Week 8 Winner: Ken Babbs, who correctly identified this as the former (and current) site of Bar-X (155 E. 200 South, SLC), Best of Utah 1997 pick for Best Beer Tavern:
Week 7 Winner: Panters Cave, who IDed this as the Zephyr Club (301 S. West Temple, SLC), Best of Utah 1996 pick for Best Live Music Club:
Week 6 Winner: Luciano Marzulli, who correctly identified this as the former site of Grunts & Postures (779 E. Broadway, SLC), Best of Utah 1995 pick for Best Resale Clothing:
Week 5 Winner: Sandy Ricks, who IDed this as what used to be Al Forno's (295 S. 500 East, SLC), Best of Utah 1994 pick for Best Italian and Best Pasta:
Week 4 Winner: Steve Jerman, who correctly identified this as the former Vortex (32 E. Exchange Place, SLC), Best of Utah 1993 pick for Best Dance Club and Best New Club:
Week 3 Winner: Dan Ricks, who IDed this as what used to be Green Street (602 E. 500 South, SLC), Best of Utah 1992 pick for Best Place to Be Seen:
Week 2 Winner: Mark Lundgren, who correctly identified this as the former site of Bill & Nada's (479 S. 600 East, SLC), Best of Utah 1991 pick for Best Greasy Spoon (2nd Place: Celeste Cottam; 3rd Place: Sandy Ricks):
Week 1 Winner: Steve Jerman, who correctly identified this current site as the former Bar & Grill (60 E. 800 South, SLC), Best of Utah 1990 pick for Best Modern Music Club:
This is City Weekly's 24th Best of Utah issue -- and we finally got around to spending some time in the southern end of the state! We also spent a few days up north (Logan, specifically), but let's face it: Most of BOU's focus is on the Salt Lake Valley, Ogden, Park City and, to a lesser extent, Provo. "Utah," at least to us, is relative -- good is good, the Best is the best, no matter the zip code.
We began working on this fat collection months ago. We found several hundred places and people worthy of being called the "Best" along the Wasatch, and thousands of you voted your opinion as well (ballot-toppers are denoted with the stylish "Readers' Winner" star). Old favorites are here, as are many new discoveries that you -- and, in some cases, we -- didn't even know existed in Zion.
Read on; we'll try and save you some cake.
Writers: Katharine Biele, Stephen Dark, Austen Diamond, Bill Frost, Nicole McDonald, Eric S. Peterson, Rachel Piper, Virginia Rainey, Scott Renshaw, Pete Saltas, Ted Scheffler, Gavin Sheehan, Kolbie Stonehocker, Jacob Stringer, Colin Wolf, Jerre Wroble, Bryan Young
Art Director: Susan Kruithof
Photographers: Niki Chan, Dom Darling, Austen Diamond, Andrew Fillmore, Chad Kirkland, Rachel Piper, Mikey Saltas, John Taylor