As far as I’m concerned, this is the authoritative, undisputed (though incomplete) list of best places to eat in Utah.
$ Curry Fried Chicken Best Pakistani fried chicken.
– 660 State St., Salt Lake City
Everything on the menu is delicious. I love going with a few friends, ordering different plates and sharing.
HELPFUL TIP: There is limited free parking behind the restaurant. If you can snag a spot, enter off State, north of the building. If you can’t, there is metered parking on State.
$ Pho 33 Best pho.
– 7640 S. State St., Midvale
Nothing more to be said.
$ Chungas Best tacos al pastor.
– 180 South 900 West, Salt Lake City
I openly admit to having no idea how the rest of the menu is because I ALWAYS get the tacos al pastor. Every time.
$$ Tsunami Best sushi. Best dessert.
– 7628 S. Union Park Ave., Midvale – 2223 S. Highland Dr., Salt Lake – 10722 River Front Pkwy, South Jordan
Order the coconut glory (tempura fried banana on house-made coconut ice cream with chocolate and caramel sauces drizzled on top). You will thank me later.
$$ Mahider Best Ethiopian.
– 1465 S. State St. #7
Order the Taste of Mahider so you can try a little bit of everything.
HELPFUL TIP: You are expected to eat with your hands so don’t bother asking for utensils. There is a sink in the corner so you can wash before and after the meal. The staff is amazing, however this isn’t a quick eat and run. Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.
$$ Lucky 13 Best burgers.
– 135 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City
No matter what burger you order, you can’t go wrong.
$$ Tin Angel Cafe Best lunch.
– 365 West 400 South, Salt Lake City
I often order the Lamb Ciabatta, which comes with a side salad (get the apricot champagne dressing), or in the winter/fall I add a cup of soup (all are homemade and heavenly). If you happen to be there for dinner I HIGHLY recommend the Lamb Strip Loin with an appetizer of Grilled Brussel Sprouts.
$$ R&R BBQ Best BBQ. Best Brisket. Best Mac & Cheese.
– 307 W 600 S, Salt Lake City – 10646 S 300 W, South Jordan
I like the brisket so much that I simply order a half pound, sliced and a side of Mac & Cheese.
$$ Del Mar al Lago Best ceviche.
– 310 Bugatti Ave, Salt Lake City
If you’ve never had ceviche but you like seafood, go try it.
$$ Old Bridge Cafe Best Bosnian.
– 249 3300 S, Salt Lake City
For first time visitors, I suggest ordering the Old Bridge Platter. Make sure to say hi to the owners because they are extremely kind and enjoyable.
$$ Laid Back Poke Shack Best poke.
– 6213 S Highland Dr, Holladay
Pronounced poh-KAY. Though I know of no other poke restaurant in Utah, this place is great. If you’ve never tried poke before, don’t worry, you can sample until you decide.
HELPFUL TIP: Closed Sundays and Mondays.
$$ Saffron Valley Best Chicken Coconut Korma. Best Cheesy Garlic Naan.
– 1098 S. Jordan Pkwy, South Jordan – 26 E St E, Salt Lake City
Guilty, I order those two things every time.
$$ Even Stevens Best sandwiches.
– 200 S. 414 E. OR 2030 S 900 E., Salt Lake City – 541 E 12300 S Draper
Service is quick. Food is good. PLUS, their one-for-one mission allows you to eat for a cause.
$$ Cous Cous Mediterranean Grill Best Shwarma Salad/Plate.
– 5470 S 900 E, Murray – 2121 S McClellan St., Salt Lake City – 112 N West Promontory, Farmington
Delicious Mediterranean with something for everyone.
$$ Sea Salt Best Italian.
1709 East 1300 South
They make everything in-house. The Gnocchi is melt-in-your-mouth good. And my all time favorite meal is only served at lunch: the Caprese Sandwich. Also, you can’t leave without trying their unique flavors of Gelato.
HELPFUL TIP: Yelp lists it as a “$$,” however I would list it as a “$$$.” But don’t let that scare you off! I always end up ordering too much food because it all looks so good.
$$ Bake 360 Best Brunch. Best Chocolate Croissants.
725 East 12300 South, Draper
Order the Steak and Eggs.
HELPFUL TIP: Never leave without two chocolate croissants. Why two? Because if you order one, you will long for a second. Microwave croissant 10-15 seconds before eating to melt the chocolate.
Hungry yet? What is your favorite restaurant in Utah? Tell us in the comments!