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Dining critic Ted Scheffler rolls the dice and comes up sixes.

By Ted Scheffler
Posted // January 5,2010 -

beerhive_pub.jpgBeerhive Pub
At the Beerhive Pub, you’ll find a vast array of imported and domestic beers available - more than 100 of them - both by the bottle and on tap, all selected specially by beer aficionado and owner Dell Vance. And to keep your suds cold, there’s even a strip of ice called an “ice rail” the length of the bar to rest your chilled glass or bottle upon. Downstairs, there is a nifty room full of pool and foosball tables. As for food, well, the Beerhive is a step up from your typical pub fare. That’s because it’s located next door to Vienna Bistro and the food served at the Beerhive comes from Vienna Bistro chef/owner Frody Volgger. That means you can feast on a terrific Reuben sandwich, wiener schnitzel, spaetzle, strudel and more, all whilst sipping a unique brew. While you’re there, pick up a copy of Vance’s terrific book Beer in the Beehive. 128 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4268

Bohemian Brewery & Grill
In the vast, sprawling desert of fast food and strip malls that is Midvale, Bohemian Brewery is a beer-lover’s oasis. Owned by a family with roots in Czechoslovakia, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Bohemian Brewery produces the finest Czech-style lagers in the state, all brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot German Purity Law. (This is a good thing.) The food options are terrific, too: Bohemian goulash, Bavarian bratwurst, pirogues, chicken paprikash and Old World roast pork are my favorites. Be sure to check out the Vespa collection and the cool artwork while you treat yourself to an award-winning Cherny Bock. 94 E. 7200 South, Midvale, 801-566-5474,

Fiddler’s Elbow
Fiddler’s Elbow has been a solid fixture in the Sugar House neighborhood since opening adjacent to its sister eatery Salt Lake Pizza and Pasta in 1996. The reason: good no-nonsense food, pool tables, free Wi-Fi, 30-plus beers on tap and a very friendly staff. There’s great bar food at this private club, including smoky chipotle hummus with a Southwestern zing, a great Mediterranean chopped salad, blackened ribeye, really tasty French dip sandwiches and excellent home-style meatloaf with mushroom sauce. Give the Key lime pie and “Chocolate Thunder” desserts a whirl, too. And what the hell, you might as well round out the evening with a Kahlua and coffee. 1063 E. 2100 South, 801-463-9393, Salt Lake City,

Hog Wallow Pub
Pizzas, nachos, hot wings & beer in a lively, friendly club atmosphere. The Hog Wallow Pub has evolved a great deal from its origins as a funky, rough-&-tumble biker bar—these days, you’re less likely to encounter the brass knuckles of Harley riders looking to settle a grudge than the loosened ties of middle-managers unwinding after a day at a nearby office park. Expect standard, polite service and a better-than-average beer selection. Its woody, log-cabin décor is warm and welcoming but, despite its yuppie expansion—including a spacious, multilevel patio which is wonderful in the summer—it’s sometimes possible to catch a nostalgic whiff of the diehard bikers who still frequent the place. Live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday features local bands, tending toward bluegrass, new folk and acoustic rock. 3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, 801-733-5567,

The Point After
Armchair quarterbacks get your forearms ready — you’ll curl plenty of pints at this suburban sports bar located in the Sports Mall in Murray. There’s a nice brew selection, including Modelo from Mexico. The spacious club really fills up on game nights, with patrons following major and minor league action on wide-screen TVs complemented by the sweet taste of lager and grease. Work off the fried fare with a bracing round of billiards. The full menu includes burgers, salmon, prime rib, and more. 5445 S. 900 East, Murray, 801-266-9552

Red Rock Brewing Co.
Red Rock Brewing Company’s Matt Davis brewed the 2008 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner Belgian Wit, just one of the many accolades Red Rock has garnered for their brews. There’s Honey Wheat, Hefeweizen, IPA Junior, Nut Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout and much more, including homemade root beer. But man can’t live on beer alone, so there’s a wide array of good grub at Red Rock, too. The wood-fired pizzas are surefire winners, as are the fish & chips, made with fresh Alaskan center-cut halibut. Almond-crusted red trout and Gorgonzola-topped flatiron steak are good entree options. 254 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-521-7446,

Christopher’s Seafood & Steaks
Christopher’s is known for slow-roasted Prime rib, but the “baseball” cut Kansas City sirloin is a crowd pleaser, too. And then there’s the classic Delmonico steak—a true center-cut rib eye that weighs in at more than a pound. For seafood aficionados, line-caught wild Sockeye salmon, cioppino, and grilled Alaskan halibut are but a handful of the many appealing seafood selections available—all flown in fresh. The portions here are generous, but since Christopher’s is conveniently located in downtown SLC’s Historic Peery Hotel, you can always get a room and sleep off your lunch or dinner. 110 W. Broadway (300 South), 801-519-8515,

Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern
Located in the downtown Radisson, Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern is the latest in a long line of restaurants to occupy the space. Visually, Copper Canyon is a big improvement over its predecessors. Once inside, you’ll find the restaurant to be sleek and contemporary: a long, rectangular space with a glassed-in private club at one end and a private dining room at the other. Copper Canyon features an “After 5 slow-cooked meat & potatoes” special which is said to be “braised all day and priced to sell out.” Other menu items include high-end burgers: a Niman Ranch cheddar burger and a Kobe beef burger, along with a bone-in Berkshire pork chop; vegan saute; and free range poulet rouge. Beer, wine and cocktails are available. 215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-521-7800

Located in the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown, Elevations offers an elegant atmosphere for special events or a night on the town. Try signature fish & chips with a glass of wine, or the great all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in a ski-town atmosphere, filled with antique skis, vintage ski posters, and a warm, cozy fireplace. Porcini-crusted New York steak is one of Elevations specialties and the chicken pot pie is also a crowd favorite. Also give the white bean chicken chili a try. 75 S. West Temple, 801-531-0800

Silver Fork Lodge
The joy of breakfast at the Silver Fork Lodge in Big Cottonwood Canyon begins when you hit the road at the mouth of the canyon. On the way up to Solitude or Brighton for skiing, boarding, hiking or biking, there are few places to fuel up beforehand nicer than Silver Fork Lodge. Grab a table in the rustic dining room next to the fireplace during winter or dine al fresco on the patio in warm weather. Whenever you visit, dig into the wonderful homemade waffles or flapjacks, sausage and eggs made with Snider Brothers’ scrumptious mild Italian sausage, the sensational seared Utah trout and eggs, or maybe just a freshly baked cinnamon roll. The Lodge has been around for quite some time, and the sourdough starter is well over 50 years old! So be sure to try Silver Fork’s sourdough cakes with apple compote. Eggs Benedict Florentine arrive topped with perfectly runny poached eggs under a light hollandaise and atop fresh sautéed spinach, with a tomato slice. When the sun goes down, give “Elmo’s” meatloaf a try. 11332 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton, 801-533-9977,

Sky Bar
Great views of Salt Lake City accompany customer favorites like cheese fondue and the Sky Bar’s shrimp bowl: chilled, peel & eat shrimp with cocktail sauce. Seafood specialties include macadamia nut-crusted halibut, shrimp & scallop scampi, lobster with tarragon butter, and the popular swordfish steak with balsamic, honey vinaigrette, and parmesan potatoes. For meat lovers there’s hand-massaged Kobe beef, Steak Theodore, rosemary lamb, double-cut pork chops, and even classic Chateaubriand prepared tableside. 600 S. 200 West (13th Floor), 801-530-1313,

Watson Shelter
Like the original 1939 Watson Shelter restaurant, the newest installment—located in Collins Gulch at the angle station of Alta’s Collins lift—is made primarily from wood and granite. But unlike the older versions of Watson Shelter, this one isn’t cramped: 5000 square feet of dining space on three different levels and abundant deck dining means fewer lines and quicker meals to get you back out and skiing that phenomenal Alta powder. Grab a pitcher of suds and a deli sandwich, pizza, salad, or 100% ground chuck burger, then sit back and enjoy the magnificent mid-mountain views of Mount Superior and Mount Baldy. Alta Ski Area, Alta, 801-799-2297,

Bistro 258
In summer, the airy, sun-drenched patio is a lovely place to dine, filled with fresh flowers, shrubbery and good vibes. And in colder weather, Bistro 258 takes on a cozy, warm hue that befits bistro fare like their New York steak dressed with Gorgonzola and balsamic vinegar. Like any authentic bistro, Bistro 258 wasn’t just conjured from the ether on an architect’s table. The restaurant is located in one of Ogden’s oldest historic buildings, and adorned as a true bistro/brasserie should be, with a marvelous antique wooden bar and beautiful brasserie-style mirrors. It’s just a little slice of Paris in Ogden. 258 25th Street, Ogden, 801-394-1595,

Chef/owner Emily Gassmann has created a strangely un-Utah-ish bistro in the Capitol Hill neighborhood serving up simple and wholesome food in a cozy bistro setting. Potato pancakes with creme fraíche is a great Em’s appetizer and how could you go wrong with phyllo rolls stuffed with goat cheese and duck confit? For dinner, red wine-braised short ribs, leek-stuffed wild salmon, free-range chicken, and Morgan Valley rack of lamb all compete for attention. Thankfully, there’s also a brief, but well-constructed wine list to accompany the range of flavors at Em’s. And do check out the popular Sunday brunch, which is especially appealing in warm weather on the spacious patio. 271 N. Center Street, 801-596-0566, Salt Lake City,

Forage is the brainchild of chef/owners Viet Pham and Bowman Brown, who’d previously cooked at San Francisco’s The Fifth Floor and Gary Danko restaurants, respectively. There are two dining options available at Forage: a 3-course menu and an extensive chefs’ tasting menu. It’s crystal clear at Forage that food is the emphasis. It’s the star. The small dining space itself is clean and uncluttered; there’s almost nothing, including wall art or music, to distract from the dining experience. It’s not dinner and a show; dinner is the show. The “poulet rouge” is wonderful: It’s a two-way chicken dish of Niman Ranch chicken in a bacon emulsion and as a thigh terrine, with five or six dainty Napa cabbage leaves strewn about the plate. But then, each and every dish at Forage is special, including a dessert of local peaches presented with homemade peach ice cream, pistachio cake, elder flower and oatmeal cream. Forage isn’t for everyone. But if you’re a food enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to foray to Forage. 370 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-708-7834,

Lodge Bistro
Located on the pool level at the Lodge at Snowbird, the Lodge Bistro and Lounge offers innovative contemporary fare with a French influence. The seasonal menu at times includes wild salmon with herb couscous, shaved apple & fennel salad, green-lip mussels, or tender Wagyu steak. During the winter ski season, there’s also afternoon tea at The Lodge and a lively apres ski scene. The Lodge Bistro, with its combination of chic cuisine and professional service, is an especially cozy, intimate restaurant. Enjoy superb views and the lovely deck dining in summer. Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Snowbird, 801-933-2145,

Meditrina Small Plates & Wine Bar
What’s not to love about this offbeat eatery? It’s an uncluttered, minimalistic space adorned with purple ceilings, jet-black tables and chairs, and a mix of exposed brick and avocado-colored walls which are hung with provocative local art. At Meditrina, you’ll likely order two or three dishes to share, depending on the size of your party, then repeat as necessary. It’s not set up in an appetizer/entrée/dessert format. The small-plates concept lends itself beautifully to informal, unrushed, and unstructured dining. Start out with Meditrina’s antipasto plate, a generous selection of cured meats, cheeses, olives and crusty bread. Hoard any leftover bread because you’ll want it to soak up every last drop of the scrumptious tomato-basil-wine broth from the bowl of plump and tender steamed mussels and clams. Other classic tapas include a whole steamed artichoke with a zippy tomato aioli, lemon and drawn butter; prosciutto di Parma-wrapped melon; and a roasted red pepper hummus plate. 1394 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-485-2055,

Oasis Café
Tucked beside a new-age bookstore, the bright, comfortable space fills with health-conscious diners in the mood for nut burgers, beet tower salad, salmon crostini, omelet of the day and seared ahi tuna. For a special treat, try an Oasis salad. The Oasis Cafe has long been a hub for people who care about what they eat. And the salads here are sophisticated greenery, to say the least. There’s the traditional spinach salad made wonderful with Gorgonzola cheese and candied pine nuts. The Mediterranean grilled salad combines Yukon gold potatoes, onions, olives, tomatoes, feta cheese and hummus with various fish or meat. The Imperial features crab cakes and a sticky rice roll with greens. But, to really impress yourself or others, order the roasted beet tower topped with arugula and goat cheese. It’s “salad elevated.” 151 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-322-0404,

Billed as a “nose-to-tail” restaurant, Tipica features seasonal, sustainable, organic cuisine sourced, when possible, from local artisans and growers. Located at Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli, Tipica is open only in the evenings for dinner, Wednesday through Saturday. According to chef Adam Kreisel, Tipica “pays homage to chefs and restaurants that capture the distinctive soul of a region - using localized techniques, ingredients and recipes that come from millennia of rich culinary traditions.” The ever-changing menu features pasta and risotto along with seasonal salads and delectable desserts. Be sure to order the roasted cauliflower with balsamic glaze and, for sure, Kreisel’s hearty Piedmontese beef and porcini ragout with homemade rosemary-wheat papparedelle. 314 W. 300 South, 801-328-0222,

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