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A foodies guide to the best Midvale restaurants

Located in the center of the Salt Lake Valley, Midvale Utah is easily accessible from all directions. While the beating heart of Midvale’s dining center might first appear to be the bustling Fort Union Boulevard, home to dozens and dozens of national names – I’d encourage you to dig deeper. Beneath the surface of the chains and franchises, there are plenty of outstanding restaurants in the city. The following list is my personal favorite places to eat in Midvale.

Del Barrio Cafe - takeout tacos
Del Barrio Cafe – takeout tacos

Del Barrio Cafe

Fabulous tacos can be found at this mom-and-pop Midvale spot. My favorite? The achiote paste reddened Yucatan tacos – aka cochinita pibil. Don’t forget to grab an order of their chiles toreados – splayed and blistered jalapeños – that pack a fiery and smokey punch.

7777 S State St, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 902-9971

Noemi's Cafe empanada and choripan
Noemi’s Cafe empanada and choripan

Noemi’s Cafe

Chilean cuisine is the star of the show at Noemi’s in Midvale. The menu starts with unmissable empanada , offered with a variety of stunning flavors. After that a range of sandwiches and big plated entrees, hearty dishes like lomo saltado. The icing on the cake though is the duo of pastries cases that sit either side of the cash register – loaded with picture perfect sweet treats. Make sure to sample the alfajores an thank me later. I wrote about Noemi’s in more detail in this article.

777 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 979-7888

Kabob Bros - chicken tikka kabobza
Kabob Bros – chicken tikka kabobza

Kabob Bros

This family ran spot offers a mix of modern and classic Pakistani cooking. You’ll find traditional dishes like lamb nihari alongside modern fusion dishes like the pictured kabobza.

48 Blue Vista Ln, Midvale, UT 84047
(385) 275-7172

Pretty Bird midvale Utah
Pretty Bird midvale Utah

Pretty Bird

The fourth location of celeb-chef Viet Pham’s Pretty Bird empire opened up in Midvale in 2022. With the arrival, Pham brought his popular menu of Nashville style fried chicken, as well as debuting new tenders and nuggets. The self ordering, quick serve format makes Pretty Bird a top pick for a fast and easy meal when in a rush – without sacrificing flavor.

7169 Bingham Jct Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047

The Pie - buffalo ranch
The Pie – buffalo ranch

The Pie Pizzeria

Midvale is home to one of the many locations of The Pie, a Utah institution. While debate will always rage over the best pizza in town, there will always be a place on the list for The Pie and their delicious pizza.

7186 Union Park Ave, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 233-1999

Tsunami - negima
Tsunami – negima


The Salt Lake valley is home to several Tsunami locations, Midvale included. The menu is expansive and features traditional sashimi and nigiri through modern creative maki and much more; not least an interesting line up of cooked Japanese fare. Wine, beer and sake are also offered at Tsunami too.

7628 Union Park Ave, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 676-6466

Red Corner China Diner - mapo tofu and more
Red Corner China Diner – mapo tofu and more

Red Corner China Diner

This under the radar Chinese restaurant is well known by locals – especially for their Sichuan section of the menu. Here you’ll find several classic renditions with plenty of spark and tingly Sichuan fun. Mapo tofu is always a must, and their spicy boiled fish is one of the best examples in Utah.

46 W 7200 S, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 601-8331

J Dawgs - double barrel dog
J Dawgs – double barrel dog

J. Dawg’s

This local mini chain focuses on one dish and keeps things as simple as can be. The name of the game here is hot dogs – and affordably priced ones at that. Order at the counter, choose from regular or Polish, maybe pick a side or drink, and you’ll have your meal in moments. There’s a self service toppings bar to finish things off too. Secret tip: ask for a double barreled dog and get a bun loaded with two dogs for a steal of a price.

1036 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 373-3294

Ganesh Indian Cuisine - chicken biryani and raita
Ganesh Indian Cuisine – chicken biryani and raita

Ganesh Indian Cuisine

One of the best Indian restaurants in Utah can be found in Midvale City. In recent years the restaurant moved to fancier digs, but ensured their extensive menu made the journey. The dishes encompass both North and South Indian cuisine. My favorite is the chicken biryani, ordered spicy and topped with a cooling flurry of raita.

145 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 569-3800

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