Salt Lake City’s baking underground

Sandwich using Mims Bakery bread

It’s bizarre to think anything positive came from the Covid years.  The pandemic seems to have been the catalyst for creating some cottage baking heavyweights in Salt Lake City. A wide variety of items like filled donuts, sourdough bread, and Middle Eastern sweets are suddenly available. All beginning from home kitchen in the last three … Read more

Chili Crisp 101 – what you need to know

If your social feeds resemble mine, you’ve no doubt seen the words chili crisp emblazoned everywhere. You’ve also no doubt been spookily trailed around the web with dazzling ads promising fame, fortune and flavor unparalleled. I’m guessing you’ve also reeled at the cost too. $15? $20!? Bring me my fainting chair Jeeves. Moreover, if you’ve … Read more

Get ready for the weekend – who has the best pancakes in SLC?

Brunch spread with pancakes and syrup

The pancake has come a long way since its creation. Historically, Christians cooked pancakes to avoid wasted dairy products before lent. Now, the pancake is a staple include on most breakfast and brunch menus. Pancakes range from simple to gourmet. The humble pancake holds a special place in my heart. It’s simple, customizable, and packed … Read more

Utah peach season is here – don’t miss out

Utah peach burrata

As a person who regularly and loudly tells the Internet what she’s eating (see, e.g., here, here, and here), I am frequently asked what my favorite food is. The answer is too easy. While there are countless things I love to put in my face, my ultimate, very best, if-I-could-only-have-one-food-I’d-pick-this-one-every-time is peaches. Fresh ones, specifically. … Read more

Oh hey look, we just picked up some awards

Taqueria Los Lee - gorditas

Last night at the Denver Press Club, the 2022 Top of the Rockies journalism contest awards ceremony was held. Seventy-five media outlets plus a dozen freelancers from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico entered this year’s contest, submitting 1,507 entries – and what’s that – we won two nods for our 2021 efforts. You can … Read more

Menus shrink as restaurants face a barrage of challenges

Slimming down isn’t just for the gym anymore: it’s happening in restaurant menus as well. Rising food and labor costs, ingredient shortages and delivery issues are spurring both local and national eateries to reduce the number of menu items.    According to a December 2021 Forbes article, Datassential (a food-industry market-research firm) found that 60% of the 4,800 menus … Read more

Utah chef’s favorite dishes – I’ll have what they’re having

Beef stroganoff at Table 25

Restaurant menus are created for customers, but they also reflect the tastes of their creators. We asked a few restaurateurs and chefs: “What’s your favorite go-to dish on your menu?” You know, the one they could — and maybe do — eat every day? It’s not always the top-selling dish with customers, but there are … Read more

State Of The Plate 2021

Bricks Corner

Hot on the heels of our recent readers choice awards, I bring you my favorite way to end the year – the sixth annual State Of The Plate; a look back over 2021 and what was hot, what was tepid and what I reckon will soon be whistling on the stove. You can see previous … Read more

More than 195 new Utah restaurants – how many have you tried?

Despite the ever present threat of Covid this year, the food and drink scene in Utah has boomed unlike any other I can remember in recent memory. The following list contains nigh on two hundred different business that opened their doors around the Beehive this year: bars, coffee shops, bakeries, food trucks, delivery services and … Read more

Christmas food gifts for the food obsessed – 2021 holiday guide

Vosges Chocolates - Spring Uzume collection

Looking to delight the gourmand in your life this Christmas? Been scrolling through Amazon and coming up with nothing more than comedy sized wine glasses? Stop right now, your search is over. I personally guarantee the following collection of foodie treats. The roundup comes from my own first hand experiences in 2021; and much like … Read more

New restaurant openings continue to surge

Big Dipper - Saigon in Sixty Seconds

How many days elapsed since our last mega-recap of new restaurants? Fourteen. How many additional business openings to land on our desk since then? More. Many more. As daily past times go, you can take your word of the day books, I’m starting a new restaurant of the day club. Now open Batista For those … Read more

More than 25 new Utah restaurants to keep an eye on

Kokonut Island Grill - meat plate (Kokonut Island Grill)

The time is once again upon us my hungry friend. That’s right, it’s our routine recap of everything new and noteworthy. O.k. I know the headline says restaurants but in truth it’s always a map of the masticable; food trucks, ghost kitchens, brewers, bakers and more. Basically if you can stuff it in your face, … Read more

More than four dozen new food spots around Utah to check out

Chicken Shack - wings and tenders

It’s been quite the busy few months in restaurant world. Despite my own frenzied hand waving and chicken little-esque chirps of the sky is falling – a galaxy of starry eyed restaurateurs have thrown their hats in the ring. Who will succeed, who will fail, well that’s pretty much up to you dear reader. It’s … Read more