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Dining Guide 2017

Up Your Food Game!

Easter Feaster

Here's where to get your bunny brunch on.

Tracking Takashi

Queueing up for excellence at Utah's premier sushi restaurant.

Pho 2.0

Pho Saigon Noodle House births a baby brother in Murray.
I recall being cautiously excited when Pho Saigon Noodle House (2222 E. 3500 South) opened during the summer of 2013 near the Maverick Center, after an eight-year run at a previous West Valley City location.

Richey's Riches

Chef Michael Richey sets up shop on Regent Street.
It's a great time to be a restaurant critic in Utah. It seems almost like ancient history now, but around the time of the 2002 Winter Olympics, there was a spike in new and notable restaurants—many of which were opened to take advantage of the influx of tourists, as well as the publicity and marketing that swirled around hosting the Olympic games.

Raising the Bar

Utah's best eats while you're wetting your whistle.
There was a time not all that long ago when bar snacks usually consisted of items such as stale pretzels, pickled eggs and Corn Nuts.

Here's Looking at You, Kid

Goat and more at El Cabrito and Julia's Mexican eateries.
United States immigration policy has been in the news and on our minds for some time now, but has reached a boiling point with the new Trump administration.

The Ramen Report

Slurping up Jinya and Tonkotsu.
It makes me happy that, for many of us, the word "ramen" no longer automatically conjures visions of the noxious, salty, 10-for-a-buck packages of noodles pre-fried in palm- and cottonseed oil.

A Sense of Purpose

Passion for food—but not sushi—is on the menu at Ikigai.
It's a little tricky to translate to English, but the Japanese concept of ikigai has to do with purpose and meaning—a reason for being—not unlike the French phrase raison d'être.

Mountain Meals

Head to slopeside spots for dining and drinking.
All too soon, winter will wane, and we'll be forced to ski and ride in slush. Before that happens, you should get your butts out onto the slopes while conditions are still great. While you're at it, be sure to check out some of the new eating spots and menus that a few of our local ski and snowboard areas have to offer.

Courses with Cupid

Where to dine in and out on Valentine's Day.
Second only to Mother's Day is Valentine's Day in popularity for dining out. It's a big deal. So, if you're planning on cuisine with Cupid, you damn well better book a reservation.

Down on the Corner

Check out delectable eats and drinks on Harvey Milk Blvd.
When Creedence Clearwater Revival sang "Early in the evening, just about supper time ..." about the jovial spot "Down on the Corner," perhaps they foretold what would decades later take place at the corner of Harvey Milk Boulevard (900 South) and 200 West in Salt Lake City.

Burn, Baby, Burn

It's flame-on at Park City's Firewood.
Maybe this is something that shouldn't be said aloud, but each time I visit Park City's new restaurant Firewood, I think: "I sure hope they have fire insurance and a really good fire-suppression system."

Sundance Sanctuaries

Where to dine away from the maddening crowds during Sundance Film Festival.
Whether you're in Park City to enjoy the festival or not, there are some sanctuaries that are little known enough, or off the beaten path enough, or both, to offer quiet, quality dining with little or no wait. Here are a few favorites.

Taking a Stand on Stanza

An at-long-last look at a not-so-new Italian bistro.
As we creep into the new year, the topic at hand is a not-so-new restaurant.

Beyond Pho

Tracking Vietnamese flavors from Midvale to Clearfield.
A positive result of the emigration to this country by Vietnamese families is that their cuisine was exported along with parts of their culture ...

In With the New

Looking back on a tumultuous year for Utah restaurateurs and diners.
I don't recall a year when so many restaurants closed and morphed into new ones.

End 2016 With a Bang

Where to dine and drink during the year end holidays.
That means more recovery time for those of us who want to finish off 2016, which has been dreadful for many, with a bang.



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