20+ best lunch spots in Salt Lake City 2022

1 – Taqueria 27

Taqueria 27 - fish and carne asada tacos
Taqueria 27 – fish and carne asada tacos

What’s for lunch? Tacos, that’s what! Not just any tacos mind you, the fresh cuisine at Taqueria 27 is crafted with care and precision – at all five locations. Yep, wherever you are in the valley, you’re close to a T27 location, and all five are open for lunch.

On the menu you’ll find a contemporary take on one of our favorite foods; that means tacos loaded with gourmet selections such as slow cooked short rib or chipotle spiked duck confit.

You’ll also find small bites and salads if you’re looking for a lighter lunch, plus more substantial enchilada options if you’re looking to load up too.

Taqueria 27 Fashion Place interior

Moreover, every visit to T27 is always offers something unique and fun to explore. Every location offers GODs, TODs and MODs. Wait, errr what? That’s guacamole, taco and margarita of the day to you!

That ever changing menu is offered alongside a full bar (with one of the largest tequila selections in Utah) not to mention every location is chic, modern and comfortable. If you’re looking for something different for lunch that the regular boring old soup and sandwich, T27 would be our first stop!

Foothill | 1615 S Foothill Dr., SLC, 84108 | (385) 259-0712
Holladay | 4670 S Holladay Village Plaza, Holladay, 84121 | (801) 676-9706
Downtown | 149 E 200 S, SLC, 84111 | (385) 259-0940
Murray | 6154 S. Fashion Blvd, Murray, 84107 | (801) 266-2487
Lehi | 1688 W Traverse Parkway, Lehi, 84043 | (801) 331-8033
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2 – Feldman’s Deli

Feldman's Deli - sloppy Joe
Feldman’s Deli – sloppy Joe

Over on the East side of town you’ll find Feldman’s Deli – a slice of NYC and Jersey right here in SLC. That’s because owner Michael Feldman hails from back East, and when moving to Utah, brought with him all his favorite lunch specials: over stuffed corned beef sandwiches, reuebens and yes, classic NYC cheese steak. Note: Feldman’s 1/2 sandwiches might just run you lunch and dinner all by themselves.

2005 E 2700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
(801) 906-0369
feldmansdeli.com

3 – SOMI Vietnamese Bistro

SOMI - short rib rice plate
SOMI – short rib rice plate

Stunningly vibrant Vietnamese cuisine can be found right in the heart of Sugar House. SOMI is a modern restaurant with an upscale aesthetic and a menu replete with Vietnamese classics. Rice dishes, noodle dishes, fresh salads and a range of Chinese dishes like Peking Duck make for a mouth watering menu. Check out the cocktail wine and beer menu too. The restaurant has a special lunch menu featuring their Chinese dishes at cheaper prices.

1215 E. Wilmington Ave, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(385) 322-1158
somislc.com

4 – Desert Edge Pub

Desert Edge Brewery - taco special
Desert Edge Brewery – taco special

Tucked away inside the cool Trolley Square shopping mall is this fun brewpub that delivers on all fronts: great beer, great staff, great food. Stop by for lunch and can choose from a range of International flavors that skew toward Mexican and Italian in particular. If you don’t have time for a long lingering lunch, the crew will have you in and out in double quick time too.

273 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(801) 521-8917
desertedgebrewery.com

5 – Les Madeleines

Les Madeleines - kouing aman
Les Madeleines – kouing aman

Another fun downtown lunch spot is this cute little cafe ran by chef and owner, Romina Rasmussen. Les Madeleines is Rasmessen’s odes to her globe trotting travels on a plate. From the boulangeries of Paris to the street food of Asia – every item on the eclectic lunch menu reflects her experiences. Les Mad’ as it’s affectionately known by locals its well know (even name checked by Oprah) for their Kouing Aman – buttery French pastries like no other – but in truth, everything here is made with care and prevision.

216 E 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 355-2294
lesmadeleines.com

6 – Little Saigon

LIttle Saigon - pho banh mi
LIttle Saigon – pho banh mi

Home to banging banh mi. If you’re new to banh mi, you’re missing out. This French influenced Vietnamese sandwich is Little Saigon’s standout dish. Start with a crisp French baguette, layer with cilantro, pickled vegis and mayo – then top with your choice of protein; everything from garlic butter steak to tofu lemongrass. Prices are killer too, at just $5-$7.

2021 Windsor Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 906-8630
littlesaigonutah.com

7 – Whiskey Street

Whiskey Street - skinny parmesan crusted fries
Whiskey Street – skinny parmesan crusted fries

This downtown bar (21+ only) is a popular spot for evening drinks and dining – but stop by during the day and you skip the thronging crowds you’ll find at night. Open seven days a week for lunch, the vibe is much more calm and collected.

323 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 433-1371
whiskeystreet.com

8 -The Angry Korean

The Angry Korean - Korean fried chicken
The Angry Korean – Korean fried chicken

Looking for a fun lunch spot in the South or South West of the valley? Don’t look any further than this fun modern take on Korean flavors. The guys at The Angry Korean take dishes like cheesesteaks and tacos and fuse them with Korean ingredients. There’s killer fried chicken, house made sauces and soy plus more authentic dishes like rice bowls with japchae and mandoo dumplings.

11587 District Main Dr Suite 300, South Jordan, UT 84095
(801) 307-8300
facebook.com/theangrykorean/

9 – Freshies Lobster Co.

Freshies Lobster Co - lobster roll
Freshies Lobster Co – lobster roll

East coast imported lobster, mayo, lashings of butter and a soft roll – life doesn’t get much better right? Enjoy all of these together on Freshie’s award winning lobster rolls for a perfectly decadent lunch.

356 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 829-1032
freshieslobsterco.com

10 – Tacos Garay

Tacos Garay - barbacoa and carnitas tacos
Tacos Garay – barbacoa and carnitas tacos

When we see people ask, “who has the very best taco in Utah”, this Salt Lake City taco spot invariably gets mentioned. Indeed, it pops up with surprising frequency considering how under the radar this joint is. Head to this locals secret and enjoy asada, pastor, pollo, lengua, cabeza, buche, carnitas and more

909 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 532-2621
tacosgaray.com

11 – Bricks Corner

Bricks Corner - pizza and salad
Bricks Corner – pizza and salad

Bricks Corner offers Detroit-style pizza – think deep dish pan pizza like Chicago-style and you’re in the right ballpark. Bricks might be your next favorite neighborhood hangout spot too – offering a full bar, cool patio and fun space.

1465 S 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 953-0636
brickscornerslc.com

12 – Central 9th Market

Central 9th Market - sandwich (figeats)
Central 9th Market – sandwich (figeats)

This corner market in the heart of the trendy Central 9th area is beloved for their carefully crafted sandwiches. The house baked bread is always the star of the show.

161 W 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(385) 332-3240
central9th.com

13 – Best Chicken And Ribs

Best Chicken And Ribs - chicken skewer plate
Best Chicken And Ribs – chicken skewer plate

Sporting a menu strikingly familiar to nearby Chicken Express, this completely separate location on 27th South is our favorite of the two. The restaurant is the epitome of humble mom and pop and their chicken is some of the very best in town. 

111 E 2700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(801) 466-8311

14 – Filling’s And Emulsions

Fillings And Emulsions - ropa vieja Cuban pie
Fillings And Emulsions – ropa vieja Cuban pie

The Cuban hand pies at Fillings and Emulsions are the perfect grab and go food 0 and equally delicious enjoyed hot or cold. Bonus points for swinging by for lunch – you can also nab an excellent sweet treat to hit the road with as well.

1980 W 3500 S Unit 101, West Valley City, UT 84119
(385) 549-1167
fillingsandemulsions-mainstreet.square.site

Best lunch in the city

Lets hit the streets and look around the valley. For more ideas for great lunches in Salt Lake City, check out our recommendation around the various cities.

Best lunch in the Avenues – Avenues Proper

Avenues Proper - purple potato gnocchi
Avenues Proper – purple potato gnocchi

This craft brewer is now part of the fabric of the Avenues, and with good reason. Their fun menu changes seasonally and always features great chef-driven dishes.

376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(385) 227-8628
avenuesproper.com

Best lunch in Millcreek – Gurkha’s

Gurkha's - chicken tikka biryani fried rice
Gurkha’s – chicken tikka biryani fried rice

From some of the team behind Highland Drive’s Kathmandu, which itself was from some of the team behind downtown SLC’s Himalayan Kitchen way back when. Gurkhas offers a strong Indian and Nepalese menu that always executed reliably.

3025 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
(801) 755-3499
gurkhas.pizzamico.com

Best lunch in South Salt Lake – Grid City Beerworks

Grid City interior
Grid City interior

Grid City is a 21+ space, and as well as some of the best brews in town, also offers an accessible food menu. Build around pub classics like fish and chips and burgers, Grid City is also well known for a stellar vegan line up too.

333 2100 S, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
(801) 906-8390
gridcitybeerworks.com

Best lunch in Holladay – Caputo’s

Caputos - The Caputo
Caputos – The Caputo

Located in the heart of Holladay, Caputo’s offers their range of handsomely crafted sandwiches. The restaurant offers a counter ordering setup, and you simply seat yourself, indoors or out.

4673 S 2300 E, Holladay, UT 84117
(801) 272-0821
caputos.com

Best lunch in Sandy and Draper

Best lunch in West Valley City

Shahrazad Market - duo of samplers
Shahrazad Market – duo of samplers

This Iranian market and restaurant offers our favorite food in West Valley City. If you find it hard to pick just one dish from the vibrant menu – don’t. Grab a couple of heaving platters like that pictured above; a trio of kebobs on one and a vegetarian appetizer sampler on the other. Enough to share with the whole family.

1615 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84119
(801) 975-9977
shahrazadslc.com

Lunch in a rush – IndieGo

IndieGo Coffee
IndieGo Coffee

This South Salt Lake coffee shop makes an ideal spot to snag a drink and a grab and go treat. As well as the usual array of coffee and teas, you’ll also find some fun savory puff pastries stuffed with Indian flavors. Chicken tikka, paneer, samosa-like potato – they’re all fabulous.

3310 S 500 E, South Salt Lake, UT 84106
(801) 819-4911

Best business lunch – Pago On Main

Pago On Main
Pago On Main

Located on lively Main Street in the heart of downtown SLC, Pago On Main makes for an excellent choice for a business lunch. A well trained staff, approachable yet impressive menu and chic interior tick all the boxes. The restaurant also doesn’t close between lunch and dinner, should that important meeting run over.

41 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 441-2955
pagoslc.com

Best cheap lunch – Taqueria Los Lee

Taqueria Los Lee - gorditas
Taqueria Los Lee – gorditas

While the prices are low, the quality is anything but this mom and pop taqueria. The gorditas are the real headline grabber here, try the unassuming meat and potato stuffed shell and thank me later. Read our full review here.

2646 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(385) 259-0764

Who did we miss?

If you think we’re missing a really great addition to this list, please email us at stuart@gastronomicslc.com – we’d love to hear from you. Let us know who you think should be on this list and why. If you have a really great picture of one of more dishes, please send that too! We’re always excited to check our more businesses!

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