In case you didn’t notice the big foodie news this week – Salt Lake Magazine’s yearly dining awards celebration returned with a bang. Absent for a few years – thanks generational pandemic – the party would have made the previous show runner proud; the dearly loved and lost Mary Malouf would have no doubt been enamored with each of the recognized restaurants. Held at the he newly minted The Local (more on that here) the ceremony gave a nod to some of the very best on the Utah dining landscape.
I was humbled (yeah…we’ve met you Stuart) to be selected as part of the judging panel, so am naturally proud of the list we assembled. This arduous task took place late last year amidst multiple late evenings and many boxes of wine. Note: only amateurs bring bottles when there’s a cadre of food writers. Unslakable people. Yeah that’s a fancy way of putting it.
The resulting twelve names are the list of outstanding destinations for a meal in Utah:
- Rime Seafood + Steak
- Log Haven
- SLC Eatery
- Central 9th Market
- Post Office Place
- Copper Common
- The Pearl
- Handle / HSL
- Sauce Boss
- Table X
- Tona Sushi
These impeccable performers were joined on stage by a selection of Utah classics, new places and spaces to watch, as well as a couple of special from the heart awards. Please, grab a copy of the SL Mag, or head on over there directly to read the full details.
If you’re a restaurateur reading these lists and wondering, “hey, why wasn’t I on the list”, now’s the time to look at what you’re bringing to Utah’s collective table. The mix we selected are a disparate bunch, but linked together by a singular thread. The businesses represented all bring something interesting, unique and exemplary to the plate. Fancy pants joints rub shoulders with neighborhood hangouts alike. Unquestionably, they all move the needle forward for Utah’s dining scene. And that pace of growth and sophistication is only accelerating as far as I can tell.
If you’re a food l lover – watch out for the return of our very own reader’s choice awards in a few weeks time. I’m going to flip the whole process on its head this year. No best breakfast, burger or burrito. No neat collection of boxes for you to scribble in. Nope. This year I’m going to ask for your best meals of the last year. Be they a gyro that ruined your favorite shirt, or a fantastical fine dining splurge that is etched in your memory. Three names, three experiences, lets talk.
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Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC. I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have written in myopic detail about the Salt Lake City dining scene for the better part of seventeen years.
I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV. Pause those credits, yep, that’s me! I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. 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”.
Want to know more? This is why I am the way I am.
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