What do we mean when we say holes in the wall? For me it’s not a negative, far from it; we’re talking about a restaurant that is focused more on the food than the fancy light fixtures.
Humble and homespun. Cheap and cheerful. Realiable and rock solid. Just a few different ways to think about those restaurants that don’t have a million bucks to spend on their decor, or hire a waitstaff of hundreds.
Most of us have a lot of affection for our special hole in the wall joints that we rely on. Here are some of our favorites in SLC.
Sporting a menu strikingly familiar to nearby Chicken Express, this completely separate location on 27th South is our favorite of the two. The restaurant is the epitome of humble mom and pop and their chicken is some of the very best in town.
Fat Boy Phillies
Located in a blink and you’ll miss its spot along State Street in Murray, you’ll want to pay close attention you don’t miss this one. The modest restaurant offers an equally modest menu, because they specialize in one thing: knock your sock off Philly cheesesteaks.
5823 State St, Murray, UT 84107
Hector’s Mexican Food
Affordable prices, check. Great big portions, check. Tortillas so big and so fresh you could fall asleep in them, check. Hector’s on 33rd South ticks all the boxes and then. And it’s the reason you’ll find cars lined around their drive thru all day long. Beloved by by many.
2901 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Yanni’s Greek Express
Meanwhile over in Sugar House, the family owned Yanni’s Greek Express has been churning out solid Greek fast food for decades. Fast, friendly and formidable – at least when it comes to hitting that junk food craving when it hits hard. One of our favorites in the valley.
2761 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
This Rose Park vegan friendly eatery specializes in delicious Vietnamese food. You’ll instantly forget the quirky dining room an atmosphere and instead focus laser sharp on stellar dishes like bun, banh mi an rice plates.
1264 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Woods Cross’ Boba World is like stepping into the families own dining room. There’s a mish mash of various plates, tables and decor that’s as far from interior design as you could imagine. But who cares. People flock here for astounding Chinese cooking, specifically Shanghai stye dishes like the house made fat noodles, and some of the best (and only!) soup dumplings – xiao long bag – you will find in Utah.
512 W 750 S, Woods Cross, UT 84010
This downtown pizza spot offers full pies through slices long into the night seven days a week. It’s a fun and funky urban dive, packed with flavor. And yes, the prices are exceptionally easy on the wallet
344 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
The original location of this Vietnamese sandwich shop in South Salt Lake is a cosy affair. The same goes for parking too in fact. If you spy a free spot, pull right in and be sure to grab one of their award winning banh mi sandwiches – definitely the very best in the state.
3425 State St, South Salt Lake, UT 84115