Chef Michael Richey, Scott Deseelhorst & Chef Steven Garner are excited to announce their partnership in the Avenues Bistro on Third. The bistro re-opens this Friday December 1st at 5pm for dinner service. We have a killer menu, a great staff, and could not be more excited to continue doing great things in this wonderful space! We hope that you will join us this weekend to celebrate, our hours are: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 – 10 pm, closed Monday. Dinner service will continue Tuesday – Friday, and then brunch on Saturday (12/8) and Sunday (12/9) at 9 am, followed by diner at 5pm.Given the quick turnaround and new menu it seems this one was planned for quite some time. Speaking of the menu, it’s one I’ve been waiting for someone to release for years in SLC – one with several nods to a classic French bistro with Utah – Utah trout almandine anyone? Beltex Meats – On the menu right now, but possibly increasingly scarce in the future – the country pate at this great SLC butcher shop. The pate (in addition to the pork coppa) was recently nominated for a Good Food award. No mean feat when you consider these awards only recognize the best of the best nationwide; and as Phillip Grubisa (owner) told me, producers with pockets millions of dollars deep. As you might imagine, Grubisa’s modest butcher shop scaled up from his farmer’s market operation has a David and Goliath task on its hands. I stopped by myself this past week to grab some for first hand assessment and it certainly gets my vote. Grubisa explained they currently shift 35lbs of the stuff every three days, yep you read that right, more than 10lbs a day. If they win the big one, who knows where that demand will grow. Go sample some now. 511 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 (801) 532-2641 beltexmeats.com Blind Dog – Looking for a deal up in Park City? Look no further than this spot that’s still offering their popular happy hour menus through Winter. Available in the bar area from 5-6pm daily, enjoy half price sushi and apps and bar specials. Check with your server for daily deals. 251 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060 (435) 655-0800 blinddogpc.com Special Courses – December 6th saw the grand opening of this competition winning restaurant at the Shops at South Town. You might recall this contest back in May where several restauraneturs competed for a $50,000 investment prize, a new eatery space and six months of free rent in the center’s Dining Terrace. The prize was awarded by the Utah Restaurant Association. The final winner was this former food truck owned and operated by James Veylupek that offers American fast food dishes with a militaristic vibe. Battle ready Burgers include selections such as the Hell Fire, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Guantnamole Baycon (also in the running for the most ill advised dish of the year award, on multiple levels). The Shops @ South Town Dining Terrace 10450 State St, Sandy, UT, 84070 https://www.loc8nearme.com/utah/sandy/special-courses/4851433/ Veneto – Finally, if you’re starting to feel those Winter chills seep deeper and deeper into the bones check out this new Winter warming menu from Marco and Amy Stevanoni’s Veneto: 370 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 359-0708 venetoslc.com
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.