West Jordan is a suburb of Salt Lake City, nestled at the base of the majestic Oquirrh Mountains. This particular region, blessed with natural beauty, is graced by a bright, multi-cultural restaurant scene. We explore the 10 restaurants that make West Jordan a great place to dine.
Club sandwich with side of fries | Courtesy of Gardner Village
Many Utahns are familiar with Gardner Village, a shopping center comprised of historic buildings, boutique shops, and restaurants. Archibald’s Restaurant is located at the heart of Gardner Village, in a 130-year old flour mill built by the restaurant’s namesake. The interior has a rustic charm and is decorated with various antiques and images depicting the area’s pioneer history. Archibald’s menu offers country classics like pot roast and a traditional turkey dinner. With sizable portions, generous pricing, and plenty of room for large parties, Archibald’s is family-friendly and perfect for a crowd.
Village Baker serves simple, honest food in West Jordan. The owners and many long-time staff members are dedicated to fresh ingredients and a community atmosphere. They make fresh bread daily that is used for sandwiches and is also sold by the loaf. In addition to breads and sandwiches, Village Baker also serves a variety of salads and soups, with classics like broccoli cheese and creamy tomato. Some of their most popular items are the treats and sweets. Cinnamon rolls, brownies, cookies and more are baked in-house every day for eager customers.
Bringing the vibrant flavors of Latin America to West Jordan, Salcita is not to be missed. The owners are friendly and passionate about sharing authentic Salvadorian food with their guests and friends. Customers line up for their pupusas, a dish of corn tortillas stuffed with meat, cheese, and beans. Also popular are the various juices and specialty drinks at Salcita. Favorites include the avocado shake, the purple corn Chicha Morada, and the pineapple drink.
Bombay House has become wildly popular all across the Wasatch Front for serving amazing Indian food. With locations now in Salt Lake, West Jordan and Provo, this restaurant has gained a loyal following over the past 20 years. Though its popularity is vast, Bombay House is still family-owned and dedicated to serving authentic food from every major region of India. The interior of the restaurant is clean and elegantly decorated, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu offers a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes and with the option of customizing the level of spicy heat, every diner is sure to find something they love.
The Fox Hole is a playful joint that knows how to have fun and gets down and dirty with burgers. The menu includes items like the Stinky Nephi Burger, Scotch Eggs and the Cubano. This is a pub, with a scene that is lively and very much indicative of a dive: loud music, karaoke and a crowd of locals that can be raucous at times. Another fantastic sign is that this neighborhood dive has a loyal following of locals and bar crawlers. The Fox Hole is a great place to grab a beer, watch the game-of-the-moment, and kick back with good friends.
Sakana Sushi Bar has been cited as the best sushi restaurant on the south side of the valley, with some reviewers even claiming that it rivals the top-rated sushi spots in nearby Salt Lake City. Sakana’s location in a strip mall seems odd at first, but once stepping inside, all this is forgotten. The menu offers both classic sushi rolls and unique rolls, crafted by expert chefs. The ingredients are always fresh and the plating is elegant and beautiful. For customers who are squeamish about uncooked fish, Sakana also offers tasty soups, tempura-fried vegetables and shrimp, and teriyaki salmon and chicken.
Red Basil Thai Bistro offers fantastic service and spot-on Thai cuisine. The waitstaff is small, but very attentive and welcoming. Fan favorites include the red pumpkin curry, fresh vegetable spring rolls, and chicken pad thai. The portions are large enough to share, or take some home for later and the prices are generously low. With daily lunch specials, Red Basil has become a popular lunch spot amongst local businesses. Lunch or dinner, this is a must-try when visiting the area.
Flavors of India is an independently owned and operated restaurant, serving simple and classic Indian food. The decor is tasteful and understated, with low lighting that creates a calm atmosphere. One of the restaurant’s most popular offerings is the lunch buffet, which provides diners with a variety of dishes to choose from. All of the menu items are prepared fresh to order and boast bold flavors and the bright blend of herbs and spices that are so characteristic of Indian cuisine. House specialties include the tandoori platter, chicken korma, and garlic naan.
Offering reliably good Thai cuisine with no frills, New Thai Café is a delightful member of the West Jordan restaurant scene. The food consistently receives rave reviews from both local casual diners and critics. Classic Thai dishes are prepared by talented chefs, using family recipes. The ingredients are always fresh, and full of robust flavor. Some of the most popular dishes include the waterfall beef salad, pineapple cashew fried rice, and spicy papaya salad. Make sure to leave room for the doughnut dessert, a tower of pillowy soft doughnuts with sweetened whipped cream.
Like Archibald’s, Naborhood Bakery is located amongst the quaint shops, historic buildings and cobbled paths of Gardner Village. This small haunt is open for lunch and dinner, offering a simple menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and pot pies. There are no surprises at this bakery, rather classic American home cooking, in a warm and friendly environment. Customers love their cashew chicken salad sandwich on freshly baked rolls and the made-from-scratch beef pot pie. Naborhood has become an essential stopping point for refreshment during a day shopping in the village.