It’s that time of year again, awards seem to be flying all over the place. A short while ago the Salt Lake City Magazine announced their 2008 Dining awards. Hot on their heels, the City Weekly also had their yearly best of 2008 issue last week.
On the whole the SLC magazine awards seemed fair. A couple of strange choices I thought, but largely as expected. I won’t name any names, but some of the reader choices in the City Weekly had me genuinely disappointed. Some restaurants placing number one in their categories, shouldn’t have placed at even 100. But then, that’s just my opinion, and that’s what makes talking about restaurants so interesting for me. One person’s sumptuous dinner can be another person’s idea of hell.
If I had to pick my favourite restaurant of the past 12 months, I would go for Kyoto. I simply cannot fault them for their sheer consistency of food and service. Every time I have been, the experience is spot on. Consistency is a big deal for me. I highly value having a go-to place you *know* will be great. Whether your taking out of town friends for a meal, maybe celebrating a birthday, or grabbing a bite to eat after an exhausting day at work. Knowing that when you step through the door, a great meal is guaranteed is a great feeling.
Kyoto for me is just this place. It’s relaxed, comfortable and also surprisingly affordable I feel. We have taken to hanging out at the sushi bar and chatting with the friendly sushi chefs like Mike and Akira. If they’d let me, I would happily buy one of the places at the sushi bar as reserved seating just for me. I digress.
So what do you think, what’s your favourite restaurant of this past year? Maybe there is more than one, maybe you don’t think any place in SLC makes the grade? Either way, let us know your thoughts on dining out in SLC this past year!
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Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for the better part of fifteen years. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of big words I don’t understand. What they’re saying about me: “Not inaccurate”, “I thought he was older”, “I don’t share his feelings”.
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