Settled by Mormon pioneers in 1847, the Salt Lake City of today is a diverse area home to people from around the world. With a plethora of cultures represented, the city’s dining options are vast and full of exotic flavours. From Indian to Mexican to Japanese cuisines, foodies will find many satisfying options in this updated article about the culinary scene in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Starting out as a summertime food cart in 2004, Bruges Waffles and Frites has become a well-known eatery with two locations in Salt Lake City. Owned by Pierre Vandamme, a native of Belgium, this delightful fast-casual restaurant specialises in delicious waffles, which come in sweet and savoury varieties, frites or Belgian-style fries with a host of homemade dipping sauces, plus other tasty items, including omelettes and Flemish stew. Made-from-scratch dishes that guests will love include the Liège waffle topped with strawberries and crème fraîche; a waffle sandwich with a variety of roasted and fresh veggies with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar; and of course, frites with a choice of sauce, including aioli and lemon pepper dill.
Bruges Waffles & Frites, 336 W. 300 S., Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801 363 4444
Opened in 2009 by chefs Viet Pham and Bowman Brown, Forage is a fine dining establishment that features contemporary American cuisine. Seeking to give discerning diners a memorable experience they won’t soon forget, the culinary team uses the finest quality ingredients available obtained in the wild or from small local purveyors. Located in a converted house, the eatery provides a cosy ambience where guests can sample the delectable tasting menu, which changes frequently. Past highlights included blackcurrant leaf and tomato; wild crayfish and new potatoes; duck with beets, plums and fermented honey; and wild berries from the Rocky Mountains. Diners also have the choice of adding wine pairings or juice pairings to the menu, creating a full Forage experience. Reservations are recommended.
Forage, 370 E. 900 S., Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801 708 7834
Founded by the Cardenas family in 1985, Red Iguana is still a family-owned and operated eatery with daughter Lucy Cardenas and her husband, Bill Coker, now at the helm. With two restaurants and a fast-casual eatery in Salt Lake City, this multi-award winning establishment is known for its Mexican cuisine packed full of flavour and lively atmosphere. The menu is impressive with an array of items — many of which are family recipes — from soups and salads to enchiladas to egg dishes and everything in between. One enticing option that will delight many diners is the chile rellenos, which is two Anaheim peppers stuffed with jack cheese dipped in egg batter then fried and topped with salsa espanola and accompanied by rice, refried beans and tortillas.
Red Iguana, 736 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801 322 1489
Red Iguana 2, 866 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801 214 6050