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A Word From Our Captain

This time last year, I was asked to write the introduction for City Weekly's City Guide. I was told it was a sort of bible for locals and the ultimate compass for visitors looking for the local experience. I didn't know my West Temple from my South, as I was fresh in town, so I turned the offer down.

I could have faked it, sure, but it would have been disingenuous on my part, given this magazine's history. It first started as an experiment during the buzz of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and it took off from there. The idea was to put together an all-inclusive guide to the city, its people, places of interest and can't-miss recreational spots.

Fifteen months into my stint here, I've now gotten the full SLC experience—one tinged with dispelling rumors to my out-of-town family and friends, getting a late-night tattoo inside a State Street parlor at the hands of an artist known simply as "Buddha," breaking in my hiking boots at Moab's Devil's Garden, tracking state liquor stores' locations and hours of business with chronometric precision and being continuously surprised at what this vibrant city has to offer. So it's with true joy and excitement (oddly not one bit marred by the responsibility of putting this 116-page beast together), that I make my debut during this publication's quinceañera.

After a long spell, I visited Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015, lured by a journalism conference. Several drinks, laughs—and sure, an informative session or two—later, it was time to leave. I looked up at the colossal Wasatch Range and how it engulfed the downtown skyline, and was in awe. The place emitted a distinct on-the-brink feel, and I remember thinking as I was getting on Trax to the airport, "I can't wait to be back." Little did I know what was in store.

Salt Lake City surprises at every turn, and in this guide we celebrate all her quirks, hot spots and burgeoning talent. We also give you a dose of fashion, a sports history lesson, a food section that might tempt you to lick a page or two, and along with a few other surprises, comprehensive museum, live music venue, dining and nightlife directories that'll ensure your time here is well spent.


The city is also a welcoming, multicultural hub. One forged originally by settlers that'd been ousted from everyplace else. Believe it or not, when the passport theme struck me last November on an airplane, it wasn't in any way a political statement. In the time since, it seems to have taken a more poignant feel. Last January, as protests sprung up at airports—from San Diego's Lindbergh Field to New York's JFK—locals flooded Salt Lake City International with a clear and unbiased message. Make no mistake about it: Along with its Pleasantville vibe, SLC is a place of astringent values; one of the most palpable being how we treat our visitors.

So whether you're born and raised or here for a quick conference or ski jaunt, here's hoping that, like me, you leave feeling welcomed to come back and that this guide serves like a good roadmap. Sure, it includes a bevy of destinations, but never forget: It's all about the journey.

Now, buckle your seat belts and get ready for one hell of a trip.

—Enrique Limón,


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Destination: Neighborhoods
By Amanda Rock

Culture and history go hand in hand in Downtown Salt Lake City. Whether your idea of a good time is taking in a Broadway show, then dinner and cocktails at a fine restaurant or spending the day enjoying the many museums and historical landmarks, Downtown is your destination.

  • Derek Carlisle

at the Salt Lake City Public Library where you'll find books a plenty as well as an impressive collection of graphic novels and zines. Peruse the rooftop garden, art gallery and fun retail shops. Visit the Salt Lake Roasting Co. to enjoy a quick bite and latte while you read, people-watch and admire the architecture. Along with books, you can check out sewing machines, book-club kits, children's nature kits and more.
Salt Lake City Library
210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

  • Enrique Limón

authentic Afghani fare at Curry 'n' Kabobs. Enter through the colorful doors of a convenience store located on Main Street, walk back to the restaurant and get your falafel on. Choose from a mouthwatering selection of curries and kabobs, as well as vegetarian plates and tasty appetizers. Don't leave without trying the lassi, a sweet and tangy beverage.
Curry 'n' Kabobs
268 S. Main, Salt Lake City

  • Enrique Limón

art inside a shoe shop. An integral part of downtown Salt Lake City, the Oxford Shop has been selling shoes with a side of art for 65 years. Paintings and drawings from Gunter Richard Radinger, the original owner's brother-in-law and current co-owner, add something special to the enduring shoe shop. The charm of this little brick-and-mortar is undeniable.
Oxford Shop
65 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City

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at The Big O Doughnuts, Salt Lake's premier vegan doughnut shop. Get ready to show your O face with lip-smacking flavors like blueberry lavender, matcha, rose and orange cardamom— all made with natural ingredients. Grab a cup of local coffee or tea to pair with your doughnut and tackle the day, fortified with the time-tested carbs-and-caffeine combo.
The Big O Doughnuts
171 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City

The Avenues, Salt Lake's first official neighborhood, is characterized by skinny streets, Victorian-era houses, impressive architecture and cozy neighborhood restaurants. This 'hood has elbow room and is conveniently located by City Creek Canyon, Lake Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Memory Grove Park—a memorial to Utah's veterans decorated with monuments, fountains and picnic tables.

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Take in
Egyptian revival architecture at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, headquarters to Utah's Masonic brotherhood. Built in 1927, this building is rich in Egyptian and Masonic symbolism. Public tours are held Mondays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. If you miss the tour, stop by to take in the building's facade and visit the stoic sphinx, standing guard.
Salt Lake Masonic Temple
650 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City

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into a chocolate bear at Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop. Established in 1941, this family-owned and operated shop offers delectable breads, pastries and cookies. They're famous for their intricate floral cakes and other sugary confections. Visiting this classic bakery titillates your taste buds as well as your eyes—you can't miss the pretty pink building, fancy crest and elaborate neon sign.
Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop
434 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

the Avenues Twin Peaks trail. Get away from it all—just minutes from the city! Bring your camera, as breathtaking views of the valley await you at the top of the trail. This easy hike is also perfect for an after-work adventure with your pup. Check out the sunset, reconnect with nature and be home in time for a late dinner.
Avenues Twin Peaks Trailhead
1250 E. 640 North, Salt Lake City

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the Salt Lake City Cemetery (est. 1848) to pay tribute to some of Utah's most outstanding historical figures like Orrin Porter Rockwell (history's most bad-ass Mormon), past governors of Utah, LDS prophets and Thomas Battersby Child, mastermind behind the can't-miss Gilgal Sculpture Garden. Do your research and pack a lunch; there's a lot of ground to cover.
Salt Lake City Cemetery
200 N St. East, Salt Lake City

Sugar House is a combination of quiet residential streets and a bustling business district. Established in 1853, it's one of Salt Lake's oldest districts, though its hipness hints otherwise. Look around and you can see remnants of the past alongside sparkling new developments.

  • Derek Carlisle

at the ginormous spinning sugar cone outside the Dreyer's distribution center and pay your respects to the Sugar House of yesteryear. The rotating strawberry-and-chocolate ice cream cone, which appeared on a pin for the 2002 Winter Olympics, was the beacon to Snelgrove Ice Cream, a popular ice cream parlor in the '60s. Now imagine sharing an ice cream soda with your sweetie while the jukebox plays.
Dryer's Distribution Center
850 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

for rusted oddities at American Rust Co. This antique store is a haven for those with a passion for ancient and oxidized gems. Don't miss the nifty upcycled items, like the furniture made from old license plates and an array of steampunk creations. Even if you don't buy a treasure, you'll leave with inspiration for some DIY projects of your own. The American Rust Co.
825 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

up-and-coming acts at The Borough. Located in the basement of Daly's Clothing, this no-frills venue features burgeoning musical acts and occasional poetry readings in a bohemian setting. With brick walls, thrifted arm chairs and raw talent, The Borough reminds you that Sugar House, with all its gentrification, is still cool. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for current lineup.
The Borough
817 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

Morse Code. OK, not really, but the cocktail menu at The Ruin will enlighten you. Their Dot Dash Dot will acquaint you with Smith & Cross Rum, a full-flavored Jamaican rum, and Falernum, a syrup used in tropical beverages that tastes of almond and ginger. Punctuated with lime, the Dot Dash Dot is a refreshing and distinctive cocktail. And The Ruin is a cool place to imbibe.
The Ruin
1215 Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City

9th & 9th is Salt Lake's most happening neighborhood. It's a haven for the hip, packed full of boutiques, popular restaurants and outdoor art. Head here for a successful date night or a leisurely day of shopping. Be sure to take in a flick at the Tower Theatre, Utah's oldest still-operating movie house.

  • Derek Carlisle

on a vintage chair at Hobnob and pretend you're on the set of Mad Men. You'll find swanky barware and hip housewares in addition to a great selection of mid-century modern furniture along with friendly customer service. If you're looking for something to make a room pop, or just appreciate the cooler things in life, Hobnob is your antique shop.
937 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City

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9th & 9th is the neighborhood to see and be seen, so naturally you want to look and feel your best. Check out the classes at 9th & 9th Pilates, where they offer Barre, yoga and spin in addition to pilates. Millennium Dance Complex offers classes in hip hop, modern dance and even a special class to learn how to get down in heels, offered to men and women alike.
9th & 9th Pilates
854 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City,

Millennium Dance Complex
918 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City,

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any of the half-dozen beers on tap at East Liberty Tap House. To soak it up, their snack menu really hits the spot with flavors ranging from sweet housemade caramel popcorn to savory, spicy shrimp tostadas. Still hungry? Move on to the large plates menu featuring craveable burgers and "sloppy shrooms"—a hearty vegetarian option.
East Liberty Tap House
850 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

from the laughter induced over the novelty items in stock at Cahoots, a 9th & 9th staple that specializes in off-the-wall gifts and hilarious cards. If you're looking for a cheeky or unusual present, or maybe a "SL, UT" souvenir, head on down. This is definitely the most fun you'll have shopping.
878 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City

The cure for boredom is a drive down Harvey Milk Boulevard. Named after the gay-rights advocate, 900 South offers local charm, interesting shops and a few choice restaurants and bars. Be sure to stop at Central 9th, one of the most up-and-coming spots in the city.

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drag bingo with the Matrons of Mayhem at Club Try-Angles. If you're looking for some fun, check out this fundraiser held on the first Sunday of each month. Raising money for different charities, these glamorous queens call bingo with equal parts buoyancy and merriment. Five bucks gets you a bingo card and a shot at a prize.
Club Try-Angles
251 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

homegrown goodies at Jade Market, the jewel of the budding Central 9th neighborhood. Refill your growler of Mamachari Kombucha, stock up on frozen Rico burritos and chips and salsa from Salsa del Diablo. Treat yourself to something sweet from Bubble & Brown Bakery with a cup of local coffee. With a fridge full of local beer and a selection of organic produce—this convenience store has it all.
Jade Market
161 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

a BJ at Pig & a Jelly Jar. Get your mind out of the gutter: The BJ ($4) is a sparkling wine and housemade jam concoction offered here. Other sippable standouts include Pride Punch ($4) made with red cream soda, white wine, orange juice, rosemary and crushed strawberries. If you're craving something savory, try their take on a Bloody Beer with the PBR Mary ($4.50).
Pig & a Jelly Jar
401 E. 900 South, Ste. A, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

yourself at Botánica San Antonio. Feeling down on your luck? Head to this colorful shop selling magical wares, folk medicine remedies, candles and statuary. If you're feeling really unlucky, they'll perform a cleansing for $120. If that's not in your budget they'll happily suggest amulets, oils and other good stuff to restore your mojo.
Botánica San Antonio
270 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City


There's culture around every corner in Salt Lake's most charming intersection, 15th and 15th. This quaint and picturesque neighborhood is the antidote to the stress of your modern life. One afternoon here—amid bookstores, art galleries and delightful eateries— will soothe your soul.

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the endless selection of books at The King's English Bookshop. This landmark shop has enjoyed a special spot in the hearts of bibliophiles since 1977. Don't forget the little ones; the selection of kids' books is outstanding. If you need suggestions, don't be shy. The booksellers love to talk books and are happy to make recommendations. Get comfy, because there are plenty of cozy nooks and chairs where you can test drive your new reading material.
The King's English Bookshop
1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

contemporary art at 15th Street Gallery. Featuring Utah artists, this gallery houses eclectic paintings, ceramics and dramatic glassware. There's also stunning jewelry to pore over. Visit on the third Friday of each month from 6-9 p.m. for the Gallery Stroll and reception; it's a great way to get acquainted with promising artists.
15th Street Gallery
1519 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

about cheese, whiskey or wine at Caputo's Market & Deli. If you're looking for a fun date-night activity, or just want to expand your palate, mentors here are engaging and entertaining instructors. Costs cover samples, nibbles and worksheets where you can retain your newfound knowledge. You can sign up for one of these popular classes in-store or online.
Caputo's Market & Deli
1516 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

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at Trestle Tavern, an intimate restaurant serving Eastern European cuisine. Served weekends from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., brunch is the ideal kick start to the day, whether you're a pork schnitzel or a beet-and-fennel-salad kind of person. In any case, start your meal with a freshly made pretzel with cheese sauce. Weather permitting, enjoy brunch on the scenic patio covered in ivy.
Trestle Tavern
1513 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Home to the most diverse population in SLC, South Salt Lake offers eclectic dining options—everything from Bosnian fare to Thai food can be found here. While diversity is this neighborhood's strong suit, many businesses call South Salt Lake home. The best part? There's plenty of parking everywhere you go.

  • Derek Carlisle

a trip to the Far East at Salt Lake Chinatown, home to the state's largest Asian grocery store, as well as some of the most delicious Chinese restaurants around, including CY Noodles House and Ho Mei BBQ. Shop for gifts, drink a boba tea and admire the many types of tofu in the grocery emporium. With plenty to see and taste, plan to devote a few hours to exploring.
Salt Lake Chinatown
3370 S. State, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

inside the impressive Wairhouse Trampoline Park. Along with sipping soda, enjoying ice cream and coming up with alternative swear words (Mother-father!), Salt Lakers love their trampoline parks. Here, you can hold your kid's birthday party, bring your co-workers for some bonding time, or maybe just jump out some of your own frustrations. Don your grip socks, sign the waiver and get jumping!
Wairhouse Trampoline Park
3653 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

a spell at Crone's Hollow. Peruse jewelry, magical tools, crystals, stones, books and herbs. Classes are offered to hone your witchy skills and special events are held to further explore the craft and commemorate the sabbats. A gathering place for Salt Lake's pagans, this is a great spot to meet like-minded souls. You can also sign up for psychic and tarot card readings.
Crone's Hollow
3834 S. Main, Salt Lake City

  • Derek Carlisle

inside the Kentucky Fried Chicken museum at the world's first KFC. Artifacts include vintage advertisements, menus (check out those prices!) and a life-size statue of Colonel Sanders himself alongside business partner (and Utah native) Pete Harmon. Tempted to wipe your greasy fingers on the colonel's pristine white suit? Nice try, buddy; it's behind glass for a reason.
World's First KFC
3890 S. State, Salt Lake City


Bike On!
SLC and its environs abound with spots for two-wheeled fun.
By Dylan Woolf Harris

With its unique proximity to pristine wind-swept deserts, gorgeous mountain peaks and a network of trails, Salt Lake City is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape urban cement-and-concrete. You can head south to the Slick Rock Mars-scape surrounding Moab, have a go at the demanding Jardine Juniper Trail in Logan Canyon or explore Gooseberry Mesa in the St. George area. Like your bike treks with breathtaking views? Then the unrivaled trail system in Summit County is for you.

"Within half a day's drive of Salt Lake City, you've got some of the best mountain biking anywhere in the world," Brent Hulme, owner of Salt Lake City Bicycle Co., says. "Southern Utah, western Colorado, southern Idaho and the Wasatch Front when it's not winter. There's not very many places in the United States where you could be so close to so many really, really good trails."

But cyclists—whether proficient or newbies—don't have to leave the valley to access killer trails. Hugging the Wasatch Range, mountain-bike routes cut through the stunning fir, spruce and quaking aspen forests. Speedier paths have been paved on the open, flat valley floor. And insane jump parks can be found on the edges of the city.


Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Outdoor enthusiasts have long gravitated to the remnant shoreline path created by Lake Bonneville, the prehistoric body of water that filled the Great Basin. A stretch of trail from City Creek Canyon to the Hogle Zoo area in Emigration Canyon is particularly traveled by city dwellers looking for a quick escape. City Creek Canyon is a great starting point, though it's a fairly steep climb to the trail.

Once on the trail, it doesn't follow the ancient shoreline exactly. It navigates through various features or property lines but essentially maintains elevation. Depending on where you access the Bonneville Shoreline—there are several points of ingress—you can find auxiliary trails if you want to stray from the path.

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The Bobsled
From the shoreline trail, riders can access the Bobsled, an offshoot line. It's a sought-after downhill, freeride trail, maybe one of the most popular in an urban interface. Steep berms hug the turns along segments of this dirt-and-rock path, resembling its namesake.

Juxtaposing the natural landscape, a few rusted-out cars sit mid-trail. These have been repurposed as jump features. Confident bikers have been known to hit the ramps and sail—from bumper to bumper—over the abandoned vehicles.

For the quickest route to the Bobsled, go right on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above Terrace Hills for about half a mile.

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Wasatch Crest Trail
The Wasatch Crest Trail is a favored intermediate-to-advanced ride, and an exceptional way to experience the ridgeline of the Wasatch Mountains. Riders have abundant options. Try the route that starts near Guardsman Pass up Big Cottonwood Canyon, drops past Desolation Lake and continues to the mouth of Millcreek Canyon. Shuttle companies can arrange drop-off or pick-up.

  • Cody Gessel

Jump Parks
If you follow I Street above the north slope of Salt Lake City, the road changes names as it loops through a neighborhood, and finally becomes 18th Avenue. After you pass an LDS chapel, look to the left for a trailhead to the Bonneville Shoreline that bypasses a water tank. Behind the tank is a riding space with 50 to 60 bike jumps catering to all experience levels.

BMX riders will feel in their element at Tanner Park (pictured below). Armed with shovels, rakes and buckets of water, a posse of friends molded this park by the sweat of their brows. The park, located at Heritage Way and 2700 East, is the premier jump park. It contains a line of gap jumps that wind past deciduous trees. The bike trails can be found on the south side of Parleys Creek.

  • Jacob Hutchins

Corner Canyon
Ask the mountain-bike community for route suggestions, and you're bound to be pointed some 18 miles from downtown to Draper. A network of bike trails in Corner Canyon have become a mountain-biking mecca in the valley and the state. The trails are well maintained and can take you to the top of the hill where you can peer over into Utah County. This network extends through the foothills above Draper.

Motorized vehicles pose the biggest danger to bicycle riders, so anytime a cyclist can find a path that is detached from the road, it puts drivers of both cars and bikes at ease. Around the Salt Lake City area, several paths serve as great scenic escapes.

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The Jordan River Trail (pictured below) is a hard-surface series of trails that connect Provo to Ogden. For the most part, this multi-use path is segregated from cars. Sitting at the bottom of the valley, the trail is fairly level and perfect for a quick cruise on a road bike. It passes through nature areas along the Jordan River.

Riders can hop on the Legacy Parkway Trail by pedaling down North Temple near the Utah State Fair Park. This trail is clean, and not as overrun by goathead weeds—the obnoxious plants that produce tire-destroying thorns.

Between Interstate 80 and the Great Salt Lake runs a frontage path popular with road bikers. It can be accessed near the south side of the Salt Lake City International Airport. On one section, riders are asked not to stop for security reasons. The route travels through an industrial area west of the airport, continues to hug the lakeshore, passes Saltair and continues to the marina.


Where to go for gear, tuneups or new set of wheels:

Whether you're ready for a new bike, need a general tuneup or are seeking that one replacement part, Salt Lake City and the surrounding area is home to numerous shops that have the selection and staff with the know-how to get you back on the streets or trails.

Bicycle Center
As well as full-service maintenance packages, you'll also find à la carte services—like derailleur adjustments and hydraulic brake bleeds.
2200 S. 700 East, SLC,

Bingham Cyclery
A staple in the Salt Lake, Ogden, Sandy and Sunset communities since the shop's inception in 1962.
Multiple locations,

Canyon Bicycles
Along with a commitment with high school mountain bike leagues, Canyon also provides free use of Cyclocross bikes to junior riders.
Multiple locations,

Contender Bicycles
A hearty stock is complemented by a blog that's a bastion of bike-related info—from reviews on the latest road shoes to season-specific riding condition prep.
989 E. 900 South, SLC,

Crank SLC
The urban cyclist's one-stop shop in the heart of downtown.
749 S. State, SLC,

Want to try before you buy? Go-Ride's demo program will help you find the perfect bike, Goldilocks-style.
3232 S. 400 East, SLC, 801-474-0081;
12288 S. 900 East, Draper, 801-474-0082,

Guthrie Bicycle Co.
This SLC O.G. traces its roots back to 1888 when the Meredith Brothers started manufacturing bicycles in downtown Salt Lake City.
803 E. 2100 South, SLC,

Hyland Cyclery
Whether you're looking for BMX, mountain or road bikes, H.C. has got you covered.
3040 S. Highland Drive, SLC,

Salt Lake City Bicycle Co.
"Bikes are a clean and simple solution to many of life's complex problems" is the philosophy here.
247 S. 500 East, SLC,

Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
Along with providing a space for DIY fixes, this co-op has helped launch an admirable "Bikes for Tykes" program that gifts kids their first bike.
2312 S. West Temple, SLC,

Wild Rose Mountain Sports
Visiting SLC and left your bike back home? Wild Rose rents dual-suspension bicycles for $40-$75 a day.
702 Third Ave.,SLC,


A celebration of Utah sports legends past and future.
By Mikey Saltas

Of the four major sports associations in the United States—the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL—Utah has just one: the Utah Jazz basketball team. The Jazz are handicapped within their own league, as they don't schedule any Sunday home games, since there's a considerable drop-off in ticket purchases on the Sabbath.

That isn't to say Utah is devoid of great sports teams and players, however. The Salt Lake Bees are the minor league affiliate team of the Los Angeles Angels; West Valley City hosts the Utah Grizzlies hockey team; and local colleges send their fair share of athletes on to the professional sports circuit. Utahns love their sports, and Utah boasts of legends and up-and-comers alike.



Jerry Sloan
Jerry Sloan is arguably the greatest basketball coach not only in Utah, but, some might argue, of all time. Sloan spent 23 years pacing the sideline as the Utah Jazz head coach, an era in which he accumulated 1,223 wins, good for the third-most wins by a coach in the history of the NBA. He stands uncontested in the number of technical fouls received, with at least 446 over his career (when you coach as long as Sloan did, keeping track of stats gets iffy). He never won a championship in all of his years, but his passion for the game earned him enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


John Stockton and Karl Malone
Utah Jazz basketball wouldn't be where it is today without John Stockton and Karl Malone. To describe one, one must also include the other. Karl "the Mailman" Malone delivered high-flying dunks for just under 37,000 career points, good for second all-time. He was the beneficiary of the majority of John Stockon's 15,806 career assists (an NBA record). The Kryptonite to the dynamic duo of Stockton and Malone was undoubtedly Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls. Jordan won back-to-back NBA Finals versus the Jazz, including the infamous Game 5 "Flu Game" in 1997, a contest where Jordan suffered a stomach virus in Salt Lake City, rolled out of bed an hour before the opening buzzer and scored 38 points. Even still, Stockton and Malone will go down as one of the best partnerships in NBA history.


Real Salt Lake 2009 Team
The Real Salt Lake soccer team hasn't been around for long, but the club's followers have grown exponentially. The 2009 team was just the fifth year of the team's existence and on paper, they weren't the best team in Major League Soccer—the team finished the regular season with a losing 11-12-7 record. However, that record was enough to clinch the eighth and final playoff spot. After making a spectacular run in the postseason, Real Salt Lake found themselves in the MLS Cup Final against the Los Angeles Galaxy. It cleated David against Goliath—the Galaxy had worldwide phenoms David Beckham and Landon Donovan, while Real Salt Lake had future stars Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Javier Morales. Real Salt Lake ended up winning the match 1-1 (4-5 penalty shootout) and became the first professional sports team in Utah to win a major championship.


LaVell Edwards
Utah is without an NFL team, but that only means locals have an incredible passion for their top college football teams—the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah State University. LaVell Edwards put BYU (and college football in Utah, for that matter) on the map. Edwards coached the Cougars from 1962-2000. His resume includes an impressive 257-101-3 record, a 1984 national championship, and coaching Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer in 1990. Before his final game, BYU honored Edwards by naming its Provo football stadium after the veteran football coach.


Alex Smith
During the Edwards era, Brigham Young University dominated the "Holy War," the annual game played between the Utah Utes and BYU. The Cougars' stronghold on the intra-state rivalry leveled off in the 1990s and subsequently shifted in Utah's favor in the 2000s during the Alex Smith years. In his two years starting for the University of Utah, the ace quarterback never lost to the Cougars. Smith led Utah to a 52-21 win against BYU in 2004 to cap off Utah's first undefeated season and eventually went on to beat Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. Utah was the first non-BCS (Bowl Championship Series) team to go to a premier BCS bowl. Concluding his 13-0 season with the Utes, Smith went on the be the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft and is currently the signal caller for the Kansas City Chiefs.



Rudy Gobert
France native Rudy Gobert (Go-BARE) is the 7-foot-2 center for the Utah Jazz with a standing reach of 9 feet 7 inches, just five inches short of the 10-foot-tall hoop. At 24 years old, the "Stifle Tower" has emerged as one of the most efficient players in the entire NBA—in the 2017 season, his stats include 13.1 points (66 percent shooting), 12.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. His imposing presence in the frontcourt and effective play earned him a four-year, $102-million contract extension with the Jazz.

Gordon Hayward
Utah Jazz star small forward Gordon Hayward is a household name in Utah, though his rise to stardom has been a slow climb. The Butler University alum rose to fame when he led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament Championship game and nearly beat Duke for the national title on a halfcourt, buzzer-beater shot that missed by a matter of inches. In 2010, the baby-faced, scrawny player was selected by the Jazz as the ninth overall pick in the NBA Draft. He has since worked himself into the starting rotation and has improved his points per game total each season in the NBA. Now 26 years old and in his seventh year here, Hayward was selected to play his first NBA All-Star game in 2017 and is leading the Jazz to their potential first playoff berth since 2012.

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Jordan Allen
One of the most promising soccer players in the country is Real Salt Lake midfielder Jordan Allen. Though just 21 years old, Allen has been with the club since he was 18, when he signed RSL's sixth-ever Homegrown Player contract (when an MLS club signs local players from development academies directly to the first team roster). Allen has made 48 appearances for Real Salt Lake and has logged five goals. With some development, Allen could grow into a star, and the future looks promising.


Tanner Mangum
At 23 years old, most college football players are at the tail end of their careers, though former LDS missionary and current BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum's career is just beginning. In 2015, Mangum started his freshman year for the Cougars and logged 3,377 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. In 2016, he had a limited role as the backup to Taysom Hill, who returned to the Cougars after a devastating injury in the first game of the 2015 season. With two years of eligibility left, Mangum looks to be the uncontested starter and hopes to bring BYU to its former glory.


The "Hallandale Trio"
The University of Utah football team is a diverse group of players native to Utah, California, Texas, Hawaii, American Samoa and Florida. Perhaps surprisingly, 10 football players from the Sunshine State call Utah home, including the "Hallandale Trio" (Hallandale, Fla.) the nickname given to quarterback Tyler Huntley, running back Zack Moss and wideout Demari Simpkins, all true freshmen in 2016. Moss ran for 382 yards, the most by a Utah freshman running back since Jamal Anderson 20 years ago. Simpkins came down with a crucial 3rd and long catch against Pac-12 rival USC to extend a game-winning drive by the Utes. Huntley played the least in 2016 of the three, but is perhaps the most intriguing prospect—in high school, he was the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year. To put that in perspective, only a handful of FGPY winner since 2000 haven't gone on to play in the NFL.



Vivint Smart Home Arena
The "House that Larry H. Miller Built" in 1991, Vivint Smart Home Arena has hosted the Utah Jazz since its inception, along with numerous concerts and other sports competitions.

LaVell Edwards Stadium
Home of the BYU Cougars football team in Provo, LaVell Edwards Stadium is the largest sports arena in Utah with a crowd of 63,470 considered a sellout.

Jon M. Huntsman Center
Erected in 1969 (then the Special Events Center), the Jon M. Huntsman Center has a long and rich history. The JMHC hosted the legendary 1979 Final Four of the NCAA Tournament featuring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, which remains the most-watched college basketball game in history.


Rice-Eccles Stadium
Rice-Eccles Stadium is home to the University of Utah football team. It was renovated to host the 2002 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium holds a capacity of 45,807 fans.

Rio Tinto Stadium
Built in 2009, Rio Tinto Stadium, or "The Riot," is the home of Real Salt Lake and has a capacity of 25,000. Before Rio Tinto Stadium was erected, Real Salt Lake played its matches at Rice-Eccles Stadium.


By Niki Chan and Jared Gold

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Ghost Coach Jacket $55 // Velo City Duffle $150 >> Daley's Clothing 817 E. 2100 South, SLC , 801-735-1422, Hakama Shorts $120 >> Jared Gold ( | Opening Ceremony vs. Adidas High Tops $ 60 // Japanese fishing glasses $45 >> Iconoclad 414 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-833-2272, | Early Eames "LTR" table $375 >> Tomorrow's House 937 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-222-5373, | Eiffel Tower $ 40 >> Hob Nob 937 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-750-6487 @hobnobslc on Instagram

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Miniature pink dress $74 // Scotch & Soda Jacket $105 // Frye red boots $128 // Orla kiely Hedgehog clutch $140 // Hansa Otter $44 >> The Children's Hour 898 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-359-4150,

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Misha & Puff Northwind coat $119 // Mabo organic cotton T-shirt $28 // Mabo James pant $36 // Mabo classic saddle shoes $70 // Fanny & Alexander camera $54 >> Mabo Clothier 925 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-528-2954, | Giant play hands ($85) and papier-mâché dinosaur ($120) by Halversen Design available at Guthrie Artist Studios 158 E. 200 South, SLC


Big Reveal
SLC's performing-arts scene defies expectations.

By Scott Renshaw

A visitor to Utah might harbor any number of assumptions about the local performing arts, whether it's the quality of talent or the willingness to take aesthetic and thematic risks. But leave all those preconceptions at whatever border you're crossing: Utah theater and dance artists bring astonishing talent to a wide range of topics, from family-friendly to profoundly challenging. Here's a look at some of Salt Lake City's best troupes that use the power of stories and movement to defy expectations.

Classical Greek Theatre Festival: A long-standing Utah tradition, this touring festival annually brings one great work from the canon of classical Greek theater to venues including the amazing sunrise performance at Red Butte Garden's outdoor amphitheater. "As the longest-running Greek theater festival in the U.S.," Managing Director Melanie Nelson says, "[It] offers audiences the opportunity to see the works that are the foundation of Western theater." A scheduled production of Euripedes' Ion is set for Sept. 7-25.

The Hive Theatre Co.: Co-founders Jared and Tiffany Greathouse launched this small boundary-pushing company in 2010, and continue to offer a mix of edgy work by celebrated playwrights like Martin McDonagh and original plays. In June 2017, The Hive presents the Utah premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale; fall 2017 features the original work A Call to Serve: Confessions of a Mormon Hitman.

People Productions: Established in 2000, Utah's first dedicated African-American theater company has since expanded its mission to include political theatre of all kinds, including several Utah premieres and the annual Edward Lewis Theatre Festival featuring scenes from several local companies' productions. Full productions for 2017 include August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (April 13-23).

Pinnacle Acting Co.: Great works from the theatrical canon are often on the menu at Pinnacle, which frequently re-imagines classics in creative ways, like a 2016 production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus set in a women's prison. The 2017 season currently includes Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (June 15-July 1).

Pioneer Theatre Co.: The resident theater company at the University of Utah, PTC offers visitors to the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre a season that traditionally combines a classic or two from the American or British theatrical canon, brand-new, award-winning plays from national stages, a few big musicals and a holiday-themed show—all with some of the grandest production values you'll find outside Broadway. The 2017 season concludes with a concert performance of Chess (March 10-11), Olivier Award-winner King Charles III (March 24-April 8) and The Will Rogers Follies (May 5-20).

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Plan-B Theatre Co.: According to Artistic Director Jerry Rapier, Plan-B has been recognized by the Dramatists Guild of America as "the only professional theatre company in the United States producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights." That unique focus means an opportunity for discovery as Utah writers explore both local and national issues. "We believe that playwrights have the right—and obligation—to make their own rules," he adds. "We are then privileged and obligated to learn and follow them." The 2017 season's remaining premiere is Morag Shepherd's Not One Drop (March 23-April 2), with additional "script-in-hand" productions promoting the development of more local writers' work.

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Salt Lake Acting Co.: A 46-year history of innovative and provocative work—exemplified by the annual bawdy musical satire of contemporary religion, politics and mores, Saturday's Voyeur—continues in 2017. Seasons typically combine regional premieres of celebrated works from New York and London stages, new plays commissioned and developed by the company, and a family-friendly production for the holiday season. In addition to Saturday's Voyeur (June 21-Aug. 27), remaining 2017 season offerings include Hand to God (April 12-May 14).

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Utah Repertory Theatre: "Utah Rep brings shows to Utah that have never been performed [locally] before," artistic director Johnny Hebda says. "Our mission is to bring premieres and overlooked classics that audience members usually would have to travel to [New York or Los Angeles] to see." Productions scheduled for 2017 include Kiss of the Spider Woman (April 21-May 7), Blackbird (July 14-30), Straight and Disgraced (in repertory Sept. 22-Oct. 8).

Wasatch Theatre Co.: "For 20 years, Wasatch Theatre Co. has offered a variety of regional premieres, American classics and original work, showcasing productions that are edgy, thoughtful and focus on the ever-changing nature of human relationships," says director Brian Pilling. "Wasatch provides a place for theatre artists to explore, risk and collaborate." Currently scheduled for the rest of 2017: Dinner by Moira Buffini (April 21-May 7) and the annual one-act play showcase Page to Stage Festival (May 11-13).

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Ballet West: The celebrated, much-anticipated annual production of The Nutcracker might be the bread-and-butter for this company, but Ballet West is much more than that, and has been practically since its founding by Willam Christensen in 1963. From timeless classics to brand-new experiments in the world of ballet, the company has become an institution that dazzles audiences. The Little Mermaid (March 30-April 2) closes the 2017 season.

NOW-ID: Focusing on a site-specific approach to dance, this relative newcomer to the local dance scene was the brainchild of a familiar Utah name, one-time Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co. artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen, in conjunction with architect Nathan Webster. "NOW-ID produces performance events and workshops with local and international partners from a range of creative disciplines to make surprising, evocative and immersive experiences that intersect sensuality and poetry, body and space," Boye-Christensen says. Scheduled 2017 projects currently include Desert Shore (Aug. 25-26).

Odyssey Dance Theatre: A playful, pop-culture-friendly spin on dance is a trademark of the company founded in 1994 by Derryl Yeager, best exemplified by the wildly popular annual Halloween-themed touring production Thriller (fall 2017). Choreography set to some of the most beloved, best-known contemporary music will be showcased again in spring 2017, in a March 29-April 8 repertory cycle that includes the Beatles anthology Let It Be, the celebration of King of Pop Michael Jackson in MJ, and the music of Prince in Purple Rain.

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Repertory Dance Theatre: "What is RDT Dance all about?" asks marketing director Stephanie Perkins. "Simply said, we are about art. Art in motion, expressed through our bodies as modern dance." For more than 50 years, RDT has lived up to that notion by showcasing both commissioned works and established favorites. The 2017 season wraps up with Dabke (April 6-8), an evening-length work by choreographer Zvi Gotheiner.

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Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co.: Founded in 1964 by Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, this modern-dance company is currently the only ensemble in the country with the rights to perform full-evening productions of work by pioneering choreographer Alwin Nikolais, and has toured nationally with many of his works. But world premieres are also featured frequently, including Ann Carlson's Elizabeth: the Dance, currently scheduled as the 2017 season closer in Spring Season.

SB Dance: Things typically get risky and/or naughty in the wildly original works by choreographer Stephen Brown (the SB of the name, though it has also at times taken on the title "Strange Beast"). Typical of what might be expected is the annual premiere work (June 2017): something like 2016's sNaked, an adults-only take on the Garden of Eden story. Also traditionally on tap: the October, limited-audience multimedia experience All Saints Salon.


Night (or Day) at the Museum
Local museums offer inspiring, informative experiences for all ages.

By Scott Renshaw

You know a world-class city by its dedication to expanding the minds of its population. Salt Lake City's museums offer residents and visitors of all ages a chance to learn about creative arts, technology and the natural world, with exhibits that challenge assumptions and inspire creativity.

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The Leonardo: Dedicated to matters of science and technology as broad-ranging as the interests of its namesake, Leonardo da Vinci, The Leonardo provides a unique place for children and adults to investigate the discoveries and inventions that have changed the world. From the massive, environment-responsive "hylozoic veil" in the entry lobby, the museum takes visitors through permanent exhibits about Utah-made inventions and the "Perception: The Illusion of Reality," in addition to many places for kids to do their own creating. Touring exhibitions like Body Worlds and Mummies occasionally visit, but check out The Leonardo's own created-in-house exhibit on the history of flight.
209 E. 500 South,

  • Derek Carlisle

Discovery Gateway: Once upon a time it was known as the Children's Museum of Utah, but isn't discovery a lifelong experience? There's certainly a treasure trove of kid-friendly exhibits and activities for every personality. Youngsters can get active in the 1,600-square-foot "Move It!" play area, or build with giant foam blocks; those who love indulging their creative side can make their own animation or perform their own plays on a theater stage. And learning about the grown-up world gets a fun dimension in kid-sized recreations of a grocery store, a farm, a service station and a construction zone.
444 W. 100 South,

  • Derek Carlisle

Utah Museum of Fine Arts: After a long renovation of its main gallery spaces, the museum at the University of Utah will be re-opening to the public in summer 2017, bringing back its impressive permanent collection and occasional touring shows. In the meantime, lectures and films—including the ARTLandish series connecting art to the environment—continue in the museum's auditorium and at off-site venues. The museum's café and gift store are open to the public.
410 Campus Center Drive,

  • Derek Carlisle

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: Great modern works by national, international and local Utah artists find an impressive showcase space in this downtown SLC fixture. From painting to sculpture, from mixed-media to site-specific installations, the UMOCA galleries have been bringing challenging work to Utahns for more than 80 years (since the organization's first incarnation as the Art Barn Association).
20 S. West Temple,

  • Derek Carlisle

Clark Planetarium: Space is still a frontier worth exploring in exhibits covering astronomy, man's history of space travel (like the International Space Station or a display of locally made rocket boosters) and an interactive quiz testing knowledge about our solar system. Once you've had a chance to check out the free exhibits and peruse the expansive gift shop full of great educational toys, learn even more about our world and worlds beyond through shows in the Hansen Dome Theatre, or experience your favorite classic music with laser light shows.
110 S. 400 West,

  • Derek Carlisle

Natural History Museum of Utah: A shining copper beacon on the hill, the 42,000-square-foot Rio Tinto Center houses the Natural History Museum of Utah—providing a stunning state-of-the-art facility for exploration of the people, creatures and natural phenomena that have made Utah what it is today. Hands-on exhibits and impressive displays introduce visitors to the cultures of the state's indigenous tribes, the climate and geography of the Great Basin, gems and minerals from the area and the story of the Great Salt Lake. Those who can't get enough dinosaurs can gawk at the full skeletal reconstructions towering over the Eccles Gallery, as well as world's largest display of horned dinosaur skulls.
301 Wakara Way,


Around the World in Eight Plates
Take a culinary tour around the globe—no passport required.

By Alex Springer

Visitors often come to the state with negative stereotypes about our culinary scene—an unintended byproduct of our archaic liquor laws, no doubt. What many people don't get about Utah is that we have a vibrant, multicultural refugee and immigrant community that fuels a lively and varied food scene. Here are a few choice places to start your world tour.

  • John Taylor

The Empanada Meal at Empanada Express
A couple of years into its run, Midvale's Empanada Express is helping this underrated food make a name for itself. The humble empanada is celebrated here, with a menu that features recipes from all over Central and South America. Place your bets on the empanada meal, which lets you pick two—the Argentine Beef and the Venezuelan are my favorites—served alongside some traditional Latin American sides like plantains and cucumber-tomato salad.
7178 Union Park Ave., Midvale,

  • John Taylor

Yedoro Tibs at Blue Nile
One of the most fun things about Blue Nile is that you're encouraged to eat with your fingers. Given it's an authentic Ethiopian eatery, entrées here come in an envelope of injera, a slightly spongy sourdough bread that serves as a food-delivery system. Yedoro tibs is a great dish to start with—it's a savory mixture of chicken, peppers and cabbage that melds well with the injera's slightly sour flavor.
755 S. State, Salt Lake City,

  • John Taylor

Navajo Tacos at Black Sheep Café
While Navajo tacos have been inextricably linked to the deep-fried debauchery that you might find at the state fair, Black Sheep Café has elevated the simple dish to its rightful place in the culinary kingdom. It all starts with Black Sheep's housemade fry bread—a recipe that has been in the owner's family for generations. The tacos come in two variations—green chile pork and red chile beef—both of which are packed with smoky, spicy Southwestern flavor.
Multiple locations,

  • John Taylor

Ceviche Fusión at Del Mar al Lago
Good ceviche depends on how long ago its contents were still swimming, so I was a bit skeptical that a Peruvian cebichería could make it work in a landlocked state like Utah. After diving into the refreshingly flavorful ceviche fusión at Del Mar al Lago, I soon realized that I was experiencing something special. All of the seafood on the menu is top-notch fresh, and the fusión brings three different cultural perspectives—Latin American, Indian and Chinese—to their briskly prepared ceviche. It's a world tour within a world tour.
310 Bugatti Ave., Salt Lake City,

  • John Taylor

Borscht and Vareniki at The Galley Grill
It takes a special kind of food to sustain a population that experiences some of the most unforgiving winters in the world. Eastern European food might not be the most glamorous cuisine, but it has the uncommon ability to help you weather all storms—be they literal or figurative. While the reasons behind The Galley Grill's nautical theme remain elusive, it's whipping up some of the most authentic vareniki—small, potato-filled dumplings—and borscht this side of St. Petersburg.
1295 E. Miller Ave., Holladay,

  • John Taylor

Mole at Red Iguana
Choosing a favorite mole at Red Iguana is an exercise in futility. Each one is a master class in traditional Mexican cooking, and picking among them is the kind of thing that can cause friendships to fracture and marriages to dissolve. My suggestion is to avoid the risk of finding the mole that defines you as a person—just point at the menu and order. No matter what you get (negro, amarillo, poblano, coloradito), your life will be better for it.
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  • John Taylor

The namesake at Bucket O' Crawfish
If getting messy during dinner isn't your thing, you'll want to avoid West Valley City's famous Bucket O' Crawfish. At some point in our lives, we all need to stare dumbfounded as a literal bucket of crawfish, shrimp and crab legs makes its way to our table. Bucket O' Crawfish doesn't skimp on the flavor, either. They've perfected several spice blends that land somewhere between the Deep South and the Far East. Room for dessert? We suggest you strongly consider the Happy Ending (the house chocolate and white chocolate cake, $4.50).
1980 W. 3500 South, West Valley City,

  • John Taylor

Liège Waffles at Bruges Waffles and Frites
When you try the golden brown slabs of pure joy at Bruges Waffles and Frites, you'll be quick to scoff whenever you see the words "Belgian waffle" on a menu anywhere else—outside of Belgium, that is. Bruges specializes in Liège waffles, in which the dough is prepared with pearl sugar and vanilla before being pressed in a waffle iron. The smell of this cooking process alone is worth the price of one of these sweet, buttery gems. Want to go out? The Pig on a Cloud—replete with bacon, crème fraîche and a caramel drizzle—is sure to do the trick.
Multiple locations,

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SLC's best cheap eats and where to find them.
By Alex Springer

1. Sunny Side Up Egg Banh Mi at Oh Mai Vietnamese Sandwich Kitchen ($4.88)
While all of Oh Mai's banh mi sandwiches clock in at under 10 bucks, this is the one that gets the most mileage out of the low price. The fried eggs pair beautifully with the usual banh mi toppings, and the maggi sauce is sweet and salty perfection.
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2. Cannolis at Carlucci's Bakery ($3)
Most bakeries sell pre-assembled cannolis that get a bit soggy after you buy them. At Carlucci's, however, they wait until you order this traditional Italian pastry to fill it with a silky smooth mixture of sweetened mascarpone cheese and chocolate chips. It's like a little Italian love letter made just for you.
314 W. 300 South,

3. K-Pop Fries at Bumblebee's BBQ & Grill ( $6.99)
Bumblebee's prides itself on a flavorful middle ground between American and Korean barbecue, and the K-Pop Fries are the way to experience the best of their A-Town and K-Town menus. It's a generous helping of fries topped with melted cheese, your choice of Korean barbecued meat and some excellent sriracha mayo.
7962 S. State,

4. Kouing Aman at Les Madeleines ($5.50)
Thanks to Les Madeleines, the buttery, flaky miracle known as kouing aman is available at many of Salt Lake's local bakeries—but it's important that we all take a moment to recognize Les Madeleines as one of the first places in North America to introduce our taste buds to one of baking's finest creations.
216 E. 500 South,

5. Street Cart Döner at Spitz ($9.25)
It just barely comes in under $10, but the street cart döner at Spitz is a three-course meal that is easy to eat on the run. Wrapped up in some fresh lavash bread and rolled tight with veggies, tzatziki and your choice of meat or falafel, the döner is a Mediterranean-inspired punch to the mouth.
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6. Slice of the Day at The Pie Hole ($2.64)
While The Pie Hole has a great stable of daily pizza by the slice—their potato bacon is always tasty—it's worth asking about the slice of the day, since the place is known for getting a bit crazy with its toppings. The munchie mango, for example, must be experienced to be believed.
344 S. State,

7. Pupusa at El Viroleno ($2.50-$3)
Despite the American proclivity for meat-stuffed bread, pupusas haven't caught on in the same way that other Latin American equivalents have. For those looking to launch pupusas into the food stratosphere, consider a trip to El Viroleno—theirs come in a wide variety of flavors and are extremely easy on the wallet.
471 W. 800 South,

8. Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut at Banbury Cross ($1.25)
Amid the rise and fall of lesser donut shops, Banbury Cross remains one of our local doughnut godfathers. All of their doughnuts are stellar, but the one that most often makes me forget about my diet is the cinnamon crumb. The crumb coating makes it lightly crispy on the outside while the inside remains soft and chewy.
705 S. 700 East,

9. Garlic Burger at Cotton Bottom Inn ($8)
There's a reason that the grill masters here have a small menu—their garlic burger is a near-perfect specimen of bar food. It comes on an unconventionally square bun so it can physically support two burgers, and it uses its garlic flavor for good, not evil—you can still make out after eating one.
6200 S. Holladay Blvd.,

10. Carne Asada Burrito at Tacos El Toro ($5)
Nothing exemplifies cheap eats better than the humble taco cart. Despite their small, Sears-adjacent operation, Tacos El Toro whips up some of the biggest burritos that I've ever seen. The carne asada piled high on a homemade flour tortilla is my personal favorite—one of those and a bottle of Coke is enough to cure anyone's midday slump.
800 S. State



Fry Sauce: An abridged history
The condiment is a bonafide Utah superstar; but its ascent into the spotlight wasn't overnight.

By Enrique Limón

When even national fast-food chains are forced to adapt to regional tastes by embellishing their products with locally loved fare (McDonalds' green chile Big Mac in New Mexico or Burger King Hawaii's Spam Croissan'wich, for example), you know you've made it. Enter fry sauce—Utah's ubiquitous condiment. For many area palates, the pink goop is more than a one-part ketchup/two-parts mayo concoction; it's a way of life.

Circa 1948
It's believed burger joint Arctic Circle first releases the sauce to the masses via the hands of Logan-born Don Carlos Edwards.

Shortly thereafter
News sprouts of similar sauces across the globe—salsa golf in Argentina, mayoketchup in Puerto Rico and rosé sauce in Brazil. You have sexy people who dance good; can't Utah just have this?

Feb. 2002
As the Winter Olympics come to town, a special commemorative pin featuring the sauce is released. According to published reports, it sells out in less than two weeks.

July 2008
It makes a cameo as "fancy sauce" in Will Ferrell's Step Brothers. Unfortunately, in the collective pop culture psyche, the scene is overwritten by one involving testicles and a drum set.

Oct. 2013
It's official: Salsa outsells ketchup and becomes America's No. 1 condiment. Fry sauce is all, Gosh darn it, what about me?

April 2016
In a conversation with City Weekly, comedian Amy Schumer asks about local food, and fry sauce inevitably comes up. "OK, I thought that was called Thousand Island, but what do I know?" she says. "Don't tell anyone there that that's already a thing, and it's called Thousand Island dressing." Burn.

Aug. 2016
The Huffington Post calls fry sauce "the most incredible condiment you probably haven't heard of." Jesus, where've you been, HuffPo?

Sept. 2016
Kids at Harvest Elementary School in Saratoga Springs lobby for and get fry sauce included on the cafeteria menu. The move dominoes into all schools across the district. Faith in the future = restored.


Local chefs dish on their favorite guilty pleasures.
By Alex Springer

Everyone has some entrée, snack or dessert that they turn to when nobody else is looking. Whether it's Little Caesar's obscenely buttery Crazy Bread or a giant bowl of nuclear-yellow Kraft macaroni and cheese, all of us have that one special so-bad-it's-good food that we ardently love—even though we shouldn't.

Though it may be difficult to fathom, professional chefs are no different. A chef who uses the words "truffle oil" or "saffron" when discussing the kind of food they like to eat after a hard day at work is most definitely lying. Those who have dedicated their lives to pushing the boundaries of what food can do need something to ground them, something to recharge their creative batteries. In order to further explore the foods that keep our local gourmets emotionally satisfied, I met with four chefs for a no-holds-barred, high-calorie romp through the underbelly of Salt Lake's culinary scene.

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Chef: Katie Weinner
How you know her: She was a contestant on Top Chef and is the founder of SLC Pop.

Weinner is best known for the inventive pop-up restaurants that she and her crew whip up through SLC Pop. She was also selected as a contestant on the Bravo culinary reality show, where she spent eight weeks going head to head with some of the country's greatest chefs.

When it comes to guilty pleasure foods, Weinner looks no further than Chef Frodebert "Frody" Volgger's wide selection of brats at Beer Bar. "If you tell someone you like hot dogs, people make fun of you—people think it's almost a dirty thing to eat hot dogs," Weinner says. Beer Bar's brats come served on a housemade roll, and diners can select toppings like chimichurri, sauerkraut or caramelized onions. "As a chef, you always want to go somewhere and be blown away or pleasantly surprised," Weinner says. "This is one of the places that does that."

As a long-standing fan of hot dogs and brats, I must say that Beer Bar is on to something. It's not unusual to find savory mixtures like buffalo and chipotle showing up with elk or chicken and apple. I also loved discovering that sauerkraut and chimichurri could bridge a flavor gap I didn't know existed. "When this place first opened, it had this reputation of being filled with hipsters," Weinner says. "When I first came down here, I found that it was such a great, chill little place. It's a funny juxtaposition—it's like this German-style beer bar, but they're serving banh mi brats."

  • John Taylor

Chef: Adalberto Diaz
How you know him: He was a contestant on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship and is the pastry chef at Fillings and Emulsions.

Fillings and Emulsions has occupied its unassuming spot on Kensington Avenue for the past three years. It's now grown to the point where Diaz is packing up shop and moving to a new location at 1475 S. Main, which opened March 1.

Diaz's guilty-pleasure selection was an order of yum neua from Thai Siam. Initially, I was surprised with this selection, since yum neua is in the salad section of Thai Siam's menu. For Diaz, a native of Cuba, this particular salad caught his eye because of its use of mint and lime juice: "It's like a savory mojito," he says. Finding something so similar to his Cuban roots in a Thai restaurant was enough to make this dish one of his regulars, becoming more of a comfort meal than a guilty pleasure.

Yum neua is exactly the kind of salad that I can believe in. It's fresh, crisp leaves of romaine lettuce are topped with marinated, wok-fried beef, cherry tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. The sticky rice soaks up the fish sauce, making an excellent base for lettuce wraps, which is how Diaz recommends eating this fresh, citrusy miracle of a salad. "It's all about the different textures," he says. "There's this crunchy lettuce, the spicy meat that is nice and tender. The rice brings some sweetness to the dish, and it's all so refreshing and bright."

  • John Taylor

Chef: Amber Billingsley & Robert Angelilli
How you know her: She's a former pastry chef at Vinto and 3 Cups, and current pastry chef at Amour Café.

How you know him: He's a former executive chef at Vinto, and current pastry chef at Gourmandise.

Amber Billingsley and her husband, Robert Angelilli, have been industry staples on Salt Lake's culinary landscape for years. Ever since I tried the gelato at Vinto, I've been a bit of a Billingsley bakery groupie, and Gourmandise was the first place where a slice of cake nearly brought me to tears. Needless to say, I was looking forward to discussing the nuances of guilty pleasure food with these two pros.

The couple selected Brewvies Cinema Pub's nachos as their guiltiest of pleasures. "Part of it is the time and place—it's kind of like a date night for us," Billingsley says. "It's the experience of getting a big ol' beer, sitting in a dark theater, eating something where we're not exactly sure what we're grabbing, and watching something not very intellectual. It's a guilty pleasure in every sense."

Brewvies' nachos are of the ballpark variety—corn chips stuck together with mounds of gooey cheese, sour cream, black olives, pico de gallo and sliced jalapeño peppers. "It's harder to eat it in the light, actually," Angelilli says, "But you're hitting all the points: fat, salt and sweetness. You're cutting to the quick."

Actually, I think the term "guilty pleasure" might be a misnomer. It implies an aspect of shame, but the reality is that most guilty pleasures—be they '90s hip hop or a plate of melty nachos—make people feel better about life in general when they need a boost. And that's nothing to be ashamed of. A version of this article originally appeared in the pages of Devour. For more, visit

  • John Taylor

Can't choose just one restaurant for dinner? Choose three instead.
By Alex Springer

My zodiac sign is Libra, which means that, according to, it's the planet Venus' fault that I can't decide where to eat on my birthday. I tried explaining this to my wife, but she didn't lend much credence to the idea that Venus was making us late for dinner. In a rush of hangry inspiration, she suggested the idea of a perfect meal. We'd get appetizers at one restaurant, dinner at another and dessert at a third. Since then, we've done perfect meals several times at several places around Utah, but here is the menu that started it all.

  • Derek Carlisle

Pork Pot Stickers ($8)

Pot stickers rank pretty high on my dumpling spectrum, but I always find that they're either too fried and hence too crispy, or too boiled and hence too soggy. The pork pot stickers at Indochine, however, succeed in hitting the sweet spot in between. Texturally, they're marvelous. A quick pan sear makes them nice and crunchy on the outside, but that crunch soon yields to a beautiful, pillowy texture that escorts the flavorful pork filling into your mouth. They're also huge—these are not the kind of pot stickers that you eat in two bites out of social decorum, but rather those that you eat in two bites so you can breathe and chew at the same time.
230 S. 1300 East,

  • Derek Carlisle

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich ($6.49)
Contrary to popular belief, sandwiches can be a dinner food—if they're made at Moochie's Meatballs and More, that is. I know this rapidly expanding sandwich shop is known for their housemade meatballs, but I come for their Philly cheesesteak. Unless you've skipped a few meals, the 6-inch version is an entrée in and of itself. Moochie's uses locally made rolls which manage to retain their light crunch on the outside while the inside parties with melty American cheese, grilled peppers, mushrooms and heaps of thinly sliced ribeye. For a bit of extra punch, add a few squirts of their trademark jalapeño sauce—it's like Utah's famous fry sauce after it's had a few drinks and is looking for a fight.
Multiple locations,

  • Derek Carlisle

Ruth's Chocolate Malt Pudding ($4.99)

On the evening of my birthday, we were seated in the outdoor patio at Ruth's Diner where we could watch the sun set amid the autumnal fireworks of the Wasatch Mountains. As soon as the chocolate malt pudding arrived, however, all my attention went to the tall glass of wonderful in front of me. It looks like an unassuming dessert that you might find at any ol' soda shop, but once a bit of this chocolate decadence hits your taste buds, you suddenly realize that you're experiencing irrefutable proof that goodness and purity truly exist in the world. It's rich without being cloying, it's smooth without being runny—in short, it's a miracle of pudding technology.
4160 Emigration Canyon Road,


Essential Burgers

Apollo Burgers
Try the Athenian, a quarter-pound flame-broiled monster layered with roasted red peppers, feta cheese and housemade tzatziki.
Multiple locations,

Chedda Burger
The no-frills "Dirt Bag" and cheese-curd-and-pulled-pork-topped "Harlot" deliver on their "burgers with attitude" promise.
26 E. 600 South, Salt Lake City,

Cotton Bottom Inn
Best. Garlic. Burgers. Around. 'Nuff said.
6200 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay,

Crown Burgers
Grub at this homegrown chain always satisfies. Go for the chilli burger and throw in some cheese fries to boot.
Multiple locations,

Lucky 13
The blue-cheese-loaded "Bacon Stinky Cheeseburger," the PB-slathered "Nut Burger"—yep there's a reason why this is a Best of Utah perennial.
135 W. 1300 South,

Millie's Burgers
Come for the tasty burgers, stay for the more than 30 different sky-high shakes.
2092 S. 1000 East, Salt Lake City,

Porcupine Pub & Grille
Try scarfing down a "Big Cottonwood Burger" in one sitting. We dare you.
3698 Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City, 801-942-5555;
258 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City, 801-582-5555,

  • Brent Uberty

Proper Burger Co.
Even no-fruit-on-savory-food snobs agree their housemade ham-and-pineapple-enhanced "Flyin' Hawaiian" is a thing of beauty.
865 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

Rich's Burgers 'n' Grub
Since 2007, Rich's has been the destination for hand-crafted burger goodness.
30 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

Sage's Café
Think a non-beef patty is the stuff of sacrilege? The fine folks at Sage's are eager to change your mind.
368 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City,

Essential Comfort

Britton's Restaurant
Meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, chile verde burritos and all-day breakfast can be found here.
694 E. Union Square, Sandy,

Treat yourself to a Monte Cristo, Reuben or grilled-cheese sandwich made from scratch.
450 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City,

Dee's Family Restaurant
A down-home menu and prime people-watching after the bars close make each visit to Dee's a unique experience.
Multiple Locations

Italian Village
Lasagna, veal Parm, chicken cacciatore. Need we say more?
5370 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City,

Landmark Grill
Here they promise "home cooking at its best," and with a standout Philly cheesesteak and roundhouse breakfasts, it easy to see why.
760 Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City,

  • Josh Scheuerman

Penny Ann's Café
Though it may seem impossible, if you don't leave room for pie here, you're doing it all wrong.
Multiple locations,

Pig & a Jelly Jar
Pork belly Benedict, chicken and waffles, fries and gravy, fish 'n' chips ... the delectable list goes on and on.
401 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City,

Daily specials like brisket tacos on Tuesdays and smoked, spicy sausage on Fridays will happily fill your calendar (and your belly).
307 W. 600 South, Salt Lake City,

Ruth's Diner
Restaurants don't get to boast a nearly 90-year legacy unless they're damn good; and Ruth's is.
4160 Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City,

Siegfried's Delicatessen
A smörgåsbord of unique dishes like deep-fried wiener schnitzel and finger-licking macaroni salad await you here.
20 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

Essential Date Night

Set the date's tone at Bodega, and seal the deal with cocktails downstairs at The Rest. You're welcome.
331 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

The Copper Onion
Brave enough for a day-date? Their brunch menu loaded with items such as Turkish eggs is second to none.
111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

Encore Bistro
Located inside the new George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, Encore redefines "dinner and a show."
131 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

Epic Casual Dining
Class it up with their ahi tuna, chicken marsala and sautéed pork medallion entrées.
707 Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City,

Small plates like crispy polenta and sautéed Brussels sprouts that are huge on flavor, and an intimate setting make Eva a date-night must.
317 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

Locally sourced dishes from the hearth, the pantry and the plancha are sure to wow.
418 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

Kimi's Chop & Oyster House
Nothing on the extensive seafood bar catch your eye? Give the chop house mac and cheese a go.
2155 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City,

Tiburon Fine Dining
From seared scallops and Mediterranean mussels to braised kurobuta pork and New Zealand elk, this place is sure to impress.
8256 S. 700 East, Sandy,

Tin Angel
Uh ... it won "Best First-Date Restaurant" in the Best of Utah readers' poll for a reason.
365 W. 400 South, Salt Lake City,

  • Niki Chan

Veneto Ristorante Italiano
A stunning selection of northern-Italian dishes that are almost eclipsed by the impressive wine list. Almost.
370 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City,

Essential Greek

Andy's Lounge
Head to Ogden for some of the best Greek selection this side of Thessaloniki.
501 N. Washington Blvd., Ogden,

Aristo's Greek Restaurant
Fifty small-plate selections make for a truly unforgettable dining experience.
244 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City,

Greek Souvlaki
Founded by Lee and Mary Paulos, Greek Souvlaki has been serving up goods like lamb-and-beef gyros and bifteki since 1972.
Multiple locations,

Jim's Family Restaurant
Dishes like "Jim's famous marinated pork" and chicken souvlaki—along with a kid-friendly menu—shine bright here.
Multiple Locations,

Mad Greek
Try the chicken Parm gyro, tasty falafel salad or the perfectly portable dolmathes. You mad, αδερφέ
Multiple Locations

A hearty vegetarian meze loaded with items like yemista (smoked-feta-and-scallion-stuffed piquillo peppers) delight even non-meat eaters.
402 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City,

The Other Place Restaurant
Breakfast classics get a Greek spin in dishes like gyro meat and eggs and the marinated pork and eggs.
469 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

The Olympian Restaurant
The Zeus-sized four dishes in their "Olympian platter" (Greek salad, two souvlaki skewers, three meatballs and three dolmathes) plus dessert are enough to feed a small army.
2181 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City,

Padeli's Street Greek
Classic and authentic Greek meets Chipotle at this lively build-your-own-meal spot.
30 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

Yanni's Greek Express
Nosh on any of their impressive staples, and make sure to leave room for some galaktoboureko.
2761 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City,

Essential Gastropubs

Bohemian Brewery & Grill
Wash down those roasted garlic bulbs or towering Bohemian club with any of their European-style craft-brew lagers.
94 Fort Union Blvd., Midvale,

Copper Common
The menu here changes regularly. Luckily, the top-notch service doesn't.
111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

Copper Creek Pub & Grub
A dozen beers on tap complement the varied and down-home menu. "Copper bomb" hoagie, anyone?
3451 S. 5600 West, Salt Lake City,

The Garage
Head down Beck Street for some of the most amazing Mormon funeral potatoes. Try fiery for a zippy kick in the pants.
1199 Beck St., Salt Lake City,

Sit at a table or pony up at the bar for signature dishes like the BBQ bison burger, Ballard Hog Farm pork chop or red-eye-gravy-smothered poutine.
326 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City,

The Green Pig Pub
Whether you opt for some chile verde nachos, avocado rolls, potato sliders or a dozen killer chicken wings, you can't go wrong here.
31 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City,

Lake Effect
Salt Lake City's newest kid on the pubgrub block.
155 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

Poplar Street Pub
Three sitting areas inside 6,000 square feet, plus a mouth-watering line of "championship series" burgers get the job done. Did we mention the 30 beers?
242 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City,

Squatters Pub Brewery
Their Salt Lake City International Airport location is rumored to be the reason why so many tourists keep coming back for more.
Multiple locations,

  • Derek Carlisle

Whiskey Street
Come here for new takes on old classics, like bourbon-bacon caramel popcorn, pork belly corndogs, hazelnut-dusted calamari and grilled shrimp BLT.
323 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

  • John Taylor

Essential Mexican

Molcajetes, tortas and calabacitas all live at this chic and comfortable cantina.
268 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Beto's Mexican Food
One taste of any of their combination plates (enchiladas, machaca, filete ranchero, etc.) and it's easy to see why this is a local favorite.
Multiple locations

Blue Iguana
All the staples, plus a killer margarita list make this downtown eatery a Mexi-must.
165 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City,

Between their parrilladas, alambres and carnitas selections, get ready for a truly authentic meal.
307 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

La Oaxaqueña
Loaded tlayudas, mole negro and nopal Zapoteco bring a true taste of Oaxaca to your taste buds.
499 E. 2700 South, Salt Lake City,

Red Iguana
Get ready for a wait during peak hours. Your patience will be rewarded with sensational moles, finger-licking chile colorado and cochinita pibíl.
Multiple locations,

Salsa Leedos Mexican Grill
Fine Mexican in the heart of Riverton. Pick your top favorites and create your own two- or three-item combo.
3956 W. Innovation Drive, Riverton,

Sears Tacos
Otherwise known as Tacos El Toro; one bite of their street tacos, burritos or quesadillas, and it's easy to see why folks gather at this mighty roadside cart.
800 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Taquería 27
Standards get new life with offerings like a duck confit quesadilla, the jícama-topped Cobb salad and grilled-pear and roasted-beet tacos.
Multiple locations,

Taquería El Paisa
Dine-in or drive-thru, El Paisa delights with appetizers like choriqueso and mains like filete Mazatleco or camarones al tamarindo.
919 W. 2100 South, Salt Lake City,

Essential Middle-Eastern + Indian

Cedars of Lebanon
For more than three decades, Cedars has served up exceptional fattoush, muhammara, kibbeh and more.
152 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

Curry Fried Chicken
Their CFC plate puts the Colonel's to shame.
660 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Curry 'n' Kabobs
You'll find this Afghan and Indian gem tucked behind Market on Main.
268 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

Himalayan Kitchen
Nepali cuisine elevated.
360 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Laziz Kitchen
Your destination for kafta, shish tawook and solid mana'oushe sandwiches.
912 S. Jefferson St., Salt Lake City,

Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine
While the food is extraordinary, house cocktails like the refreshingly sweet "Desert Rose" and the "Whiskey White," garnished with cardamom pods, steal the show.
1515 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-484-9259;
912 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-521-4572,

O'Falafel Middle Eastern Cuisine
Soups, salads, sandwiches, pita quiches—this place has all the delicious bases covered.
790 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City,

Shahrazad Restaurant
Longing to prep some of their foods almost as good as the pros do? Check out their adjoining market, which carries locally sourced produce and rare spices.
1615 W. 2100, Salt Lake City,

Shawarma King
Shawarma, kebabs, falafel and hummus all wrapped up in an inviting setting.
725 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-803-9434;
2223 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 385-415-2100,

Star of India
A shiny beacon for lamb and goat curries or those of the vegetarian kind.
1659 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City,

  • John Taylor

Essential Pizza

Big Daddy's Pizza
Offering all-night delivery, Big D's is the place to call to fill those late-night hunger pangs.
Multiple locations,

Este Pizzeria
Create your own New York-style pizza—thin-crust with a crisp edge and pliable inside—or try one of their daily specials. Gluten-free crust also is available.
Multiple locations,

Johnny Slice
Downtown's newest pizzeria is open till 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You read right.
12 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

Litza's Pizza
A local staple since 1965, all dough, sauce, garlic butter and salad dressings are made from scratch here.
Multiple locations,

Mellow Mushroom
MM uses Appalachian spring water for their crust and high-quality ingredients to create a distinct and flavorful pie.
1080 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City,

Pie Hole
Thin-crust pizza here is cheap, sold by the slice and damned good. Don't miss out on their SLC-famous potato bacon option.
344 S. State, Salt Lake City,

The Pie Pizzeria
Wherever you land on the vegan-to-carnivore spectrum, your pizza cravings will be satisfied with The Pie's all-inclusive topping options.
Multiple locations,

Rusted Sun Pizzeria
People flock to the ovens to get the Mediterranean—a Rusted Sun fan-favorite—dished up with tangy marinara, fresh mozzarella, salami, artichoke hearts, green olives and a taste of feta cheese.
2010 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana
Take a trip around the world at this authentically Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria that boasts prosciutto from Parma, cheese from Modena and salumi from Seattle.
260 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City,

Sicilia Pizza & Kitchen
Bite into the "Meat Amori," which is capped with pepperoni, fresh Italian sausage, seasoned beef and ham.
35 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

Essential World

Café Machu Picchu
A bona fide Peruvian rotisserie serving up finger-licking pollo a la brasa.
3018 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Chabaar Beyond Thai
True Thai flavors, along with excellent cooking classes. Check out their website for full schedule.
87 W. 7200 South, Salt Lake City,

Cucina Toscana
Home of fresh fish, perfect pasta and terrific tiramisu.
282 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City,

Curry in a Hurry
Service might be fast here, but the mindfulness and time members of the Nisar family took to perfect their recipes is evident in every bite.
2020 S. State, Salt Lake City,

El Viroleno
At just around 2 bucks a pop, treat yourself to every pupusa on the menu.
471 W. 800 South, Salt Lake City,

Feldman's Deli
A superb delicatessen offering mile-high sandwiches and Old World specialties.
2005 E. 2700 South, Salt Lake City,

  • John Taylor

Mandarin Chinese
Kids eat free, and the whole family can enjoy succulent dishes and jazzy drinks like the plum wine spritzer.
348 E. 900 North, Bountiful,

Mom's Kitchen
Traditional Taiwanese and Chinese dishes prepared with love.
2233 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Oh Mai
SLC's best bánh mì, hands down.
Multiple locations,

Yoshi's Japanese Grill
Asian-inspired fare that's been been making loyal patrons flock to Murray for more than 15 years.
5692 S. 900 East, Murray,


Bands of the Beehive
With a gun to his head, City Weekly's music editor chooses 10 local bands you should check out.

By Randy Harward

Utah is the home of several bands you've heard on the radio, like Neon Trees, The Used and Imagine Dragons. We've even got several smaller acts that tour internationally, like SubRosa, Visigoth and Eagle Twin. But a local music scene is about its underground; the spirited and talented up-and-comers waiting for their shot—but who, in the meantime—thrill locals. In fact, there are so many exciting acts in SLC and the surrounding areas that confining this list to 10 acts hurt my head.

  • Gilbert Cisneros

Baby Gurl
A two-man, bass-drums, noise-metal unit, Jordan Fairbanks and Chris Wadsworth are like the Melvins meets Killing Joke in a bathhouse. Playing music that's complex, accessible, fun and loud, they appeal to folks who wouldn't normally care for their high-decibel rumble. Check out their latest album, Incompoop, on Bandcamp.

  • Jed Pearson

Choosing 10 bands gets easier when one of them is Badfeather. Singer and songwriter Rick Gerber is always playing somewhere with various projects. Badfeather is his main gig, and these ace musicians' album Signal Path is a feast of funky classic rock and soul evoking Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and Widespread Panic. Also catch Gerber and his lady, Le Voir frontwoman Gillian Chase, in their duo The Bookends.

  • Sarahann Clayton

Crook and the Bluff
Psychedelic blues meets dusty, cinematic country with this foursome, whose theatrical performances bring their well-smithed songs to vivid, sepia-toned life. Down to the Styx is one of the best local albums ever. Give it a listen first, so you can compare your own mental images to what you see on stage.

  • Karen Angell

Sarah Anne DeGraw
Beguiling, feisty 22-year-old singer-songwriter DeGraw started out doing the solo acoustic thing at open-mic nights in Provo, then took a gig drumming for Crook and the Bluff. Now she's graduated to a full band of ace local musicians, including guitarist Mike Sasich, who is producing her first album. If you're into singer-songwriters that cut deep—with words or with just a look—she will slay you.

Intra-Venus & the Cosmonauts
This Provo band deals in the goth-rock of the 1980s—Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, The Birthday Party—with nods to post/cowpunks Wall of Voodoo. Their dark-trippy-cerebra album Forgotten Stars (2014) was produced by Bauhaus/L&R principal David J, who also plays on the record. After a hiatus to mourn their guitarist Joshua Ogzewalla, who passed away from cancer shortly after the album release, they're booking shows and working on new music.

  • Alysha Renee Kester

Concise Kilgore
Local underground rapper Concise Kilgore gets around beyond our borders, but still performs locally. His atmospheric, immersive album Kil Joy Division finds him spitting bars referencing a Mexican Viking afterlife, defunct English post-punk bands, Mayan ruins, the Easter Bunny, snakes, pills and compensatory wheels. Catch him when you can, because he's getting hot. He has three projects streeting in 2017, including one with "a well-known producer/rapper."

Joe McQueen
Absolutely, positively the first guy you need to see, even if you're not into jazz. Because, once you see this scrappy 97-year-old sax wizard blow his horn, you'll be converted. Joe's a local treasure with a storied career, having played with guys like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. He's also a first-rate raconteur and curmudgeon who'll crack you up. And, if you sass him, he'll crack your skull.

The Nods
Known for their ferocious live shows and irresistible songs, this garage-rock band just released a single on the Scottish label Hail Atlantis—and it was produced by Slaughter Joe Foster, founder of venerated U.K. labels Creation Records, Kaleidoscope Sound and Rev-Ola Records. You can hear it and their sublime Ariadne's Thread on Bandcamp.

  • David Payne

Red Bennies
This is one of our longest-running, consistently good local bands. Red Bennies, led by relentlessly creative nucleus David Payne, plays a strain of loud, soulful garage rock that gets audiences high as hell. Hit Payne's site to hear the ridiculous amount of music he's put out over the years with the Bennies and a slew of other projects, including his nerdcore duo Jade Knight/Lord British.

  • Catherine Davis

Jordan Matthew Young
A gifted songwriter and guitarist with a brawny rasp, Young gigs all over town (not to mention the country and even across the pond) as the frontman for SLC's beloved blues-rock band Candy's River House, garnering a devoted following for his electrifying performances. He's phasing out the band name, but the songs remain the same.


Cool Tracks, Hot Wax
A guide to Salt Lake City's best indie record stores.

By Randy Harward

When we music fans hit new cities, our prime directive is to find the best independent record store. Not f.y.e., not Hastings, but the brick-and-mortar mom-and-pops, the ones where the owners aim to be rich in culture, not filthy lucre (as nice as that would be). A new music source is ripe with the potential for discovery, be it the debut recording of a new band or the one album you've been searching for your entire life. Plus, every record store has its own personality, and it's always nice to find new people with ears as hungry as yours, and to take home new treasures tied to the memory of your trip and your new friends.

  • Josh Scheuerman

Albatross Recordings & Ephemera
1305 S. 900 East,
Stores like Albatross serve the cool-and-strange demographic, the oddballs whose tastes run to the ... exotic. While proprietor Timo Hatziathanasiou's selection isn't limited to esoterica, that is the emphasis. You'll find everything from the very best import version of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless to fringe titles by obscure bands on underground-as-hell labels and special-edition horror film soundtracks along with cool, creepy books, toys and knick-knacks. Plus a massive, super-sick stereo.

  • Derek Carlisle

Diabolical Records
238 S. Edison St.,
Diabolical owners Adam Tye and Alana Boscan met at a party and bonded over their mutual music-nerdiness. Now married, they run one of the coolest record shops in town, with an interior resembling a small suburban home. It's like your friend has the coolest parents on the block, and they let bands play in the living room. Sometimes sleepy, sometimes packed, this is where the cool kids hang out.

  • Derek Carlisle

The Heavy Metal Shop
63 Exchange Place,
Kevin Kirk is the real deal. He's been "peddlin' evil since 1987," but can talk about all kinds of music. He also has the respect of the metal elite—and pictures to prove it. You might already have seen shots of Slayer and other big-time heshers sporting THMS hoodies and tees. If not, dig the wall while you browse his expertly curated selection.

  • Derek Carlisle

Graywhale Entertainment
Multiple locations
Locally owned Graywhale opened near the University of Utah in 1986 and quickly became a local favorite. Now with four locations, Graywhale's combined inventory of new and pre-owned CDs, vinyl, movies, books and collectibles is colossal—and you can search it in real time on their website. Fans of jazz, blues, classical and world music should hit the university-adjacent store.

  • Steven Vargo

Randy's Record Shop
157 E. 900 South,
Randy Stinson opened his store in 1978 with 60,000 singles, and the shop continues to be a first stop for wax addicts. Locals and visitors alike know Randy's reputation for having—and, if not, finding—the elusive new, used and import platters that matter to you. If you're lucky, your visit might coincide with their quarterly, weekend-long $2 vinyl sale across the street in a warehouse behind Huddart Floral.

  • Enrique Limón

Raunch Records
1119 E. 2100 South,
Oi! What The Heavy Metal Shop is to metal, Raunch (est. 1984) is to punk. Variously located in downtown SLC and Sugar House over the years, Raunch is back in the latter 'hood, dealin' real punk rock (the music and the attitude) along with skateboards and accessories. Posers note: This ain't no Hot Topic.

  • Gavin Sheehan

Sound & Vision Vinyl
3444 S. Main,
Walk into Mike Maccarrone's 15-month-old record store and you know you're onto something good. Maccarrone, 55, is a lifelong music-pusher raised in Brooklyn. He hung out at the legendary Max's Kansas City when punk happened, and he knows everybody. These days, he's content to hang out in his clean, comfortable store where he only stocks the good stuff and his massive, all killer/no filler music library plays on shuffle while he takes great pleasure in talking tunes with customers.


Where the Wild Jams Are
A guide to live music venues in SLC.

By Randy Harward

It seems like only yesterday that we were complaining about a dearth of live music venues in SLC—but look at us now! The local music scene is in full bloom with tons of venues, from tiny little dive bars to high-capacity outdoor arenas, we've got everything. Here's your guide to where the wild jams are. Let the rockin' rumpus start!

A Bar Named Sue
3928 S. Highland Drive, SLC

A Bar Named Sue on State
8136 S. State, Midvale
Cash is king at these themed neighborhood bars, where you can enjoy live music (old-school country, rock 'n' roll), DJs and karaoke.

ABG's Libation Emporium
190 W. Center St., Provo
You might hear that Provo is squeaky clean. It is—but that makes this punk-rock dive even more awesome.

The Acoustic Space at The Gateway
124 S. 400 West, SLC
It's not necessarily acoustic here; you'll find bands as well as solo singer-songwriters.

Albatross Recordings & Ephemera
1305 S. 900 East, SLC
The infrequent shows are events—owner Timo Hatziathanasiou books far-out music to go along with his outre LPs, books and tchotchkes.

201 25th St., Ogden
A former brothel, Alleged is a modern lounge booking occasional live local and regional bands.

Area 51
451 S. 400 West, SLC
This is SLC's goth-industrial mecca, but you'll also catch metal and punk bands here, and enjoy two different types of '80s nights presided over by top local DJs.

Barbary Coast Saloon
4242 S. State, Murray
Biker bars have some great music—everything from country to blues to rock, and it's no different here.

The Bayou
645 S. State, SLC
On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy live local jazz at this popular Cajun restaurant and beer emporium.

Black Lion
9854 S. 700 East, Sandy
You can rent the Black Lion for your own concert—or simply check out one of their sporadic multi-band events.

Bourbon House
19 E. 200 South, SLC
The name alone will get you in the door, but you'll stay for the local jazz jam as well as funk, soul and DJ acts.

244 25th St., Ogden
Here, you'll find mostly local bands and a lot of great blues acts, but also rock, new wave, singer-songwriters, hair metal tribute acts and cover bands.

The Cabin
825 S. Main, Park City
In addition to live, original local music on the weekends, The Cabin offers weekly open mics, karaoke, dueling pianos and DJs.

Circle Lounge
328 S. State, SLC
EDM is the name of the game at Circle, which books local and touring DJ and electronic acts.

Club 90
9065 S. Monroe St., Sandy
Club 90's main attractions are cover bands because they want you out of your seat. But check their calendar for weekly jazz and bluegrass.

Club X
445 S. 400 West, SLC
Club X offers everything from DJ nights to live punk and metal.

The Complex
536 W. 100 South, SLC
With its three stages, this massive downtown venue books touring metal, punk, indie and hip-hop acts—and you can drink here.

Dejoria Center
970 UT-32, Kamas
At this rustic special events center in the Uinta mountains, enjoy the likes of country singer LeAnn Rimes, hair metal band Slaughter and country gents the Bar J Wranglers.

Delta Performance Hall at Eccles Theater
131 S. Main, SLC
SLC's newest major venue offers everything from singer-songwriters like Amos Lee to mope-rocker Morrissey to country legend Kenny Rogers to Elvis tributes to Johnny freakin' Mathis.

  • Josh Scheuerman

The Depot
400 W. South Temple, SLC
A club/theater, The Depot accommodates mid-level and major touring acts in a variety of genres—but mostly all strains of rock: classic (Todd Rundgren), alternative (Dinosaur Jr.) and papal-satanic (Ghost).

Diabolical Records
238 S. Edison St., SLC
Secreted down a one-way downtown street, Diabolical hosts some of SLC's best local punk, indie, metal and goth rock—plus deliciously obscure touring acts like Nobunny and Tatsuya Nakatani.

Donkey Tails Cantina
136 E. 12300 South, Draper
If you learned anything from Star Wars, it's that Han shot first and cantinas have cool music—and there's nothin' like a massive combo platter while you enjoy some live tunes.

625 Main, Park City
Dance music rules Downstairs, and you'll see mostly dance artists and DJs—including DJ Mom Jeans, aka actor Danny Masterson (That '70s Show), who owns the joint.

The Egyptian Theatre
328 Main, Park City
The gorgeous Egyptian books multi-night stands by oldies bands (Herman's Hermits), classic rockers (Al Stewart), instrumental virtuosos (Robben Ford, Leo Kottke) and disco legends (Village People).

Elixir Lounge
6405 S. 3000 East, Holladay
A stylish lounge near Big Cottonwood Canyon, Elixir offers live acoustic music and DJs.

Flanagan's on Main
438 Main, Park City
On the weekends, Flanagan's offers live music—both covers and originals by local artists, plus DJ sets.

Funk 'N Dive Bar
2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden
There's some great music up in O-town, and you'll find a lot of it here—rock, blues, hip-hop, DJs and even old-timey jazz.

The Gallivan Center
239 S. Main, SLC
This downtown outdoor mini-amphitheater once hosted large local festivals and major touring acts (Gov't Mule, The Black Keys), but now it's known for scheduling local jazz, blues, soul and singer-songwriters.

The Garage
1199 Beck St., North Salt Lake
A roadhouse with breathtaking views of an oil refinery, The Garage books all the best roots music—blues, rockabilly, swing, country, folk and even some surf and (wait for it) garage rock!

326 S. West Temple, SLC
Classy Gracie's doesn't seem like a live music venue—but they bring us rockabilly, blues, folk, DJs and a weekly jazz jam with David Halliday and the Jazz Vespers Quartet.

  • Josh Scheuerman

The Great Saltair
12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna
Although the original castle-like edifice burned down long ago, the new building has hosted many major rock acts from Dio to Simple Minds to The Cult and The Flaming Lips, as well as huge EDM shows.

The Green Pig Pub
31 E. 400 South, SLC
The name just squeals blues, and you'll find it here—along with the occasional rock or jam band.

The Hog Wallow Pub
3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Cottonwood Heights
Live music and good eats are what's up at this cool little venue at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, where jam, funk and blues are often what's for dinner.

The Hotel and Club Elevate
149 W. 200 South, SLC
Dance music reigns at this popular downtown joint, which books local, national and international DJs.

The Ice Haüs
7 E. 4800 South, Murray
Tucked away in SLC suburb Murray, the Haüs offers DJs, singer-songwriters, funk, soul and jazz bands.

  • Josh Scheuerman

In the Venue/Club Sound
219 S. 600 West, SLC
Two venues in one: ITV is the big all-ages room with a retractable roof, Club Sound is the smaller 21-plus place, and everyone from violin virtuoso Lindsey Stirling to punk rockers Bad Religion and outsider singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston have performed here.

Infinity Event Center
26 E. 600 South, SLC
The only place in town where you can see Mexican arena rockers El Tri or Cuca, who are like the Rolling Stones and Motley Crue back in their home country.

751 N. 300 West, SLC
Salt Lake City's coolest LGBTQ bar is hidden between downtown SLC and North Salt Lake—you'll know it by the numerous rainbow flags and the pumpin' sounds of their DJs.

Johnny's On Second
165 E. 200 South, SLC
At Johnny's, the music is fairly varied with DJs and local bands flying the flag for alt-country, blues, rockabilly, funk and folk.

2404 Adams Ave., Ogden
Another O-Town fixture, Kamikaze's offers mainly local music without a favorite genre. You'll find punk, rock, country and celtic folk—among others.

Keys On Main
242 S. Main, SLC
As the name implies, this is a piano bar where you'll find ivory ticklers going Steinway-to-Steinway performing songs you choose—until somebody else pays them to stop.

Kilby Court
741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), SLC
Salt Lake's best all-ages venue is also one of the most unique. "Kilby," as we call it, is where we go to get sweaty while watching buzz bands play a cramped little garage, or sit outside like we're too cool for school.

1051 E. 2100 South, SLC
At Karamba, the music is geared to make you move—you'll find pop, DJs, Latin big bands and even the occasional rock en español act.

Kingsbury Hall
1395 E. President's Circle
The University of Utah's posh venue has hosted some incredible performances from the likes of the Violent Femmes, Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello. It sounds as good as it looks, too.

Liquid Joe's
1249 E. 3300 South, SLC
An everyman's club that books smaller local acts and big-name heritage hair metal bands, plus underground hip-hop and the occasional cult band like Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers.

The Loading Dock
445 S. 400 West, SLC
An all-ages venue specializing in extreme metal, Hot Topic bands and the occasional oddball, like roots rock maniac Lincoln Durham.

Maverik Center
3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City
An arena that, depending on the show, converts to a theater, the Mav has hosted Tool, The Cure, Van Halen, Harry Connick Jr., Melissa Etheridge and Widespread Panic.

Metro Music Hall
615 W. 100 South, SLC
At first, the Metro was pretty metal. Now they book everything, and you should check out the monthly event Hip-Hop Roots, showcasing hot local MCs, b-boys and graffiti writers.

Muse Music
247 W. Center St., Provo
Not even two years into its new building, Muse is one of Provo's popular all-ages venues focusing on local talent of all genres.

O.P. Rockwell
268 Main, Park City
This joint books great bands like The Mother Hips and Andy Frasco & the U.N. while also knowing the value of an all-female AC/DC tribute act like Hell's Belles.

Park City Live
427 Main, Park City
Formerly known as Harry O's, this theater brings in some great shows by jam bands (Galactic), electronic acts (Major Lazer) and singer-songwriters (Martin Sexton).

Pat's BBQ
155 W. Commonwealth Ave., SLC
Put down the ribs and mosey on down to Howie's Hall inside this BBQ hall to get your weekend toe-tapping on.

Peppermill Concert Hall
680 Wendover Blvd.,
West Wendover, Nev.
SLC locals love to escape to their own version of Sin City, where they can gamble and drink and catch concerts by Night Ranger, The Temptations and Engelbert Humperdinck.

  • Josh Scheuerman

Red Butte Garden
300 Wakara Way, SLC
Every summer, we look forward to this arboretum's annual outdoor concert series, which attracts more and bigger shows every year, and allows us to bring coolers crammed with grub 'n' booze.

The Royal
4760 S. 900 East, SLC
Owned by nationally known rock-cum-country band Royal Bliss, you'll find everything from active rock to folk to Reggae Thursdays, which features a different act—sometimes local, sometimes touring—every week.

Sandy Amphitheater
1245 E. 9400 South, Sandy
It abuts a park and a residential area, and is near a hospital. That might be why the shows here—the Lost '80s Tour, Toad the Wet Sprocket, "Weird" Al, The Doobie Brothers—seem so quiet.

3040 S. State, SLC
A pirate-themed huka bar, Scallywags hosts DJs and occasional hip-hop.

149 W. Pierpont Ave., SLC
It's mostly DJs and dance music at Sky, a downtown venue with a drop-top roof, but sometimes they'll book pretty cool bands like the Meat Puppets or Soul Asylum.

Snowbasin Resort
3925 Snowbasin Road, Huntsville
The resort's Blues, Brews & BBQ concert series fills five hours every summer Sunday with sun, suds, meat and free concerts by touring rock, blues, jam and soul acts.

Snowbird Resort
9385 S. Snowbird Center Drive, Snowbird
The renowned ski destination offers live music throughout its resort.

The Spur Bar & Grill
352 Main, Park City
There is something for everyone on the Spur's stage: cover bands, original local music and dueling pianos.

The State Room
638 S. State, SLC
Real music lovers will adore this theater where you can watch the likes of Todd Snider, Junior Brown or Los Lobos from the floor or from church pews and theater seats arranged stadium-style, while enjoying a stiff drink.

The Tavernacle
201 E. 300 South, SLC
Here's another dueling pianos bar—where it gets pretty wild as two pianists play covers for money and the highest bidder wins.

  • Josh Scheuerman

Twilight Concert Series at Pioneer Park
350 S. 300 West
From July through Labor Day, this affordable and well-curated series is not to be missed, featuring big-name indie rock and hip-hop acts with support from marquee locals.

Twilite Lounge
347 E. 200 South
You know your favorite neighborhood dive back home? This is ours. Stop by "The Twi" on Wednesdays and see Jazz Jaguars, a trio of local rockers performing lounge versions of their louder stuff.

32 Exchange Place, SLC
A very cool room with eclectic offerings including residencies by top local DJs, acoustic sets by local singer-songwriters, and even some funk.

The Underground
833 S. Main, SLC
There's a reason it's called the Underground—they don't really promote their shows, even on their Facebook page. But once in a while a show pops up ... and it's usually pretty good, even if you don't know who it is.

The Urban Lounge
241 S. 500 East, SLC
"The Urban" reigns supreme in the local music scene, booking mid-to-big names in a room that sounds great, but seems far too small for the talent—which we love, especially when the booker pairs them up with the crème de la local crème.

Usana Amphitheatre
5150 S. 6055 West, Magna
Usana hosts the valley's largest outdoor concerts (like blockbusters Black Sabbath, Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney), where you can chug $10 tallboys and love every summery minute.

135 N. University Ave., Provo
This all-ages venue in Provo champions local musicians. Corey Fox created something special with Velour, which birthed Neon Trees.

Vivint Smart Home Arena
301 W. South Temple
When the Utah Jazz aren't around and it's too cold for Usana, this is where the really big shows get booked.

The Westerner
3360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City
There aren't too many places around that specialize in country music—maybe because The Westerner whoops all new-comers with a massive dance floor and every local country act beatin' down its doors.

Willie's Lounge
1716 S. Main, SLC
You're the star on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during their rockin' karaoke.

Zest Kitchen & Bar
275 S. 200 West, SLC
Gourmet gluten-free grub and live music? Shut up and take my money! This is the place to go to expand your oral and aural horizons with food and music you've never experienced before.


Cocktail Guide A-Z
A handy-dandy blueprint to getting your buzz on in the Beehive.

By Darby Doyle

From traditional absinthe service (without the legendary sidecar of cuckoo) to that tiki torchlight classic, The Zombie, Beehive State imbibers have a bounty of bevvies at their boozy fingertips. We've curated an arsenal of aperitifs, local ingredients and top-notch purveyors all available in our salty city and beyond. The most wonderful thing about this list? It was really damn hard to limit the mix to 26 stars in the spotlight. Here's a hearty "Cheers" to our city's great bars, talented brewmasters and distillers, ingredient artisans and all of the folks who are raising the bar of craft spirits statewide.

  • Derek Carlisle

A. is for Absinthe
Dubbed the "green fairy" by artists like Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso and others of their ilk in late 19th century Paris, absinthe is a chartreuse-colored high-proof booze famous back in the day for getting people both messed up and kinda crazy. Old-school absinthe was made with Artemisia absinthium—commonly called wormwood—which in and of itself is a pretty useful herb used to treat fever, worm infections (yeah, eew) and jump-start appetites of the culinary and carnal varieties. Win-win, right? The downside? Wormwood also might contain inconsistent levels of the chemical thujone, a central-nervous system stimulant that in high concentration causes seizures, hallucinations and even death. Even though the hallucinogenic hype was never proven, absinthe was banned in the U.S. until distillers could guarantee safe levels of thujone in wormwood, and bottle a legal approximation of absinthe under various commercially available labels. Traditionally it's served neat in a glass, into which drops of icy cold water drip from a decorative urn over slotted spoons with an optional sugar cube resting on top. The ice water forms an undulating swirling mass—adding to the psychedelic vibe—called louche ("cloudy" in French). Don't want to invest in all this bar hardware yourself? Check out some local haunts doin' this service right, like The Rest (under Bodega, 331 S. Main, 801-532-4042, and Under Current Bar (270 S. 300 East, 801-574-2556).

  • Derek Carlisle

B. Beer Cocktails
Yes, really. Think subbing out the soda part of any highball with an appropriately profiled beer and enjoy the depth of flavor and zing it'll bring to the glass. Hops havens like Squatters (multiple locations, and Beer Bar (161 E. 200 South, 801-355-3618, have been bringing this beery boozefest to local glasses with much acclaim. Locals can try a spin on Brazil's national cocktail with a Caipbeerinha at Beer Bar, a perfect refresher on their patio in summer. And the fine folks at East Liberty Tap House (850 E. 900 South, 801-441-2845, have been keeping us surprised since they opened in February 2015 with a beer or cider cocktail on rotation on the drink menu. Said ELTH owner Scott Evans shortly after the tavern's opening, "In a market where most of the beer tap handles look the same, we're bringing in more hard-to-find imports, seasonal brews, Belgian sours and hard ciders."

  • Cole Wilson

C. Cold Brew Coffee
Think of it as the hot (er, cool?) mix of choice for summertime sipping. Get your caffeine fix and booze rations all in one go with this beaut of a bottled mix-in. Try local favorites like La Barba Capitol Black Cold Brew or pick up artisan java by the jar at spots like Caputo's Market (multiple locations,

Here's my personal jumped-up spin on the Kentucky classic of my formative drinking years, the mint julep:

Cold Brew Julep:
To a mixing glass add 1.5 ounces bourbon, 2 dashes chocolate bitters, 1.5 ounces (or more, to taste) simple syrup and 2.5 ounces cold brew coffee.
Stir for 40-50 revolutions with cracked ice, strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
Float a bit of cream on the top if desired. Garnish with mint. Sip through a straw. Sigh.

  • Elizabeth Ziegler

D. Day Drinking
Chugging brews like a crisp Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen in the outfield while watching Salt Lake Bees baseball is one of the best ways to spend time during a Saturday double-header. Or our favorite way to skip out of the office? A Thirsty Thursday lunch date, where $10 gets you seats anywhere in the ballpark and a hot dog with soda. To gild that already fab lily, 12-ounce pours of domestic draft beers are only $2.75 during all Thursday games. How's that for a home run? The fine print: There's a limit of two per customer in line, and you'll probably finish one on the way back to your seat, so plan ahead. And only in Utah are the lines for beer usually shorter than for ice cream. The exception? On Thirsty Thursdays, the lines for microbrews and Shock Top alike queue up early.

  • David Vogel

E. Eldredge, Amy: Badass Bartender
Whatever you do, don't call her a mixologist. As Ms. Eldredge told a rapt crowd of food and drink aficionados at a recent PechaKucha event held at Publik Coffee, "It's a ridiculous term. ... I'm proud to be a bartender." She's the bar consultant and drinks program developer for such hot spots as Under Current and Rye (239 S. 500 East, 801-364-4655, and past president of the Utah Chapter of the U.S. Bartenders' Guild. Ask her why she loves being a bartender and you'll hear: "I've always been a creative type, and I've dabbled in a lot of mediums like music, cooking, writing and painting." Eldredge later found her niche in cocktails and soon realized "the sky was the limit" when she started experimenting with fresh juice and syrups, rediscovered reclaimed spirits, "and the technicality and precision that I've always respected in any craft." On her fellow cocktail masters, she says, "The community of cocktail is such an eclectic group of like-minded peers and I love being a part of a collective team. I love my career because I can be expressive with creativity, I meet new and interesting people every day—many of whom end up becoming dear friends—and I can be myself." Among our city's cocktail cognoscenti, Eldredge has been a champion for recognizing the skill of professional bartenders, and is an ardent critic of the Zion Curtain, which as she contends "undermines everything about the art of cocktails." She believes that customers deserve to see the ingredients, care and skill that goes into making their drinks, which can be seen at a bar, but not at a bewildering mishmash of restaurants in Utah. Eldredge has mentored countless bartenders from coast to coast, and is a huge supporter of booze education. At Under Current, she's been instrumental in setting up the types of classes that were previously reserved for industry-only attendees. Now curious civilians can learn about subjects like absinthe, artisan bitters and rare Italian amari with a slew of experts at the bar's sold-out classes held every few weeks.

  • cityhomeCollective

F. Fiberglass
Kudos to Salt Lake Valley's Momentum Recycling ( for making all of those bottles that used to be tossed in the trash a hot commodity for curbside reclamation, and to downtown businesses like Squatters that have been eco-conscious from the get-go. Recycled glass is sorted by color, crushed into various sizes and then is turned into more glass containers, fiberglass and even hydroponic rooting medium. So, basically, you're helping the environment, one bottle of beer at a time.

  • Caroline Hargraves

G. Ginger Beer vs. Ginger Ale
Yup, there's a difference. Ginger ale is sweet, with a mild spice element making it the perfect combo with bland crackers when you have a tummy ache (thanks, Mom), or in traditional highballs like whiskey-ginger, where you want the whiskey flavor to shine through. Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic concoction with more pronounced ginger flavors and strong citrus notes and has a milder sweet base. Drinks needing a bit more "punch" in the nose, like a dark and stormy or Moscow mule, call for using ginger beer. Keep it local with SLC-made Garwood's Ginger Beer. Described by its makers as a "symphony in a bottle," the sweet-tart sparkly nectar is available at the Downtown Farmers Market and independent markets 'round town.

  • Caroline Hargraves

H. Hangover Cures
Pull out your tiny violin for this food-and-beverage writer's lament. Sure, we eat and drink in excess all over town and call it "work." Downside? Lots of time spent on the treadmill and some brutal mornings following a night (or three) of gluttony. Most medical professionals will agree that the best solution is to either not imbibe in the first place or partake of some serious re-hydration in the aftermath. But for the dirty lowdown cures, here are some local booze scribes' picks for pulling off a speedy recovery:

City Guide neighborhoods writer and "Amanda Eats SLC" blogger Amanda Rock: "McDonald's cheese-and-egg biscuit, greasy hash brown and weird watery OJ. It works. That OJ is watery magic. And the grease that seeps through the hash brown wrapper? Even better."

"Salt Tooth" blogger and food stylist/photographer Caroline Hargraves says "Beto's [multiple locations,] bean-and-cheese burrito. Every time. And the pierogies from The Polarican food truck [] totally did the trick" for her after a recent rosé spree.

Local chef Evan Francois and foodie guru Rob Grine concur that charcoal tablets are the "best cure ever." Need some liquid medium to choke down this hack? Check out Vive Juicery's (multiple locations, "Sensei" blend with activated charcoal, honey, lemon and ginger—all bottled as black as your soul ($5 for a small bottle or, for the truly desperate, go large for $9). Pound it in one go, served very, very cold. Or, mix a charcoal tablet in with a pre-packaged mix like locally made Achiva Energy coconut water-chia blend.

City Weekly's longstanding food critic, Ted Scheffler: "Big, brimming bowls of menudo!"

  • Caroline Hargraves

I. Ice, Ice Baby
So, why don't drinks made at home taste as crisp or clean as the ones we order at great bars? Usually the culprit is home ice machines, which even when filled with filtered water dump the moon-shaped rocks right next to the frozen pizza and burritos, making home ice taste like, goddammit, pizza and burritos. The ice at HSL (200 S. 418 East, 801-539-9999,, on the other hand, tastes like mountain-fresh moonbeams and pristine glacier-fed rivulets that bartender Scott Gardner has molded with flashing knives into shapes of wonder and whimsy from a huge-ass clear block of frozen H20. "Guests love to see that huge block of ice on the bar" Gardner says. "It's a great way to start a conversation about why using great ice makes such a difference in cocktails." Like describing why using a large chunk or chiseled sphere dilutes the drink more slowly (because of surface area), which is perfect in an old fashioned, rather than using chipped or cracked ice, which does a traditional julep justice but would water down other cocktails too quickly. Also, ice-masters can work around cloudy spots and other imperfections in a large ice block to make a cocktail even more visually appealing with that terrific transparency thing goin' on. And it's magically delicious.

  • Caroline Hargraves

J. Juniper
It's the distinctive herbal note and one of the main characteristics that makes gin distinct from its neutral-flavored cousin, vodka. Made with a fermented mash of barley and other grains, gin started out centuries ago as a medicinal libation particularly appreciated for helping ease childbirth. (Can I get an "amen," mama friends?) But when Dutch King William of Orange deregulated distilling in early-18th century England, gin became so plentiful, cheap and easily obtainable by even the poorest of the poor that it was targeted as the cause of widespread social breakdown and depravity. British booze historian Richard Barnett describes circa 1750 gin as the historical equivalent of modern-day crack. So, what turned around gin's PR problem? Quantity and quality control, and a distinctly American invention of the 19th century that quickly embraced by the world: the cocktail. Martini, anyone?

Gin joke of the day: Why were olives invented? So gin-drinkers wouldn't starve to death.

  • Caroline Hargraves

K. Kaffir Lime Leaves
... and other mixology ingredients, like super-fresh herbs, exotic fruit and a huge selection of coconut and other prepared tropical juices are sometimes hard to find on the fly in our salty city. Luckily, Southeast Market (422 E. 900 South, 801-363-5474, and Rancho Markets (multiple locations, have us covered on the regular. The latter is the go-to for finding the good stuff such as spot-on papaya or mango juices, full-strength Mexican Coke and dried roots for making homemade amari and bitters.

Insider's tip: At Rancho, look in the produce section (tucked away on the back wall with the dried spices) for cinchona bark, cascarilla, wormwood and gentian root at a fraction of the cost of even online suppliers. Bonus: You can eye it before you buy it.

  • Caroline Hargraves

L. Local Lemon Bitters
What takes simple and classic drinks like the vesper or old fashioned from good to great? Good-quality bitters. These alcohol-based botanical blends were formulated back in the day as medicinal additives. Pretty soon, bartenders figured out that they gave a bit of balance and pizzazz to boozy potions, as well. Fortunately for we denizens of Deseret, local companies like Beehive Bitters ( and Bitters Lab (pictured above, have thrown their figurative hats into the artisan bitters boom with national acclaim, making everything from streamlined citrus bitters to complex barrel-aged brews.

  • Enrique Limón

M. Micheladas
Mexico's masterful concoction of cerveza preparada has as many interpretations as there are distinct culinary regions of the nation. Beer is always the base, but from there, the sky's the limit for mix-ins like lime juice, hot sauce, spices and tomato or Clamato juice. Always served over ice with a salty-spicy rim, it's the genius south-of-the-border solution to beating the heat. City Guide's own editor, Enrique Limón, recommends the michelada at Taquería El Paisa (919 W. 2100 South, 801-908-5320, as one of the best in town. You can order the standard-fare mich in original or jazzy flavors like mango and tamarind for less than 10 bucks, or try the fishbowl-sized "michelada loca," which comes with a rim of chile paste, 10 grilled butterfly shrimp (I know) and is topped with a celery stalk. "All the basic food groups," Limón says.

  • Caroline Hargraves

N. Nick and Nora Glass
Tired of seeing those coupe glasses that everyone else uses? Pick up some Nick and Nora stems, based on ones used in The Thin Man films made in the 1930s and '40s and named after the series' protagonists, Nick and Nora Charles. Same volume as a martini or coupe glass, but a new elegant take on an iconic 20th-century style. Vintage stalkers can sometimes spot a set on that boulevard mid-century badassery (aka, South Broadway between 200 and 500 East) at Now and Again (207 E. 300 South, 801-364-0664, or The Green Ant (179 E. 300 South, 801-595-1818,, but you're pretty much guaranteed to find a set of stems at Boozetique (315 E. 300 South, 801-363-3939, The new ones are on the main shop floor, but vintage glass hounds know to check the back room for antique barware of every stripe and service need.

  • Darby Doyle

O. Oleo Saccharum
Oleo saccharum, aka "oil sugar," is the bartender's secret to building concentrated citrus flavors. The key to a very old school-style punch base or the homemade sour mix of your dreams is making this secret ingredient—basically a process for releasing all of the goodness and zing of the citrus oils from the zest, which then gets made into a syrup to balance the fruit/acid/sugar. This is a technique of pre-Civil War era origins, popular with booze slingers from the early American Republic through the early cocktail era. It's a pain in the ass, for sure, to peel all those lemons, but get to work: It's totally worth it after you've completed the citrus oil base a couple of days later. This recipe makes one quart of sweet-sour lemon mix, which can then be used to make whiskey sours, amaretto sours, you name it. Or, combine a quart of oleo saccharum mix with three bottles bourbon and three bottles sparkling wine and some spices of your choice (think nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves) to make enough generous drinks for 40-60 people. Or around a dozen City Weekly staffers.

Here's a take adapted from the definitive document on the subject, Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl, by drink historian David Wondrich. It's my personal favorite prescription for the historic method, and also the basic formula used by barman extraordinaire Scott Gardner of Water Witch fame to make a High West Prairie Bourbon Punch.

1. Prepare oleo saccharum by completely removing zest (just the peels without any white parts) of 6 large juicy lemons.
2. Then, in a big bowl, combine the lemon peels with 1 cup demerara or raw turbinado sugar.
3. Stir to combine and smash peels a bit with the back of a wooden spoon to grind in the sugar.
4. Lightly cover with plastic wrap, and move to a warm spot out of direct sunlight—this bowl's gonna be living there for a while, so get used to it.
5. Reserve all those whole peeled lemons in the refrigerator to finish the project.
6. Every time you remember (every 3-4 hours), stir and smash the sugar and peels some more.
7. Do this for at least 24 hours and up to two days.
8. You'll eventually have a nice pool of lemony oily, syrupy goodness in your bowl of curly lemon peels.
9. To this bowl of goop, add juice from all of the reserved peeled lemons and let sit for an additional 8-12 hours.
10. Stir well, then strain out solids.
11. Pour the lemon syrup into a quart jar and add enough cold water to fill the jar. Refrigerate up to 4 weeks. Boom.

  • Jim Sannik

P. Popsicles
Did you know that pretty much any lower-proof punch or cocktail (see previous entry) can be frozen into popsicle molds to create a cool treat? As long as the alcohol proofing isn't so high it inhibits freezing. Baseline: Get the ABV lower than 25 percent total liquid for best results by adding fruit juice or soda—the options are endless. One fave: After a big party throw leftover sangría (including fruit) into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 24 hours. Wait, who has leftover sangría?

  • Caroline Hargraves

Q. Quinine
Few cocktails define summertime sipping quite like the gin and tonic, a beverage mixed in the tropics by British colonists to make the bitter taste of antimalarial quinine hidden in tonic water more palatable—and its drinkers predictably more shitfaced at the same time. Although we're used to seeing tonic water in a clear, carbonated, conveniently canned concoction, many artisan and housemade tonic waters are slightly almond-tinged due to their extraction from cinchona bark (remember our fave purveyor, Rancho Market, in the "K"?) But be careful, ye experimental alcohol astronauts at home: Too much quinine can actually cause crazy-ass symptoms like ear-ringing, rashes—and in really severe cases of cinchonism—muscle spasms, vertigo of the extremely vigorous variety and (understatement here) epic intestinal inconsistency. Rather than sticking close to home with an EMT on speed-dial when doing the home-brew thing, why not cozy up to the bar at a pre-approved spot like Finca (327 W. 200 South, 801-487-0699, for an outstanding housemade mixer in their classic G&T? Or, buy lovely tonic potions sourced all over the world at Caputo's Markets, Boozetique or local markets like Harmon's Grocery ( The Trader Joe's version ain't too bad, either.

  • Caroline Hargraves

R. Rum
It's hard to believe that only a couple of years ago the total number of Utah distillers could be counted on one hand. But what microbrewing did to step up the beer-lovers market across the country, craft distillers have similarly pulled off to push the boundaries of small-batch booze. Even, or should we say especially, in Utah. It's a not-very-closely guarded secret in the beverage world that most of the bottles that end up on liquor store shelves aren't actually distilled by the folks who bottle and label the products; most spirits made in the U.S. come from a couple of large manufacturing plants in the Midwest and are shipped all over the country to brands who further filter, flavor and adjust the proof of the base booze before bottling under their own labels. And some of the results are pretty damn delicious. However, craft distillers are proud to be the exceptions to that repackaging rule, watching over the entire production process—from sourcing raw materials, to fermenting and distilling their products on-site and directly overseeing the entire bottling process. Bless their OCD hearts. Small-batch rum, in particular, is currently experiencing a kind of modern renaissance in cocktail culture. Rum must be made with sugar cane or its byproducts (such as molasses), and traditionally comes from sugar-producing regions of the world like the Caribbean. Four Utah distillers currently are making rum for this thriving market: Dented Brick Distillery (Antelope Island Rum), Distillery 36 (Brigham Rum, pictured), Outlaw Distillery (three distinct rums: white, French oak-aged and a spiced rum) and Sugar House Distillery (silver rum and gold rum aged in barrels that previously held their malt whiskey). Of these, Distillery 36's Brigham Rum recently won a silver medal at the Denver International Spirits Competition and Sugar House Distillery won a bronze medal for their silver rum from the American Distilling Institute. Cheers to sipping local!

  • John Taylor

S. Shakes (those of the boozy variety)
Utahns love their ice cream, with some of the highest consumption rates of the frozen concoction in the country. Better yet, grown-ups can blend it with liquor, like the folks at Hub and Spoke Diner (1291 S. 1100 East, 801-487-0698, do with five different boozy shakes on the menu all whirled up with rich, thick ice cream. Try a dirty chai with rum, espresso and chai blend ($9), a ramped-up grasshopper with fresh mint, crème de menthe and chocolate liquor ($8.50) or a bourbon-forward salted caramel shake ($8.50).

  • Derek Carlisle

T. Taxidermy
There's something about that vibram-soled outdoorsy vibe that sizeable tableaus of dead animals bring to a booze hall. Think about it: Our favorite roadhouse saloons just wouldn't be the same without spotting that wily critter of the West, the jackalope, behind the bar. But if we're in the mood for more of a dark, sexy vibe than spotting a Patrick Swayze circa 1989 wanna-be, we head to The Rest (331 Main, 801-532-4452,, where owner Sara Lund has amassed one of the truly most spectacular displays of taxidermy in her secret lair of all things awesome. She collected the massive mounts over years in anticipation of building a bar environment they'd be perfectly showcased in, and each piece has a personal story for Lund, who says "I brought a lot of them from my personal collection in New York, and got the buffalo from a dear friend" in the Empire State. The ever-observant ungulates grace walls covered in creepy original art, and underscore the weird and freaky (in the absolute best way) diva of downtown digs for food and drinks.

Insider's tip: make a reservation. Really. It's the only way you're gonna get past the bouncer upstairs at Bodega. From that part on it's all good gravy. Enjoy the tunes spun on vinyl and play some bartender roulette with some of the best barkeeps in the city.

  • Derek Carlisle

U. Umbrella Drinks
There's something about that ubiquitous paper parasol that brings on nostalgia for beachy beverages like a piña colada or mai tai every damn time, even when Utah hasn't seen oceanfront property since roughly the late Cretaceous period. And forget about that whack-a-doodle Zion Curtain blocking patrons' views of insidious mixology as the instigator for cocktail curiosity among the short set: We all know it's plastic swords, tail-curled technicolor-hued monkeys and, yes, tiny umbrellas that have fascinated kiddos ordering Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers since time immemorial. Or, at least from the 1940s on. Theories abound on where and when, exactly, the paper umbrella came to top especially syrupy and sweet concoctions. But historians agree that decorative paper objects of all shapes and sizes have been made and distributed from China for centuries, and full-size paper umbrellas were popularly found around the sunny South Pacific before and during WWII, coinciding with America's mid-century mania for all things tiki. That legend that the little umbrella keeps the ice from melting in the sun's rays? Drinks historian Dale DeGroff doesn't buy it: "The big paper umbrellas were sunscreens, but the little ones were decorative," he says.

  • Caroline Hargraves

V. Vermouth
Think fast: Where's your vermouth stored? If you didn't say "in the fridge," you're asking for off-flavored trouble, advises local spirits guru Jim Santangelo, founder and educator of the Wine Academy of Utah. Whether it's the sweet (red) variety or dry (white) kind, vermouth is a wine-based spirit with a low-enough alcohol content that can and will go bad if not used quickly or refrigerated. Save your Manhattans and martinis from going to Funkytown (in a bad way) by buying quality vermouth in the smallest bottle you can find and keep it cool. Get some superb street-cred by attending classes all about various vermouths at local spots like Caputo's Market, Pallet (237 S. 400 West, 801-935-4431,, Under Current and through the University of Utah's roster of tastings and tours (1901 E. South Campus Drive, Ste. 1175, 801-587-5433,

  • Derek Carlisle

W. White Russian
"Careful man, there's a beverage here!" Abide, dudes. Don your comfiest robe, get thee to the nearest bowling alley, and mix up a double of The Big Lebowski classic, a white Russian. Bonus points if you free-pour like a badass Jeff Bridges: To an old fashioned glass filled with ice, add 2 ounces of vodka (try Ogden's Own Five Wives if you're looking to class it up) and 1 ounce coffee liqueur. Glug a splash of heavy cream over the top and stir. Craving this creamy delight out on the town? Bask at Duffy's Tavern (932 S. Main, 801-355-6401), white Russian in hand to bring the Archie Bunker vibe full circle, or hit up dives like The Twilite Lounge (347 E. 200 South, 801-532-9400,, The Spot (870 S. Main, 801-355-7768) or, hell, pretty much any casino in Wendover.

  • Josh Scheuerman

X. X-Factor
You know the place—that bar that makes you feel like Norm walking into Cheers. Whether it's because everybody knows your name, or absolutely nobody does and that's exactly what you crave, there's something about a great bar that makes you glad you got off your ass and went out to share an adult beverage in the company of other actual humans. Thankfully, SLC's got both of those options covered and everything in between: Bar X (155 E. 200 South, 801-355-2287, brings bi-coastal levels of hipness to the Beehive with highbrow craft cocktails. Or for those searching for the laid-back lowbrow vibe, that Trolley Square-area standby for cheap-ass shots, X-Wife's Place (465 S. 700 East, 801-532-1954) is sure to fit the (low denomination) bill.

  • Kerri Fukui

Whiskey evangelist Tim Peterson is a firm believer that great booze is best shared with friends, rather than collecting dust on an investor's shelf, because hell-to-the-fuckin'-yeah: You Only Live Once, and you sure as hell can't take that great whiskey with you. There's an ever-increasing world of whiskey-Bogarting booze-bankers who are lining their shelves with unopened bottles of rare hooch like Pappy Van Winkle, and for people who enjoy actually drinking whiskey rather than looking at a dusty bottle, this is a sad, sad thing. However, if you're lucky enough to be invited to Tim's tasting room—dug into the old coal cellar of his Sugar Hood cottage—you're in for a treat. Guests have access to well over 200 bottles of fire water sourced from all over the world, from elegant Japanese whiskeys to rare Kentucky bourbons, superlative Spanish single-malt, whisky from every region of Scotland and unusual American blends like High West's Yippie Ki-Yay. And Tim, who doesn't believe in saving booze on the shelf, has a story about each and every bottle, many of them coming from distilleries he's visited personally. A wealth of information and a natural educator, Tim's personal collections equals (and he'd humbly say often exceeds) most public whiskey emporiums in both quantity and quality. He's been a Whisky Magazine blind-test judge and has a big social media following of folks no-doubt hoping they'll be the next lucky duck invited over to his invitation-only speakeasy. Check out @speakeasyonwentworth on Instagram and Facebook to get a glimpse into Tim's world and take part in future tastings.

  • Caroline Hargraves

Z. Zombie
From the oil sugar recipe to the retelling of the nimble cocktail umbrella's history, it's clear we're aiming for a summer vibe here. The mid-century epitome of all that's over-the-top about tiki tipples, the zombie was a classic made popular by the original Trader Vic's California-based chain of Polynesian-inspired restaurants. But the original cocktail is widely credited to that seminal saloon-keeper of tiki bar backstory, Donn Beach (his given name? Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt) of "Don the Beachcomber" bars found from Hollywood to Hawaii. According to booze historian Wayne Curtis, Donn Beach blended up the primordial version of this powerful potion using five kinds of rum totaling at least 8 ounces (with some accounts upping the content to a whopping 12 ounces), all mixed with fresh pineapple and lime juice to jump start the day of a badly hungover customer by serving not just the hair of the dog, but apparently the whole damn hide. Beach later claimed the customer said he felt like "the living dead" until revived by the drink, and, thus, the name "zombie" stuck.

An increasingly wide array of recipes with a similar fruit-rum profile included ingredients of every stripe short of the kitchen sink: apricot brandy, curaçaos of various colors, grenadine, sugar, maraschino liqueur, various bitters, absinthe and pretty much every tropical fruit that has ever made its way to the juicer, all topped off with a floater of 151-proof rum and served in a decorative bowl (for a crowd of straws) or skull-head mug for single servings. This West Coast sensation then swept the nation after the Hurricane Bar at Flushing Meadows served zombies during the 1964 New York World's Fair ($1 each; limit one per customer). It was the fair's best seller. Tiki cocktail revivalists make modern versions of the zombie with top-shelf aged rums and supah-fresh squeezed juices served in vintage glassware, but Utah state laws still keep the ABV content relatively low compared to the original recipes. This might not be such a bad thing: In July 1936, Howard Hughes killed a pedestrian while driving home drunk after a night imbibing at Don the Beachcomber. Our advice: Make a zombie at home or leave the driving to the professionals.

From Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide:
Juice of ½ lime.
1 ½ ounces orange juice.
1 ounce lemon juice.
½ ounce grenadine.
1 ounce curaçao.
1 ounce light Puerto Rican rum.
1 ounce dark Jamaica rum.
Blend in electric drink mixer with 1 scoop shaved ice.
Pour into 14-ounce block optic chimney glass.
Decorate with fresh mint and a stirrer.

And there you have it. Next time you're going for your usual, opt for something a tad more daring and, whenever possible, source local. May your glass be half full and your nights filled with fun-filled memories (or half-memories, whatever the case may be).


Essential Beer Bars / Sports Bars

  • Josh Scheuerman

A Bar Named Sue
This Johnny Cash-themed bar hosts Cash-themed signature events like a JC Birthday Tribute and Sing O' Fire Karaoke nights. Take a selfie with the Johnny Cash murals for extra points.
3928 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-274-5578;
8136 S. State, Midvale, 801-566-3222,

The Bayou
The O.G. of all SLC beer bars. Owner Mark Alston regularly picks out new flavors to bring into The Bayou. For the best approach to new suds, download their app.
645 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Beer Bar
Locals talk about going to Ty Burrell from Modern Family's bar, but Beer Bar could live on its own merits as a solid watering hole offering 140+ beers and locally sourced pub fare.
161 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

Beerhive Pub
A Main Street mainstay and easy to see why. Several staffers have been around for years and are extremely helpful navigating their extensive beer list. Sporting Utah's only ice bar is a nice complement.
128 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

The Break
Being nestled in the Daybreak community, you're offered some respite in Salt Lake suburbia.
11274 Kestrel Rise Road, South Jordan,

Fiddler's Elbow
One of the few remaining cornerstone Sugar House businesses left after the urban development facelifted the area. Fiddler's has been a draw for decades and looks like it will remain as such.
1063 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City,

Ice Haus
Beers. Brats. Booze. Right on its logo. You'll want to find yourself in Murray to experience this charmer.
7 E. 4800 South, Murray,

Johnny's On Second
$4 shot and a beer. Come on, let's be real: In any metropolitan area that's just a steal.
165 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

Here's a solid family-friendly sports bar just outside of downtown proper. Great for youth sports team dinners and hangouts with friends if you can't score tickets to the Jazz or RSL.
677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City,

Salt Lake's original neighborhood sports bar and supporter of all teams that rep Utah.
145 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-883-8714; 3000 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-484-5597,

Essential Clubs

The Depot
The Depot holds it down in the Gateway district. And with one of the best lineups, they continue to help grow the thriving music scene.
400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City,

Duces Wild
A Cheers-style bar, only with dancers. Call it your "slightly naughty" neighborhood bar.
2750 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City,

Hog Wallow Pub
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more unique pub in Salt Lake. You'll certainly want to find yourself on their one-of-a-kind patio after summer hikes in the Cottonwoods.
3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Salt Lake City,

  • Dave Morris

Piper Down
For St. Patrick's Day, Piper changes all its taps to Guinness. What else do you need to know? Oh, befriend a bartender and ask about its namesake. Straight-up Utah bar lore.
1492 S. State, Salt Lake City,

This 1920s-themed bar the heart of the valley serves up some fancy craft cocktails and taps that only pour local beer.
151 E. 6100 South, Murray,

The Royal
The Royal taps into a wide variety of genres making it a Murray destination bar attracting fans from all over the valley. Reggae Thursdays are a staple and its Tuesday open mics night have been known to feature local celebrities.
4760 S. 900 East, Murray,

Owner Ken Dismore got his inspiration for Sky from some of the best clubs and music festivals around. For EDM lovers, Therapy Thursdays are top notch.
149 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City,

The State Room
Do these guys know how to book acts or what? A must-visit for intimate vibes and big names.
638 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Trails Men's Club
Not far from downtown, Trails is Salt Lake's premier gentlemen's club with the biggest stage and the hottest ... steak dinner specials.
921 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City,

The Westerner
This unpretentious west-side country bar doesn't require a cowboy hat, but you're going to want to line-dance, nonetheless.
3360 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City,

Essential Dives / Neighborhood Bars

Bongo Lounge
Cheap drinks flow like manna at this Millcreek dive bar.
2965 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City,

Cheers to You
Norm hasn't been here, to our knowledge, but come enough and everybody will know your name. For a downtown bar, it certainly has that neighborhood feel.
315 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

Cruzrs Saloon
With darts, billiards and bar-staple game nights like Texas Hold 'em tournaments, there's something for everyone here.
3943 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City,

Dick 'n' Dixies
A Real Salt Lake fan and player favorite. Don't worry, though, Nick Rimando won't stop you from having a good time.
479 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

Funk 'n' Dive
One of the fanciest "dive" bars you'll ever see. If you haven't tried Tatchos, do it. Do it now.
2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden,

Mid City Pub
Not just a stopping point before and after you pretend to be Rory McIlroy at TopGolf.
7101 Bingham Junction Blvd., Midvale,

O'Shucks Bar & Grill
This unassuming basement bar features $3 schooners on Wednesday nights and adjacent Ahh Sushi serves up some mean rolls.
22 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City,

Patrick's Pub
Conventioneers need a break between sessions. Kitty-corner to the Salt Palace Convention Center, Patrick's is the perfect place to use that company card you snagged.
163 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

The Tap Room
There are no frills at this Sugar House staple. Just the good hooch and a friendly staff.
2021 E. Windsor St., Salt Lake City,

X-Wife's Place
One of Salt Lake's last stands against credit card machines. It's cash-only at this dive bar that won't come close to breaking the bank.
465 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City,

Essential Lounges

This upscale lounge in Ogden features one of the neatest rooftop patios around.
201 25th St., Ogden,

Bourbon House
Bourbon House sells the most Jameson in all the land. You'll never feel more sophisticated throwing down a few picklebacks than you will here.
19 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

  • Josh Scheuerman

Club 90
Game room, dance floor and the Green Room for private events. Club 90 has it all.
9065 S. Monroe St., Sandy,

Good Grammar
This new hip cocktail lounge has a colorful feel and an amazing drink selection.
69 Gallivan Ave., Salt Lake City,

Harp and Hound
Located above the Funk 'n' Dive, the Harp and Hound is Ogden's newest and prettiest gastropub.
2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden,

Keys on Main
A dueling-piano bar perfect for large parties and company outings. Flip the musicians a solid tip and your favorite tunes will be next on their list.
242 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

No Name Saloon
Easily one of the most popular bars in Park City, this rustic watering hole is a must-see.
447 Main, Park City,

Owl Bar
Robert Redford spared no expense to bring in the bar-top where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used to belly up. Finding yourself in Utah County isn't all that bad if you make your way here.
8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance,

The Ruin
This upscale cocktail bar is the new kid on the block, but you wouldn't know it.
1215 E. Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City,

A former boiler room that once heated up an entire city block, Twist owns that 19th-century look and now heats up on the weekends.
32 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City,

Essential LGBTQ Bars

Area 51
Where theme nights and good times abound.
451 S. 400 West,

Club Try-Angles
Play a game of pool or darts and expand your social circle at this friendly neighborhood bar.
251 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City,

Club Jam
Where the pretty people go dance, drink and catch a good drag show.
751 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City,

Club X
Dazzling sequins and sizzling bacon collide at their regular Drag Brunch.
445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City,

For the best Sunday night party, look no further than this Sugar House haunt.
1051 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City,

  • Ronald Brown

Kween at Club ONE80
SLC's hottest Friday dance party.
219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City,

Metro Music Hall
Check out their schedule online, and if the Bad Kids Collective are hosting a night, go.
615 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City,

Sun Trapp
Everybody might not know your name at first, but they will after a couple of signature Mason-jar cocktails.
102 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City,


The Last Word With Jeremy Pugh

By Enrique Limón

  • Natalie Simpson Beehive Photography

When it comes to fun things to do in Salt Lake City, Jeremy Pugh quite literally wrote the book. His 100 Things to Do in Salt Lake City Before You Die provides readers with the ultimate bucket list—from taking a ride on the Olympic bobsled track to floating on Weber River—and paints SLC as a "vast outdoor playground, where all Mormons, gentiles, sinners and Saints mingle and mix to make a truly unique place in the West and the world."

  • Josh Scheuerman
1. Biggest Salt Lake City misconception?
That we're square, kind of stuffy and conservative. The state of Utah's overall conservatism gets applied to Salt Lake City and I think people from out of town are surprised to find that we're such a progressive and diverse place.

  • Vince Corak

2. What is your personal No. 1 SLC destination must?
I'm tempted to say Temple Square because it's so obvious, but honestly, I think the Gilgal Sculpture Garden. It's such an interesting place, and it touches on Utah history with a religious backdrop that our state has, and it's just funky and weird.

  • Cameron Black

3. What about No. 2?
The Great Salt Lake. Those of us who grew up here grew up with a sort of weird bias saying, 'Oh, it stinks' or whatever ... but it's a really cool place. I really encourage Salt Lakers to go check it out—go out to Antelope Island, rent a canoe and go paddle around the lake.

  • Derek Carlisle

4. Favorite outdoor activity?
Definitely the hiking. I'm a big skier, but I think the hiking is more egalitarian, and we're so fortunate to live A) Within shot of something like the Living Room Trail, which you can do on a lunch break, or B) Take a whole Saturday and go up on the Desolation Trail and hike all through the Wasatch on these amazing, well-maintained trails.

  • John Taylor

5. Essential dining experience?
Hires Big H. That to me is the quintessential Archie and Jughead kind of 1950s [experience]. You go in there on a Saturday night, and there's all these high school kids down there and parents taking the soccer team out for a root beer float.

  • Derek Carlisle

6. Fry sauce: yea or nay?
Oh, I'm a yea. I'm definitely more on the ketchup side; I don't like a 50/50 mix, I'm more like a 60/40 split on the ketchup-to-mayo ratio. But yeah, I'm always going to answer yes to fry sauce.

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