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Best of Utah 2007 | Food & Drink Page 8

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // June 11,2007 - BEST RESTAURANT NAME
Best Chicken & Ribs Greek Food
If you’re the best and you know it, clap your hands: Clap! Clap! The only thing unlovable about Best Chicken & Ribs Greek Food is that it’s been getting busier and busier at lunchtime. Somehow, the word is getting out that the “The Best” is more than just a name. The Chicken Souvlaki sandwich ($4.49) with hot fries or salad, is, well, The Best. Dolmades, falafel, chicken and ribs. It’s the best. It’s in the name. Put it in your belly.111 E. 2700 South, 466-8311

BEST AFFORDABLE SUNDANCE MEAL
Back Door Deli
Maybe you’re not on Main Street in Park City, but in any tourist town, if you go slightly off the beaten path you can find good food and dropped prices. Located on a side street just off of Main near the transportation hub, Back Door sells a wide variety of sandwiches beginning around $6.50—add $1 for brie cheese and 25 cents for an extra pickle—a relative bargain and a great quick escape from the throngs.136 Heber Ave., Park City, 435-647-9200

BEST PARK CITY PASTRY
Windy Ridge Café & Bakery
The best part of this bakery, opened to the public in January, is the behind-the-scenes view it gives customers. The huge expanse of the bakery kitchen stretches out behind the walk-in counter giving views of bakers in impossibly white aprons creating a seemingly endless array of goodies. Visiting for the first time gives the sweet-toothed an idea of what it must have been like for Charlie Bucket to walk into the chocolate factory. Windy Ridge is the bakery for some of Park City’s best restaurants, including Grappa, with which it shares an owner. Customers can take home favorites from the restaurants, including an apple pie with 6 inches of apple slices and breakfast items such as croissants and granola.1756 Iron Horse Drive, Park City, 435-647-2906

BEST ROMANTIC Readers’ Choice
Log Haven
“The elk steak is delicious,” she said tenderly. He could look at nothing, however, but her face; her beautiful, flawless face. That, and his potato-crusted Alaskan halibut. A fire crackled under the mantelpiece, but it was he who was consumed—consumed with desire. “Darling,” he said, “Cheryl, my love—I have something I want to ask you. Will you … will you share your dessert with me?” “Oh, yes, John, yes!” rang out her passionate reply. And, for one perfect moment, there was silence.6451 E. Mill Creek Canyon Road, 272-8255, Log-Haven.com
2. Caffé Molise
3. The Melting Pot

BEST DINING DUET
Fiddler’s Elbow and Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta
This Sugar House combo is the perfect place to dine for the group who wants a little of everything. Somebody want a little carbo loading? Drop them off at the 2100 South entrance to Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta for a custom-built pizza or a plate of chicken Contadina fettuccine. Someone else in the mood for a custom-built burger or a plate of cranberry-and-leek salmon? Then it’s the attached Fiddler’s Elbow, just to the north of 2100 South in the same building. Same ownership, two dining spots. What could be better? Not to mention if someone wants a salad and a beer, they can have that at either location.1063 E. 2100 South, 463-9393 (Fiddler’s), 484-1804 (SLP&P), fiddlerselbowslc.com

BEST RETRO CREPES
Greenhouse Effect
Even before walking through the doors of Greenhouse Effect, you’re flung backwards in time to the fabulous ’60s. The deliciously steaming coffee or tea served in a quaint atmosphere of rickety tables and comfy chairs, surrounded by stunning artwork and interesting doo-dads, makes this a place to savor. What brings customers back time and again is the out-of-this-world crepes, served in many tempting varieties from vegetable, egg or the best: strawberries and whipped cream. This is perfect for a lazy weekend get-together with good friends, getting buzzed on caffeine, sugar and great conversation.3231 S. 900 East, 483-0885

BEST MARGHERITA
Settebello Pizzeria
The folks in Naples, Italy, are picky about their Margherita pizza. That’s why authentic Margherita pizzas are only made using “00” Italian flour, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and fresh basil. And that’s precisely how pizzaiolo (pizza maker) Matteo Schiavone does it at Settebello, which is also why his Settebello pizzas are VPN-approved. They’re certified as authentic Italian pies by the venerable Vera Pizza Napolitano, a consortium formed to insure that qualified pizzerias cook their pizzas as Napolitanos have done for two centuries. Don’t even think about asking for pineapple.260 S. 200 West, 322-3556

BEST DELICIOUS RUTS
Moochie’s Meatball & More
Mentioning to most that Moochie’s has the best Philly cheesesteak on either side of the Mississippi (we’re just lucky to have them in Salt Lake City) is like reminding a Mormon that Jesus is the good guy and Satan is the one who opens swimming pools on Sunday. It’s just that obvious. Moochie’s is that good. But, get out of your delicious rut. Moochie’s excels at far more than just Philly cheesesteaks. Try the Philly-style cheese-ham, the meatball sandwich or the eggplant parmigiana, and you’ll soon find yourself swimming through one delicious rut after another.232 E. 800 South, 596-1350, MoochiesMeatballs.com

BEST LATE-NIGHT Readers’ Choice
Beto’s Mexican Food
Who hasn’t hit a Beto’s drive-thru window at 2 a.m. after a night of clubbing? Sit down, Ted Scheffler. For being so fast, cheap and nocturnal, the chain’s surprisingly varied menu (including vegetarian items for those people) remains consistently tasty and filling, even when sober and in broad daylight—it’s true, try it sometime.Multiple locations
2. Molca Salsa
3. Dee’s Family Restaurant

BEST HANGOVER BREAKFAST
Scandia Kaffee House
Practically legendary for its marzipan cakes and other sweets and baked goods, Scandia Kaffee House is also a fine, nongreasy alternative for nursing a wicked case of the day-afters. Sipping a cup of Joe amid Nordic wares and kitsch is oddly comforting; add some eggs, bacon and deliciously fluffy crepes (another Scandia specialty) and all is right with the world again. Worry about all those drunken text messages you sent last night later.1693 S. 900 East, 467-0051

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Posted // March 13,2008 at 05:38 WOW, this is true! I really agree with CHris, on the comment above. I myself have been to both places more then a few times. I now only go to one, that being the Cedars Of Lebanon Restaurant. It is much much more traditional and its the real thing. Mazza sometimes has a line of people but, for what?? dry falafel that crumbles when you try and eat it???? Now im no cook but i believe that food contents are supposed to break down in your mouth. Not in your spoon or pita. Also i have noticed a lack in taste at mazza with a majority of their meals. I dont know how some of these critics wrote good things about the food from Mazza (I think they were tipped off, thats my personal belief) because its not at all close to what its supposed to be.

 

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Posted // March 12,2008 at 21:15 Wow I REALYY CANT believe MAZZA Won!!! THis is just a place to go and get americanized food for a high cost!!! I strongly believe that THE CEDARS OF LEbanon is much better and the Realy FOOD!! Unlike Mazza Which serves their TRADITINAL FRECH FRIES!! YA WOW REAL Middle Eastern!! I believe that Mazza only took this award soley based on location and the fact that if you dont know middle eastern food, then how will you know if what your eating is traditional or just something served on a plate??? I guess i cant blame the READERS, because if they have never tried real Middle EATERN Cuisine!! But, if you really would liek a taste of the middle east i Strongl recommend THe Cedars Of Lebanon reastaurant!! 30 years of business seems like it would mean something huh? As opposed to a comment left about MAzza calling a it a FADE that has seen its days and is slowly fading in the distance! Sry readers but as you can tell i am really opposed to the Mazza being called middle eastern when Im from their!! i take offence to the food they offer, i dont want to be associated with it!

 

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Posted // March 12,2008 at 21:09 Cedars of Lebonan is more traditonal! they should have won... Mazza’s is too americanized... blech.....

 

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Posted // February 25,2008 at 18:07 We went there about a month ago, a group of buddies that is, and it was such an awesome experience. Soon as you walk in you see the epic gear on the walls. Then it was time to order food.. turned out to be the best wings any of us had ever had. Our advice, given through me, is to GO TO THE WING COOP! It’s a great bang for your buck and the service is great. nnGo check it out,nAddicted Wing Coop-ian

 

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Posted // February 13,2008 at 14:23 I second the motion. Make it searchable. That would be great.