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Our Guide to the Best Places to Eat in Salt Lake City for 2017
With so many Salt Lake restaurants - many of them chef-owned to choose from, you'll find wonderful places to dine in every neighborhood throughout the city.
Kobe Japanese Restaurant - Olympus Hills Mall
An oasis of Japan in the heart of Salt Lake City, Kobe features the highest level of Japanese cuisine crafted with a creative touch.
Now under new ownership, Mike Fukumitsu purchased the Kobe a few years back and we are so happy he did. The Kobe is AWESOME! Gone are the old-stale recipies, the old style management and even though they still honor the "Man vs Food's Hellfire Challenge" of a spicy tuna, it's all about nice, fresh sushi and an extensive ramen menu with some tasty offerings from the kitchen.
Mike has worked as a sushi chef for years and then just last year he spent the entire year in Japan studying the fine art of Ramen making.
You can enjoy some of the freshest sushi in town such as Aoyagi (Live Surf Clam), Boston Diver Scallops, Aji (Horse Mackerel), Kanpachi (Amber Jack), and Tai (Red Snapper)!
In addition, the Kobe now serves up some of the most Authentic Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup that you can find in Salt Lake. The Ramen, once brought to the table I looked down in the bowl and there were slices of roasted pork with a small pile of green onions and a large pile of noodles. But, it was the broth that I feel in love with, it was incredible and had a nice consistency (not too watery and not too gloppy) and the flavor was delicious. The most authentic ramen I have found in Salt Lake City.
3947 Wasatch Blvd. Salt Lake City, UT 84124 - Phone: 801.277.2524
12 Miles from Downtown, Travel Time: 16 Minutes by I-80
Hours: Lunch, Mon - Sat, 11am - 2pm - Dinner, Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10pm
Layla Grill & Mezze in Holladay
When it comes to Great Middle Eastern cuisine, we don't have a lot of choices here in Utah. If you Googled Salt Lake City's Best Middle Eastern Restaurants, you would probably see a few listings for Mazza. Well, move over Mazza - there's a new eatery in Salt Lake serving outstanding Lebanese, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern cuisine and they have our locals talking about them everywhere I go. This is a neighborhood restaurant run by a family and serves food that makes you want to come back time and time again.
Mezze - Small Plates: In the Eastern Mediterranean culture, Mezze is a selection of appetizers or small plates often eaten before a meal or as a meal in its own right. Mezze is meant to be shared among friends.
Why not start your meal with the zaatar herb flatbread, a spice blend chewy bread with traces of licorice. And to accompany this is their wide selection of chilled and hot Mezze. Favorite main entrees include the Lebanese moussaka, the mougrabieh and the lamb kabobs. Aromatic and delicious. For a wonderful dining experience of ambiance, service and cuisine, Layla Grill offers all three!
4751 South Holladay Blvd - Phone: 801.272.9111
12 Miles from Downtown, Travel Time: 18 minutes
Hours: Lunch, Mon - Fri, 11:30 - 2pm - Dinner, Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10pm
Thaifoon - Taste of Asia @ The Gateway - Closed!
Vienna Bistro - Closed!
Sorry to report that Frody's Vienna Bistro at 132 South Main St. has closed.
And the same for The Metropolitan, they closed shop as well.
Christopher's Has Moved To A Larger Location!
Christopher's Prime Steak House & Grill, Downtown Salt Lake
Now located on 134 W. Pierpont Ave. (250 South) across from Lumpy's in the former Donovan's Building, Christopher's is within walking distance to the Salt Lake Convention Center and Salt Lake hotels. Christopher's award-winning chefs use only the finest, freshest ingredients to create their dishes. They have seafood flown in daily, the highest grade of Prime beef, a full liquor bar, and an extensive wine list. Christopher's provides incredible dishes and a great atmosphere for a lot less than you may think. Christopher's is devoted to maintaining their reputation as the leader in affordable fine dining in Salt Lake City. Winner of the Best of State Award for Best Steakhouse and Best Seafood Restaurant.
Tin Roof Grill in Sandy
Simply Wonderful! A Joy To Dine At! Love The Ever Changing Specials! Some of the reviews that were sent to us. It's obvious that everything is made from scratch and with lots of care. The tapas being created daily is a great way to sample their menu. Offering a variety like pizzas, pastas, salads, and even Thai style noodles. Some of my favorites are the pulled pork sandwich, the lettuce wraps, the pork ribs, they are all fabulous. This is what I enjoy, a wonderful example of a small family owned restaurant where they really care about making great food. There's nothing rushed here, just a relaxed friendly atmoshpere with delicious unique entrees.
Open 11am - 9pm Monday - Thursday, 11am - 10pm Fridays, 10am - 10pm Saturdays, 10:30am to 8pm Sundays
9284 South 700 East, Phone: 801.566.5226
Cafe Ahn Hong
Not really new to most of you, but we just found out from friends. I've eaten in China towns in New York City, San Fran, and more, and Salt Lake's Cafe Ahn Hong compares very favorably with the best. Reasonable prices, excellent food, and on any given Saturday you'll find 4-5 generation Chinese families out for brunch. Stay away from the "Americanized" menu and order the delicious dim sum and house specials. Service can be spotty and the furnishings are nothing to look at but you're not there for that. You're there for one of the best chinese meals in Salt Lake, aren't you?
1465 South State St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115, Phone: 801.486.1912
The Copper Onion
The Copper Onion, located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, next to the Broadway Theatre on 300 South is one of the new additions to the growing Utah "foodie" scene. Former NYC chef (and native Utahn) Ryan Lowder now brings his personal take on New American cuisine to his own kitchen with an approach inspired by his passion for Utah's outstanding farmstead ingredients and his experience as a chef cooking his way through Barcelona, NYC and South America. The Copper Onion serves a wide array of vegetable side dishes and a menu designed to explore and share. An insistent focus on the freshest and best is paramount; sausages and burgers are ground daily, bread is baked and ice cream is made in house, offering casual diners an exceptional experience at affordable prices.
A few months back, I finally got a chance to stop by and find out for myself what my friends have been telling me. That this bar (yes, a bar, you have to be at least 21 to get in) serves up one of the best burgers you are going to get in Salt Lake! Sure, they have a full bar menu of appetizers, some salads and sandwiches, but every time I have gone back for lunch, everyone there is downing huge burgers. Located a half a block west of Spring Mobile Ballpark, home to our Salt Lake Bees, it looks like other bars with pool tables, plasma TVs, video games, etc. But, what sets this apart from other bars is their focus on really great burgers, and under $10 to boot. And that includes fries and the tax! It has been written that no matter what the fixings, the burger should support a "visceral delight." And Lucky 13's does! These 7 ounces of never-frozen ground chuck are served on local Stoneground buns with plenty of mixed greens and more.
Some of the burgers to try are: the Celestial burger which comes with smoked bacon, grilled onions, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce or the Big Benny which touts double the meat and double the cheese. I'll start my diet tomorrow. I have had the "Breath Enhancer" Garlic Burger twice now, It is fabulous!. Once the Bees season starts this place is going to be packed before and after the games, but I have a feeling it is going to do well on non-game nights as well. Access from downtown or south valley is easy because the 13th south Trax station which is right there. A 1,400 square foot patio is very popular in good weather.
Lucky 13, 135 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake City. 801.487.4418.
The kitchen is open daily from 11am to 8pm and until 11pm on Thursdays to Saturday nights.
Pho Tay Ho - A Jewel - A Gem...
The Best among the myriad of Pho Restaurants in Salt Lake City. Since Mi's "Pho Tay Ho" moved to its new location, ( the new building is actually a restored home at 1766 South Main Street ), business hasn't stopped! Without a doubt, it is my absolute favorite for Pho-Noodle Soup, pronounced Fuh. Tay Ho specializes in it, it is what they do best. One bowl of this soup is a full meal. The steak or brisket will be slightly cooked by the boiling broth to the perfect "medium" by the time the order reaches your table. The Best Pho in Utah!
***Two good friends of ours, Brad and Tee introduced us to this culinary delight and here are Brad's exact words..."There are a few different types of Pho, but in general it consists of thin rice noodles in a basic beef broth. Added to this are onions, cilantro, ginger, and thin slices of beef (steak, flank, brisket), and/or tendon, tripe, or meatballs. Additionally, one is usually provided with a side plate of basil, beansprouts, and lime to add as one wishes. It is also common to add Hoisin sauce and the popular Thai hot sauce Sriracha. The North Vietnamese version usually contains thicker noodles and spring onions.
There is nothing quite like it in the world, and one of the most sensual culinary experiences one can have. Once a bowl is consumed it's hard to deny the drug-like "high" you'll feel as you leave the restaurant. It's also nice that the average bowl of Pho will cost you around $7.00 - $8.00 for a large bowl. Not bad for an exotic, erotic experience that is good for you!"
Pho Tay Ho is open 5 days a week. Closed Sunday & Monday.
1766 South Main Street, Phone: 801.466.3650
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Welcome to the Taste of Salt Lake for 2017
Salt Lake City's Best Restaurants by our Taste of Salt Lake Staff. Bring your appetite, and we'll take care of the rest! With so many Salt Lake restaurants - many of them chef-owned to choose from, you'll find wonderful places to dine in every neighborhood throughout the city.
Salt Lake City's Best Restaurants
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