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.
Sushi Groove - scallop with Tobiko, togarashi, spicy mayo, green onion, ponzu

A seemingly fishy story – sushi in the desert

Sushi Groove - nigiri sushi With nearly 600 dusty miles separating Salt Lake City from the ocean, sushi...
Beer (freepik)

Five point oh – coming to grocery shelves near you

You've probably been watching the ongoing shenanigans regarding the recent legislative session and how law makers are...
Scallops (Manoli's)

Events: Stanza, Avenues Proper, Manoli’s, Chocolate And Cheese

Stanza - lobster pasta (Salt Lake Magazine) Stanza The chic downtown Italian restaurant is pulling...
The Rising Bun - comrade fries (Rising Bun)

It’s A Wrap – February 2019

DABC Licenses Mountain West Cider - desolation A brace of noteworthy items from this month's...
Squatters SLC airport - carnitas

New SLC Airport restaurant options confirmed

I can't be the only one just a little excited by today's formal announcement of the winners (and by proxy the losers) for the...
Santo Tacos (SLC Eats)

The Roundup – February 2019

Hearth And Hill (SLC Eats) Once more it's time to recap the best and brightest food reviews around...
Stanza - lobster pasta

Valentines Day Dining 2019

Tables are booking up fast - indeed some restaurants are already reporting full bookings to us. As such, if you're looking...
The Rose Establishment - avocado toast (saltplatecity)

It’s A Wrap – January 2019

We took December off from the wrap up, as general food news was a little thin on the ground over the holiday...
Angry Korean rice bowl header

New Restaurants – January 2019

Is it me or are new restaurants arriving thicker and faster? It's barely been a month since the last recap of...
BGR Sugar House - Western BBQ burger

Events: How does a trio of sliders and beers sound?

BGR Sugar House BGR - Triple D burger On February 7th (6-7.30 p.m.) head down...
EJO Korean BBQ - spicy pork, cooked in the kitchen

Menu watch – January 2019

If you're new to our site this year, welcome aboard! And welcome to our first menu watch of the year. Each...
Feldmans Deli hi res header

Essential Salt Lake City restaurants to check out in 2019

I'm not one to sugar coat things, so I'm going to give you it straight right now. Take a last glance...

The Roundup – January 2019

Curry Fried Chicken (John Taylor | City Weekly) It's been a few months since we featured a review...

State Of The Plate 2018

Easily the most anticipated time of the year is here. Yes, I know, I know, the moment you've all been waiting with...

Menu watch – December 2018

There's not a huge amount to report in our final menu watch article of the year. For restaurants, it's the time of...
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New restaurants – December 2018

With Christmas just around the corner you'll no doubt soon be gazing across a small departments store's worth of unwanted presents from...
Soup at Stratford Proper, opening any day soon now (Stratford Proper)

It’s A Wrap – November 2018

DABC licenses The following is the round up from November's DABC meeting, a relatively brisk meeting all said and done, but one with a few...
BGR - Thanksgiving burger special (BGR)

Menu watch – November 2018

BGR Amidst the continuing revamp of Sugar House, this relative newcomer is becoming part of the new fixture and fittings of the trendy area. ...
Meditrina: shrimp with cheddar grits

Events: Meditrina, Caffe Niche, Oasis Cafe, Stanza, Avenues Proper

Meditrina An extra special congratulations to Meditrina today; one of our favorite restaurants in Utah and now celebrating 10 years in the biz. ...
Thanksgiving day dining 2016

Thanksgiving Dining 2018

Turkey day is almost upon us once again. As ever, if the thought of cooking up a storm in the kitchen sends shivers down...