Restaurant review round-up 03/06/09

Brewvies
677 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 355-5500 (movie line), (801) 322-3891 (take out)

Review: Salt Lake Tribune
Website: www.brewvies.com

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.

Various Buffets
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.

Mariposa
Silver Lake Lodge, Deer Valley Resort, Utah
(801) 645-6715

Review: City Weekly
Website: www.deervalley.com

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.

UFood Grill
278 E 12300 S, Draper, UT 84020
(801) 572-2441

Review: Deseret Morning News
Website: www.ufoodgrill.com

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.

Meditrina
1395 SW Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(801) 485-2055

Review one: In Utah This Week
Review two: Salt City Food
Website: www.meditrinaslc.com

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!

Spark
86 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601
(801) 701-6780

Review: Salt Lake Magazine
Website: www.sparkrestaurantlounge.com

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…

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