Utah restaurants on notice as liquor licenses dry up

Beehive Distillery - bar area

November’s DABS meeting wrapped up this Tuesday morning, and confirmed what was writ large last month; full service restaurant liquor licenses are about to splutter out of existence in Utah. The seven restaurants that applied for this license type (allowing liquor, beer and wine with the ordering of food) were all duly approved, but future … Read more

Utah’s highest rated restaurant launches fundraiser to keep doors open

en Castle and Blake Spalding Hells Backbone

As one known for hyperbole, let me assure you that the headline above is anything but. One of Utah’s genuine best are up against the wall. News just sent my way suggests that the multi-award winning Hell’s Backbone Grill are facing a very real, and very terminal existential threat. Earlier today the restaurant took to … Read more

Downtown Salt Lake bar bringing the Christmas fun

Smoke gun cocktail at Flanker in SLC

As the leftover turkey rapidly disappears in the rear view mirror, it’s all Christmas sweaters and Die Hard debates barreling ahead. Tis’ the season don’t you know. Hint: you will absolutely know this inescapable fact as every last damn marketer proclaims it ‘the season’ for the next four weeks. If you find yourself somewhat less … Read more

New restaurants continuing to open at pace in Utah

Cava and scallops at Mar Muntanya at Hyatt Regnecy

If you’re feeling a little drubbed after recent weeks, you’re alone. The preceding fortnight has been punch after smack after whack, and I’m sure there are more I’ve missed. With that in mind, time for some brighter news. Amidst all the current heavyweights hitting the canvas, there’s still plenty of eager newcomers champing for a … Read more

Catch these Utah foodie events before the calendar wraps for 2022

Porch restaurant in Daybreak Utah (Porch)

The calendar what now, I hear you wail from the back? I hate to tell you, but we’re barely six weeks before kicking off the new year. And in the food world, the year ends even sooner. In just a couple weeks time, restaurant’s go into party mode; that is to say hosting family get … Read more

Celebrated Utah baker to call it a day this December

Various pastries at Les Madeleines

Well, I swear this isn’t “the restaurant closure website” but it sure seems it of late. After the recent much storied closures of local favorites like Hectors and Restaurant Morelia, here’s one more – Les Madeleine in downtown Salt Lake City. Owner Romina Rasmussen took to Facebook today to confirm that December 30th will be … Read more

Murray’s Restaurant Morelia closes after three decades in business

Restaurat Morelia in Murray Utah (Restaurant Morelia)

Reports swirling social media over the past twenty four hours seem to suggest that the long lived Restaurant Morelia (6098 State Street) in Murray have now locked the doors for the last time. Online commenters across a variety of platforms write that Thursday, November 10th was the final day for the business, named after the … Read more

Winter farmer’s market returns to Salt Lake City this weekend

Baby's Bagels - various bagels

If you’re wistfully reminiscing over the Summer market season, go grab your shopping bags from the closet stat. Maybe a scarf too. This weekend sees the return of the Winer edition of downtown SLC’s farmer’s market; the more compact indoor experience that runs November through April. This year’s Winter market returns this very weekend – … Read more

Fall menus rolling out at local Utah restaurants

Jon Dubois at Pago On 9th (Pago)

As the leaf blowers roar, so do local menus get a spritz of rib sticking flair; all Brussels sprouts, big meats and calorie-built sauces. This last week or so has seen a small slew of eager PR folks fill my inbox with updates from their client’s kitchen. If you’re looking for something new, from somewhere … Read more

Popular Millcreek Mexican eatery to close for good this weekend

Hectors in Millcreek SLC (Tom Oswald)

More sad news just in this past 24 hours – Hector’s Mexican Food in Millcreek (2901 E 3300 S) are set to turn the lights off for the last time this weekend. After a near three decade stint (the restaurant lived life as Molca Salsa prior) a note shared across social media reads: “To our … Read more

SLC chocolate festival returns for eleventh installment

Manoa Chocolate

After taking two years of Covid-induced (online) hiatus, Caputo’s annual chocolate festival is back for 2022 in person. This year’s event marks eleven consecutive years for the celebration of craft chocolate, with each episode centering around one specific name in the world of craft chocolate. Prior events have seen producers from afar as the UK … Read more

Where to eat in Salt Lake City this week – 30+ ideas

De Los Muertos Mexican Restaurant - chicken mole burrito

I know you’re like me. I know you’re sat there scrolling through your ‘Toks and your ‘Grams and your Yelps (hehe, remember that). A numbing parade of indifference, none inspiring you where to eat tonight. Let me help you fellow indecisive. The following is a recap of the places and plates I’ve found myself at … Read more

The Sicilian Butcher marks tenth purchase for Utah based fund

The Sicilian Butcher

For those with a keen interest in our ever expanding chain landscape (I know you’re out there, I see the queues at the Cane’s) here’s an interesting news nugget that dropped this month. Utah based Savory Fund – an investment vehicle that gobbles up nascent concepts – has snagged another brand for their collection. Making … Read more

Utah’s full service restaurant licenses could run dry soon

Homecoming Southern Kitchen and Bar

If you’ve been following along with morbid curiosity this year, you’re no doubt aware of the storied drought of bar licenses in Utah. Want to open a bar in the Beehive? You better have a cash runway like Elon coupled with the patience of Job (the biblical one, not the Appley one). What many haven’t … Read more

Thanksgiving Dining in Utah 2022

Thanksgiving sandwich with Beltex Turkey

Before we begin, go ahead and hit that bookmark button in your browser. As ever, the following list will grow on substantially over the coming week or two. As and when restaurants post their T-Day deals and specials, I’ll be updating the following collection on a daily basis. Check back often. As a reminder, we’ve … Read more

First glimpse of the all new Mar | Muntanya – Spanish flair for Utah

Mar | Muntanya - patatas bravas

It’s rare I’ll move this quickly on reporting on a restaurant, but frankly there’s a volcanic level of pent up interest for info on this one. I’ve fielded a whole host of queries from eager beavers, so here’s a few shots I took last night. You’ll want to wrap your peepers around them aprisa. For … Read more

Final Salt Lake City farmer’s market of 2022 is this Saturday

slc farmers market crowds

With the last vestiges of our extended Summer looking set to call it a day any moment – this weekend will also see the curtain call for the 2022 season of the Summer downtown SLC farmer’s market. This Saturday (October 22nd) will be your last chance to wander pioneer park and grab goodies from local … Read more

Locals lament as Deli closes, losing one of the best burgers in SLC

Bell's Deli burger

For once, here’s a story about a local restaurant closure that isn’t mired in disquiet. Today sees one of the most long lived operations in Salt Lake county finally lock their doors, and do so, happily on their own terms. Last Friday was the technical closure for Bell’s Deli in Taylorsville, but today saw owner … Read more

BBQ to Empanadas – what’s new on the Utah dining scene

This makes our fourteenth check in to date this year; another installment in an ever growing compendium of what’s new in Utah for 2022. I have a feeling we’re gonna smash last year’s end of year summary which recapped 195 new restaurants reported on. As ever lemme remind you that you can follow along in … Read more

Beer, wine, cider and two thousand dollar dinners – mark your calendars

Galen Zamarra (Yuta)

With the multi-month holiday season looming large ahead, now’s the time we see a final special event hurrah from restaurants; after that, it’s two months of grueling turkey dinners and relatives you haven’t seen since last year, rehashing the same old ill advised jokes. So get your calendar ready. Here’s a few notable events to … Read more