The Greenery at Rainbow Gardens
1875 Valley Drive, Ogden, 801-392-1777
Located at the mouth of Ogden Canyon, this sit-down restaurant serves fresh, affordable food. Their Mormon muffins with honey butter are a must. Specializing in sandwiches, pasta, salads, and soups.
University Broiler & Grill
4342 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, 801-392-2525
A quaint Greek restaurant with reasonable pricing. Great-tasting food and fast service make it an ideal place for dinner if you’re in a hurry to get to the evening’s activities.
The Pie Pizzeria
1225 Country Hills Dr., Ogden, 801-627-1920
Adorned with everything Weber State, the Pie is very welcoming to students and even offers discounts with a WSU student ID card. If the pizza doesn’t fill you up, Jakes Over the Top is right behind the pizza parlor, so grab an over-the-top shake on your way out.
264 25th St., Ogden, 801-392-4447
The City Club is a two-level private club, with the top floor allowing smoking, and the bottom floor a smoke free level. City Club has a classic feel to it, with Beatles memorabilia lining its walls and shelves. With good music, even better food, and a full bar, it’s a fun place to grab a bite and hang out with friends.
Farr Better Ice Cream
286 E. 21st St., Ogden, 801-393-8629
This old-fashioned ice-cream store serves all the favorites and some new varieties of ice creams, malts, and floats. Farr’s has plenty of flavors to choose from, making it difficult to choose just one. The only downside? It gets busy on the weekends, so be prepared to grab a number and spend a little time waiting.
Grounds for Coffee
3005 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, 801-392-7370
An inviting and relaxed atmosphere makes this a great place to talk with friends. The coffee is good, and the fact that it is a Utah owned coffee company is an added bonus. Treat yourself to brewed coffee as well as lattes, iced coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Be sure to try the pastries as well.
Weber State University and the surrounding areas are filled with Utah’s unparalleled mountains, so take advantage of fall’s changing colors and go hiking or biking. WeberPathways.org will give you detailed maps, as well as break down trails by length, difficulty, and trail surface. Nighttime hikes provide a perfect opportunity for stargazing.
If you want the walking but without the hills, there’s also the 152-acre Ogden Nature Center (966 West 12th St., 801-621-7595), where for a $3 admission, you can wander the trails and see birds of prey.
269 Historic 25th St., 622-5588
If the outdoor life isn’t for you, try Wiseguys comedy club which brings in national touring comedians like Marcus (2008’s runnerup in NBC’s Last Comic Standing), Ryan Hamilton, Scott Bennett and Greg Hahn (appearing on Sept. 19). Tickets are $10, but students and military with an ID get in free as long as you order food or drinks once inside. Shows are every Friday and Saturday night, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The Ogden Junction
Between 23rd and 22nd streets on Kiesel Ave., 801-399-4653
If you aren’t sure what you want to do, try hanging out at the Ogden Junction. With an arcade, movie theater, indoor skydiving, a climbing wall and a surf pool, it’s easy to put off studying for another day.
(Frances Kelsey and Jessica Schreifels at Weber State’s The Signpost contributed to this report.)
45 E. Center, Provo, 348-4878
The eclectic, cool setting inside of Guru’s takes you to a planetary lounge. Rustic décor and star screens along with copper-topped tables create a setting unlike most in Provo. Choose from a menu full of variety including a large number of vegetarian options as well as meat entrees, from rice bowls to burritos. A savory fry sauce accents the sweet potato fries for a pleasing appetizer or side.
46 W. Center, Provo 373-1060
While chain sushi joints are on the rise, Osaka Japanese is keeping it local and independent. The luscious red walls and genuine oriental décor invite you into the world of fine Japanese cuisine. Fresh sushi in delicious varieties can please that wasabi craving. All menu items are under $10, so sushi night just became more affordable.
214 East University Parkway, Orem, 434-7000, The-SmokeHouse.com
Delicious barbecue and plenty of it. The Smokehouse in Orem offers up saucy barbecue chicken pizza and many other specialty pizzas. Try the large pizza slice special with your choice of 4 topping, side salad and drink for $6.50. For a tasty night in, The Smokehouse has delivery services.
Maestro’s Gelato Café
22 W Center, Provo 691-5550
A touch of European flair makes this a quaint, but still hip place to eat late. Bright colors and lighting along with modern furniture invite you into this Center Street hot spot. Open till midnight on weekends (closed Sundays) and 11 on weekdays, Maestro’s offers at least 20 flavors of gelato at a time, with an alternating specialty flavor. Finding a flavor to calm your sweet tooth is easy because you can sample as many as you want before deciding, but don’t get too greedy and hold up the line. Try the hazelnut.
190 W. Center, Provo, 373-1200, ABGsBar.com
By far the coolest bar in P-town, since it is only one of two. ABG’s relaxed environment and friendly staff make it a good place to kick back. Catch some live rock music from local bands on weekends while sipping on an ABG favorite: Bloody Marys. Try your hand with the stick by challenging the regulars to a game of pool for just a handful of change.
Sub-Zero Ice Cream
934 N. State, Orem, 434-4475, SubZeroIceCream.com
Create your own fresh, frozen treat at Sub Zero from scratch. You select the liquid ice cream in regular or low fat, the flavors, from chocolate to Mountain Dew and mix-ins. Then they freeze it instantly with liquid nitrogen. Science meets dessert in a unique, as well as tasty, experimental fashion.
Check out the Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll. See artwork from the galleries in Provo every first Friday of the month from 6-9 p.m. all year round. These Friday evenings are filled with live music and refreshments, oh, and, lots of art. Head to Center Street in Provo to check it out. It’s free and will help bring needed culture to your life. Phone 801-377-5700 or visit DowntownProvo.org online and click on Public Arts Program.
Still have some time to hit up the town? Go where hipsters of Utah Valley unite at the all-ages music venue Velour (135 N. University Ave., Provo, 818-2263, Velourlive.com). The place looks like a haunted amusement park storage shed inside, with creepy carousel horses and curtains. But somehow, the creepy décor just adds the appeal. The venue provides a stage for local acts to perform and still brings out a few bigger names here and there.
If hipsterism makes you want to vomit, hit up Muse Music (151 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-377-6873, MuseMusicOnline.com) which is a bit more mature, but still rocks hard with local bands and jazz.
How about a stroll after dark? Head up Provo Canyon to take a short hike/walk to Bridal Veil Falls. The paved trail is not lit so watch out for long boarders and try not to trip over mid-proposal BYU students. The walk is nice and once you reach the waterfall, you can sit on the rocks and enjoy a cool mountain breeze.