Archive for the Dining Category

The Wild Grape

July 11, 2011

Though a casual setting, make no mistake that the food here is┬ácomparable┬áto many 5-star restaurants. So don’t expect giant dishes covered in mediocre food, expect great tastes made with fresh, local ingredients. This new-American menu has choices from sandwiches to seafood, lamb to steak, and everything between. Great for business lunch, date night, or just enjoying great food.

Atmosphere: Business casual, great shaded patio.

Price: Breakfast & Lunch $8-12. Dinner $10-25.

Drinks: full bar menu, & plenty of exclusive concoctions

What you need to know: Reservations suggested on the weekends. Live jazz Saturday night.

Location: 481 east South Temple

Hours: Tue-Thu 8am-9:30pm. Fri 8-10:30. Sat 9-10:30. Sun 9-9:30.

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Left Fork Grill

July 11, 2011

“Where cafe meets gourmet” may seem like a cheesy marketing gimmick, until you realize that it’s a perfect description for this quaint diner. Read the descriptions on the menu and you’ll see things are a little different here than your average diner. Taste the food and you’re a fan for life. The meatloaf sandwich proves the old saying that “you need to try mine” is true. Simple food made incredible, from omelettes to prime rib. Then there’s the pie, which sells out every day. Arrive for lunch and watch the pie choices begin to disappear. Great spot for the casual meal.

Atmosphere: Casual diner, right out of the movies. Even the servers fit the stereotype for the perfect diner.

Price: $7-10 per dish

Drinks: Beer and wine

What you need to know: Can be busy, but rarely a wait. Arrive early for pie, and if you want to take one home you need to order the day before.

Location: 68 west 3900 south (take TRAX, it’s right next to the station)

Hours: Mon-Tue 6am-3pm. Wed-Sat 6am-8pm. Sun 7am-3pm.

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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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