Everyone can appreciate a good, no-frills sandwich. Even Stevens, the ‘sandwich shop with a cause’, nobly donates their wares on a 1:1 ratio between paying customers and a person in need within the community. Warm your soul and your insides with the JP Grilled Cheese, consisting of white cheddar, cream cheese, and fiery garlic roasted jalapenos on thickly sliced French bread. Enjoy a satisfying lunch that attends to both your conscience and your appetite.
Waffle Love is not what one could characterise as a bricks and mortar restaurant. The goodies from this food vendor can only be accessed when you know the location frequented by the truck that day, often nestled in a grocery store parking lot. Although the food truck trend is certainly not new to the rest of the country, Utahns seem to just recently have seen the light. A steaming, crispy on the outside, soft in the middle waffle can be topped with a variety of fresh fruits and tempting confections. Try the waffle with Biscoff cookie spread, juicy raspberries, and fresh whipped cream. Follow them on Instagram or Twitter to find out where they’ll be next.
Alamexo is one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Salt Lake City. The décor is effortlessly chic, but simultaneously warm and inviting, with oddly charming skeletal masks on the wall, molcajetes on each table and bright, Latin colours. Particular local favourites include their fresh, homemade chips, and spicy green salsa. The rest of their locally sourced, in season menu is always full of exciting fusions and flavours, encouraging you back muy pronto.
Alamexo, 268 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801-779-4747
The word Bodega has been used for centuries as a name for a small grocery store in Spanish speaking neighbourhoods. It seems only fitting therefore, that Bodega would open downtown with a lowlit, boutique feel, serving up innovative tapas and killer craft cocktails. During your visit, enter through the door in the back and go downstairs to their speakeasy, ‘The Rest’. Grab a drink from their award winning mixologist, relax, and drift away from the stresses and strains of the week.
Bodega, 331 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801-532-4042
Harbor are committed to providing the landlocked valley with fresh seafood flown in daily, prepared in creative ways with a gentle nod to classical French techniques. The wine list is substantial and the wait staff friendly and enthusiastic, willing to discuss choices or recommended exceptional dishes. Harbor has gone above and beyond to make itself known and loved in the neighbourhood, with great success.
Harbor, 2302 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Truffled mac and cheese is just one of the upmarket home-cooking classics on offer at Rye Diner and Drinks. This new restaurant assumes no airs and graces, committed to serving simple food prepared well, with dynamic and luxurious twists. Start your morning off with a cup of their Charming Beard coffee, and a homemade pastry. If you’re craving something a little heartier, opt for one of their soft egg scrambles, with a colourful handful of chives and a smooth dollop of crème fraiche. Their carefully considered menu is the brainchild of a Takashi deserter and balances Asian influence with homemade comfort.
Rye Diner & Drinks, 239 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801-364-4655