Don’t lie. You saw the headline and clicked through in a complicated mix of horror, confusion and gollum-like covetous greed. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me. I’ll give you a moment to compose yourself and take a deep breath. O.k. let’s carry on.
By The Bucket is an all new restaurant headed our way via The Grand Canyon State. The mini-chain apparently lays claim to the title of Arizona’s fastest growing casual restaurant and as the name boldly pronounces, “sells hot spaghetti to go in a bucket.” As founder Bret daCosta puts it, “Colonel Sanders sold chicken in a bucket so why not spaghetti”. The brutal clarity of thought is hard to argue with, unless, you know, you’re one of those hoity toity no bucket types.
More prosaically speaking, working dad deCosta’s concept is at the core a quick, simple and cost effective way to feed the family. The “Family Bucket” is priced at an inflation-mocking $14.95 and comes with a pound and a half of spaghetti and marinara sauce (as well as a half loaf of garlic bread). BTB reckon it’ll feed a family of five, or you know, one person who had a *really* bad day.
As well as the buckets, the business serves up meatballs, subs, garlic bread and well, that’s pretty much it. Signs have already gone up for the first Utah location in Sugar House, just on the corner of 700 East and 21st. BTB also have Southern Utah and Springdale in their sights too. I for one become the bucketification of life’s great pleasures with open arms. Please someone send me a gyro bucket.
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p.s. pictured above is a plate of my own spaghetti, not a bucket, you know, for a sense of decorum
701 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Other new restaurants now open
Aunty’s Hawaiian Kitchen
Now open in Riverton, Monday through Saturday, this new Hawaiian spot. The menu features plenty of familiar protein favorites such as teriyaki BBQ chicken, kalua pig and chicken katsu, at some appealingly low prices; prices run around the $12 mark for most entrees, served along with rice and mac salad. Keep an eye out of the loco moco, a fabulous amalgamation of a dish that plonks a teriyaki burger over rice, then crowns the festivities with a fried egg and smothering of gravy. If I could, I’d order it by the bucket.
12544 S Pasture Rd Ste E, Riverton, UT 84096
This new bagel-bearing-business recently started taking weekly orders. In case you missed my initial preview here’s the full story. It’s a strictly blink and you’ll miss it weekly ordering window for now, but keep an eye on this one.
The Best Brothers Mexican Grill
Open for just a couple months now by the looks of it, this new Ogden Mexican eatery serves up everting from classic tacos with hand made tortillas through burritos, menudo, pozole, quesadillas and tortas (themselves with daily fresh baked teleras; and of course, the darling of many a menu right now, Quesabirria – $12.99 for a trio. Dig into the menu a little deeper and there’s even pizza birria…
825 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401
A new “bottle shop and bar” with a twist. No, its not by the bucket or barrel, Curiosity is in fact booze free. The business reckon they’re the first “zero proof bar”. Unless you count Utah’s parade of dirty soda shops as devil-free bars, I’d agree with them.
145 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
The latest concept to give this Peery Hotel spot a whirl. Many a name have starred in this location down through the years, not many sticking. Hands up those who remember the short lived steampunk inspired Squeezbox? What about Virdene’s Gourmet Burger House? Eggsburgh wants to be to eggs what Edinburgh is to Hogmanay; which is to say, the place to be. Benedict’s of myriad description kickstart a menu that moves onto everything from omelettes through bowls and sandwiches. Part of me laments their eggless reuben, maybe they’d slap a fried egg on there if asked nicely. Maybe I’m finally losing my marbles.
110 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
More fiery Sichuan cuisine comes to Salt Lake streets with this recent opening over in South Salt Lake’s Chinatown complex. The newcomer proudly informs the would be diner of their goal to provide the very best Chengdu cuisine to SLC, a provincial capital that ” brings together the impressive regional culinary delicacies of Sichuan, and is even officially recognized as the “City of Gastronomy” by the United Nations.”
If you’re looking for general tso’s chicken, keep on walking buddy, the menu here is unflinchingly traditional; amidst some of my personal favorites like spicy boiled fish and mapo tofu, there’s plenty lesser spotted dishes.
3390 State St, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
Now open in Sandy, another location of this local favorite for those with a sweet tooth.
9680 S State St, Sandy, UT 84070
Dirty Bird Fried Chxx
The expansion of this home grown fried chicken shop continues apace with a Clearfield opening. The business started life as part of the Michael McHenry stable of eateries before Wags Capital scooped them up for a cool 20 mill back in August 2021. Sandwiches run $8-$11 and as you can see from the pictured signature Dirty Bird sandwich (fried chicken, chili oil, bacon, pimento cheese, spicy ketchup, mayo, pickles), you want to have napkins at the ready. Leave your nice pants and shirt at home.
846 W Antelope Dr, Clearfield, UT 84015
From a cursory look at their social media, this Park City Thai spot is a re-branded Thai So Good. At any rate, it looks a million bucks from afar, and mercifully the prices are not. Most entrees run $18-$22 with only the fish and duck barely surmounting $25. Hint: that’s a great deal for PC.
1764 Uinta Way, Park City, UT 84098
This restaurant over on ninth South is the second outing from the folks that brought you the popular pizza spot Pizza Nono, just down the road. The mostly al fresco operation quietly opened in soft mode the past week or so and is accepting walk ups Wednesday though Saturday. Frankly it’s all a bit hush hush and on the down low. Check em out on Instagram here – there’s wine, there seems to be wood-fired food, want more do you need? Don’t say bucket.
346 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
This new Sandy opening makes it a quintet of locations for the restaurant group that started life in Summit County back in 2016. Vessel wants to be your goto for taking the sting out of putting a family meal on the table. Swing by for a side, maybe just a protein, or perhaps a full meal.
While there are a few composed plates and salads, Vessel Kitchen’s menu really wants to put you in the hot seat. Some of this and a little of that please, no don’t add that, are you mad. The new Sandy location is the first to operate as a togo only facility.
2067 E 9400 S, Sandy, UT 84093
Restaurants coming soon
Franklin Ave Cocktail & Kitchen
Keep your peepers peeled for this one, a soft opening is expected in the next few weeks and it promises to be one of THE hot tickets or 2022. Franklin Ave is the new concept from the Bourbon Group (Whiskey Street, White Horse, Bourbon House). Partner in the group Jason LeCates recently spoke about the company history over in Restaurant Hospitality mag here making note of the new businesses former life as the Franklin Avenue Variety Theatre, built around 1891.
I’m a big fan of exec chef Matt Crandall’s cooking and am looking forward to this one a great deal. If you want to eat one of the top three burgers in the state head on down to White Horse now and tell em I sent ya…
231 S Edison St. Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
According to this release in the industry press, the national chain will soon be headed to the Beehive; initially to St. George before a larger rollout.
The paint is almost dry on this new pub winging it’s way to you from a bunch of seasoned Utah bar pros. All they’re missing is the damn bar license to open the doors. Expect fireworks at this month’s DABS meetup – you’ve been following the story about this month meet right? No? Ok read this and get ready.
365 W Paxton Ave. Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Pow Pow Ice Cream
A little birdie tells me this new ice cream company will be the work of chef Eric Daniels and wife Monica Daniels, and also commented,”it’s ridiculously amazing.” M ore info as it’s formally announced.
After years slinging beloved pizza and craft beer in Ogden, the growth of Slackwater over the past couple years has been comparatively light speed. Hot on the heels of their relatively new Sandy location is another location in Salt Lake City. This one comes to the rapidly regenerating Granary District. Google reckon July 2nd should see the doors flung open here.
684 S 500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Woodbine Food Hall & Tavern
Speaking of the Granary district, another that should be coming online next month – this new food hall concept that’s moving into the old Rico warehouse space. I’ve already toured the semi-construction site once, and hope to sneak in again soon to bring you some snaps and info. Suffices to say, the team have poured a tremendous amount of cash, time and thought into this one – it’s pretty much unrecognizable. I suspect this opening will draw some big crowds. Stay tuned.
Previously mentioned with no further update
We’ve written about the following new restaurants in recent posts tracking new restaurants around SLC. We’ve heard no further news on these at this time:
- Adelaide Restaurant And Bar – last mentioned February 2022
- Angry Korean – last mentioned December 2021
- Apex Brewing – last mentioned January 2022
- Banbury Cross 2 – last mentioned January 2022
- Bistro by Butler – last mentioned January 2022
- Bistro Provenance – last mentioned May 2022
- Captain D’s – last mentioned March 2020
- Coffee & Tonic – last mentioned June 2021
- Cheryl’s Bagel’s – last mentioned February 2022
- Crane Ramen – last mentioned March 2020
- Dough Miner – last mentioned May 2022
- Italian Graffiti – last mentioned May 2022
- Famous Daves – last mentioned June 2021
- Fife Brewing – last mentioned March 2020
- Franklin Ave Cocktail & Kitchen – last mentioned April 2022
- Gourmandise American Fork – last mentioned April 2022
- Gyro Shack – last mentioned October 2020
- Hash Kitchen – last mentioned December 2021
- Hearth And Hill – last mentioned December 2021
- Hope Gallery – last mentioned December 2021
- Killer Burger – last mentioned June 2021
- Las Botellas – last mentioned January 2022
- Lemon Shark Poke – last mentioned October 2020
- The Local Market & Bar – last mentioned December 2021
- Maize Taco – last mentioned January 2022
- Maria’s Mexican Grill – last mentioned May 2022
- Martine – last mentioned October 2021
- Mint Tapas – last mentioned May 2022
- Mochinut – last mentioned December 2021
- Mountain Mike’s – last mentioned March 2021
- Noemi’s – last mentioned December 2021
- Nomo Asian Grill – last mentioned May 2022
- Pizza Twist – last mentioned September 2021
- Pizza Nono – last mentioned August 2021
- Quarters Sugar House – last mentioned January 2022
- Recharge Bar & Grill – last mentioned January 2022
- Roll’d Vietnamese – last mentioned December 2021
- Roots Coffee Co – last mentioned March 2021
- Slim Chickens – last mentioned April 2022
- Sol Agave – last mentioned February 2022
- Sushi Squad – last mentioned April 2022
- Tacomania – last mentioned February 2022
- Tea Rose Thai Express – last mentioned February 2022
- Urban Hill – last mentioned May 2022
- Wanda Lee’s Chicken Coop – last mentioned May 2022
- Xing Fu Tang – last mentioned February 2022
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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.
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