Fried food – sometimes it’s the only way to deal with *that* kind of day. Golden brown, crispy, bubbling hot calories. They fill that comfort food spot in a way that nothing else can. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite ways to indulge the craving when the mood hits. Some of the best fried food you can find in Utah restaurants.
HSL – fried chicken
The larger seasonal dish is always in flux, but the fried chicken part of this one ay downtown HSL is always perfect. Big, hefty crunch fried chicken. If this isn’t the best in Utah, I don’t know what is.
18 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
The Vietnamese street food of chef Tommy Nguyen takes center stage at The Pearl. The Central 9th spot features a rotating menu of small bites as well as a craft cocktail menu that competes with the best in town; as you would hope it does, coming from some of the same team as downtown SLC’s Alibi. The egg rolls are the best in Utah, there I said. You can read our full first look at The Pearl here.
917 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
SOMI – chicken wings
Another best? How does best chicken wing in the whole state of Utah sound to you? I will stand by this one until my grave. SOMI’s wings come seasoned with a flurry of Thai basil, crispy garlic and jalapeño and a generous salt seasoning. These are perfect every single time.
1215 Wilmington Ave Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Wastach Brew Pub
Need some veggies with all that fried chicken? head to Sugar House and snag these tater tots. They don’t try to re-invent the wheel, and offer just what you need when you want to dunk hot fried potato in creamy sauce.
2110 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Mr Charlie’s Chicken Fingers
No one does chicken tenders better than Mr Charlie’s, with locations in Draper and Murray. These tenders are the opposite of the frozen garbage you pull from the freezer and microwave. These offer big, juicy bites with a thick crunchy batter.
554 W 4500 S, Murray, UT 84123
South Salt Lake’s best brewery is also home to some stellar fried food. Fish and chips, fries, heck even Brussels sprouts with a side of curried mayo – it’s all great.
333 2100 S, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
Garage On Beck
Can any list of Utah’s best fryer foods *not* include this icon. The playful dish takes all the components you know and love from the classic spud dish, then wraps it in a ball and deep fries it.
1199 Beck St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Flanker Kitchen – lobster bites
6 N Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Beirut Cafe – kibbeh
1326 E 5600 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
241 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Pretty Bird – fried chicken sandwich