Salt Lake City -- dinner options near Hyatt Place at 55 North 400 West -- Gateway Mall area
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
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.
365 W 400 S Salt Lake, City, UT
736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
132 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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
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.
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...
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!
878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102