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Jan 11, 2011 06:39 PM

Food scene in SLC

I may be moving to salt lake city, and am hoping to find out how the restaurant, and food scene in general, is in SLC.

I have looked through past posts, but haven't gotten a good idea. How are the grocery stores? Are there any CSA's in the area? How about the farmers markets. And, of course, how are the restaurants?

Thanks for the help.

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  1. I don't live there anymore but I loved the farmer's market in Pioneer Park. Check it out once spring rolls around. My restaurant info is likely outdated, search the boards for the users grovin gourmet and gringo stu - they are reliable posters. Good luck

    1. SLC has come a long way over the last decade. I think we have a great town now, for the food lover. Its never going to be CA for fresh produce, nor Chicago or New York for restaurants; but what we have is great. I don't think you will be disappointed if you keep that in mind.

      Theres a good mix of budget to more fancy grocery stores. Harmons is probably the best for the more gourmet minded, but it is a bit pricier than most. They do great cheeses, bread, meats, fish etc. Caputos Market and Deli downtown is a small independent deli operation and has won national awards for what it does, check them out for sure.

      We do have plenty of CSA's but I havent personally tested them: During the warmer months we have a great farmers market, and Caputos also hosts a number of local producers throughout the year at the weekend too.

      I may be biased but I think we have tons of fantastic restaurants from mom and pop joints to high end. Forage for instance recently won an award along side restaurants such as Per Se in NYC. If you want specific recommendations just let me know and I will be happy to talk all day long about restaurants :)

      1. I will agree with gringostu... SLC has come a long way. I've been hanging out here over 20 years and living here about 15 years. The town gets hipper and hipper, and this foodie is quite happy here. Some places to check out first, based on MNSHO:

        New American - Copper Onion, Tin Angel, Pago
        Middle Eastern - Mazza (2 locations... 9th and 9th is easier to get a table)
        Mexican - Red Iguana (best Mex for hundreds of miles)
        Chinese - Szechuan Garden (in Sandy)
        Thai - Thai Garden
        BBQ - Kaiser's (true Texas-style down to the butcher paper), Sugarhouse BBQ
        And we have Smashburgers! Best casual dining burger I've had in a long time...

        Tin Angel
        365 W 400 S Salt Lake, City, UT

        Red Iguana
        736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

        Thai Garden
        4410 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84124

        Szechuan Garden
        1275 E 8600 S, Sandy, UT 84094

        878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

        1. Welcome to SLC!

          A few resources to keep current on new eats and events, the Catalyst and City Weekly two free publications that you can pick up around town at local coffee shops, markets etc.

          I'd like to add to the grocery store list Dan's Foods. There are only 4 stores on the east side of the valley. It's more expensive but their meat and produce department are very good (don't like the 3300 S. store though). Meyer's meat market in Holladay has quality meat. There is a flagship Whole Foods that is about to open at Trolley Square too.

          Some restaurants you may not hear about on this board that are steeped in local tradition:

          Hires- Don't forget to order fry sauce!
          Maddox (Brigham City) be prepared to wait. Farms stands galore along highway 89.
          Little America's cafe- Good comfort food. Every Sunday they have cream of chicken noodle soup, and delicious rolls!

          These restaurants are like home to me. I grew up eating at these places. There are many others but unfortunately they are no longer apart of SLC culture.

          Lots of new great restaurants around. Many have been mentioned already. A few I have recently tried:

          Pho Noodle House (Orem) the steak Pho was soooo good. Served steaming hot!
          Brunch: Finn's, Wild Grape Bistro, Pago, Eva's
          Cafe Molise

          I hope this helps! Best of luck with your move.

          Wild Grape Bistro
          481 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

          Trolley Square
          367 Trolley Sq, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

          878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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          1. re: Coconut Cupcake

            I agree with all posted above, and want to add a bit about local food. We have a slow food chapter (2 for the state, I think), there are lots of CSA and community gardens. There is another great resource - edible wasatch - a quarterly publication you can also find on line (can't figure out how to add links). There are local breweries, local cheese makers, its very food friendly. Another thing that might surprise you is the abundance of ethnic grocery stores. I'm about to delve into Moroccan food, and there are african markets, asian markets, mid eastern markets where I've had good success finding some of the more esoteric specialty items.

            Welcome to Utah!

          2. Welcome to Utah!

            Ditto the suggestion of Caputos Market and Deli. I don't get to SLC very often as I live 45 miles away but my other favorite spots are the Busy Bee Bar and Grill & Curry in a Hurry. I wish I had more time to scratch the restaurant surface!