When we first started dating, I use to keep a little date journal and jot down all the things we did and where we went. The most common theme I found when writing is that I always wrote in detail what restaurant we went to and what food we ate, and Salt Lake City has so much food to experience. When I lived in Florida, Southern food was the crowd favorite, like fried chicken, cheese grits, cornbread, and gumbo. Then when I moved to Colorado, the go to became Mexican food. Utah is the first place I’ve lived that doesn’t have a culturally dominant food, but surprising has a lot of variety. We decided to put together a list of current favorite restaurants around SLC, including our favorite items, and drinks we enjoyed with them. Bon appetite!
Pig in a Jelly Jar- This restaurant has my heart and soul. I think the best way to describe it is Southern food with a modern twist. You really can’t go wrong with anything you order here, but our favorite items are the fried pickles, Pork Belly BLT, Ham Hash, Chicken and Waffles, and Fish ‘n Chips. Always, always paired with their Lagered Mary. It’s comfort food for sure, so if you’re wanting to try it out, make sure to bring your appetite.
Takashi- This is the perfect date night spot for the sushi loving couple. We always start with their miso soup, and favorite dishes are the Crunchy Ebi, Buddha and the Downtown rolls. If your feeling adventurous, try their Spicy Mussels. As for drinks, if you’re interested in sampling a couple different sakes, you can order their Try A Flight, they also have some delicious non-alcoholic drinks like Ramune and dry sodas. If you’re going for a special occasion, try to make a reservation first because this place fills up fast.
Red Iguana- After a few so-so trials at Mexican restaurants around Utah, I thought I’d only get my fix when I visited Denver for holidays, then came Red Iguana. First of all, I have to say that the staff are the nicest people we’ve ever encountered, sometimes we just want to go to be around them. Secondly, the sent-from-the-heavens food, always begin with their chile con queso. When it comes to their entrees, the daily specials are consistently amazing, they’re also famous for their mole dishes. Sam enjoys their Bohemia beer, and I’m always down for a michelada.
Tosh’s Ramen Shop- This is the first thing I craved when I’m feeling sick, it’s like chicken noodle soup 2.0. Their bowls are enormous, but I’m proud to say that I have finished the whole meal twice in my life, both times followed by immediately going home to take a nap. Our favorite appetizer is their sweet and spicy Tokyo Wings, and we both enjoy a Sapporo beer. My favorite entree is Tonkotsu Ramen which is warm, filling, and comforting, and Sam’s is Katsu Curry Rice, which is a spicy dish with panko breaded pork.
Hub and Spoke- I’m embarrassed to admit that the first item I ever ordered here is the only one I have ordered since. I’ve tried many of their meals sampling Sam’s, but I can never turn my back on this tried and true. The one and only, Crab Salad Eggs Benedict. Eggs Benedict has been my favorite breakfast food since I was 15, so my standards are pretty high, but this dish came out of nowhere and has changed my world, it’s also served with the most delicious olive oil and rosemary potatoes. Sam really enjoys their Sour Cream Pancakes and Patty Melt. Also their boozy shakes are brag worthy, my favorite is their salted caramel with bourbon, Sam’s is the hazelnut with whiskey.
There you have it, folks! Our first of many foodie guides. We’ll be sure to keep you posted if we stumble on a new favorite or rediscover an old favorite. I wrote a similar article on autumn-inspired coffee around Salt Lake City for the Daily Utah Chronicle is you want to check it out. Take care!