The Salt Lake Tribune’s Lesli J. Neilson takes in dinner at Brewvies. Pub grub seems to be the order of day, with the menu featuring items like burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and the like. Lesli faults several of the items execution, but commentators on the story almost wholly disagree. Never been myself, but dinner and a movie at Brewvies prices seem like a steal to me.
Review: City Weekly
Two weeks worth of reviews from the City Weekly starts with Ted Scheffler on a number of local buffet joints. Ted asks “Who doesn’t love a buffet?”. Well Ted, I cannot stand them. I know, it is probably just me. From the cheapest, through to the fanciest I have ever tried. I have never been in the slightest bit impressed.
Maybe it’s the snob in me, maybe it’s the OCD freak who doesn’t find random people mauling and coughing over my food appealing. Perhaps it’s mediocre food being left to languish under heat lamps that does it. Whatever, I am a self confessed hater of all things buffet style. Ted however is a fan and covers lots of places and price points, from Crazy Buffet and Chuck-A-Rama through to the high end likes of Stein Eriksen and the Grand America.
On the other end of the scale, Ted dines at one of Utah’s premier restaurants, The Mariposa. This month sees Mariposa’s 25th anniversary, a quarter century of excellence. Ted is bowled over by the meal and laments the fact that the restaurant is only open so long each year.
In the Deseret Morning News, Stacey Kratz checks out the UFood Grill. UFood seem to be what Au Naturale are aspiring towards, fast food, with a healthy twist. Think oven roasting, no trans fat, no frying and plenty of wraps and salads. Stacey gives the place a good review to boot.
This week sees two further reviews of new kid on the block, Meditrina. The first courtesy of In Utah This week, and the second from the Salt City blog. High praise all around for this small plates styled eatery, ourselves included!
I don’t often feature the Salt Lake magazine, mainly due to their limited online content. This week however sees a worthy mention of Spark out in Provo. Mary Brown Malouf offers up a brief review of this higher end establishment, rare itself for the locale. What makes Spark even more unique, is the complete lack of alcohol. Gone are wines and beer, in their place a range of custom faux-cocktails to accompany the food.
The review poses an intriguing question. With a large proportion of Utah county’s residents abstaining from alcohol, there is a clear fit with the restaurants approach. That said, those who do partake of a tipple and enjoy their finer dining, certainly would be turned off without the option of a glass of wine (me included). It will be very interesting to see how the restaurant fares long term…
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 a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of too many 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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