101 Utah restaurant dishes to try this year

Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club - pulled pork sandwich

Sometimes it’s hard to see the woods for the trees. Or should that be gyro for the tzatziki. Feel free to insert your own edible idiom, then proceed onto this most mammoth of lists. Essentially a rough recap of the better plates of food that were placed before my greasy mitts in 2022. Stuck in … Read more

Umi Shabu Shabu – an all you can eat extravaganza

Umi Shabu Shabu - buffet

All you can eat. Four simple words that have by now either instilled a sense of dread and terror, or perhaps, sent a surge of greedy endorphins rushing. Maybe both, we’re complex people after all. Should your tolerance for all things unlimited skew toward the insatiable – let me introduce you to the new Umi … Read more

Start your 2023 with this vibrantly refreshing Utah restaurant

Pho 777 - pho coming together

My past two weeks have been richly punishing ones. Whereas Thanksgiving requires I assume the role of grown up, and all the assiduous turkey tasks that come along with that, Christmas is a different animal entirely. Yuletide madness coaxes out my inner child, and a worrying greedy one armed with a credit limit at that. … Read more

A first look at the all new Urban Hill in downtown SLC

Urban Hill in downtown Salt Lake City

Anyone who’s escaped downtown via 5th South has no doubt glanced left towards soaring construction. The $200 million dollar Post District has been rising for several years, and as 2022 closes, it’s finally coming into focus. By this time next year as many as 500 residents could be milling around the 13 acre site, a … Read more

Destination rooftop bar coming to Downtown SLC in 2023

Van Ryder rooftop bar at Le Meridien Salt LakeCity (Le Meridien)

I fielded more than a few questions regarding the interest and coverage of Mar | Muntanya – the Spanish-informed fine dining option nestled on the sixth floor of the sparking new Hyatt Regency. Why did I care? Why did so many Utahns care? It’s just a bajillion dollar chain hotel right? Why the rabid attention? … 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

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

The best steak I ate in Utah this year – now’s the time to go

View from RIME at St regis Deer Valley Utah

Take a good long look at that vista. Now imagine it painted afresh with vibrant Fall colors, gold and ochre, mahogany and umber. Pretty rad right. As local T.V. is reminding you on a near minute by minute basis right now, it’s prime leaf peeping season; and I can’t propose any better destination to peep … Read more

Is Utah’s best fried chicken found at this neighborhood taqueria?

Facil Taqueria - Nashville hot chicken

If you’ve yet to try Facil Taqueria, you are in for a treat. The Olympus Cove eatery is about to celebrate its first brick-and-mortar anniversary. More than five years ago, Spencer Herrera and Dallas Olsen opened Facil as a food truck. Now nestled in an unassuming strip mall, the two, alongside their loyal team, have … Read more

More than two dozen great dishes to check out around SLC

Flanker - The Big Tacowski

Barely a month has passed since I trolleyed this collection of plates before your eyes, and based off of the feedback, you want even more. In no particular order then, here are two dozen or so notables that’s been plated in front of me over the past few weeks. Hopefully it gives you some dining … Read more

Dos Olas – don’t miss this excellent new Park City restaurant

Dos Olas - ceviche with mahi mahi

Mexican cuisine holds a particular soft spot in my heart. I washed up on these American shores from limier climes some 22 years ago. Paper husked tomatillos, armies of peppers unknown, achiote and jicama, none of these words existed in a youth packed with pie and pudding. I was like the man peering wide eyed … Read more

Rise and shine – who makes the best latte in Salt Lake City

Latte coffee at Three pines coffee

Café Latte is a classic. The term Cafe Latte was created in certain regions of Italy where American tourists frequented. The American travelers struggled with the bitter and richer flavors of espresso so warm milk was added to make a more palatable and sweeter drink. Two freshly brewed espresso shots, delicately topped with steamed milk … Read more

Twenty of the best dishes I just ate around Salt Lake City

The Pearl - pork belly and egg rolls

As well as scouring our streets for the new and notable, you’ll also find me overstaying my welcome at a range of well established restaurants too. Seeing as my iPhone has more pictures of plates of food than close family members, I figured it was time to share a few recent ones with you. For … Read more

Utah bar gets wallet friendly menu makeover

Beehive Distillery - bar area

It’s been a lively year of headlines as far as drinking in Utah is concerned. What with the management of Utah bar licenses sharing more in common with an Abbot and Costello routine rather than say, a pro-business environment for (and whisper this very quietly) a legal product. It’s not all been double-worthy news mind … Read more

Central 9th Market – home to some of the best sandwiches in town

Central 9th Market - BLT with egg

Salt Lake’s culinary scene is growing, and I’m not sure anywhere represents that growth better than Central 9th Market. The unassuming deli sits in the middle of the Central 9th district (161 W 900 S). They specialize in sandwiches made on their house focaccia bread which are outstanding. However, they don’t limit themselves to a single item. Central … Read more

This new Utah cafe offers a very special English delicacy

The Dough Miner - Cornish pasties

Before we commence, a brace of lessons if you will – pull up a pew. Long term sufferers readers of this site will know my backstory, one of puddings and pies and pastries of myriad concoction. The core of this piece is the iconic English pasty, something especially close to my cardiovascular system. I have … Read more

Franklin Ave – the unmissable Salt Lake restaurant currently under the radar

Franklin Ave Cocktails & Kitchen - orecchiette pasta

While I’m not saying I can predict the future (if I did, Franklin Idaho and a Powerball ticket would be my next stop) I can absolutely spot a winning plate of food; speaking of which let me introduce you to a much closer Franklin, and a surer fire bet to boot: Franklin Ave Cocktails & … Read more

Arthur – one of Utah’s best meals will vanish in a couple weeks

Arthur - counter at Nohm

Update June 29th: the excitement for this one was really big. Following on from this story, the four events sold out in less than 36 hours. Stay tuned to our social media for their next events. I’m fond of joking that I’ll attend the opening of a can of coke if it’s free, but the … Read more

The Pearl – upping the ante for Utah bar food

The Pearl - greens and mushrooms

Ordinarily speaking, when you find yourself grappling with the culinary options at your local bar, the evening has probably taken a turn for the worse; sticky menus will be tossed towards you, replete with dishes deep fried and freezer sourced. Several of these will no doubt be stacked, loaded or stuffed. Maybe all three if … Read more