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New & Noteworthy Restaurants in Salt Lake City
Taste the Culinary Treasures of Salt Lake City's Newest Restaurants.
Kobe Japanese Restaurant - Olympus Hills Mall
An oasis of Japan in the heart of Salt Lake City, Kobe features the highest level of Japanese cuisine crafted with a creative touch.
Now under new ownership, Mike Fukumitsu purchased the Kobe in March of 2013 and we are so happy he did. The Kobe is AWESOME! Gone are the old-stale recipies, the old style management and even though they still honor the "Man vs Food's Hellfire Challenge" of a spicy tuna, it's all about nice, fresh sushi and an extensive ramen menu with some tasty offerings from the kitchen.
Mike has worked as a sushi chef for years and then just last year he spent the entire year in Japan studying the fine art of Ramen making.
You can enjoy some of the freshest sushi in town such as Aoyagi (Live Surf Clam), Boston Diver Scallops, Aji (Horse Mackerel), Kanpachi (Amber Jack), and Tai (Red Snapper)!
In addition, the Kobe now serves up some of the most Authentic Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup that you can find in Salt Lake. The Ramen, once brought to the table I looked down in the bowl and there were slices of roasted pork with a small pile of green onions and a large pile of noodles. But, it was the broth that I feel in love with, it was incredible and had a nice consistency (not too watery and not too gloppy) and the flavor was delicious. The most authentic ramen I have found in Salt Lake City.
3947 Wasatch Blvd. Salt Lake City, UT 84124 - 801.277.2524
12 Miles from Downtown, Travel Time: 16 Minutes by I-80
Hours: Lunch, Mon - Sat, 11am - 2pm - Dinner, Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10pm
This Is Different! It's not about a restaurant, it's about a healthy, organic food - Hummus. In the beginning there was hummus. Pasty, chalky, runny, oily and bland hummus. Then came Happy Monkey Hummus.
A Tale - The Monkey had a vision. A vision of a world where people thrived. Where people rejoiced. Where people were free to choose a hummus that was fresh, healthy and above all delicious. A world where flavor and variety were in fact spices that enhanced life. Where organic, sustainably farmed and wholesome ingredients are celebrated. A utopia where the needs of the hungry masses are in balance with the needs of the Great Mother Earth. And the vision gave the Monkey hope. Inspired, the Monkey set out to bring this vision to the people. The Monkey gathered, roasted, squeezed and mixed. The Monkey tasted, adjusted, then mixed some more. The Monkey would settle for nothing short of perfection.
Once complete, the Monkey sent the hummus out amongst the suffering masses. The masses tasted - and rejoiced. And smiles were on the faces of the people. And the Monkey looked upon the faces of the smiling masses. And saw that they were good. And the Monkey was happy.
The Facts - I have purchased 3 of their 6 varieties, and I must admit, I am hooked! I Love It!
First I had the Original, the evolution of hummus - organic lemon and garlic that is guaranteed to put a twist in your tail. Their original recipe honors the ancestor and celebrates the next generation. It's what makes monkeys happy.
Next I tried the Roasted Garlic and Tomato. Flavor rich roma tomatoes plucked from their second favorite vine mixed with stimulating roasted garlic to make even the most satisfied monkey want to give up his banana.
Then I tried the Margarita which has a unique flavor twist. Infused with roasted Anaheim peppers, cilantro, zest of lime and that all important nectar of the monkey goddess... Tequila. Can't wait to try all of their flavors.
Available now at all Harmons locations, Whole Foods Markets throughout Utah, Good Earth Natural Foods and many Farmers Markets throughout the Wasatch Front.
Layla Grill & Mezze in Holladay
When it comes to Great Middle Eastern cuisine, we don't have a lot of choices here in Utah. If you Googled Salt Lake City's Best Middle Eastern Restaurants, you would probably see a few listings for Mazza. Well, move over Mazza - there's a new eatery in Salt Lake serving outstanding Lebanese, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern cuisine and they have our locals talking about them everywhere I go. This is a neighborhood restaurant run by a family and serves food that makes you want to come back time and time again.
Mezze - Small Plates: In the Eastern Mediterranean culture, Mezze is a selection of appetizers or small plates often eaten before a meal or as a meal in its own right. Mezze is meant to be shared among friends.
Why not start your meal with the zaatar herb flatbread, a spice blend chewy bread with traces of licorice. And to accompany this is their wide selection of chilled and hot Mezze. Favorite main entrees include the Lebanese moussaka, the mougrabieh and the lamb kabobs. Aromatic and delicious. For a wonderful dining experience of ambiance, service and cuisine, Layla Grill offers all three!
4751 South Holladay Blvd - 801.272.9111
12 Miles from Downtown, Travel Time: 18 minutes
Hours: Lunch, Mon - Fri, 11:30 - 2pm - Dinner, Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10pm
Not New - Just New To Me! OK, I'm not a huge fan of "Pancakes", I can take em or leave em. But, I finally broke down and visited The Original Pancake House in Sugarhouse, 3 times this past week. How popular is this place? Although it was during the week, it was packed every time. Why? Huge portions and great food! And because they are popular, you are probably going to have to wait for a table. Now, I don't mind waiting, especially knowing that everything gets cooked after your order is placed and not sitting around under lamp lights. They have regular breakfast items like eggs, omeletes, corned beef hash and eggs, and specials, but their two signature items are the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sauteed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection and the Dutch Baby, an air filled delight oven baked to golden perfection and served with lemon, whipped butter and powdered sugar to create a mouthwatering blend.
Original Pancake House in Sugar House
790 East 2100 South - 801.484.7200
4 Miles from Downtown, Travel Time: 10 - 15 minutes
Hours: Mon - Fri, 7 am - 2 pm. - Sat 7:30am - 3pm, - Sundays 8am - 3pm
Vienna Bistro - Closed!
Sorry to report that Frody's Vienna Bistro at 132 South Main St. has closed.
And the same for The Metropolitan, they closed shop as well.
Back in October, Thaifoon - Taste of Asia @ The Gateway also closed!
Inferno Cantina - Downtown Salt Lake
I have dined with them a few times and am pleased to announce that The new Inferno Cantina restaurant & nightclub is open for your dining, dancing, and socializing needs!
Inferno Cantina has quickly established itself, not only as a restaurant, but as a place where locals and out-of-towners, friends and business associates, food lovers and fans of authentic Mexican comfort food can eat, drink, relax, feel welcome, and then after 10pm, dance the night away. No wonder customers become friends and keep coming back for the food, the service, and the people who make up Salt Lake's Newest "Hot Spot", the Inferno Cantina.
Salt Lake's only Tequila Bar will more than 60 choices of upscale agave.
Under 21 allowed in with an Adult Before 9:30pm.
Open 11am - 1am Seven Days A Week
122 West Pierpont Ave.
Here's A Special - Inferno Cantina's 2 for 1 Lunch & Afternoon Specials...
Between 11am and 7pm, Buy 1 Food Item, Any Platter, Burrito, Enchilada, Salad, Side or Appetizer and get the 2nd Item Free!
Great Comfort Food!
Guzzi's Hamburgers & Fries
This tiny joint on 8th South and 2nd East has two Moto Guzzi motorcycles on the roof, and a menu that's less fancy than some street carts, but when the burgers are this good (and reasonably priced, and includes fries) it hardly matters. They have some of the best fresh made burgers and fries in Salt Lake! Expect a wait for your burger for two good reasons, first, it doesn't get cooked until after you order it. And second, this place is getting more and more popular everyday. Two of my favorites, the blue bacon burger was amazing, and when it seems everyone cooks garlic burgers these days, and instead of sprinkling some garlic salt and calling it a garlic burger, these guys mince fresh garlic and mix it into the meat before they cook it. It's easy to see that the owners have a dedication to creating a great-tasting "cooked-to-order" burger. And I applaud them. Keep it up Josh. Hint, request the grilled onions, yum.
Hours: Mon - Fri, 11 am - 7 pm
Salt Lake City - 180 East 800 South 801.364.4541
Christopher's Has Moved To A Larger Location!
Christopher's Prime Steak House & Grill, Downtown Salt Lake
Now located on 134 W. Pierpont Ave. (250 South) across from Lumpy's in the former Donovan's Building, Christopher's is within walking distance to the Salt Lake Convention Center and Salt Lake hotels. Christopher's award-winning chefs use only the finest, freshest ingredients to create their dishes. They have seafood flown in daily, the highest grade of Prime beef, a full liquor bar, and an extensive wine list. Christopher's provides incredible dishes and a great atmosphere for a lot less than you may think. Christopher's is devoted to maintaining their reputation as the leader in affordable fine dining in Salt Lake City. Winner of the Best of State Award for Best Steakhouse and Best Seafood Restaurant.
Tin Roof Grill in Sandy
Simply Wonderful! A Joy To Dine At! Love The Ever Changing Specials! Some of the reviews that were sent to us. It's obvious that everything is made from scratch and with lots of care. The tapas being created daily is a great way to sample their menu. Offering a variety like pizzas, pastas, salads, and even Thai style noodles. Some of my favorites are the pulled pork sandwich, the lettuce wraps, the pork ribs, they are all fabulous. This is what I enjoy, a wonderful example of a small family owned restaurant where they really care about making great food. There's nothing rushed here, just a relaxed friendly atmoshpere with delicious unique entrees.
Open 11am - 9pm Monday - Thursday, 11am - 10pm Fridays, 10am - 10pm Saturdays, 10:30am to 8pm Sundays
9284 South 700 East
Cafe Ahn Hong
Not really new to most of you, but we just found out from friends. I've eaten in China towns in New York City, San Fran, and more, and Salt Lake's Cafe Ahn Hong compares very favorably with the best. Reasonable prices, excellent food, and on any given Saturday you'll find 4-5 generation Chinese families out for brunch. Stay away from the "Americanized" menu and order the delicious dim sum and house specials. Service can be spotty and the furnishings are nothing to look at but you're not there for that. You're there for one of the best chinese meals in Salt Lake, aren't you?
1465 South State St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Fratelli Ristorante in Sandy
Fratelli Ristorante brings traditional Italian cuisine to the new Quarry Bend Shopping Center in Sandy. Fratelli translates to "brothers" in Italian and is owned and managed by brothers Pete Cannella and Dave Cannell, along with their families. They are proud to present their Grandmother's cooking secrets to their patrons... her photos are even on the wall! Their food is made from scratch with many ingredients imported from Italy. The family prides themselves on being one of the few locally owned restaurants in the Sandy area. Featuring traditional Italian cuisine, offering appetizers, salads, pizzas, pastas, entrees and homemade desserts. They also feature a full-service deli, takeout menu, and offer wine, liquor and beer.
Open 11am - 9pm Monday - Thursday, 11am - 10pm Friday & Saturday
9236 South Village Shop Drive (approximately 1000 East)
Pho Tay Ho - A Jewel - A Gem...
The Best among the myriad of Pho Restaurants in Salt Lake City. Mi's "Tay Ho" has moved to its new location and has reopened. The new building is actually a restored home at 1766 South Main Street, just one block north of their prior location. Without a doubt, it is my absolute favorite for Pho-Noodle Soup, pronounced Fuh. Tay Ho specializes in it, it is what they do best. One bowl of this soup is a full meal. The steak or brisket will be slightly cooked by the boiling broth to the perfect "medium" by the time the order reaches your table. The Best Pho in Utah!
***Two good friends of ours, Brad and Tee introduced us to this culinary delight and here are Brad's exact words..."There are a few different types of Pho, but in general it consists of thin rice noodles in a basic beef broth. Added to this are onions, cilantro, ginger, and thin slices of beef (steak, flank, brisket), and/or tendon, tripe, or meatballs. Additionally, one is usually provided with a side plate of basil, beansprouts, and lime to add as one wishes. It is also common to add Hoisin sauce and the popular Thai hot sauce Sriracha. The North Vietnamese version usually contains thicker noodles and spring onions.
There is nothing quite like it in the world, and one of the most sensual culinary experiences one can have. Once a bowl is consumed it's hard to deny the drug-like "high" you'll feel as you leave the restaurant. It's also nice that the average bowl of Pho will cost you around 6.00 and that's with tax! 7.00 for a large bowl. Not bad for an exotic, erotic experience that is good for you!"
Pho Tay Ho is open 7 days a week
1766 South Main Street, Phone: 801.466.3650
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