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.
Make Salt Lake Co-working spaces are all the rage but Make Salt Lake is different—it offers you tools, space and instruction so you can make it yourself—anything from woodworking to metal craft to electronics to welding. Make yourself the master.
Best Tacos Down South, Daniel’s – The concept of a taco: Small enough to eat out of hand. Simple enough to sell for cheap. Flavorful enough that small is big enough. Daniel’s tacos are all this and don’t need to be more, but they are. They’re fresh, for one thing. Plus you can order oysters, horchata and beer. 1017 N. 900 West, SLC, 801-521-9404. tacosdanielutah.com
Best Way to Live a Happy Life, Order in from Happy Dumpling – All dumplings, all the time and if you like dumplings like we like dumplings, these will make you very happy indeed, just like the logo promises. It’s so easy! Go to the website, check the maps to make sure you’re in the zone and place your order. They take weekend orders up until Thursday mornings. 3359 S. Main St., 801-635-4818, happydumplingslc.com
Best Excuse to Buy a Sari, Salt City Studios Bollywood Dance Class – How do they swivel their hips like that?? The gorgeous, sinuous dance used in Bollywood films is a style unto itself—a combination of belly-dancing, Indian folk dancing and modern jazz. The point is though, when you add it all up into a five-week workshop at Salt City Studio, you’ve had an amazing workout. You don’t need prior dance experience or a partner, just the urge to take some exercise that makes you happy. 1321 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-699-6809, saltcitystudio.com/bollywood-slc
Best Thing to do in a Brewpub Besides Drink Beer, TF Brewing’s Game Night – Beer is not enough anymore. Brewpubs must have entertainment and while the Big Game of the moment is draw enough for some, there are those of us who are tired of balls—be they thrown, kicked or bounced. And we are certainly Trivia’d out. The questions are too culture specific, or too stupid. TF Brewery offers an alternative pastime to go with with your ale. Actually, several of them. A game sommelier brings a whole menu of board games so you can settle in, sip and learn how to do something new and pointless. 936 South 300 West, SLC, 385-270-5972, tfbrewing.com
Check out more of our Best of the Beehive winners here.