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Best of Utah 2012: Food & Drink Page 2

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // March 28,2012 -

Best Way to Cook a Book
Slow Foods Utah Book Club
While reading a book can be an especially personal experience, breaking the book down to its essence—its spices and herbs, if you will—is best done with a group. Since March 2010, the Slow Food Utah Book Club has read one food or food-policy book a month, which culminates with a scintillating discussion and potluck—with some dishes inspired by the current book. Some readers are regulars, others first-timers. Here, it’s OK to be a slow reader.

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Lone Star Taqueria
It’s a well-known fact that Utahns love their burritos. At Lone Star, we’ve got the choice of 16 massive burritos, which come with everything—“and we mean everything,” the menu proclaims. Tucked away in Cottonwood Heights, this beach-style structure houses fresh, authentic south-of-the-border flavors ranging from tamales, mahi mahi fish tacos and, of course, the aforementioned burritos. Throw in some cold cervezas served in a glass cowboy boot, and you’ve got yourself a certified locals’ favorite.
2265 E. Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City, 801-944-2300,
2. Red Iguana
3. La Puente

Best Way to Get Pickled
Pickled Canners Club
Canning isn’t just for grandmas anymore. With classes named Drunken Cherries, Bloody Mary Bar or Saucy Summers, the goals of the Pickled Canners Club come into perspective: that food preservation is better with booze and friends. The crowds that made it to the several classes during the club’s inaugural season learned food safety and canning basics while noshing and imbibing. If that’s not enough, the real payoff happens comes winter, when the smell of summer can be breathed in from the canned consumables.

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Plum Alley
Buoyed by the success of The Copper Onion, owners Ryan and Colleen Lowder decided to branch out by opening Plum Alley, bringing pan-Asian fare to downtown Salt Lake City, along with a fun and funky atmosphere. Communal dining is the order of the day at Plum Alley, where strangers often become friends and find themselves sharing plates of steamed pork buns, spicy larb salad, killer curries, coconut-milk-braised short ribs and the delicious ramen. Salt Lake’s best new restaurant is plum terrific.
111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-0543,
2. Spice Bistro
3. Zy

Plum Alley

Best Taste of the South
Chris ’n’ Dave’s Boiled Peanuts
There’s an old adage that goes: “You can take the man out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the man.” And some folks don’t even need to be from the humid Southern climes to have the South in them—like Dave Mathison, owner of Chris ‘n’ Dave’s Boiled Peanuts, who serves up his original and Cajun-flavored treats at the Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday. His boiled peanuts are fresh, so they’re succulent and addictive, unlike the soggy, brined, boiled-in-the-shell varieties found at gas stations throughout the South. Come to think of it, maybe it’s best he’s not from the South.

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Salt Lake City’s local and independently owned “sammie” shop gets a lot of hype year after year, and for good reason. Every day at lunch, Toaster’s three downtown locations are packed with patrons gladly waiting in line for classics like the toasted turkey & avocado sandwich or a Toaster’s Rueben. With a nice selection of soups and sides and a friendly staff willing to customize an order to your heart’s desire, Toasters has the sandwich game locked down.
Multiple locations,
2. Moochie’s Meatballs & More
3. Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli

Best New Brew
Crio Brü
After a few years of obsessing over how to unlock the superfood benefits of cocoa beans in a hot-brewed drink, Crio Brü owner Eric Durtschi created a gem of a beverage. Although it might garner comparisons to coffee—it’s brewed the same way—the caffeine-free concoction is something unto itself. The drink is slightly bitter and highly aromatic, and the longer Crio Brü steeps, the richer and more chocolate-y it becomes. Durtschi had to invent the roasting, fermentation and processing methods, so it’s more than a new drink—it’s a drinking revolution.

Best O-Town Patio & Pizza
Slackwater Pizza
It’s common knowledge that, like a trout to a nymph, a fly fisherman is drawn to water. Lucky for us, caster Justin Gumm and co-owner Krissann Smith nestled their little pub and pizzeria next to the Ogden River. Along a stretch of the parkway, the patio is perfect for drinking something from the establishment’s beer list—unrivaled in Ogden, with 10 beers on tap and more than 100 bottled beers—eating some of the Wasatch Front’s best pizza or listening to a local singer-songwriter. With lush trees and the babbling river nearby, drinking a beer along the busy main street is surprisingly pleasant. A semi-permanent covering was recently built on the patio, which means more chillin’ all year.
1895 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-399-0637,

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The Soup Kitchen
The Soup Kitchen has been one of Salt Lake City’s favorite lunch spots for years. Known for its homestyle classics like chicken noodle and cheese & broccoli, The Soup Kitchen is well-versed in the science of soupology. But it’s also a great place for sandwiches like BLTs, egg salad and even sloppy Joes. Locals also love the giant breadsticks and laid-back retro atmosphere.
Multiple locations,
2. Café Zupas
3. Kneaders

Best Facebook Foodies
Utah Co-op
Led by volunteer director Mercedes Zel-Pappas, the Utah Co-op is as interactive as it is thrifty. Daily on its Facebook profile, the co-op asks its customers what they want, because, after all, it is their store. Unlike typical cooperative markets, this volunteer-run one doesn’t charge membership fees. And here, the customer is always right: They are the ones who stock the shelves, so to speak—at least 80 percent of the hundreds of items were requested by the customers.
4892 S. Commerce Drive (300 West), Murray,,

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Pat’s Barbecue
There was a time, before Diners, Drive-ins & Dives helped blow up Pat’s to national stardom, when visiting the rib joint felt more like you were going to buy drugs, requiring taking a nondescript side street down to the practically unmarked building to pick up a guilty fix of the best barbecue around. But with its ever-increasing popularity, live bands and still-unbeatable barbecue, Pat’s is now less a guilty pleasure and more a happy routine. For those seeking the tastiest smoked offerings from ribs, chicken and pulled pork to daily lunch specials like barbecued meatball sandwiches to the burnt ends that pack the house on Fridays, Pat’s is your hookup for the best in barbecue Utah has to offer.
155 W. Commonwealth Ave. (2125 South), Salt Lake City, 801-484-5963,
2. Sugarhouse Barbeque Co.
3. Soul & Bones BBQ

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Posted // March 28,2013 at 14:54

Pizzeria Limone is not Wood Fired Pizza.

It's great pizza But it's  not Wood Fire.


Posted // February 16,2013 at 15:51

Once again Pat's can't be brought up without plugging that awful show. The worst part is that pat's went from decent to lazy. They seem to rely on their false celebrity status that came from being on a tv show once and then never going away.  
Pat's is the Andy Dick of the Utah culinary world. At least this is readers choice. cafe rio cant even seem to get that anymore. The "best of" is more about advertising than the actual quality of the establishment/food/service.


Posted // January 22,2013 at 12:49

We appreciate all your support to the local scene. While corporate restaurants have deep pockets, locally owned businesses support our local economy more by keepin an additional 40% of their revenue in the state. Thanks again!


Posted // January 13,2013 at 17:36

Two Creek Coffee closed a couple of months ago.


Posted // July 6,2012 at 10:37

This is not guide to Utah’s best. It’s just a list of locally owned restaurants. Very disappointing!