NBA All Star games will mean 115,000 visitors and a new temporary liquor store for SLC

300 W Liquor Wine Store DABS DABC

Mark February 17th through 19th very boldly on your calendar. If you didn’t already know, those are the official dates for the massive NBA All Star games hitting downtown Salt Lake City. According to some, estimations are that 115,000 attendees will pitch up to watch the action. Ben Winslow notes an expected $40 million economic … Read more

Two Sugar House restaurants close amid changing neighborhood

Habit Burger - nuggets

News reported in the Trib today, confirms that both Flatbread Neapolitan Pizza, and nearby Habit Burger (pictured) Grill – have now shuttered. Looking at social media the former seems to have closed around a week ago, the latter just a few days later. Neither restaurant seems to have issued a formal release on their closure. … Read more

Utah bar named one of the best in the country

Post Office Place - bar area (POP)

You can’t get a drink in Utah they say. Or at the very least, you can’t get a real drink in Utah they’ll tell you. They are actually idiots, and the news today proves them wrong once again. And no, this isn’t some cockamamie chatbot-borne listicle, this is serious food industry praise from the loftiest … Read more

Soup dumplings to buffet specials – recent menu updates in SLC

The Dough Miner - funeral potato pasty

While it’s always fun to report on what’s brand spanking new, from time to time, I do like to take stock over what more established restaurants are up to. So here we go, the latest menu watch – hopefully some dining inspiration for you to make a timely revisit. Scion Cider Wednesday evenings are pasty … Read more

Restaurant reviews as you know it – they’re set to change all over again

La Maison de la Gourmandise - exterior

When I penned my first restaurant critique some near twenty years ago – the dining world was unrecognizably other. The cloistered society of the restaurant critic was an impenetrable thing; a lofty and venerated position in many circles. Anonymity was king, the New York Times’ Ruth Reichl famously took to restaurants under disguise. Six figure … Read more

Where to eat this Valentine’s Day 2023 in Utah

Vosges Chocolates

This year’s Valentine’s Day represents an additional challenge for those hoping to secure a table. Valentines will fall on Tuesday this year, but just a few days later on the Friday (17th), the highly anticipated NBA All Star series of games will kick off a three day run in the city (more on that soon). … Read more

Celebrate year of rabbit with traditional lion dances and great food this weekend in Salt Lake City

Chinatown Market in South Salt Lake

Like a wedding gatecrasher surreptitiously eyeing up the buffet spread, I’m forever looking for an excuse to join a party and grab a plate. As the year of the tiger wanes, and the rabbit beckons (and a water one at that), this coming weekend sees several places around the Wasatch mark the Spring Festival. With … Read more

Salt Lake City’s Winter farmer’s market offers a treasure trove

Winter farmer's market - haul

Get there before noon on Saturday morning they said. It’ll be fun they said. They – the Downtown Alliance – clearly didn’t know I spend my weekends in a neanderthal state of dishevelment; a cave dwelling troglodyte, rarely venturing out without the safety of a setting sun and martini glass. But still they insisted I … Read more

Lamb burgers – the perfect Winter pick me up

Lamb burger with Crumb Brothers ciabatta

If the archetypal hamburger is a Summer staple – a lamb burger is surely its Wintery cousin. While the former basks in the sun poolside, its gamey opposite is scowling on in brooding disapproval, reading Camus and drinking vermouth. Probably. Which is an overly verbose way of saying, a great lamb burger packs in oodles … Read more

Noodles to nachos – what’s new in Utah dining for January

Graffiti art at Woodbine Food Hall and Tavern

If you’ve finally digested the twenty four course tasting menu that was last month’s roundup of every new opening in 2022, might I tempt you to dessert? Just one more wafer thin bite? Yep, that’s right, we’re back at it again, and looking at everything opening this January – as well as keeping a greedy … Read more

Hey look ma – we’re in the paper

Pendry Park City - Apres Pendry macaron

Some big news today, so allow me if you will, to blow my own proverbial trumpet very briefly. Starting this week, Gastronomic SLC has entered into a content sharing partnership with the Salt Lake Tribune. Under this agreement you might see some of the stories published on this website appear online at the Salt Lake … Read more

Utah chocolatier makes list of nation’s best

Ritual Chocolate - pine nut chocolate

News hot off today’s press – finalists of the highly acclimated Good Food Awards are just in – and the beehive received a duo of nods. The yearly ceremony recognizes the very best when it comes to American food culture with this years list recognizing two Utah stalwarts. Both Ritual Chocolates and Bitters Lab will … Read more

Burger specials to buffets – menu updates around town

BTG Wine Bar in downtown Salt Lake City

Now we’re back in the saddle for the year proper, let’s begin with a quick recap of what’s been happening on menus around town. Welcome back folks. BTG revamp wine list The finest wine bar in the state have recently rolled out a new Winter drinks menu, which as well as cocktails such as the … Read more

Start your 2023 with this vibrantly refreshing Utah restaurant

Pho 777 - pho coming together

My past two weeks have been richly punishing ones. Whereas Thanksgiving requires I assume the role of grown up, and all the assiduous turkey tasks that come along with that, Christmas is a different animal entirely. Yuletide madness coaxes out my inner child, and a worrying greedy one armed with a credit limit at that. … Read more

More than 160 new Utah restaurants – how many have you tried so far?

Franklin Ave Cocktails & Kitchen - orecchiette pasta

We’re gonna need a bigger boat. Maybe two. Clocking in at somewhere close to 20,000 words, and recapping the unveiling of more than 160 bars and restaurants that opened across Utah this year – I give you our end of year monster. Please do note that this Frankenstein is cobbled together from a variety of … Read more

Final Utah DABS meeting of 2022 proves an intriguing one

Mar Muntanya interior bar counter

Well that was a head scratcher. Maybe someone was passing around the egg nog, but the final DABS meetup of 2022 left this curious onlooker a smidge confused. Lets start with the main item therein… Bar licenses After some jiggery pokery with the population numbers I believe an extra bar license was conjured up from … Read more

Christmas and NYE 2022 dining in Utah

Urban Hill - raw bar seating

Here’s our last major dining event update of 2022, cheers! If you’re looking to dine out in the coming couple of weeks (or even take some specials home), these are all of the current special events we know of going on around town. Note: we’ve only included specials and one offs, plenty of restaurants will … Read more

A first look at the all new Urban Hill in downtown SLC

Urban Hill in downtown Salt Lake City

Anyone who’s escaped downtown via 5th South has no doubt glanced left towards soaring construction. The $200 million dollar Post District has been rising for several years, and as 2022 closes, it’s finally coming into focus. By this time next year as many as 500 residents could be milling around the 13 acre site, a … Read more

Two more popular Utah bakers call it a day

Brownies Brownies Brownies - pumpkin spice brownie (BBB)

Relatively hot on the heels of downtown baker Les Madeleines deciding to close their doors – here are two more to add to a growing lamentful list. And again these are both businesses that managed to survive that *difficult first year* but didn’t manage to make it through the C19-after effects, you know, items like … Read more

Destination rooftop bar coming to Downtown SLC in 2023

Van Ryder rooftop bar at Le Meridien Salt LakeCity (Le Meridien)

I fielded more than a few questions regarding the interest and coverage of Mar | Muntanya – the Spanish-informed fine dining option nestled on the sixth floor of the sparking new Hyatt Regency. Why did I care? Why did so many Utahns care? It’s just a bajillion dollar chain hotel right? Why the rabid attention? … Read more