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Utah’s best restaurants crowned in this week’s dining awards

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What exactly makes something the best? In the case of restaurants, pontification is a Pandora’s box of a thing – delirium and furor awaiting those risking a peak. Hint: don’t ever try to proclaim the best pizza. As Salt Lake Magazine’s late Mary Malouf was fond of declaring: de gustibus non disputandum est.

Yet still we try. To measure, label, and rank. With that in mind, last night saw one of the biggest industry gatherings of the year, as Salt Lake Magazine took the wraps off the latest iteration of an always anticipated roll call. Held at the Woodbine Food Hall, the awards recognize excellence in our dining scene right now. That last bit – the kicker in all of this.

It’s impossible to taste every plate and place. Trust me, I’ve tried. The dining awards are a temporal tip of the hat to the judging panel’s tastes of the past year; dining experiences that lingered long in the mind after the check was settled. It might not be your list, but this list was ours, the flavors that framed a year of eating around the Wasatch:

Head to Salt Lake Magazine online to view the complete list and read why these fifteen names should be on your radar in 2024. The full awards recognize several other notable restaurants including ones to watch, classics, and more.

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 serving to Utah’s collective table. The mix selected is 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.

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