Review round-up 10/01/08

The review round-up has been on hiatus of late due to those pesky things such as work and the like. I’m back on a regular routine now, so the round-up returns. The format has also been updated, hopefully this should make it slightly easier to publish each week. On with the show…

Fresco Italian Cafe
1513 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT
801-486-1300

Vanessa Chang of the Salt Lake Tribune checks in on Fresco Italian Cafe. Although a brief review, Vanessa is more than pleased with her experience. I’ve never been myself but now seems to be the time, as Vanessa notes under the present direction of chef Billy Sotelo “the food hasn’t been this good in a long while.”.

Vienna Bistro
132 S. Main, Salt Lake City, UT
801-322-0334

In the City Weekly Ted Scheffler extols the virtues of Vienna Bistro and ownner/operator/chef/down-town stalwart Frody Volgger. I don’t think I have ever heard a bad thing about Vienna Bistro, just a shame about the location. Ted reminds readers not to forget that Mr Volgger has been turning out high quality food for years in this location; especially in the light of all the forthcoming developments down town soon.

The focus is on fresh quality food, with Ted noting “Volgger is obsessed with freshness. He makes pretty much everything at his restaurant from scratch, each day. He makes his cured meats—speck, bündnerfleisch, salami—along with items like his pâté terrine and sausages himself, by hand.”. Vienna Bistro is certainly on my list of new restaurants to try, just as soon as the weather gets a nudge colder.

Olympus Burgers
6100 S. 900 East, Murray, UT
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826 E. 9400 South, Sandy, UT
801-262-6293

Olympus Burgers is the destination for Stacey Kratz in the Deseret News. A short and sweet review. Simple Greek-American food, huge portions and painless prices for the wallet.

O’Falafel, Etc.
790 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT
801-487-7747

Ryan Michael Painter of In Utah This Week stops by O’ Falafel Etc. in the SugarHouse area. Ryan speaks highly of this newish restaurant. I’m not convinced about the slightly obtuse name, but based on Ryan’s review I’m very intrigued about popping in for a quick bite. The menu seems not only extensive, but excellent value for money.

Ryan’s sentiments are also seemingly echoed by this other local blogger who I accidentally came across today.

Charlie Boy’s Bit BBQ
88 W. Main Street, Lehi, Utah, UT
801-768-1931

Over in Your Heart Out, Courtney Buell samples Charlie Boy’s Bit BBQ. A rare Lehi restaurant sighting.

Rodizio Grill
Trolley Square
600 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City, UT
801-220-0500

Congratulations to Danny Kourianos this week (long time poster on this site), for his new gig over at Your Heart Out. Danny has a recurring article on the Your Heart Out blog, titled “dude food”. This week Danny eats at the popular Rodizio Grill, one of Salt Lake City’s rapidly growing Churrascaria population.

A big thumbs up from Danny on this Trolley Square eatery. I do have to ask though, for a “dudes” take on dining, really, vegetables, salad, beans!? The last time I went to a Churrascaria I had my eye firmly on the prize, grilled meat all the way for me.

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