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Salt Lake City -- dinner options near Hyatt Place at 55 North 400 West -- Gateway Mall area

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  • BRL Mar 28, 2011 01:52 PM
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I will be visiting SLC later this week for some work meetings and am looking for dinner options for 3 nights with some colleagues.

Interested in great food and atmosphere, casual, non- chain if possible, and not a tourist/visitor trap. All cuisines are fine and no $$ concerns. Would prefer to walk to dinner, but a short cab ride is ok if it's worth it for the meal.

Thanks for your help.

BL -- DC Hound

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  1. The Gateway area is pretty much chain city. Luckily there are quite a few good places within a short cab ride:

    Red Iguana - an SLC legend, and arguably the best regional Mexican for hundreds of miles.

    Copper Onion - one of our culinary gems. Great food, great service, groovy vibe.

    Settebello - outstanding real deal Neapolitan pizzas, excellent salads

    The Beerhive - great selection of beers with an ice rail for keeping them well-chilled. Food is from Vienna Bistro next door, and it is excellent, except perhaps for the nachos due to prefab chips.

    Tin Angel Cafe - another place with great food and a groovy vibe.

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

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

    Vienna Bistro
    132 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    6 Replies
    1. re: GroovinGourmet

      Is the Dodo still in that area?
      How is Mikado lately?

      1. re: enbell

        Dodo has moved to 2100 S and 1300 E, in the old Harry's location. Lost track of how many times they have relocated. Have not been to Mikado in years... all about Takashi!

        1. re: GroovinGourmet

          I had a meal at Red Iguana last month. I had the cochinita pibil which was absolutely delicious! As good as when I have it in Mexico. Yum!

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

          1. re: Rheta

            First of all I want to thank GroovinGourmet! We just got back from a wonderful ski-weekend in SLC and your insights were pretty much dead-on! Here's what we did and not to miss dishes at each place. As for addresses we find that SLC is very easy to get around with a car or a taxi (so as to the OP's criteria that it be near the gateway mall these all may not work for you):
            Day 1 (Sunday):
            brunch/breakfast at Original House of Pancakes. 49'ers and the dutch baby have to be experienced. Their bacon is also sublime.
            dinner at Pago: beef cheeks, soup of the day, cheese puffs

            Day 2:
            breakfast at hotel/bambara: steel cut oats & decent breads. very nice servers in a power lunch scene. Neat enough but not our cup o' tea.

            lunch: the turkey chili at deer valley with a double chocolate smore cookie. If I couldn't ski this is still worth the trip up the mountain!

            Dinner: Copper Onion. The pastas are out of this world! the charcuterie plate was also spectacular. Very casual but farm to table, lively and boisterous I would say. Very cool place.

            Day 3:
            breakfast: Les Madeline bakery. Koung Aman, Canelles, Illy coffee & friendliest staff in town. Also their egg sandwiches are pretty darn good as well.

            lunch: same as day before at deer valley. that good yes...

            dinner: Forage. Spectacular! It was their first night only offering a 5 course menu. $65. Worth every penny. Odd space but they make it work. Simply Impeccable except they never offered us coffee...

            Day 4:
            breakfast: Les Mad...again yes that good!

            lunch: Pago (yes that good)...crab roll, croques, risotto of the day.

            Dinner before red-eye flight: the wild grape. Server was fantastic. Food was delightful. Wild Grape Salad, wheat flatbread, spinich & frisee salad with poached egg & lardons...

            Overall another great trip to SLC. If we had a few more days I would have gone vack to: Trio, Fresco, Chowtruck and we were told about a lodge up in the big cottonwood canyon that uses a 65 year old starter in their pancakes. Sounds super!

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            Pago
            878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

            1. re: cubanat

              Glad you had a good trip! And very glad you made it to Les Madeleines... I am remiss for not recommending it. The kuong aman is perhaps the best baked good I have ever put in my mouth... referred to as "crack" in these parts.

              1. re: GroovinGourmet

                Agreed! It's simply heaven. I know it all to well. I just had my last one that I carried on the plane back.