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.
Beyond burger with runny egg

State Of The Plate 2020

It's the time of the year that I usually put together the yearly run down of the dining scene - you can...
Last Hurrah SLC (David Newkirk Photography)

Check out these New Year Eve’s dining specials

Stanza bar area It's time to raise a glass, fork, spoon; heck even a club, lets just dispatch...

Score a great restaurant bargain before this program ends

SOMI - best wings in Utah, hands down Stop In Utah deals continue New deals...
Oquirrh - turkey tonkatsu

Locals flock to save restaurants, openings, closings and more

As we enter the supposedly cheeriest month on the calendar, the outlook in restaurant land remains gloomy. Lets be completely honest...
Graffiti Bao - angus beef pho

A sneak peak at new restaurants, sad closures and menu updates

Restaurant closures Mazza - Lebanese cuisine, Mazza First up, a quick look at this month's...
Thanksgiving day dining 2016

Thanksgiving Dining in Utah 2020

The phrase thanksgiving in the year that is 2020 might seem like an anachronism, but here we are - tis the season....
Caffe Molise heated patio

New covid rules for bars and restaurants, other food news

If you found yourself starting at your buzzing phone late last night, you no doubt tuned in for Gazza's address to the...
Taqueria 27 beef tacos

Grab some great dining deals, support local, and other food news

Oquirrh fans start fundraiser Oquirrh - pot pie (SL Mag) Times are undoubtedly tough for...
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Restaurants continuing to open at pace during Covid

As I recently wrote, the hospitality industry is facing a tumultuous upheaval. Despite the shifting odds of success though, there's still...

SLC Eatery celebrates backstory, Alamexo closes, all the latest news

SLC Eatery celebrates Fresco For those long enough in the tooth, you might recall...
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...