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Old 05-03-2015, 06:11 PM
 
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My husband and I will be in SLC for a few days starting May 9th. While we have much to see, we would also like to try some local restaurants. We're looking for more informal places that serve SLC favorites or specialties. Where do locals go and love?

Searching for 'best' anything returns a lot of fancy places that we're not interested in. I have searched this forum and found multiple recommendations for the Red Iguana, Pie Pizzeria, and Squatters Brew Pub. Also found Lonestar Taquiera and Javiers.

Is there a burger joint that's a favorite? Maybe a local coffeehouse? Breakfast place? BBQ is always awesome too, if there's a local BBQ joint that everyone loves.... we've been known to drive to other states for BBQ.

Any recommendations on casual local places, not big chains, that serve that something special that is an SLC favorite?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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BBQ - Pat's BBQ, R&R BBQ, or Sugarhouse BBQ

Breakfast - The Park Cafe (south side of Liberty Park), Ruth's diner (emigration canyon good brunch spot on back patio), Eggs in the city (Huevos rancheros), and Millcreek Egg works

Burger places - a dime a dozen but the local thing is "fry sauce" but Lucky 13 would be my stop.

Moochies has an amazing philly cheese steak and meatball subs.

Pizza - pie is ok but a greasy gut bomb... We prefer either Maxwell's or Settabellos

Mexican - Lonestar Taqueria (shack but great outdoor spot near the mountains to enjoy grilled fish tacos), Alamexo (short rib mole enchiladas are amazing), Red Iguana (go to choice, avoid Blue Iguana).

Some pretty good ethnic (Mahidir, Oh Mai, Spice Bowl) and sushi options as well (Naked Fish, Takashi).
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:45 PM
 
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Also Porcupine do an amazing brunch on a Sunday and lots of other delights. Fort Union Blvd near cottonwood heights.

Like above Red Iguana/ Red Iguana 2 for Mexican (Red 2 seems less busy and has a nice patio area and can make reservations too.

Tapas -Meditrina SLC. Very good tapas/Spanish cuisine

Again Burgers would have to agree Lucky 13 !

Desert Edge Brewery in Trolley square is good too!
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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There are a number of surprisingly good restaurants in Salt Lake, and several have already been mentioned. In terms of "SLC favorites or specialties," in particular, I would recommend the Lion House Pantry. This restaurant is owned by the LDS Church and is on Temple Square property. It's in the lower level of what was once Brigham Young's (2nd President of the LDS Church) home. The atmosphere is kind of fun and if the weather's good, you can eat outside in Brigham's backyard patio under the trees. When you walk in, the first thing you'll notice is that the food is served cafeteria style. Don't be put off by that. It might be served like that but it takes more like grandma's home cooking. Definitely don't miss the Lion House rolls.

In terms of a favorite burger joint, for me it would definitely be Crown Burger. While there are several locations throughout the city, the one closest to downtown is at 300 West North Temple.
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Agree with some of the suggestions above.

Pizza - Settabello is a chain (not original to Utah) but really good. If you're staying on a Sunday I recommend Stoneground's Sunday supper. They make pizzas randomly and bring them around to the tables so you never know what you're going to get. It's fun and they give you salad, a bruschetta plate, and a pasta plate. I think it's something like $17 per person.

Burger - Agree with Crown Burger... I like the one with pastrami on top. Total gut bomb but it's good. Liked the roasted habanero and jalapeno burger at Lucky 13 but I like super spicy stuff to try at your own risk.

BBQ - R&R all the way. It's really good.

Mexican - Not a Red Iguana fan but I also didn't try the mole which I'm told is the whole reason to go there. If you're willing to go to a hole in the wall type of place Taqueria El Rey De Oros is excellent and ridiculously cheap.

Cheaper but nice - I like Vinto quite a bit. Stoneground even not for Sunday supper is good. The Olive Bistro has good Panini's and savory crepes. The shwarma and keema wraps at Curry Fried Chicken are to die for... so so good.

Breakfast - Ruth's and Pig & a Jelly Jar all the way. Both get really busy on the weekends so be prepared to wait if you try to go to either on a weekend.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:06 PM
 
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Lots of good suggestions above. I'm from the KC area, so I've been searching for good BBQ since moving here. R&R is the best I've tried so far. It's not Joe's or Aurthur Bryant's but still pretty good.

A couple others not mentioned yet that are inexpensive and casual...

Chow Truck - Asian fusion
Saturday's Waffle (also a truck) or Bruges Waffles
The Garage - a fun roadhouse style place in an industrial setting, decent burgers
Caputo's - Italian deli and market
Feldman's - Jewish deli, fantastic reuben
Spitz - may be a chain, but great take on doner kebab
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Breakfast - Ruth's and Pig & a Jelly Jar all the way. Both get really busy on the weekends so be prepared to wait if you try to go to either on a weekend.
How could I ever forget Ruth's?
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Lots of good suggestions above. I'm from the KC area, so I've been searching for good BBQ since moving here. R&R is the best I've tried so far. It's not Joe's or Aurthur Bryant's but still pretty good.

A couple others not mentioned yet that are inexpensive and casual...

Chow Truck - Asian fusion
Saturday's Waffle (also a truck) or Bruges Waffles
The Garage - a fun roadhouse style place in an industrial setting, decent burgers
Caputo's - Italian deli and market
Feldman's - Jewish deli, fantastic reuben
Spitz - may be a chain, but great take on doner kebab
Yeah, if we're adding in food trucks Chow and Cup Bop (Korean BBQ) are great.

Forgot dessert type places as well. Bruges is a good suggestion (though they have non-dessert options as well). Also a big fan of Dolcetti Gelatto. Plus the tons of good to great bakeries in the area.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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I just tried a new (well, new to me) Mexican place this last week called Chunga's. It's right in the heart of the "ghetto" (200 North and 900 West). There are literally boarded up houses around it, but Wow! So worth it! Anyway, I highly suggest it. Better than Red Iguana and about half the price.

My other favorites: Eggs in the City (Breakfast on 1300 South and 1500 East), Pho Cali (Vietnamese at Redwood and 3500 South) and Salt Lake Roasting Company (coffee on 400 South 300 East).
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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How could I ever forget Ruth's?
Senior moments happen to the best of us... even those of us in our 30's, ha.
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