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Best Chicken & Ribs Greek Food
If you’re the best and you know it, clap your hands: Clap! Clap! The only thing unlovable about Best Chicken & Ribs Greek Food is that it’s been getting busier and busier at lunchtime. Somehow, the word is getting out that the “The Best” is more than just a name. The Chicken Souvlaki sandwich ($4.49) with hot fries or salad, is, well, The Best. Dolmades, falafel, chicken and ribs. It’s the best. It’s in the name. Put it in your belly.111 E. 2700 South, 466-8311

Back Door Deli
Maybe you’re not on Main Street in Park City, but in any tourist town, if you go slightly off the beaten path you can find good food and dropped prices. Located on a side street just off of Main near the transportation hub, Back Door sells a wide variety of sandwiches beginning around $6.50—add $1 for brie cheese and 25 cents for an extra pickle—a relative bargain and a great quick escape from the throngs.136 Heber Ave., Park City, 435-647-9200

Windy Ridge Café & Bakery
The best part of this bakery, opened to the public in January, is the behind-the-scenes view it gives customers. The huge expanse of the bakery kitchen stretches out behind the walk-in counter giving views of bakers in impossibly white aprons creating a seemingly endless array of goodies. Visiting for the first time gives the sweet-toothed an idea of what it must have been like for Charlie Bucket to walk into the chocolate factory. Windy Ridge is the bakery for some of Park City’s best restaurants, including Grappa, with which it shares an owner. Customers can take home favorites from the restaurants, including an apple pie with 6 inches of apple slices and breakfast items such as croissants and granola.1756 Iron Horse Drive, Park City, 435-647-2906

BEST ROMANTIC Readers’ Choice
Log Haven
“The elk steak is delicious,” she said tenderly. He could look at nothing, however, but her face; her beautiful, flawless face. That, and his potato-crusted Alaskan halibut. A fire crackled under the mantelpiece, but it was he who was consumed—consumed with desire. “Darling,” he said, “Cheryl, my love—I have something I want to ask you. Will you … will you share your dessert with me?” “Oh, yes, John, yes!” rang out her passionate reply. And, for one perfect moment, there was silence.6451 E. Mill Creek Canyon Road, 272-8255,
2. Caffé Molise
3. The Melting Pot

Fiddler’s Elbow and Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta
This Sugar House combo is the perfect place to dine for the group who wants a little of everything. Somebody want a little carbo loading? Drop them off at the 2100 South entrance to Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta for a custom-built pizza or a plate of chicken Contadina fettuccine. Someone else in the mood for a custom-built burger or a plate of cranberry-and-leek salmon? Then it’s the attached Fiddler’s Elbow, just to the north of 2100 South in the same building. Same ownership, two dining spots. What could be better? Not to mention if someone wants a salad and a beer, they can have that at either location.1063 E. 2100 South, 463-9393 (Fiddler’s), 484-1804 (SLP&P),

Greenhouse Effect
Even before walking through the doors of Greenhouse Effect, you’re flung backwards in time to the fabulous ’60s. The deliciously steaming coffee or tea served in a quaint atmosphere of rickety tables and comfy chairs, surrounded by stunning artwork and interesting doo-dads, makes this a place to savor. What brings customers back time and again is the out-of-this-world crepes, served in many tempting varieties from vegetable, egg or the best: strawberries and whipped cream. This is perfect for a lazy weekend get-together with good friends, getting buzzed on caffeine, sugar and great conversation.3231 S. 900 East, 483-0885

Settebello Pizzeria
The folks in Naples, Italy, are picky about their Margherita pizza. That’s why authentic Margherita pizzas are only made using “00” Italian flour, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and fresh basil. And that’s precisely how pizzaiolo (pizza maker) Matteo Schiavone does it at Settebello, which is also why his Settebello pizzas are VPN-approved. They’re certified as authentic Italian pies by the venerable Vera Pizza Napolitano, a consortium formed to insure that qualified pizzerias cook their pizzas as Napolitanos have done for two centuries. Don’t even think about asking for pineapple.260 S. 200 West, 322-3556

Moochie’s Meatball & More
Mentioning to most that Moochie’s has the best Philly cheesesteak on either side of the Mississippi (we’re just lucky to have them in Salt Lake City) is like reminding a Mormon that Jesus is the good guy and Satan is the one who opens swimming pools on Sunday. It’s just that obvious. Moochie’s is that good. But, get out of your delicious rut. Moochie’s excels at far more than just Philly cheesesteaks. Try the Philly-style cheese-ham, the meatball sandwich or the eggplant parmigiana, and you’ll soon find yourself swimming through one delicious rut after another.232 E. 800 South, 596-1350,

BEST LATE-NIGHT Readers’ Choice
Beto’s Mexican Food
Who hasn’t hit a Beto’s drive-thru window at 2 a.m. after a night of clubbing? Sit down, Ted Scheffler. For being so fast, cheap and nocturnal, the chain’s surprisingly varied menu (including vegetarian items for those people) remains consistently tasty and filling, even when sober and in broad daylight—it’s true, try it sometime.Multiple locations
2. Molca Salsa
3. Dee’s Family Restaurant

Scandia Kaffee House
Practically legendary for its marzipan cakes and other sweets and baked goods, Scandia Kaffee House is also a fine, nongreasy alternative for nursing a wicked case of the day-afters. Sipping a cup of Joe amid Nordic wares and kitsch is oddly comforting; add some eggs, bacon and deliciously fluffy crepes (another Scandia specialty) and all is right with the world again. Worry about all those drunken text messages you sent last night later.1693 S. 900 East, 467-0051

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