159 South Main St. Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Downtown SLC recently welcomed the opening of the Bay Leaf Cafe. An ambitious new eatery serving up an unusual mix of comfort foods spanning various continents: all days breakfast, southern classics like hoppin’ john, Asian items like congee and bulgogi, the list is long and varied. Seriously, check out their eclectic menu here.
It is not only the menu that’s unique, their opening hours are too. The restaurant opens 6am through 6pm weekdays, but plans to open continuously from Friday 6am through Sunday 6pm. Wow. I’d love to hear from anyone who has been down so far.
418 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Out of seemingly nowhere, information has been popping up all over the place about Vinto, a new downtown Pizzeria. Check out mentions in both The Tribune and Salt Lake Magazine. The praise seems universally excellent to date, with Kathy Stephenson noting “In fact, (chef/owners) Ruiz and Harries, spent six months just perfecting their pizza dough”. A possible challenger to Settebello’s claim to downtown’s best pizza?
Fall Dine O’ Round
Various locations, September 11th-27th
Thirty-one of Salt Lake City’s best restaurants extend a special invitation to enjoy dining at an exceptional price during the 7th annual Fall Downtown Dine O’ Round. In addition to the regular menu, participating restaurants offer a three-course dinner for $15 or $30 per person; some also offer a two-course lunch for $10.
“With more than a dozen new restaurants opening in the past few months, dining in Utah’s Capital City has never been more dynamic,” said Jason Mathis, executive director of the Downtown Alliance. “This Salt Lake tradition is a great way to enjoy restaurants like the New Yorker, Squatters, Metropolitan and Bambara while sampling new spots like Donovan’s, Gracie’s, J. Wong’s, Tipica and the Sandbar Mexican Grill.”
Asian, Italian, Lebanese, American, Austrian and Mexican cuisines—and specialty restaurants featuring seafood, steak and vegetarian fare—provide savory selections to satisfy any world traveler and cuisine connoisseur, all in downtown Salt Lake City. Indulge the frugal foodie in you during Downtown Dine O’ Round…it’s an ideal way to explore new restaurants or enjoy old favorites. There are no coupons, no punch cards and no strings attached. Dine O’ Round restaurants this fall are as follows (*denotes lunch special offered):
Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
Cedars of Lebanon*
Christopher’s Seafood and Steakhouse*
Donovan’s Steak and Chop House
Iggy’s Sports Grill/Downtown*
J. Wong’s Asian Bistro
Lamb’s Grill Café
Market Street Grill*
Market Street Oyster Bar*
McGrath’s Fish House*
Red Rock Brewing Company
Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana*
Squatters Pub Brewery*
Star of India
The Garden Restaurant at Temple Square
The Melting Pot
The New Yorker*
Tin Angel Café*
Tucanos Brazilian Grill*
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for the better part of fifteen years. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of 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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