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Suburban Shawarma

Beirut Café builds community with Lebanese favorites.

Tasteful Noods

Hong Kong Ban Jum breaks new ground for Korean comfort food.

Pie and Beer Pioneers

Spend this Pie and Beer Day with some local experts.

Suburban Shawarma

Beirut Café builds community with Lebanese favorites.
For the past year, Beirut Café has been serving up Lebanese and other Middle Eastern favorites for the neighborhood, and its proximity to an ice cream shop means there's no stopping you from buying a scoop to put on top of your baklava.

That Philly Feeling

Fat Boy Phillies takes a tradition to excessive new heights.
I'm always grateful when people move to Utah and decide to bring their favorite foods along with them.

Grill of My Dreams

Five reasons to fall in love with Proper Burger Company
Every facet of classic burger cuisine can be found by perusing their 14 offerings, which include culinary references to four cultures outside the U.S. Basically, this expertly curated and crafted menu ensures that Proper Burger has something for you, regardless of whatever craving is rumbling around in your stomach.

Masters of the Barbecue-niverse

Kick off your summer with these local barbecue legends
Even before Utah found itself in the grip of a pandemic, my summer barbecues were all about ordering takeout from one of our many local pitmasters and holing up with my family.

Patio Patrón and Pollo

Exploring top shelf tacos and (cautious) outdoor dining with Barrio
Usually, when the warmer weather approaches, I start getting excited for patio dining downtown. There are few things finer than listening to the happy chatter of fellow diners as the warm summer breeze visits each table like a gracious host.

Beach Bites

The Salty Pineapple offers a twist on classic Hawaiian grills
Either way, this is a place that needs to be on the radar for fans of the Hawaiian trend that is sweeping the state—or for vegans and vegetarians who have yet to sample this flavorful cuisine.

Lucky Charm

Lucky's Iron Door Roadhouse is the cool uncle you need right now
It's right about the time when you start enjoying a bottle of whiskey and listening to Nirvana's In Utero from the comfort of your armchair more than the idea of getting into the mix at Urban Lounge.

Slow Food Done Fast

Vessel Kitchen puts a healthy—and tasty—spin on fast casual
Though our fast-food-driven dining culture has made it extremely difficult to hit the center of the "healthy," "fast" and "affordable" Venn diagram, there are moments when I feel like we as humans are pushing the needle in the right direction.

Bulgogi Buzz

Bumblebee's brings Korean and American cuisine to new heights
There are a couple of things in life that make me wince a little: tequila and cucumbers. I don't hate them; they just tend to not agree with me. So imagine my surprise when these nemeses showed up in two brand-new beers.

Mangia Meets Masala

Curry Pizza is the cultural fusion you didn't know you needed
Pizza has been there for me for most of the major crises in my lifetime. So whenever I consider adding something new to my arsenal of food that will help me forget about the crisis du jour for a few precious moments, I ask myself if I like it as much as I like pizza.

Escapist Eating

Get out of your head and into a meat pie from Sagato's Bakery
Right about now, we're all aching for a taste of something that has the power to whisk us away to a sun-drenched island or vibrant beach community on the other side of the world.

Risky Business

As restaurants readjust to dine-in service, remember to not be a dick.
In a nutshell, our friends in the restaurant and hospitality industry are going to need your patience and understanding now, even more than they did while offering delivery or curbside service.

Earl Grey Hotness

Chef Katie Weinner shares a tasty recipe for Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies.
Though my journey included a few false starts, this was an experience that helped me think critically and draw upon some of my existing knowledge in order to reach success. It was a humbling process, but it also let me know that I've developed some baking instincts over the past few months, which is a nice feeling.

Chefs To-Go: Keepin' it Copper

Ryan Lowder of Copper Onion offers a tasty dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Chef Ryan Lowder and his teams at Copper Onion, Copper Common and Copper Kitchen have been pillars of Salt Lake's restaurant scene for the past 10 years.

Comfort Carryout

Draper's Oak Wood Fire Kitchen offers nostalgic favorites that'll feed you for days.
Oak opened just over a year ago as one of local restaurateur Michael McHenry's brainchildren. He and Chef Brandon Price set out to create a restaurant that relied on the timber-fueled ovens of our culinary past.

Chefs To-Go

Stay close to your favorite local chef with some of their favorite recipes.
When you're a housebound food writer and all the local restaurants close their dining areas—many of them are still open for takeout and delivery, so keep supporting our friends in the restaurant biz, dear readers—you learn to get creative. I'm still keeping tabs on what our local restaurants have been doing to up their takeout game, but I've also been wanting to get some professional tips on how to liven up my own at-home meals.


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