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Best restaurants along route from Salt Lake City to Afton, WY

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I am looking for the best restaurants along the route from Salt Lake City, UT to Afton, WY. We will be taking I-80 from the airport to I-15, and then heading along Hwy 89. Since we will be pressed for time, we will need locales that are close to the highway.

Any and all recommendations for restaurants of all types are welcome!

Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.

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  1. You pretty much have all down town SLC available to you, with easy access. The following two threads cover some of the popular choices:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/548417

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/540648

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    1. you will be driving through Logan. There are several good places there. By far the best is Le Nonne, an upscale Italian place (not open for lunch on saturday) Blackstone Grill is sort of upscale American in a beautiful space. There's a good Indian restaurant on main street I think the name is Tandoor Oven. It's between first and second north on the east side. For ok food but outstanding historical ambience, try the Bluebird Cafe, an old fashioned restaurant with a beautiful soda fountain and murals tracing the history of cache valley.

      1. While in Logan, Crumb Brothers is worth a stop for a few minutes. Unbelievably good palmiers, and I'm guessing everything else they do kicks butt too.

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        1. re: ThaGroovinGourmet

          Thank you for all the suggestions! I did find out that we are going to be taking a different route (I-80 through Evanston, WY) and one of the group members has requested Thai food. So, I'm thinking that pretty much limits our options to SLC.

          I read several of the posts and even checked some other websites, but I have yet to read much of a consensus about the best Thai food. So far, I've come up with the following recommendations:
          Thai Siam 1435 South State St.
          Thai Garden 4410 S 900 East
          Sawadee 754 East South Temple
          Bangkok Thai: 1400 South Foothill Drive (801) 582-8424
          Pawit's Royal Thai Cuisine on Murray-Holladay Road
          Thai Chili Gardens - 430 W 800 N (Try the Musaman Curry once and you'll be back almost weekly to savor that lovely flavor.)
          Monsoon Thai Bistro -1615 Foothill

          Any thoughts on these places, or suggestions for a different Thai place? I should also mention that this will be a Friday night dinner for 4, so I am assuming we should make reservations.

          1. re: bananapie

            Thai Siam is most convenient to I-80. Bangkok Thai is overpriced and overrated. I'd choose Thai Garden, hands down.

            1. re: ThaGroovinGourmet

              isnt that an old address for bangkok thai?

            2. re: bananapie

              I'd add Thai Lotus to your list, not too far from downtown. Family owned/run, super-reasonably priced, and really tasty.

              Thai Lotus
              www.thailotuscafe.com

              212 E 500 S
              Salt Lake City, UT 84111
              (801) 328-4401

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          2. Does anyone have any thoughts on Monsoon Thai? I read some good reviews. Since we will be flying in, it's not a problem to go someplace closwer to downtown SLC. Any opinions about Red Iguana?

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            1. re: bananapie

              I'm afraid Monsoon Thai has closed, a shame since I really liked it there. The owner Keith Chen still has 'Bangkok Thai on Main' up in Park City though. That is presumably out of the way for you though.

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              1. re: gringo_stu

                Thanks for all the information! I think we will probably end up at Thai Lotus, which looks delicious, by the way. Any recommendations on menu items? How are the fish dishes?

                1. re: bananapie

                  If I remember correctly my wife liked their three flavoured salmon, it didn't rock my world as much. Pretty much everything I have had there has ranged from decent to great. At the prices they charge I don't think you can go wrong.

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                  1. re: gringo_stu

                    The prices are very reasonable. We have reservations for tomorrow night so I will let you know how it goes when I return. Thanks again for all the help, and if any one has suggestions for specific dishes to try at Thai Lotus, please let me know!

            2. Just thought I'd give everyone a quick update...We ate at Thai Lotus. I thought the service was excellent, as everyone was very friendly, and our reserved table was ready an hour early (our flight came in early from the airport and we were all hungry). The place had a number of customers, but it wasn't packed. The servers/hostesses wore traditional Thai dress, and there was a woman playing the kim, which made for a very pleasant and somewhat authentic experience.

              Our orders were taken promptly, and water was refilled frequently. We ordered the coconut shrimp, green papaya salad and Thai basil with chicken. I thought everything was pretty good...the coconut shrimp was probably the best excuted dish, as there was a nice, light coconut flavor and it was perfectly fried. Both the papaya salad and the Thai basil were decent, but not excellent. For dessert, we were served a complimentary warm custard that was very sweet, but a nice end to a spicy meal. We got the bill quickly, and the prices made the dinner extremely reasonable.

              All in all, I thought this was a nice dining experience, and I would probably return if I lived in the SLC area.

              Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions!

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              1. re: bananapie

                *schwoo* glad to see you enjoyed it :) I agree with your take on Thai Lotus. It's by no means exceptional Thai, but it certainly is decent and the prices don't hurt ;)

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