Kimi's Halloween Party
This Saturday, Oct. 29, Kimi's Chop and Oyster House (2155 S. Highland Drive, 801-946-2079, KimisHouse.com) hosts a Super Scary Halloween Party with dinner and dancing. The evening commemorates both Halloween and the restaurant's second birthday. When the lights dim, a special three-course dinner will be served, including menu options such as "Ghoulish" nutmeg butternut squash soup, dried-cherry-stuffed pork tenderloin, sautéed Pacific salmon, and "Monster Mash" pumpkin spice cake. In addition, Kimi's full regular menu will be available. The cost is $30 per person. Call for reservations. Costumes are encouraged.
Pago's Pumpkin Patch
From Friday, Oct. 28, through Monday, Oct. 31, Pago (878 S. 900 East, 801-532-0777, PagoSLC.com) offers their unique annual dinner-only Pumpkin Tasting Menu. It's a multi-course dinner that features all things pumpkin, plus intriguing "orange" wine pairings, priced at $45 for food and $45 for wine per person, plus tax and gratuity. Since 2009, they've been turning the humble pumpkin into something delightful, with past menu items such as pumpkin tartare, pumpkin and mushroom curry, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin custard and so on. It will be fun to see what clever uses the seasonal ingredient will be put to this year. Additionally, their regular menu will be available.
Laan Na Thai Opens
A new micro-restaurant featuring tasty Thai cuisine has opened in the downtown space formerly occupied by Ekamai Thai. Laan Na Thai (336 W. 300 South, 801-363-2717, Facebook.com/LaanNaThai) is the first brick-and-mortar restaurant to emerge from the Spice Kitchen Incubator project. It's owned by Thai immigrants Yupin and Wichai, (Yupin worked as a chef at Ekamai before purchasing the restaurant in March). In addition to dishes Americans love such as yellow curry, pad Thai and drunken noodles, they incorporate a few more unique and authentic dishes inspired by the cuisine of their homeland, northeastern Thailand, including pumpkin curry, kao soi and hung lay pork. Early reviews are very positive.
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