Best Appetizers in Salt Lake City

Sometimes a lighter bite is all you want. Sometimes…if you’re like us…you want tons of lighter bites in a tasting tour all over town. Who wants to settle on just one entree! If you’re in the mood for something smaller check out this following list; some of our favorite small plates in Salt Lake City.

Sheng Jian – Foodie And Sweetie

Foodie And Sweetie - sheng jian
Foodie And Sweetie – sheng jian

A blink and you’ll miss it spot nestled in SLC’s Avenues neighborhood is this Taiwanese snack and noodle shop. The star of the menu are these pork buns that are finished in the pan and fries to a crisp finish on the underside. Maybe grab a boba drink while you swing by too?

89 D St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(385) 528-3823
instagram.com/foodieandsweetie_dmarket/

Negima – Tsunami

Tsunami - negima
Tsunami – negima

Thinly sliced New York steak is wrapped around scallion and pan seared just past medium. Pay the $4.99 extra though and replace them with grassy asparagus for a much better dish; the beef is plat with sautéed mushrooms and ginger teriyaki sauce.

FAV Bistro - curry puffs
FAV Bistro – curry puffs

These golden fried pockets are stuffed with a lightly curried potato mash and served alongside a sweet Thai dipping sauce. Its a textural treat that we guarantee you’ll always order up once you’ve tasted it.

Chicken Pakora – Tandoor Indian Grill

Tandoor Indian Grill - chicken pakora
Tandoor Indian Grill – chicken pakora

Chicken fingers with attitude – that’s Indian pakora in a nutshell. Our favorites in all of SLC are these delicately spiced strips from Tandoor Indian Grill. Gently battered and fried the chicken is always deliciously moist.

Shrimp Dumplings – Ginger Street

Ginger Street - shrimp dumplings
Ginger Street – shrimp dumplings

At this downtown SLC restaurant you can take a tour of multiple South East Asian countries. If you do, be sure to stop and order these fabulously eye popping pockets. The dumplings are stuffed with chives, fresh ginger, Thai chilies and spiced vinegar.

324 State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
(385) 477-4975
Delivery: GrubHub (affiliate link)
gingerstreet.com

Utah Scones – SLC Eatery

SLC Eatery - scones
SLC Eatery – Utah scones

One bite of these “Utah” scones from SLC Eatery and you might decide to linger a bit longer and sample more. If you do, check out the restaurants ever changing cart that wheels around the restaurant during service – it’s always loaded with daily special small plates. We guarantee each will be delicious!

1017 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 355-7952
slceatery.com

Yellowfin Tuna Poke – Bambara

Bambara - Yellowfin tuna poke off regular menu
Bambara – Yellowfin tuna poke off regular menu

You can enjoy this treat for lunch at Bambara or in the Hotel Monaco’s bar area well into the evening. This pretty dish comprises ahi, avocado, red quinoa, basil, black sesame cream, orange peel, togarashi and wonton chips!

Onion Rings – Red Rock

Red Rock - just a half order of onion rings
Red Rock – just a half order of onion rings

This is the HALF order of onion rings, just $2 extra on any meal. This towering pile is essentially a pint glass high of crisp, crunchy, savory onion rings. And yes, you’ll find real sweet onion rings in that amazing coating, not reformed onion mush like some!

Satay Chicken – Mano Thai Diner

Mano Thai Diner - grilled chicken
Mano Thai Diner – grilled chicken

If things on sticks aren’t an appetizer match made in heaven, well we don’t know what is. You can find this expertly grilled chicken at South Salt Lake’s Mano Thai Diner. The juicy chicken skewers are served up with both peanut dipping sauce and a sweet sugary dipping sauce.

41 W 3300 S, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
(801) 485-1209
manothai.com

Ahi Tuna – Sushi Groove

Sushi Groove - ahi tuna
Sushi Groove – ahi tuna

Meanwhile over in Sugar House, you will find some of the very freshest sushi in town. When it’s available grab a bowl of this epic sushi. Sushi Groove fly perfect product in direct from Hawaii – ask at the sushi counter for what’s particularly good!

2910 S Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 467-7420
sushigrooveutah.com

Have we missed someone off of this list? If you have a suggestion for this page, perhaps something interesting and unique off of the beaten path let me know at stuart@gastronomicslc.com so we can share!