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50 terrific Restaurants, plus Locavore Love

By Ted Scheffler
Posted // February 16,2012 -

Locavore Love

If the word "local" makes you loco, here's the best in local fare.

Compiled by Jerre Wroble

It started with the word “local.”

City Weekly celebrates the best in local food and drink in its annual Best of Utah editions. But around 1995, a new category emerged: “Best Locally Brewed Beer.” Despite having won more generic categories previously (e.g., Best Cold Beer, Best Beer Selections), Squatters won that category, and continued to win for many years thereafter.

Same with coffee. The Salt Lake Roasting Company had been winning categories such as “Best Coffee” and “Best Aroma” in the early ‘90s. But 1999, it won for “Best Locally Brewed Coffee.” These products were made in Utah, for Utahns, helping launch a love of artisan culinary fare in Utah.

The list below, culled from previous Best of Utah editions, is a beginner’s guide to Utah’s locavore scene. Some early Best of Utah winners continue to garner awards today, proving that a focus on “local” can grow a loyal, even fanatical, following. For a comprehensive guide to Utah products, visit

Best Locally Brewed Beer
Squatters Pubs & Beers

147 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-363-2739; 1900 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-9868,

Best Locally Brewed Coffee
Salt Lake Roasting Co.

320 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-7572,

Best Produce
Liberty Heights Fresh

1290 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-583-7374,

Best Cheeses
Tony Caputo's Market & Deli

314 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-531-8669; 1516 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-486-6615,

Best Lamb
Morgan Valley Lamb

Best Organic Cowboys
Taylor Made Beef, Emery


Best Old-Fashioned Trade
Volker's Bakery, Kamas


Best Spicy Seeds
Zotes Sunflower Seeds

5255 W. 11000 North, Suite 225, 801-498-4845, Highland,

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Best of Both Worlds (Coffee/Cheese)
Beehive Cheese Co.'s Barely Buzzed, Uintah


Best Finish to a Great Meal
Dolcetti Gelato

1751 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-485-3254,

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Best Salami
Creminelli Fine Meats

310 Wright Brothers Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-428-1820,

Best Goat Cheese
Drake Family Farm

1856 W. Drake Lane, West Jordan, 801-255-6455, DrakeFamilyFarms

Best Whiskey
Rendezvous Rye

703 Park Ave., Park City, 801-972-2566,

Best Chevre
Shepherd's Dairy, Erda


Best Blackberry Jam
Tagge's Willard Bay, Brigham City


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Best AC/DC-Inspired Jam
Butcher's Bunches Handcrafted Preserves, Logan


Best Old-World Meat Pies
Morrison Meat Pies
3403 S. 1400 West, West Valley City, 801-977-0181,

Best Chocolate Splurge
Amano Artisan Chocolate

496 S. 1325 West, Orem, 801-655-1996,

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Best Cold Cases
Epic Brewery

825 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-906-0123,

Best Cold Shots
Underground Herbal Spirits

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