The latest Salt Lake Tribune review is over at Chanon Thai Cafe. One of the first dishes Vanessa Chang samples are the Cream Cheese Wontons, that would normally set alarm bells ringing for me. Vanessa and her dining companion seem to be very impressed overall though, thoroughly enjoying the dishes they work through.
Chanon Thai Cafe: 278 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Ted Scheffler of the City Weekly checks out the Garden Cafe in the Grand America Hotel. Ted tries the “Summer Saturdays” attraction, effectively an up scale buffet.
Buffets are completely anathema to me. From the fanciest arrays of seafood, to the lowliest of the low, I cannot bare food-free-for-alls. That said, they do seem to be massively popular here in Utah. The Grand America’s offering is partly in response to the hotels main restaurant not faring too well. I’m not sure how well the buffet will fare at a hefty $45 per head.
Garden Cafe at Grand America Hotel: 555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
In Utah This Week sends Amanda Chamberlain to Fratelli Ristorante in Sandy. Amanda and her dining guests seem to be quite unimpressed by the food. Amanda’s opinion on the food are quite different to those of the last review I read by Ted Scheffler of the City Weekly. If I remember rightly Ted was mainly positive in his feedback, aside from a quibble here and there.
Amanda’s review is also sufficient to provoke a few website comments, notably one purporting to be from one of the restaurant owners, Pete Canella.
Fratelli Ristorante: 9236 Village Shop Drive in Sandy
Also with a review this week is Lyndsey Kocher, of About.com. Lyndsey dines at The Other Place noting of the name, “The Other Place used to stand next to a bar named ‘The Place.’ Now, the bar is renamed Andy’s and the joke in the name has been lost.”. One of these days I will have to run the rule over them also. I have quite the unhealthy obsession with Gyro’s.
The Other Place: 469 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Still on the topic of spit-roasted meat, Your Heart Out are down in Provo, dining at Pastorero Taco Grill. Pastorero serve Tacos Al Pastor, which is essentially a gyro like meat, utilising Mexican seasoning’s. The last I read about this delicious sounding meat was in the Deseret Morning News, when Trompos Mexican Grill was reviewed. Given my gyro addiction I’d love to hear from anyone who has tasted al pastor meat here in SLC.
Pastorero Taco Grill: 1774 N University Pkwy Provo, UT 84604
Hot on the heels of their Cemita discovery a week ago, Sopes are the order of the over at Sense and Memory. The sopes come from one of their favourite Taco Stands (Tacos el Jaripeo), which they also talk a little about. It’s posts like this that make me wish I worked much closer to some killer street food vendors.
Sope @ Tacos el Jaripeo: 1850 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. I ate all the pies.