Downtown Salt Lake City - Save me from Convention Center food!
Will be in downtown SLC four days next week for a convention/trade show. Any suggestions for places in walkable distance from the convention center for lunch? Favorites to eat: homemade soups, deli sandwiches on a tasty crusty baguette, authentic tacos (good taqueria buses are one of my faves!), farm-to-table fares, fresh salads, interesting flavor combos are all high on my list. Actually, anywhere that I can get something other than a salad in a plastic container will do and price doesn't matter.
Also need to entertain a client from the San Francisco Bay Area for dinner one night, so am looking for somewhat the same for dinner recs. I read about Metopolitan and Em's. Any others? We won't have a car, but could probably take a cab?
Thanks much in advance!
Metropolitan is a great place to entertain clients. Bambara @ the Monaco is always stellar as well for entertaining. Spencer's in the Hilton is the best in the city for steak (both natural and prime), and their wine list is divine. For lunch, walk 2 blocks south of the Salt Palace, turn right on 300 South and hit Squatter's Brew Pub. Great locally produed food, good organic/vegan options. Their salads and dressings are so good...their turkey burger is TDF. Ditto to what everyone else suggested around the SPCC. Don't get lured in by the Sandbar. It's Sysco mexican. if you don't have time to take a cab to Red Iguana, walk to Blue Iguana (next to SPCC). Across from Monaco. It's a good 2nd to Red.
736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
202 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101
165 S West Temple, Salt Lake Cty, UT 84101
Had some terrific food on my visit, thanks to help from y'all & the concierge at my hotel.
Les Madeleines--fantastic bakery, wish it was nearby my house!
Market Street Grill: tasty and reasonably priced breakfast
Cettabello: Great woodfired pizza, and delicious gelato (adjacent)
Oasis Cafe: Best fennel tomato soup, served with grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!
Canella's: Tasty & reasonably priced Italian food
Squatter's: Fun ambience pretty tasty food, nice beers.
Royal Eatery: Tasty early Sunday breakfast when everything else was closed.
Red Rock: Not the best, maybe I ordered wrong
379 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Market Street Grill
260 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
I'm assuming your convention is at the Salt Palace.
Definitely try Olive Bistro. Located at 57 W. 200 S. it is a short walk away. Google it, I think you'll be sold.
For your client dinner I recommend Bambara or The Copper Onion. Bambara is very close and the last meal I had there was excellent. Copper Onion is about half a mile from th Salt Palace.
Red Rock -- great food, but can get very loud. Not recommended for client dinner.
Donovan's steak house -- Don't miss the complimentary prime steak sandwiches during Martini Hour
Acme Burger -- I love their soups and salads. Usually skip the burger.
Settebello -- yummy pizza and I love their salads.
Caputo -- Italian market and deli. A little far to walk, but worth it.
Bayleaf Cafe -- One Word: Chicken and Waffles!
Siegfried's Delicatessan -- German deli, very casual
Bayleaf cafe is terribly over rated. The fried chicken is fine, but stay away from the chicken and grits and ANYTHING asian.
And if you are in a hurry, beware. The service is really hit or miss.
Vienna Bistro accross the street is awesome. Great service and a good price. Will let you linger or have it to you quick if you prefer. Awesome food. Dessert was ok, but the food was amazing.
132 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
I've only had chicken & waffles and fries&gravy at Bayleaf. I love the chicken and waffles! The chicken is fried perfectly. The fries & gravy were good the first time I had them. Tasted like liquid smoke the next. yuck. Service is not too great. Atmosphere not great either. So, even though I recommended them above I guess I am only recommending them if you want chicken and waffles. hopefully they will improve the rest in the future.