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.
Tastemakers 2017 - food, crowd, sun setting

Unmissable Utah food festival fun in 2019

One of the best things about the Utah food scene? A raft of events in our warmer Summer months each and every...

Aristo’s no more, free tacos, 70oz steaks and Spring menus galore

Aristo's to close this weekend Octopus at Arito's (shutterbugsage) This news just in courtesy of...
Five Sushi Brothers maki sushi large

New restaurants in Utah – April 2019

Level Crossing Brewing Level Crossing Brewing Company - Utah Uncommon beer
Kentucky Hot Brown (Hub & Spoke Diner)

Where to eat out this Easter Sunday in Utah 2019

Next Sunday sees one of the bigger dining events of the year - Easter Sunday. Many restaurants up and down the Wasatch...
Avenues Proper - bone marrow (Avenues Proper)

Events: bacon and beer, Italian wines, anniversary celebrations and more

Epic Casual Dining SaltFire Brewing beers (SaltFire) Tomorrow night (April 11th) head to this Midvale...
SLC Eatery (SLC Eats)

The Roundup – April 2019

Once more it's time to take stock, look back at the past month or so, and see what other local food types...
The Angry Korean - philly cheesesteak with bulgogi

It’s A Wrap – March 2019

DABC Licenses Causing more than a few column inches this month was the failure of Heart and Soul Karaoke...
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...