Kicking off this week’s round-up is Vanessa Chang of the Salt Lake Tribune. Vanessa looks at Emigration Market’s new-ish patio dining area. Vanessa isn’t too thrilled reading between the lines. The food is hit and miss, the service “amiable” at best and the seating downright painful in the summer sun.
The Patio At Emigration Market: 1706 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City
Ted Scheffler of the City Weekly checks out Holy Smoke BBQ & Grill. Ted seems very impressed by Holy Smoke, waxing lyrical over their side dishes in particular. Without the risk of starting another heated debate on the virtues of SLC’s BBQ joints, has anyone else had experience of Holy Smoke? The last time BBQ was mentioned here, it resulted in our conversion to Pat’s BBQ. I hope that’s still the champ as I don’t relish drives out to Layton for a ‘cue fix.
Holy Smoke BBQ & Grill: Address: 855 Heritage Park Blvd, Layton, UT 84041
Next up is Kelly Ashkettle of In Utah This Week, who heads on over to Vienna Bistro. Kelly seems to really enjoy the Austrian fare such as Schnitzel, Spätzle and Roladen. I’ve often wondered about visiting Vienna Bistro, I don’t think I have read a bad word about the place to date. That trip will have to wait until the Autumn I think. The food reads as though it is on the heavier side, more apt for the colder months.
Vienna Bistro: 132 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Tucanos is the focus of Stacey Kratz’s review in the Deseret Morning News. Tucanos is another addition to Utahs growing array of Brazilian Churrascarias. Stacey gives Tucano’s the thumbs up. Stacey highlights the odd fact that they have appetizers on their menu. These are in addition to the standard all you can eat hot/cold salad bar and endless array of meats. Tucanos have locations in the Gateway down town, Provo and NM.
Finally this week Lyndsey Kocher of About.com takes a brief look at Oasis Cafe. Not a very detailed review by any means, but it certainly reminded me of a restaurant I had carelessly forgotten about. I really must stop by again at some point.
Which leads me onto an idea that started to form this week. With an an ex-vegetarian in our household we have been musing on a round-up of Salt Lake City’s vegetarian options. Even though I am the son of a butcher, I think I am a pretty open minded carnivore. Off the top of my head I can think of Oasis, Sage’s Cafe, Vertical Diner and Long Life Vegi House. Any more worth considering?
Oasis Cafe: 151 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
P.S. Our own review is a little delayed this week due to ‘gremlins in the machine’. We should have our latest review up (Cafe Madrid) over the weekend.
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