Forage could play ball with fine-dining restaurants in any bigger city. The upscale eatery took the Salt Lake dining scene by storm just a few short years ago, with its creativity and innovation – unmatched in the area. Forage offers a prix-fixe menu that changes often, utilizing ingredients at the peak of freshness. The chefs are dedicated to connecting people with their food, by buying as much from local farmers and purveyors as possible. The head chef has been known to forage (literally) the bounteous Wasatch Mountains for wild herbs, leaves, and flowers that he uses in his dishes. Reservations are highly recommended.
Forage, 370 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801-708-7834
Since opening in 2010, Copper Onion’s popularity has exploded. Locals flock to this contemporary American locale, making the atmosphere lively and always upbeat. The menu is intentionally small, seasonally driven and expertly crafted. The Copper Onion’s interior is chic and open, with uncomplicated decor and neutral, soothing tones. An outdoor patio provides an ideal place to people-watch in the summer months. The menu offers small plates of vegetables, fine meats, and cheeses, designed to be shared. Favorites include ricotta dumplings, with thyme, lemon, and sage, and Wagyu beef stroganoff, on a bed of house-made pappardelle pasta.
Copper Onion, 111 East Broadway # 170, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801-355-3282
Another long-standing establishment in Utah’s restaurant scene is the Tree Room. Situated amid majestic mountains at the base of Sundance ski resort, the Tree Room is the epitome of rustic beauty. The restaurant is like an upscale log cabin, with cozy fireplaces, live trees growing up through the floorboards, and Native American blankets and art adorning the walls. Priding itself on sustainable, organic, and local fare, the menu serves updated American dishes, with a distinctively western vibe. Trout amandine is served with pickled turnip and haricot verts, and the beet salad features a burnt rosemary panna cotta. The Tree Room truly is a unique and delicious Utah experience.