Dining options in Salt Lake City near Marriot University Park
In addition to the previous suggestions, you should consider:
1) The Point
An upscale cafeteria in the Huntsman Cancer Center run by the same folks who operate the well-regarded local Market Street seafood chain, they serve a nice selection of sandwiches and hot entrees at very reasonable prices (the food is subsidized by the hospital to make it more affordable). On clear days, diners also get an unparalleled view of the Salt Lake Valley from the perch atop the Cancer Center.
2) Avenues Bakery
Check out this South Temple bistro for fabulous sandwiches and Salt Lake's best breads. Their rare roast beef sandwich with watercress is amazing!
An Irish-style pub with Guiness on draft and some surprisingly delicious food. Try their terrific lamb ribs and the gravlax is superb. They're located in the Foothill Village strip mall on Foothill Drive.
All of these spots are within 3 miles of the University of Utah campus and your hotel.
Lots of great choices within a reasonable drive. Be sure to report back on your selections!
The first 3 are Salt Lake musts:
Red Iguana (on North Temple west of downtown) - best Mex (regional) for hundreds of miles in any direction.
Mazza (corner of 15 and 15) - unbelievably good Middle Eastern
Les Madeleines (about 6th and State) - pastries from heaven. Call a day in advance to reserve some Kuong Amun (sp?), the most unbelievable baked good I have ever eaten.
Referred to by fans as "crack".
The Pie (literally down the street from the U) - quintessential college hang with surprisingly good pizza and homebrewed rootbeer
Bayou (across the street from LM) - Good to very good New Orleans inspired menu (the gumbo with crawfish is very good) and the states best overall beer selection (though they've been out of my faves for awhile).
Faustina (on 400 South towards downtown) - groovy room with some good New American cooking, though it could be more aggressively flavored. The Scallops on Beet Risotto with Orange Basil Vinaigrette is worth seeking out.
Ruth's Diner (Emigration Canyon) - one-of-a-kind hang with really good food with mile-high biscuits and some unique dishes.
Takashi (downtown) - upscale and inventive sushi/Japanese
Thai Garden (near 4500 South and 900 East) - The kickbutt Thai in town, very fresh and vibrant flavors...they do not dumb down the heat.