Utah cider makes national mark in Chicago

Array of hard ciders at Scion Cider in SLC

It’s been a busy few weeks for local businesses receiving national kudos. January saw the Good Food Awards name checking two Utah makers, while theJames Beard Foundation followed in their footsteps recognizing seven more of our homegrown talents. For those always bemoaning Utah’s food and bev scene, I take great pleasure in recapping each and … Read more

Soup dumplings to buffet specials – recent menu updates in SLC

The Dough Miner - funeral potato pasty

While it’s always fun to report on what’s brand spanking new, from time to time, I do like to take stock over what more established restaurants are up to. So here we go, the latest menu watch – hopefully some dining inspiration for you to make a timely revisit. Scion Cider Tuesday evenings (sometimes Wed) … Read more

Raise a glass – 2022’s best cocktails

Beehive Distillery - bar area

It’s that time of year when best of the year lists abound. 2022 will go down as the re-emerging of Utah, and the world, from the pandemic, with hope for new endeavors and the wish to sustain the things we love. In this vain, we bring you a round up of spirited drinks found at … 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

Fun food and drink events to pencil in this July

BTG Wine Bar - new Eagle building interior

Caffe Molise Argentinian wine dinner Now celebrating 29 years in business, this Italian downtown stalwart are offering their next wine dinner on July 18th. Held in the downstairs BTG Wine Bar space, sommelier Louis Koppel will host Vino del Sol – Argentinian wine specialists. Starting at 7.00 p.m. the evening will see a four course … Read more

Liquor license frenzy approaches – mark your calendars

Beer (freepik)

As the clock ticks down to the June DABC meeting (sorry it’s DABS now folks) so the interest escalates around who exactly will snaffle up all those delicious bar licenses set to unfurl. Just like an exotic flora that blooms once every 17 years, this is a practically unheard of event, something to witness and … 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

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

Restaurant liquor licenses starting to feel the pressure

Crack Shack sandwiches (Crack Shack)

Welcome back to our monthly roundup of all things perfectly potable. While ordinarily I’d start with a raised eyebrow and nod to the state’s bar license crunch (there are presently ZERO available) there’s truthfully not much to talk about. So instead lets start with another looming area of concern… Full service restaurant licenses (beer, wine, … 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

June liquor news, DABC winners and losers

A jumbo sized June DABC meeting topped the three hour mark with plenty of noteworthy action. During the first in person meetup in over a year, chairman John T. Nielsen (Feb 2013) and commissioner Bateman (dec 2014) said their farewells, stepping down from their roles after significant stints; the duo signing onto the roles in … Read more

Restaurant openings latest news

Sunday's Best - fried chcken sandwich, monkey bread

It’s been barely two weeks since the last mega-recap of the dining scene notable additions, but even in that small time, more than two dozen new businesses have come across my radar. Here’s the latest to keep an eye on – open now and coming soon. An interesting item to note is how many of … Read more