Brief comments on first time visits to a few SLC and Ogden places.
Adobos --Puerto Rican/Cuban restaurant in Sandy. Though the flavors weren't as bold as I had hoped for, I thought the food was still very good. Started with yuca alcapurrias(ground yuca stuffed with Cuban picadillo and fried.) I liked it well enough that I'd order it again but probably only after I'd tried the other appetizer offerings. My main course was carne frita which I enjoyed even though some of the leaner chunks of pork were a bit dry. I'm not too well-versed in this cuisine, but the tostones were tougher than I would have preferred, maybe mashed a little too flat(they did taste good though.) I'd probably opt for maduros instead of tostones next time. The black beans were the best I've ever had. My wife had mofongo with chicharrones and chicken and thought it was great. It wasn't as garlicy as I expected it to be, but I only had a sampling of it. I'd read comments about slow service, but everything was smooth and timely for us. I'd definitely return to Adobos. http://www.adobosgrill.com/-/Home.html
Sitara --Indian restaurant in Ogden. Had the Sunday lunch buffet which was disappointing--small selection and dull spicing. Luckily, Indian food falls into the same category as BBQ for me; even when it's mediocre it's still not too bad. Sitara wouldn't rate a return visit from me. http://www.sitaraindia.com/
In-n-Out Burger --Second time I've been to an In-n-Out, actually. I only went this time to see if I was wrong about last time. I think it's over-hyped but decent. It's certainly a step up from places like McDonald's and Burger King. Maybe the best at its pricepoint, but that's about as much praise as I can offer. http://www.in-n-out.com/default.asp
K Rico Peru --Peruvian restaurant in SLC. First time at K Rico and first time eating Peruvian food. Mixed bag for me. The rotisserie chicken was excellent. The fried potatoes that came with the chicken were plentiful but plain and similar to the way my very non-Peruvian mother often cooked potatoes. I liked them. I loved the beef and cilantro sauce of the Seco de Carne con Arroz y Frijoles but did not like the beans at all. Pretty sure the beans were cooked with some Peruvian cheese that just didn't match up with my palate at all. I'd probably give K Rico another try but only after doing some reading about the cuisine to try to pin down what I'd need to order to avoid getting something I would not like. http://kricoperu.com/default.aspx
250 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Thanks for the info, CJ. Will definitely give Adobos and KRico a try. The latter is very close by, and having a fair amount of experience with Peruvian cuisine I've been wanting to give it a try.
As for In N Out, I happen to think it is more than decent... having lived in SoCal twice it used to be at the top of my list for a fast-foodish burger. That being said, the place for me is now Smashburger. A higher price point for sure, but well worth it given the quality and variety. There is a location in the same mall area as an In N Out. If I'm out that way and in a burgery mood Smashburger gets my business. Haven't been to that INO in months.
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One other thing I probably should have mentioned about K Rico Peru is that their hours may be somewhat indefinite. My info from the web was that they opened at 11. I noticed on the door that it said they opened at, I think it was 10 but might have even been 9. Anyway, I got there at around 11:30 and was told they wouldn't be open for another 20 minutes or so. Killed some time at Best Buy across the street and came back around noon, and by that time they were doing good business. Don't know if that's typical, but it might matter if someone were pressed for time.
Yeah, Smashburger(specifically their bacon cheeseburger) is always in the back of my mind now when I'm evaluating chain burgers. It has become my benchmark and is definitely worth the extra $ over any other fast food burger I've had.
250 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
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Good to know about KRico's hours... sounds like a good place for a mid-afternoon meal if it's going to be my only eats for the day.
And nice that you are a Smashburger fan! I've been posting about them in many a burger thread, but haven't come across anyone who's been familiar with them. I totally agree they are worth the extra price compared to fast-foodish burger places.
Interestingly, I had my first one in Ft. Collins, CO (their home state) a couple of years ago, but was not wowed at the time.
Now I can't seem to get enough. Luckily I get to mystery shop them, so often I get paid to eat there, and it seems every visit yields an online survey coupon good for a free side. As I am not a fan of rosemary I skip their fries and get the Veggie Frites, flash fried carrot sticks, green beans and asparagus spears... way yummy, especially with some Cholula mixed in the ranch dressing.