Archive for July, 2011

Frida Bistro

July 11, 2011

This isn’t another place serving up the same predictably boring Mexican food. This is gourmet cuisine with Mexico’s finest flavors. One of the few places in Salt Lake to get ceviche, great small plates, and incredibly rich dishes from fresh, local ingredients. Then there’s the cocktails. These aren’t made from cheap mixes, these are top quality margaritas and infused liquors that will make your mouth climax. Impressive spot for a business lunch, great place for a date.

Atmosphere: Upscale, classy. Patio during warm weather.

Price: Small plates from $8, main dishes from $17.

Drinks: full bar menu.

What you need to know: Make a reservation for dinner, especially on weekends. If you hadn’t figured from the description, this is fine dining and not a cheap burrito.

Location: 545 west 700 south

Hours: Mon-Thu 11-9:30. Fri 11-10:30. Sat 5-10.

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Bruges Waffles and Frites

July 11, 2011

It is exactly as it’s named, waffles and frites (fries). But not just any, the best outside of Belgium. These waffles are incredible on their own without a single topping, but they also offer a number of fresh fruits, cream, ice-cream, Belgian chocolate, and more to tempt you. Order a big cone of frites and you’ll wonder why you’ve settled for average fries for so long.

Atmosphere: Only a couple seats inside, but plenty of sidewalk and rooftop patio seating.

Price: Around $5 for a topped waffle, frites from $3.24 (share them). Giant machine-gun sandwich $9.25.

Drinks: No liquor

What you need to know: If you’re going around meal-time or an event at Pioneer Park, there will likely be a line. Don’t worry, it moves quickly.

Location: 336 west 300 south

Hours: (summer hours) Mon-Thu 9am-8pm. Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Winter hours: they close an hour early.

Pho Green Papaya

July 11, 2011

There are a lot of choices for pho, but this is the king. The difference is in the broth, which is perfectly seasoned and filled with the best meats and perfectly cooked noodles. In addition to the pho, there are many choices of Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Dinner combos are an incredible amount of food. Fresh spring rolls, garlic string bean, and pork vindaloo are my favorites, after the pho of course. Definitely date-night worthy, but casual enough for a quick hearty meal any time.

Atmosphere: Casual, moderate noise level, very attentive staff.

Price: Most main dishes under $10, giant dinner combos for $14.95.

Drinks: Beer and wine.

What you need to know: Don’t believe the rumors, West Valley is perfectly safe and it is worth the trip to come here. Right off I-215 at the 3500 south exit.

Location: 2000 west 3500 south

Hours: 10:30-9pm. Closed Sunday.

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