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ENRIQUE LIMÓN
  • Enrique Limón

Neighborhood Noshing
Load up the station wagon and check out these local foodie oases.
By Alex Springer

The dining scene along the Wasatch Front has evolved to the point where each neighborhood offers some slices of international flavor. From West Valley to Canyon Rim, here are some places to tempt your sense of culinary adventure.

West Valley
The force of pho is strong in the WVC. I've been slowly making my way through the city's vast collection of Vietnamese restaurants, and I'm always surprised at how each establishment approaches traditional Vietnamese dishes. Gossip Tapioca (1629 W. 3500 South, 801-886-2868, gossiptapioca.com), for example, offers a wide variety of noodle soups that don't skimp on the tripe and tendons. They're also boasting one of the largest and most delicious menus of boba teas and smoothies around—the PPMS ($4.25) is a tropical dream of passion fruit, peach, mango and strawberry.

On the banh mi side of things, I've become a fan of Hot Banh (2662 S. 5600 West, 801-964-6558). Their menu is full of sandwich staples like short rib ($4.99) and the sunny-side-up egg ($2.99) which are always tasty. They're one of the most wallet-friendly joints in town. I'm always happy to recommend the avocado ($3.99) or vegan ($3.99) banh mi to those looking for something plant-based—both sandwiches are filling and delicious.

Rose Park/Poplar Grove
If you're running a Mexican restaurant within a 5-mile radius of a local powerhouse like Red Iguana, you've got to pull out all the stops. It's a challenge that the residents of Rose Park and Poplar Grove have met head-on, and fans of Mexican food get to reap the benefits. If you're in the mood for tacos, burritos and quesadillas, look no further than Santo Taco (910 N. 900 West, 801-893-4000, facebook.com/santotacoslc). This up-and-coming taquería brings all the charm of your favorite downtown taco cart—and its corresponding menu of tacos de lengua ($2.50) or de cabeza ($2)—into a stylish, fast-casual restaurant.

Those looking for a Mexican food menu that specializes in traditional dishes like meaty albóndigas ($10.50) soup or the eye-catching mojarra frita ($14.50, pictured) will want to check out the cozy confines of Julia's Mexican Food (51 S. 1000 West, 801-521-4228). Not that their menu of tacos and burritos can't stand on its own, but this is a place where one can get a more pure sense of the range that Mexican food really has.

Holladay/Canyon Rim
Thanks to our wide variety of Indian food restaurants, I've come to associate the savory scents of butter chicken and tikka masala with the crisp mountain air that wafts down from the Wasatch mountains from Cottonwood Canyon. The foothills are no stranger to tasty Indian restaurants, and Bombay House (2731 W. Parleys Way, 801-581-0222, bombayhouse.com) is among the most revered. It was one of the first Indian restaurants to combine the ambiance of a destination dinner with some truly delicious interpretations of Indian classics. Their flavorful rogan josh ($14.95) and chicken tikka masala ($13.95) never disappoint.

For fans of the tandoor oven and its ability to supercharge kabobs and veggies, the aptly named Tandoor Indian Grill (4828 S. Highland Drive, 801-999-4243, tandoorindiangrill.com) has you covered. Their house special kebab ($15.95) will make you second guess your favorite barbecue joint, and the mixed grill ($17.95) is a showcase of how that tandoor process complements both chicken and shrimp.

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Enrique Limón

Enrique Limón

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Editor at Salt Lake City Weekly. Lover of sour candies.

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