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Best Hole In The Wall Restaurants In Salt Lake City

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. The following list are some of the best mom and pop, dependable eateries I know of. The list starts with my own personal favorites.

Best Chicken And Ribs - chicken skewer plate
Best Chicken And Ribs – chicken skewer plate

Best Chicken And Ribs – my top pick

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.

111 E 2700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(801) 466-8311

Zeitoon Middle East Market & Cafe - kebob
Zeitoon Middle East Market & Cafe – kebob

Zeitoon – my top pick

Located in Midvale is this fabulous mix of Middle Eastern market and cafe. Once through the door you’ll find the everything from flatbread to dried spices on your left, with the restaurant to the right. Walk straight ahead to the counter to place your order – and make sure it includes their impeccable koobideh beef kabob. The grilled beef uses a magical mix of fat that makes for an almost sausage like supple texture – it’s one of the very best in Utah.

751 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 569-2004

Yanni’s Greek Express – my top pick

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
(801) 466-6525

Fatboy Phillies - Philly cheesesteak (Redneck Food Rambles)
Fatboy Phillies – Philly cheesesteak (Redneck Food Rambles)

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
(801) 261-0313

Hectors - chile relleno
Hectors – chile relleno

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
(801) 487-3850

All Chay - bun noodle dish
All Chay – bun noodle dish

All Chay

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
(801) 521-4789

Boba World - Shanghai style fat noodles
Boba World – Shanghai style fat noodles

Boba World

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
(801) 298-3626

Oh Mai - cold cuts banh mi
Oh Mai – cold cuts banh mi

Oh Mai

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
(801) 467-6882

Pie Hole

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
(801) 359-4653

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