Local restaurant group set for massive expansion

Cupbop - ugly bop bowl

Cupbop secures $1million Not to say I told you so, but this month saw local K-Food superstars Cupbop begin their inevitable national expansion. The chain which has been busting out of the seems in Utah, secured a cool million bucks from Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban, and with it, the presumable funding and big-name connections … Read more

Fried chicken to fine dining – what’s new on the dining scene

The Crack Shack

Ascent Kitchen For those last few of you, belligerently clinging to new year resolutions – or those just arterially kaput from yet another fried chicken sandwich – check out this new healthy option with a trio of locations across the valley. The business moves seamlessly into the former Pulp Lifestyle spots (Downtown, Liberty Park, Sandy), … Read more

Classic New Orleans cuisine arrives in Salt Lake City

Neutral Ground - cajun pasta

Neutral Ground Kicking off this month’s roundup of the new and notable updates on our dining scene – this intriguing new opening. Neutral Ground is the work of John Belvin Jr. – former Louisianan private chef and now – Utah based restaurateur. Belvin brings with him a range of traditional  New Orleans’ dishes such as … 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

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

Need weekend dining inspiration? Here’s the next bunch of new restaurants

Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club

Hot on the heels of our last major new restaurant roundup – here’s another slew of new businesses for your dining delectation. If you’ve missed the most recent recaps, you can also catch up on our August, June and March collections; combined they have more than 100+ new restaurant openings across the valley this year … 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

Reader’s choice awards 2019 – the winners

R&R BBQ - three meat plate

After tabulating hundreds and hundreds of responses, and correcting oh so many spelling errors (you guys already started on the Christmas egg nog and brandies huh) the results of our very first reader’s choice awards are now in! The results are a mix of surprising, frustrating and expected. I’ll let you decide which. Lets dive … Read more

Food and drink events to check out now – five of the best

Cupbop - ugly bop bowl

Boo!Stillery Tonight’s the night (Friday October 18th) for Slug Mag’s Boo!stillery festival. This brand new event is a halloween-themed spin on SLUG Mag’s regular Brewstillery festival. Attendees can sample a variety of boos, sorry booze, from local brewers and distillers alike. Boo!stillery will also feature local food trucks and artisans. Tickets for the 21+ event are priced … Read more

Free dessert and tacos, DABC news, restaurant closures and deals galore

Cinnaholic - pumpkin pie roll

DABC News A relatively short DABC meeting for September with notably less action than usual. The most noteworthy item was the minor-kerfuffle over the Park City Smith’s location trying to open an onsite beer bar. Commissioners expressed concern over the layout of the proposed space. The 25 seater, beer only bar, looks set to replicate … Read more

New restaurants in Utah – April 2019

Five Sushi Brothers maki sushi large

Level Crossing Brewing Yes, we’re starting out of alphabetical sequence this month, and yes it’s because I got some lovely photos from the recent ribbon cutting event of this new South Salt Lake Brewery. And yes, its because I love all things beer. O.k. yes, I can shorten that to: yes because beer. Anyway… You’ll … Read more

State Of The Plate 2018

Easily the most anticipated time of the year is here. Yes, I know, I know, the moment you’ve all been waiting with frenzied tension – our end of year State Of The Plate report. For the uninitiated, we look at every best of award throughout the year, mush the data together and see what the … Read more

New Restaurants – August 2018

The Rising Bun - comrade fries (Rising Bun)

Arancini Snack You might remember this name from the Taste For The Space contest in 2017; the business previously competed in that contest to win a space in the South Towne Mall. That particular contest was won by the burger flipping Special Courses, but Arancini Snack is now back and in their own words, the … Read more

State Of The Plate 2017

HSL - dessert 2

It’s time to get angry again folks, get your pitchforks and torches ready. We’re going to go ahead and name the best restaurants for 2017. Back for the second year then, our State Of The Plate, a data driven look back at the year and some thoughts on the state of Utah dining. For reference … Read more

It’s a wrap – September 2017

Fireside On Regent - pizza

Mountain West Cider – Announced in the last month, the new Desolation Prickly Pear Hard Cider from Utah’s only hard cider brewery, should now be widely available in Utah DABC stores. Personal note, I think this is their best creation yet. Mountain West continues to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of … Read more

New restaurants June – 2017

J Dawgs - hot dog. Credit, Facebook.

Albasha – New to City Creek downtown, this Greek and Lebanese inspired restaurant that claims a specialty in chicken shawarma and gyros. Count me in. Long time readers will know I’m like a moth to the flame when it comes to meat on rotating sticks. Seriously, you could lure me off a cliff edge with … Read more

Events: Taste for the space

Sample this Cafe India dish for free this Saturday

Here’s a unique event to pop into your calendar for this weekend – Taste For The Space. Held at the Shops at South Town this Saturday (May 6th), noon – 4 p.m. The first of its kind event in Utah pits 13 local chefs against each other head to head, for a major winner takes … Read more

New restaurants – February 2017

cantina de alamexo chorizo flautas

Cantina De Alamexo – This new restaurant from Alamexo chef and owner Matt Lake isn’t quite ready for prime time just quite yet, but I couldn’t resist sharing a glimpse of what to expect after a recent preview meal I enjoyed; enjoyed is putting it mildly, I’ve done nothing since but sit in a drooling … Read more

Pigs n Pinot, Manoli’s, Cannella’s, July 4th, Franck’s

wasatch mountain table dinner

Wasatch Mountain Table Series – A popular escape from the summer heat returns for the 2016 season next week. Taking place on the lawn at The Inn on July 3rd, July 24th, August 6th and September 4th – each dinner offers a unique experience. The multi-course meals are served al fresco alongside Big Cottonwood Creek … Read more