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.

Weekly round-up 05/16/08

Featured in this weeks round-up of Salt Lake City restaurants: Baxter's American, Ganesh Indian Cuisine, Tiburon, Ruth's Diner and Martine.

Spencers for Steak and Chops restaurant review

This week we take a trip down town to Spencer's in the Hilton Hotel. A stalwart of the dining scene in Salt Lake City, we check out some seriously good steaks.

living traditions

Don't forget that Salt Lake City's Living Traditions Festival starts tomorrow for three days. Head on down for the music, arts and array...

Weekly round-up 05/09/08

With summer looming large, 'In Utah This Week' take a detailed look at patio dining options in town. Other restaurants reviewed include Five Star Cuisine, Smoky Mountain Pizza & Pasta and Gloria's Little Italy.

Pawitts Royal Thai restaurant review

Now two years into business we drop by Pawitt's Royal Thai in Holliday. Read on to find out how we found this popular neighborhood eatery.

Weekly round-up 05/02/08

A bumper crop this week, two weeks in one go! Reviews from two new sources complement the standard restaurant review round-up. Read on to find out more on resturants like Trompos Mexican Grill and Eggs in the City.

Tin Angel Cafe restaurant review

We finally get to try Tin Angel Cafe on a Saturday afternoon. Read on to find out how we find this downtown lunch, brunch and dinner spot.

Weekly round-up 04/18/08

Two overview pieces this week look at 'best cheap eats' and 'best grilled cheese sandwiches'. Single restaurant reviews include I love Sushi, Wing Coop and Wasabi.

In-N-Out Comes to Utah

Reported in the "In Utah" Magazine, this week: In-N-Out Comes to Utah. Don't get too excited though, the first location appears to be...

Epic Casual Dining restaurant review

Warmer days, lighter food, summer is almost here! With this in mind we head on over to Epic Casual Dining in Midvale, in search of a simple lighter meal. Read on to find out more.

Weekly round-up 04/11/08

Left Fork Grill, Marcello's Ristorante Italiano and a take on the Salt Lake City Dine-o-Round are the focus of this weeks reviews. Bon appetit!

Best of Salt Lake City restaurants

Award time has rolled around again. Both the Salt Lake Magazine and City Weekly now have lists of the best restaurants in the valley. We are also looking for your thoughts on what you consider the best restaurant in Salt Lake City?

Weekly round-up 04/04/08

Amongst this weeks reviews: hidden dining gems you may not be aware of, Chef Dave Jones creates magic at Bambara and Salt Lake Cities first revolving sushi bar, Wasabi.

Pat’s Barbecue restaurant review

After countless recommendations from barbecue fans, we head over to Pat's Barbecue. Read on to find out how this hidden gem stacks up against Salt Lakes other BBQ joints.

Weekly round-up 03/28/08

A quiet round-up this week, with reviews from only the major publications. Ted Scheffler is off to Park City to review Fin,the Tribune go to West Valley in search of authentic Chinese food, and Stacey Krtatz of the Deseret indulges at the ever growing Maccool's empire.

Cindy Lee Cafe restaurant review

We brave the nightmare world of downtown Salt Lake City parking and take a trip to Cindy Lee Cafe. Read on to find out how we found this popular lunch spot serving Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine.

Weekly round-up 03/21/08

A busy week seeing tales on Easter brunch options, Maurilio's Italian, Tiburon, House of Kebob, Koko Kitchen and more! Read on for the full scoop on this weeks reviews.

So Cupcake

The newly opened So Cupcake on 3939 South and highland Dr. seems to be a big hit so far. I really like their...

Mikado restaurant review

Not a week goes by without me coming across gushing praise for Takashi. But what of the old Japanese guard downtown, specifically Mikado. Does Mikado still have what it takes to compete with the lauded Takashi Gibo. Read on to find out.

Thai Lotus restaurant review

Our latest review takes us to the down town area and Thai Lotus. Thai food is practically omnipresent these days, so a restaurant really needs to be on top of it's game to compete. Read on to find out how Thai Lotus stacks up.