Stuart Melling

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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.
O Falafel Etc - mezze sampler (Ya Burned It)

Get back into the dining scene – more than forty restaurant reviews rounded up

O Falafel Etc - mezze sampler (Ya Burned It) Don't let January's dull and drab palette get you...
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Bewilder, BeWILDer, BEwildER, a new craft brewery with several sides

First a little about me...I love sausages, I am in love with sausages. I grew up in a butchers shop surrounded...
Copper Onion - sauteed mushrroms with egg (Copper Onion)

Wine dinners and big birthday celebrations – five of the best

Tin Angel wine dinner Tin Angel Eccles - interior (Tin Angel) Join Tin Angel and...
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Blue Marlin – two chefs eager to shake up the downtown dining scene

Before ramen was the dish du jour and long before fried chicken joints dominated - Japanese restaurants were it. There...
SkinnyFATS at The Gateway

Essential Salt Lake City restaurants to check out in 2020

By about about now you should be coming out of that blissful, holiday-induced haze. Wall to wall calories and carefree attitude...
Ginger Street - pad Thai

State Of The Plate 2019

Wait. Hold up. Stop the press. You thought you were done with all the roundups, best of lists and year end wrap...
R&R BBQ - three meat plate

Reader’s choice awards 2019 – the winners

After tabulating hundreds and hundreds of responses, and correcting oh so many spelling errors (you guys already...
Whiskey Street - bacon wrapped meatload and cider

Christmas Day, New Years Eve and more menu updates aplenty

Buckle up, this one's a super sized edition of our monthly menu watch; a blow by blow breakdown of what's new and...
Birdhouse - peri peri chicken sandwich

Wine dinners and soft openings – five of the best

With the holidays looming large and plates turning to turkey and turnips - now's the time to treat yourself to something different....
Mr Shabu - beef ready for the pot

Gather around this great new hot pot spot this Winter

All you can eat. It's a phrase that often sends a shudder down my snobbish-spine; quantity almost universally laying waste to...
Spitz - doner wrap with beast mode upgrade

Restaurant closures, DABC latest and all the food news highlights

DABC news In the absence of commissioner John T. Nielsen, vice-chairman Tom Jacobsen rattled through the November DABC get...
Bam Bam's BBQ (Siftey)

Afghanistan to New Jersey – a world of flavors in the roundup

Bam Bam's BBQ (Siftey) Reviews and write-ups Here's the low down on all the...
Readers choice 2019

Gastronomic SLC – readers choice awards

Only twelve years in the making (but goddamnit what the hell is up with some of these popular choice selections)...I present...our very...
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Thanksgiving Dining in Utah 2019

Who doesn’t eat turkey on Thanksgiving?The turkey duh, cos he’s always stuffed!
BGR Sugar House - Western BBQ burger

Burgers to Brovember – five of the best food events

BGR Winter menu preview BGR Sugar House - Western BBQ burger Love burgers? Love beer?...

DABC news, closures, dining specials and Fall product launches

All Star Bowling / Pins N Ales - now licensed The headline news out of the October DABC...

More than fifty new restaurants, bars and businesses to keep an eye on

Arempa's Venezuelan Cuisine Arempa's Venezuelan Cuisine Late night dining options have never been SLC's...
Hopkins Brewing

Drink up – or the beer gets it

Hopkins Brewing "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" -...
Saffron Valley - saag paneer

Win dinner for two at one of Utah’s best new restaurants

Saffron Circle is the latest jewel in the crown of Lavanya Mahate's growing Saffron Valley group; this...
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Food and drink events to check out now – five of the best

Boo!Stillery Boostillery 2019 Tonight's the night (Friday October 18th) for Slug Mag's Boo!stillery festival. ...