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.
Les Madeleines - kouing aman

The latest ways to support the local hospitality industry

Curbside and drive thru Les Madeleines - kouing aman Here are the latest new...
Feldman's Deli - loaded half pound sandwiches

Family meals galore, Feldman’s giveaway and new menu updates

Curbside and drive thru updates R&R BBQ Here are the latest updates and additions hitting...

Family meals, free food for medical workers, menu updates and much more

Curbside and delivery updates SLC Eatery - Paul Chamberlain and Logen Crew's Salt Lake...
The Pie - buffalo ranch

Family dinners, special deals, restaurants giving back and more

New curbside updates Avenues Proper - chicken and waffles at the bar Avenues Proper -...
Spitz - doner wrap with beast mode upgrade

Delivery deals, grocery updates, more ways to support local

Looking for ways to support your local foodie community during this tough time? Look no further, we're here with all the...
BGR - reuben burger special (BGR)

Free burgers and gift card deals galore

BGR Sugar House - Western BBQ burger As I wrote about yesterday, we're changing things up. From...
Tuk Tuk's - Laos style chicken larb

Coronavirus in Utah – support your local economy

By now, I'm certain you've been inundated with everything from rolling 24 hour apocalyptical news coverage through to a litany of panicked...
Nomad Eatery - chicken sandwich

Latest from the DABC, restaurant closures, changes and other news

DABC news The debate around Thai Archer's limited service license application continued to rumble...
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More than seventy new foodie spots to explore across Utah

Time restaurant openings wait for no man. Since our last roundup in October 2019, we've compiled a fairly heaving list of more...
Scallops (Manoli's)

Upcoming dining events to brighten the weeks ahead

As I mentioned the other week, it's important to keep your spirits up during this most sluggish and dull time of the...
Happy Dumpling - dumplings with sauce

Shake off the February blues with these ten foodie treats

February. Arguably the most miserable of months. Hot on the heels of the penitence of January and months away from...
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HallPass – first look at this multi menu hot spot

I've been holding off highlighting this most recent addition to downtown SLC, as until now the business has been slowly ramping up...
Log Haven - chipotle honey galzed salmon

Valentine’s Day 2020 dining specials and upcoming events

One of the busiest dining days of the year is almost upon us, and if you want to celebrate it with that...
R&R BBQ - three meat plate

DABC winners and losers, openings, closures and more

For our first It's A Wrap of the year - a bumper edition - recapping both December and January's odds and ends....
Lovebird's Hot Chicken

The unstoppable rise of the fried chicken sandwich

2020 might be the year of the rat, but 2019 was most definitely the year of the chicken; well the year of...
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

Update March 5th 2020: we've just heard news from a variety of sources that both Jake Wardle and Jerry Pacheco have left...
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...