Stuart Melling

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.
Bhutan House - chicken chilli momo fried rice

Dining events creeping back, menu updates and local news

Caffe Molise beer brunch SaltFire Brewing beers for Caffe Molise beer brunch Looking for a...
Maven Oak Creative header image

The changing face of the industry

When I first wrote about the changing reality of the hospitality sector, even I have to admit I didn't predict finger lickin...
Carson Kitchen - steak with mac n cheese

Foodie events starting back up, menu updates, news around town

Feast Of The Senses 2019 - dessert Set to celebrate their 16th annual Feast Of The Five Senses...
HSL - fried chicken

Friday night food fun, unmissable deals, food news galore

Kafe Mamai Fundraiser Want to stretch your lockdown legs this Friday, get out and about the fresh air with...
Punch Bowl Social - knock off burger

Covid closures, a running tally of the impact on the SLC food scene

No one likes to be the bearer of bad news; but bad news is what I have. Sorry. As you...
Nacho Daddy - enchilada nachos

The return of Desert Edge, new restaurants and must eat dishes

Desert Edge returns Patio at Desert Edge Brewery, Desert Edge Several readers have contacted me...
Mr Shabu - appetizer sampler

Rico risking closure, buffets back in business and much more

Rico Brand Foods face closure PIco De Gallo from Rico News in this week that...
Gochu Jjamppong (Paik's Noodle)

Businesses push for liquor changes, new restaurants and closures

Bars feeling the squeeze With current turbulence showing zero signs of abating, Utahs bars are experiencing some of the...
Pretty Bird fried chicken plate, credit Pretty Bird and Billy Yang

Summer festival pivots, openings, closures and more

Eat Drink SLC Eat Drink SLC 2019 - Lorenza Wine Co Probably the highlight of...
BBQ plate with home made corn bread

Get ready for the grill – Summer Q essentials

Now that Father's Day has come and gone we can get on with this year's BBQ roundup. After all there's no point...
Whiskey Street - bacon wrapped meatload and cider

As restaurants re-open in Utah, what can you expect from dining out?

Cards on the table time. I've been in self imposed lockdown since roughly March 12th now, and if I'm brutally honest I'm...

Supporting black owned businesses, closures and other news around town

Black owned restaurants Makaya Catering poulet Yoganese With the nation grappling to understand and...
Vessel Kitchen header image

New restaurants coming online during the re-opening

The past few months have hardly been the perfect background for business openings, but as we all know, life finds a way....
Best Chicken And Ribs - chicken skewer plate

Restaurants continue to open at speed, DABC axes inventory

The re-opening continues Ginger Street - one of many restaurants now welcoming dine in guests
Caffe Molise - pan-seared king salmon

Dine in openings continue apace plus other specials and news

Specials and curbside updates Caffe Molise - pan-seared king salmon Caffe Molise - The ever...
Saffron Valley lunch buffet to go

Mother’s Day 2020 dining, restaurants re-opening and more

Mother's Day 2020 Log Haven - chipotle honey galzed salmon I don't know if it...
Homemade pastrami burger

Restaurants set to re-open, new menus, meals and deals

Homemade pastrami burger - because I'm still staying indoors regardless of... Utah restaurants looking to re-open
Taqueria 27 beef tacos

Where to eat this weekend? Don’t miss the hottest dining news

Taqueria 27 beef tacos Curbside updates As ever, be sure to check out our complete...
Curry Up Now - thali (Salt Plate City)

The latest updates on the dining scene

Curry Up Now - street food snacks (Salt Plate City) Curbside and delivery updates Can't...
Dining Elevated flatware

What’s next for the hospitality industry

Dining Elevated flatware As I've been sitting here secluded from society for week upon week, my mind has...