unexpected superlatives in the Beehive State. Every year we surprise ourselves and are delighted at the discoveries. You too will be surprised and delighted. And, no doubt, disgruntled. Because we left out one of your favorites. Let us know.
Best Unexpected Dessert, Strawberry Nachos at Last Course – It’s really tough to ruin nachos, but it’s also a challenge to up the ante and create a new type of nacho. Last Course does it with their incredible Strawberry Nachos. Dip white, milk, and dark chocolate “chips” into decadent strawberry “salsa” and officially put nachos in both the savory and sweet columns of your food brain. 835 W. East Promontory, Farmington, 801-410-4708, lastcourse.com
Hive Winery Raspberry, Honey Wine – Ah, mead. The drink of ancient warriors and those who lived before modern booze making provided us with limitless options. The Hive Winery is resurrecting honey-wine and giving it new life. Stop by their tasting room and sample the award-winning, and mouth-watering, Raspberry Honey Wine before the secret gets out. 1220 W. 450 North, Layton, 801-546-1997, thehivewinery.com
Best Savory Waffle, Honey Chipotle Pastrami at Waffled – The savory waffle is a divisive food, but Waffled, an innocuous booth in the middle of Station Park, can mend the relationships of savory waffle lovers and sweet waffle purists. The Honey Chipotle Pastrami Waffle brings out the dense heartiness of the liege waffle while melding flavors so good you’ll run back for seconds. Believe it. 25 N. East Promontory, Farmington, 801-447-9175, waffledeats.com
Best Sensory Overload, Allegiant Nonstop – Clearfield is stepping up their entertainment game with new additions to the newly named Allegiant Nonstop, formerly G4CE. Their 100,000 square foot building features go-karts, laser tag, arcade games, virtual reality, bowling, mini golf, escape rooms, play zones, a restaurant, snack bar, soda bar and frozen yogurt station. Our heads started spinning just listing all they offer. 1400 E. 700 South, Clearfield, 801-416-2388, playnonstop.com
Best Way to Lose Your Voice, Cannibal Roller Coaster – Adrenaline junkies, rejoice! While many lament the absence of a Six Flags in Utah, Lagoon has one major entry into the roller coaster hall of fame. Featuring the steepest vertical drop in North America, Cannibal also holds the world record for tallest beyond-vertical drop on any coaster. Prep your pipes and enjoy the ride. 375 Lagoon Dr., Farmington, 801-451-8000, lagoonpark.com
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