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

Open Streets returns with a busy Summer of food events

Eva back patio with Bucklin wine

I promised you a busy Summer of food-driven fun, and well, here it is; starting with one of the big comebacks for 2022 – the re-introduction of Open Streets. First trialled as a way to encourage safe, open-air drinking and dining during the early throes of C19, the initiative has been a huge hit with … Read more

Mother’s Day 2022 menus and events galore

Flanker Kitchen - lobster bites

Mother’s Day dining 2022 in Utah This weekend sees one of the biggest events on the food calendar; and as ever, we have the biggest roundup in town. Below, all the extra special Mother’s Day 2022 menus we know of. Unless otherwise stated, all the menus listed below are for May 8th itself. Menu items … Read more

Easter 2022 – where and what to eat in Salt Lake City

Catch Sitka Wild Alaskan Applewood Smoked Fish

Easter Sunday falls on April 17th this, and with it, an inevitable slew of brunch menus, buffets and dining specials. Below are all of the Easter dining options for 2022 we know of in SLC. Be sure to bookmark the page and check back later – we will continue to update the page as we … 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

Local Utah foodie business seeks help to go national

Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba

If you haven’t yet seen this one, consider contributing some seasonal cheer (see: cash) for a fabulous local producer. Created by Matt Caputo – always a staunch supporter of local food projects – the campaign seeks to raise funds for Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba’s Utah based hot sauce business, Mama Africa, Posting on the fundraising page here, … Read more

Christmas and NYE 2021 dining in Salt Lake City

The Gateway plaza with Christmas lights

I know the feeling. Thanksgiving dinner is still a very raw, fresh memory right? The frenzied dance of pots and pans, the subsequent clean up, the days and days of increasingly determined leftover eating. What sane person wants to repeat that so soon? Check out the following list of options for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day … Read more

Thanksgiving Dining in Utah 2021

Thanksgiving plate with Beltex

Turkey day is right around the corner folks, and this year, well I think this year is gonna be a busy one. Expect tables to book out quickly, shelves to get cleared out double quick. Remember those turkeys I told you to get your paws on last week? Beltex moved around 200 of the birds … Read more

Upcoming food and drink events

Feast Of The Five Senses 2018 - Beltex Meats

Late Summer and early Fall – the time of the year that food and drink events really seem to kick up a notch. It’s that perfect timing of seasonal harvests, more temperate weather (yeah lol ok) and a desperate rush to fill the belly before Winter hibernation. There’s a lot of pent up demand right … Read more

What else is happening on the dining scene right now

Nuan's Thai Kitchen

Business closures Nuan’s Thai Kitchen – The following picture was spied over on Yelp, indicating the Fort Union Thai restaurant will be closing up shop at the end of August this year. The posting does offer some hope that the business might return, indicating they are seeking a new home. The business initially opened around … Read more

July food and drink events to keep an eye on

Mango Sticky Rice (Suzy Thai Food)

July 13th – Asian food truck festival ABC4 reports in detail on this food truck get-together that sees the community coming together this month. The event on Tuesday, July 13th runs 5 through 8.30 p.m. and see’s multiple food trucks hit up SOHO Food Park serving  Thai, Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese food:  Bento Truck Comfort … Read more

Dining events not to miss plus Father’s Day specials

Manoli’s lamb roast Head to SLC’s finest Greek restaurant this Thursday (June 17th) and you’ll catch owner Manoli Katsanevas and team doing what they do best – spit roasting a whole lamb! Pictured above is the man himself doing just that at the Meet Your Maker event back in 2019. As well as this seasonal … Read more

Open Streets kicks off Summer of fun in downtown SLC

Downtown SLC Open Streets

This week saw the first weekend of 2021’s Open Street’s initiative; the perfect Summer long antidote to a year of being locked down at home. Every week (Thursday – Sunday) SLC’s Main Street is made pedestrian only from 400 South right up to South Temple. With the multi-block stretch of Main shut down to auto … Read more

Mother’s Day 2021 dining – options galore

Vosges Chocolates - Spring Uzume collection

It’s one of the biggest dining days of the year and it’s right around the corner. Mother’s Day 2021 looks set to much grander than 2020’s washed out affair, thanks C19… The following are all the current restaurant specials we know of in Utah for the big day (May 9th). as well as a few … Read more

Demand for dining surging – can restaurants keep up?

You thought the old normal was right around a Pfizer-fueled corner? Think again. Seemingly in the blink of an eye demand for dine-in has surged, but not without issues. According to Matt Crandall, exec chef at the downtown Bourbon Group (White Horse, Whiskey Street, Bourbon House), “we went from 0-60 almost overnight, I don’t think … Read more

Utah Easter dining and dishes to go 2021

Easter meal from Hub And Spoke

2021’s list of Easter dining options still isn’t back to the heady heights of the before times but if you’re headed out this April 4th – or looking to bring food home to your own table – there are still several solid options this year. It goes without saying, reservations are required for most of … Read more

Menu updates and specials to check out this March

Thanksgiving sandwich with Beltex Turkey

Beltex Meats Think it’s too early to get ready for Easter? It’s not. At least it’s not if you want to snag something extra special from Beltex – same for this upcoming St Pat’s too. Pictured above, one of the very best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten; hint it used the leftovers from my Beltex turkey … Read more

Valentine’s Day 2021 in Utah

Harmons hot cocoa bombs

Every year my advice is the same: if you really want to treat that special someone in you life, skip the 14th of February. Seriously, go a week before, go a week later, just avoid one of the busiest dining days on the regular calendar. If you have your mind set though, there are plenty … Read more

How might this years legislation affect what’s in your glass?

Avenues Proper beer cellar dinner in 2020

Liquor legislation looms large Trying saying that after a double. This year’s legislative session has now kicked off and will run until March 5th. On the docket, a few issues that might affect Utah drinkers directly. The most notable item up for discussion is talk of increasing bar licenses. Once upon a time, Utah had … Read more

Thanksgiving Dining in Utah 2020

Thanksgiving day dining 2016

2021 UPDATE – looking for where to eat in 2021. Check out the 2021 edition of our Turkey day roundup here. The phrase thanksgiving in the year that is 2020 might seem like an anachronism, but here we are – tis the season. Tis the season to hurl overcooked spuds at anyone who rolls out … Read more