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Nosh Around the Clock 

Where to find the best food from dawn till dusk

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There are folks who love breakfast more than any meal, and some who skip it altogether. Some people use the power lunch to seal business deals, while others consider brunch the best meal of the entire week. And then there’s the type who enjoys nothing more than a late-night snack. No matter what hour you prefer to do your ingesting, here are some excellent restaurant options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and late-night meals, plus a dinner tour of world cuisines. As the Italians say, mangia bene!

The Breakfast Club

Blue Plate Diner
Not only does Blue Plate Diner serve killer breakfasts, but it does so all day, every day. Want traditional eggs Benedict or vegan pancakes for dinner? Blue Plate Diner has ’em for you. Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives’ Guy Fieri liked the corned-beef hash so much that he called it “money hash.” The funky, fun atmosphere and jammin’ jukebox add to Blue Plate’s appeal. 2041 S. 2100 East, 801-463-1151,

Eggs in the City
If you love old wood floors and the homespun feel of a classic diner, Eggs in the City is for you. Although the restaurant isn’t that old, it has a folksy, wholesome, old-time ambiance and feel. It’s a terrific, kid-friendly place for a family breakfast, with all the standard fare, plus some harder-to-find eating options, like blintzes or the “Mama” breakfast burrito. 1675 E. 1300 South, 801-581-0809

Over the Counter Cafe
If you haven’t visited Over the Counter Cafe in a while, you should know that this once cash-only operation now accepts credit and debit cards. Other than that, OTC has the same local-diner appeal, with veteran cooks, waitresses and owners who have kept it going for 30-plus years. Huge, fluffy pancakes, delicious multigrain French toast with walnuts and whipped cream, and the justifiably renowned bacon makes OTC a must-visit for breakfast. 2343 E. 3300 South, 801-487-8725,

Lamb’s Grill
For some 94 years, Lamb’s Grill has been feeding hungry Utahns; it’s the state’s oldest continually operating restaurant. Grab a table or belly up to the counter for classic breakfast fare like quiche Lorraine, corned-beef hash (the beef is corned in-house), chicken-fried steak & eggs, Belgian waffles and Greek omelets. 169 S. Main, 801-364-7166,

Little America Coffee Shop
If you haven’t visited Little America lately, you might not know that the Coffee Shop recently got a complete facelift and renovation. Thankfully, though, the popular breakfast offerings didn’t change much. Rib-sticking traditional breakfasts—like the Eye Opener, the Santa Fe, the Country Fare, the European and the Wasatch Mountain Man casserole—will provide all the fuel you need for the day ahead. 500 S. Main, 801-596-5708,

Millcreek Café & Eggworks
Although Millcreek Café & Eggworks sports a sleek and snazzy modern design, the vibe here is friendly, warm and old-fashioned, with service second to none. Omelets are custom-made to your specifications, so if you want to kick off the day with jalapeños, no problem. There are also scrumptious breakfast wraps, breakfast paninis, veggie eggs Benedict and zesty huevos rancheros. Don’t forget to order a side of chile verde. 3084 E. 3300 South, 801-485-1134,

Olympian Restaurant
No one dishes up breakfast quite like the Greeks, which is why Salt Lakers have been going in droves to the Olympian for many, many years. Regulars often affectionately refer to the Olympian as their favorite “greasy spoon” for its can’t-miss menu items like the bacon waffle (yes, a bacon-filled waffle), perfect hash browns and Greek omelet, plus warm greetings from owners Tony and Maria. 2181 S. 700 East, 801-487-1407

Royal Eatery
If an eatery that’s all-American, inexpensive and old-school appeals to you, then breakfast at Royal Eatery is a slam-dunk. But don’t come looking for fancy food: Royal Eatery serves up classic eggs, bacon, home fries, three-egg omelets and the best French toast you’ll ever get your lips around. Hang around until lunchtime for equally awesome burgers. 379 S. Main, 801-532-4301

Ruth’s Diner
Although Ruth’s underwent a facelift a few years ago, in most ways it’s still the same classic-style diner that Ruth opened back in 1930 as Ruth’s Hamburgers before hauling a trolley car up Emigration Canyon, where Ruth’s currently resides. There’s no better place to enjoy breakfast than on the deck in warm weather while you tackle the famous Mile High biscuits & gravy. 4160 Emigration Canyon Road, 801-582-5807,

Park Cafe
Want to get your day off to a great start? The Park Cafe is the place to do it. This cozy, friendly eatery is always brimming with positive energy and good vibes—oh, and the food is terrific, too. The banana pancakes totally rock, as do the rib-sticking biscuits with sausage gravy. But get there early, because those bodacious biscuits tend to sell out. 604 E. 1300 South, 801-487-1670,

The Brunch Bunch

Avenues Bistro on Third
This quaint one-off bistro isn’t your typical brunch spot, but brunch menu items are served all day and they’re truly unique. Owner Kathie Chadbourne’s brunch menu features dishes such as an artichoke stuffed with scrambled eggs and topped with black truffle oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Then there’s the bowl of eggs with sauteed spinach and prawns—definitely not your grandpa’s brunch! 564 E. Third Ave., 801-831-5409,

Weekend brunch at Faustina restaurant is a real treat, especially if you’re lucky enough to be seated out on the sunny patio in warm weather. And it’s hard to beat brunch menu items like the Faustina Benedict: a new twist on an old standard, featuring polenta, Italian sausage, poached farm-fresh eggs, grilled tomato and Hollandaise sauce. There’s also a killer Black Forest ham & egg puff pastry with Jarlsberg. Oh, and the three-buck mimosas don’t hurt, either. 454 E. 300 South, 801-746-4441,

Caffe Niche
With the recent partnering of chef/owner Ethan Lappé and the LaSalle restaurant group, Caffe Niche just keeps getting better, and brunch here is epic. That’s thanks to unique offerings like whole-wheat sour-cream pancakes, bread-pudding French toast and chedder & jalapeño biscuits with gravy. 779 E. 300 South, 801-433-3380,

Cafe Trio
Whether at the downtown location or in Cottonwood Heights, Cafe Trio’s brunches are an abundance of riches. There are rustic flatbreads to choose from, along with wood-fired pizzas, calzones and panini sandwiches. And, of course, there are more than a dozen traditional breakfast items as well, like short-rib hash and housemade granola, along with soups, salads and mimosas, bloody marys and Bellinis. 680 S. 900 East, 801-533-8746; 6405 S. 3000 East, 801-944-8746,

The Copper Onion
Whether you like your brunch traditional or with a creative spin, The Copper Onion is the place for you. On the classic side, there are menu items like biscuits & gravy, huevos rancheros, veggie frittata and challah-bread French toast. And then, for out-of-the-box brunch, you could enjoy a Cuban sandwich, patatas bravas, ricotta dumplings or leek fettuccine. Be sure to try the tasty Bloody Bull libation. 111 E. 300 South, 801-355-3282,

Grand America Garden Café
Luxurious. Opulent. Decadent. Delicious. Those are just a few words to describe the over-the-top brunch at Grand America’s Garden Café. This is the big daddy of all brunches: an all-you-can-eat extravaganza featuring a seafood station with chilled shellfish, including King crab, sushi and ceviche; an artisan cheese cart; crepe, omelet and pancake stations; a carving station with Prime rib and Niman Ranch roasted pork; a food station for kids; a ginormous buffet with all sorts of hot and cold dishes; and more, including live music. 555 S. Main, 801-258-6708,

Pig & a Jelly Jar
As you might guess from its name, Pig & a Jelly Jar is all about comfort food, and that goes double for the breakfast/brunch menu, which is available all day. The made-from-scratch biscuits with herbed country gravy are awfully tempting, but then, so are the chicken & waffles. The three-egg frittatas are fantastic, and for simpler fare, the housemade granola is great. Wash it all down with a sparkling wine & strawberry cocktail called the Strawberry Smash. 401 E. 900 South, 385-202-7366,

Roots Cafe
Breakfast and brunch is served all day at Roots Cafe, featuring organic, sustainable, local foods and fair-trade coffees. Among the omelets—which are made with farm-fresh eggs—there’s a tasty vegetarian omelet option called The Gardener. And for French-toast lovers, the housemade apple-pecan bread-pudding French toast is hard to refuse. Also try the “PETA” breakfast sandwich with veggie sausage. 3474 S. 2300 East, Millcreek, 801-277-6499,

Lunch Rooms

Del Mar al Lago
Del Mar al Lago is justifiably well-known for its outstandingly fresh ceviche. However, there’s a lot more going on here than delectable citrus-marinated seafood—like lunch. Lunch specials at Del Mar al Lago go for a mere $8.50 and include salad or soup, a soft drink and menu items such as sauteed duck, lomo saltado, vegetable and seafood soups, fish dishes and much more, plus a full bar. Pisco sour, anyone? 310 Bugatti Drive, 801-467-2890,

9th South Delicatessen
If there’s a better Reuben sandwich in town, we’ve yet to find it. But that’s not the only thing going on at 9th South Deli during lunchtime. There’s also a kick-ass French dip sandwich; classic albacore tuna with mayo, celery and red onion on rye; an all-beef kosher hot dog; and a free range egg-salad sammich. Round out lunch with Dr. Brown’s soda and a black & white cookie. 931 E. 900 South, 801-517-3663,

If you’re looking to do lunch downtown, Bambara is an excellent option. In addition to regular lunch offerings such as local lamb sliders, Hawaiian albacore tuna, potato gnocchi, fish tacos, flat-iron steak Cobb salad and an American Wagyu burger, there’s also the daily Powers Lunch, named for Chef Nathan Powers. It’s salad or soup of the day, a turkey wrap, burger or daily special, and a warm, gooey cookie, all for $14. 202 S. Main, 801-363-5454,

Feldman’s Deli
Jewish delis are few and far between in Utah, so thank goodness for Feldman’s. This is the real deal—a deli with boiled & baked bagels made in-house, the best corned beef on rye this side of the Continental Divide, heavenly pastrami, marvelous matzo-ball soup, all-beef salami, potato knishes, kishka, gefilte fish and much more, including beer. 2005 E. 2700 South, 801-906-0369,

Somehow, the eclectic ambiance of Spedelli’s, with its wood floors, brushed-metal walls and blue plastic chairs, just works. This is a fun and funky place that doesn’t take itself too seriously, although the food is seriously good. Pizzas, calzones and strombolis are the specialties, but there are also sandwiches, salads, tacos, appetizers and desserts on the menu, not to mention beer. Oh, yeah, there’s poutine as well. Like I said: not too serious! 2352 Foothill Drive, 801-410-4842,

Grove Market & Deli
This neighborhood market and deli has been serving up delicious stuff-your-face sandwiches since it was opened in 1947 by Greek immigrant Pete Savas. Grove Market & Deli is still family-owned and offers ginormous sandwiches like the Big John—with seven deli meats, two cheeses and a pile of trimmings. Also try the tasty salads and hot foods like the Polish sausage and meat pie & chili. 1906 S. Main, 801-467-8860,

The Other Place
For many Salt Lakers, The Other Place is the only place for lunch. The old-fashioned Greek-American restaurant features no-nonsense fare like spectacular lemon chicken & rice soup, fall-off-the-bone braised lamb shank, great gyros and something called The Pile: a double order of hash browns with onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes and two eggs topped with heaps of feta cheese. Whew! 469 E. 300 South, 801-521-6567

The Robin’s Nest
If it can be made into a sandwich, The Robin’s Nest probably has it. These are some serious sandwiches, although the menu looks anything but serious, with sandwich names like The Oinkity Doink, The Aloha Oink, The Flower Child, The Yummy Hummy (homemade hummus), The Not-So-Average Joe and The Sink, which contains everything but. 311 S. Main, 801-466-6378,

Siegfried’s Delicatessen
For lovers of German food and rib-sticking fare, the cafeteria-style lunches at Siegfried’s are the bomb. Folks line up for heaping plates of wiener schnitzel, housemade spatzle, goulash, schweinshaxen, rotkohl, bratwurst, sauerkraut, cold German beer and much more, all at low, low prices. 20 W. 200 South, 801-355-3891

Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli
It’s hard to imagine the downtown SLC culinary scene not being anchored by Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli. The cafeteria-style eatery at Caputo’s is always hopping at lunchtime, when folks line up for overstuffed sandwiches and daily specials, like eggplant Parmesan, housemade lasagna, pasta and meatballs, Italian sausage sandwiches and chicken Parmesan. 314 W. 300 South, 801-531-8669,

The Dinner Hour

Old Bridge Café
Named for the 13th-century bridge in the owners’ hometown in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Old Bridge Café is a terrific mom & pop (literally) eatery serving up delicious, inexpensive Bosnian cuisine. Be sure to sample the traditional Bosnian beef sausages, called %u0107evapi, as well as the sarma: a beef & rice cabbage roll. Or, get a little of everything Bosnian with the Old Bridge Platter: shish kebab, dolma, sarma, zeljanica, rice and potatoes. 249 E. 3300 South, 801-466-4330,

Blue Nile Ethiopian Cuisine
At Blue Nile, you can choose to eat at colorful, hourglass-shaped straw tables called messobs, which look like African drums. And, you’ll be eating with your hands, like in Ethiopia, although utensils are available by request. Try the vegetable combo plate, which includes tegabino shiro, yemisir wot, ater alicha, gomen and atkilt alicha. The doro wot is also exceedingly delicious, and the staff is super-friendly. 755 S. State, 801-364-4042,

Cedars of Lebanon
Belly dancing, a hookah lounge, a grand lunch buffet, and exceptional Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine—that’s what you’ll find at Cedars of Lebanon. Pull up a cushion and enjoy familiar menu items like hummus, falafel, tabbouleh and baba ghanoush, or branch out with the less-familiar Lebanese sausages called maanek, stuffed flatbread (fatayar) or classic Moroccan pastilla. 152 E. 200 South, 801-364-4096,

Since 1978, chefs from Hong Kong and San Francisco have been cooking up authentic Chinese cuisine at Bountiful’s beautiful Mandarin restaurant. In addition to classics like kung pao chicken, mu shu pork, Sichuan shrimp and beef with broccoli, you’ll find innovative menu items such as velvet chicken with gooseberries, Peking baby back ribs and raspberry vanilla-bean creme brulee. 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful, 801-298-2406,

Frida Bistro
For innovative, sophisticated, and upscale Mexican fare, look no further than Frida Bistro. Named for the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the restaurant and food at Frida Bistro are as vibrant as her paintings. Start a meal with a quesadilla de huitlacoche or queso fundido. From there, try the amazing chile en nogada; pistachio-crusted sea bass called lubina al pistacho; chuletitas a la sangre naranja (grilled lamb chops with blood-orange reduction); or perhaps a sampling of Vida Tequila. 545 W. 700 South, 801-983-6692,

Himalayan Kitchen
If Nepal and India are in your fantasy travel plans, but you haven’t got the airfare, Himalayan Kitchen is the next best option. Specializing in traditional Nepali and Indian cuisine, Himalayan Kitchen is an exotic escape from the routine, with dishes ranging from the popular Nepalese momos, chowchow and thukpa to Indian curries, naan, biryani, tandoori, korma and more. Enjoy a lassi drink, beer or wine alongside your meal. 360 S. State, 801-328-2077,

For contemporary Spanish cuisine sourced largely from Utah producers, Finca is the place. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner, Finca offers something for every appetite, whether it’s tapas, like the delectable croquetas, albondigas and gambas, or larger entree-size platos grandes, such as the seafood and noodle dish called fideo de mar, paella, or wood-grilled shoulder steak with chimichurri and potatoes. There’s a terrific beer, wine and cocktail selection, too. 1291 S. 1100 East, 801-487-0699,

Ichiban Sushi
Housed in a former church with sky-high arched wood ceilings, tatami lofts, a 300-gallon saltwater fish tank and lots of stained glass, Ichiban Sushi is visually stunning. And so is the food: In addition to superb sushi, sashimi, nigiri and such, Chef Ontko offers an izakaya menu of tapas-like Japanese pub fare, traditionally intended to be consumed with sake or beer. 336 S. 400 East, 801-532-7522,

The Paris Bistro & Zinc Bar
When it comes to food and cooking, The Paris’ owner, Eric DeBonis, is positively militant about freshness and the overall celebration of gastronomy. The word “passion” doesn’t begin to do justice to his no-compromise approach to the food and service. In truth, it’s really the only dedicated French restaurant in town: an authentic, Parisian-style bistro with a menu of fruits de mer, fromage, viandes, poissons, pâtes et farinages and much more. 1500 S. 1500 East, 801-486-5585,

Tandoor Indian Grill
Jyothi and Rag Duggineni’s Tandoor Indian Grill is a place where exotic flavors, aromas and ambiance all come together under an umbrella of warm hospitality. Whether you’re an Indian-food first-timer or a seasoned pro, you’ll find outstanding Indian cuisine for every appetite. Be sure to try the Southern Indian items like dosas and stuffed poori. 729 E. 3300 South, 801-486-4542,

Late-Night Delight

Pie Hole
Is there any food that satisfies late-night cravings better than pizza? We don’t think so. And neither do the folks at the Pie Hole, where you can nosh on pizza by the slice or whole pies until 2 a.m. on weekdays and until 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to classic pepperoni and cheese pizzas, there’s also potato-bacon, basil and roasted red pepper, Thai chicken, hot wing and vegetarian pizzas. Why, there’s even vegan pizza, not to mention PBRs for a buck. 344 S. State, 801-359-4653,

Avenues Proper Restaurant & Publick House
Located in the heart of the Avenues neighborhood, Avenues Proper houses Utah’s smallest craft brewery, serving small-batch artisan beers along with from-scratch cuisine. Avenues Proper stays open a little later—until 12 a.m. Thursday through Saturday—with a menu that features Welsh rarebit, duck-fat popcorn, chicken & waffles, smoked-salmon salad, burgers, a portobello sandwich and more. It has spirits, wine and cocktails, too. 376 Eighth Ave., 385-227-8628,

The Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn
Since 1979, The Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn has been feeding hungry diners around the clock, all day, every day. Got a hankering for housemade pot roast, grilled pork chops, mozzarella sticks or chicken-fried steak at 4 a.m.? No problem. The Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn has it. Of course, there’s a full breakfast menu, too—everything from pancakes and eggs Benedict to the popular Garbage Hash. 7331 S. 900 East, Midvale, 801-566-5731,

Open until midnight most nights of the week, Eva is the perfect place for late-night small plates, dining and drinks. The eclectic menu ranges from wood-fired flatbreads and flash-fried calamari to shrimp & grits, scrumptious sauteed Brussels sprouts, lobster ravioli, risotto, lamb kibbeh and much more. Craft cocktails and a nice wine selection round out the Eva experience. 317 S. Main, 801-359-8447,

Although Gracie’s is well-known as one of Utah’s best bars, it’s also a great restaurant. With menu items such as togarashi blackened ahi, grilled Utah trout, pho, a white-bean burger and lemongrass and ricotta dumplings with chicken, this ain’t your daddy’s pub fare. And Gracie’s is open until 2 a.m., and keeps its kitchen open till 11 p.m. 326 S. West Temple, 801-819-7565,

Ho Mei BBQ
Not only does Ho Mei BBQ serve some of the best Cantonese cuisine in the West, you can also enjoy it for a late-night meal—until midnight most nights, and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Some of Ho Mei’s cooks have worked in New York City’s and San Francisco’s Chinatowns; the fantastic menu runs the gamut from challenging dishes like pig stomach in XO sauce and chicken feet Baiyun to more traditional items like barbecue duck and pork, Cantonese rice rolls and heavenly soy-sauce chicken. 3370 S. State, 801-486-8800

For late-night sushi in downtown Salt Lake City, Shogun Japanese restaurant is an excellent option. It’s open until midnight early in the week, till 1 a.m. on Thursdays, and stays open until 2 a.m. on weekends. Shogun offers a wide range of sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well as cooked items like katsu and teriyaki dishes, plus wine and beer. It’s a great place to drop in after a night of theater, clubbing or bar hopping. 321 S. Main, 801-364-7142

Sicilia Pizza Kitchen
There aren’t too many pizzerias that offer beer, wine and spirits, and even fewer that stay open until 3 a.m. on weekends, but Sicilia Pizza Kitchen does. And the fare here is far above average. Satisfy late-night cravings with garlic knots, gourmet pizzas and calzones, salads or hot submarine sandwiches. The traditional Italian egg pizza will really rock your night. 35 W. 300 South, 801-961-7077,

Dining Cuts

Lucky 13
With a kitchen that stays open until midnight, seven days a week, Lucky 13 Bar & Grill is the default late-night stop for many hungry Salt Lakers. There’s always cheap beer and good whiskey at Lucky 13, but the burgers are what really rocks this joint. If the smoked tenderloin burger—7 ounces of chuck topped with thin-shaved pork tenderloin—doesn’t satisfy your late-night hunger, nothing will … except, perhaps, the foot-tall Big Benny. 135 W. 1300 South, 801-487-4418,

The Bayou
With a kitchen that stays open till 12:30 a.m. most nights, The Bayou (aka “Beervana”) is a 21-and-over establishment that offers a Cajun/Creole-influenced menu to balance out its 300-plus beers. The wide-ranging menu offers everything from popcorn shrimp, po’boys, gumbo and etouffee to pizza, salads, pasta and entrees like Cajun game hens, Hoppin’ John, jambalaya and chicken-fried chicken. For dessert, it’s deep-fried Twinkies, of course. And be sure to check out The Bayou’s terrific live-music lineup. 645 S. State, 801-961-8400,

Tin Angel Café
Saturday brunch at the Tin Angel Café is terrific for people-watching, especially when the Downtown Farmers Market is in full swing. But, it’s also great for out-of-the-box brunch fare, like the duck confit salad; grilled Brussels sprouts with Spanish sherry chèvre; coddled eggs topped with truffled salsa; or the yummy Cuban panini. Nothing boring about this brunch! 365 W. 400 South, 801-328-4155,

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