The Best Food in Salt Lake City (Beyond Just Restaurants)

Over the last decade, the number of visitors coming to Salt Lake City has increased significantly. Especially for those who love food, Salt Lake City provides a destination where flavors from all over the world meet and melt in the mouths of those who appreciate them.  With a sizable immigrant, refugee, transplant and minority community, the city has become a melting pot of cuisines and flavors.  

If you’re only trying out the traditional restaurants and eateries however, you are missing out on a large part of the food in Salt Lake City.  It is not just all about formal eating places; there is much more to savor beyond the restaurant. People on the go, they on a budget or just seeking adventure will find the following eating spots quite impressive:

Food in Salt Lake City: Specialty Markets

When you walk into a specialty market in Salt Lake City, expect to find niche food products that are delicious, unique, and can’t be found anywhere else! Some of our favorite specialty markets for food in Salt Lake City are:

  • Caputo’s   You cannot afford to be in too much of a hurry when you visit Caputo’s. In this deli, expect to sample lots of Italian specialty goods – including fine chocolate, cured meats, cheeses, imported pasta, and olives.  Since their 3 markets and delis are situated in mixed-use neighborhoods, they are a prime spot for people-watching. Choose between half for full meals but expect original taste and an excellent experience.

  • Liberty Heights Fresh  The tagline for this deli and specialty market lets you know they source some of the best food in Salt Lake City for the best ingredients every time. The food you get at Liberty Heights Fresh is prepared with integrity so every bite, sip, or piece is accounted for. The owner carefully curates a selection of locally sourced eggs, cheeses, vegetables, and proteins as well as specialty foods from around the country.

  • Black Cherry   A  Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialty market, The Black Cherry Market is a pinhole that offers visitors a view of the world on a plate.  With items like Turkish Delight at Arabic coffee and Halal meats, this little market is one to get lost in. You’ll find delicious fresh-baked flatbreads and yummy jams, dips, and spreads.

Food in Salt Lake City: Utah Local Sweet Shops

While a large number of farmers have turned Utah to be the farming capital of the north, a lot of entrepreneurs are making the scenery sweet. Utahns are known for their sweet tooth – which guarantees a delicious stop at some of our favorite spots:

 

  • The Chocolate Conspiracy – they make their raw and vegan chocolate bard from scratch – controlling every step of the process to ensure consistency every time. With a goal of producing authentic chocolate flavors, a bar of The Chocolate Conspiracy is what you need to nibble on as you enjoy the rest of Utah.
  • Ruby Snap – it does not matter how old you are; a trip to Utah is never complete if you have not bought some Ruby Snap goodies. Each cookie is named lovingly with an old-fashioned name; guests may come in and order “Two Viviannas, one Virginia, and one Zoey to go.” For once, here is a menu of cookies that have been made with love using only the finest ingredients which you can at least pronounce. Ruby Snap is your home of pleasant surprises when you are in the Salt Lake City food scene.
  • Bubble and Brown – a bakery that focuses on buttery pastries and cakes with minimal sugar – instead of relying on ingredients at the peak of their season to infuse sweetness and flavor.  Bubble and Brown never disappoint for breakfast pastries and special occasion cakes.
  • Dolcetti Gelato – Utah’s original gelato spot, Dolcetti Gelato offers a variety of traditional gelato flavors as well as a unique take with Utah-centric ingredients. Perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Food in Salt Lake City: Food Trucks

Food trucks are always on the go – moving from site to site throughout the day… If you love food in Salt Lake City, these food trucks are well worth tracking down. Here is what to expect from a few of them:

 

  • CupBop – the menu of the day will definitely keep you glued to these food trucks. CupBop is a Korean-fusion truck serving up bowls of rice, noodles, meat, kimchee, and spicy sauces ranging from 1 (not spicy at all) to 10 (flaming mouth hot).
  • Waffle Love – the Belgian waffle will make your love affair with food deeper than you can imagine. And a taste of Belgium in Salt Lake City can be found at Waffle Love. Close your eyes and wait for the toppings to surprise you because they will; you will dig in without a care in the world.
  • Fire and Slice Pizza – taste the pizzas from Fire and Slice Pizza – they are baked in a traditional (but portable) wood-fired pizza oven with unique flavors and pizzas of the day.
  • Havana Eats – Cubans living in Salt Lake City will wait at the corner every day for the Havana Eats food truck to set up. Ever been to Cuba? Kill two birds with one stone by eating from this food truck that prepares authentic family meals with joy and tradition.
The culture of food in Salt Lake City is growing and expanding all the time.  Want to know more about places to eat and things to do in Salt Lake City?  Check these out:

The Best Places to Grab a Beer in Salt Lake

Please Note: We’re continuing to post about local businesses, events, and area attractions; however, things often change due to COVID-19 restrictions. So please, double-check before you visit any of our recommended spots to confirm availability, accessibility, or any restrictions. Stay safe. Be well. And support Local! Thank you.

Beer in Salt Lake is getting a makeover. Local beer enthusiasts have something besides great, local craft beer to celebrate these days.

In a recent move by the Utah Legislature, a compromise has been reached on allowing 4% beer to be sold in grocery and convenient stores throughout Utah. This increase, previously the alcohol content in beer in Utah was 3.2%, was determined based on information received from certain beer manufacturers hinting they would no longer be making the reduced brew. Craft beer drinkers have already been consuming a heavier brew as breweries tend to produce a 4% or higher product.

Here are some great places to grab a beer this weekend.

Squatters

The first Squatters beer was poured in 1989, since then the demand for their handcrafted beer has surged and you can find their award-winning brews in many local restaurants, hotels, bars, resorts, and the airport. From a double IPA (Hop Rising) to their hefeweizen (American Wheat) the variety of brews provides a tasty exploration.

147 W Broadway

 

Boeheim Brewery

Since 2001, Boeheim Brewery has been producing old central-European lagers. On a mission to perfect the ‘the old school brew”, the legendary Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, the brewers at Boeheim take their sweet time crafting the best lager, in small batches, using only natural ingredients. Try the 1842 Czech Pilsener, the signature taste first brewed in 1842, it’s a classic.

94 E Fort Union Blvd

Proper Brewing Co

Launching with their balanced ale, the English Golden Ale, Proper Beer brewers prefer the full flavors of unfiltered beer. This process, or lack thereof, will cause a bit of hazy color to your glass. Rest assured, you will taste a rich and hoppy brew that they believe taste better than most. Try a class for yourself.

857 S Main Street

 

Red Rock Brewery

This award-winning brew has been around since 1994. Producing six brands that can be purchased in restaurants, the state liquor store, and other locations throughout the state, the company added a dedicated brewery to support growth in 2011. From draft ‘session’ classics to their artist palette line of craft beers, you may find a new unique flavor combination that will surprise you.

254 S 200 W

The Bayou

Proudly known as Utah’s largest beer bar, The Bayou offers local microbreweries an extensive selection of bottled beers. If tasting various local beer is on your bucket list, head over to The Bayou. Epic, 2 Row, Kiitos, and Moab are all on deck. And that is really just naming a few.

645 S State Street

 

Wasatch Brewery

Utah’s first brewery, offering craft beer since 1986.  Wasatch Brewery offers award-winning brew that now only comes in cans, or on draft. With its quirky message “Why have just one” having a good time with Utah’s controversial past, Polygamy Porter was no joke when it came to taste and full flavor in a beer.  Try the Evolution amber ale or the Snowbird session IPA, maybe the clever names make them taste even better.

250 Main Street

Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials to Enjoy with Your Sweetheart

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Valentine’s Day, that time of year when cheesy love notes, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and red roses take center stage.

Why not really impress your sweetheart this year by making plans to visit one of these romantic eateries in Salt Lake–you may even win extra love points. Make those reservations today!

Fratelli Italian Ristorante

Serving a prix-fixe dinner for $35 a person, you get a 3-course dining experience with your choice of lobster bisque or Campagne Ceasar salad to start, crab cake or petite filet with Cabernet pan sauce for course two,  and chocobella cake or raspberry Tiramisu for dessert.  You can also order off the regular menu that evening.

 

 

Log Haven

If the picturesque atmosphere isn’t enough, the food will impress you. Order the Korean Fried Cauliflower as a starter and you will have a taste of what the evening will have in store.  From the Grilled American Waygu with charred brussel sprouts, pomme frites and truffle aioli to Shrimp Scampi with Fettuccini, you will delight in the satisfying flavors. Chef Jones has even created a 3-course Low Calorie/High Impact Special if you are watching those calories.

 

SLC Eatery 

Enjoy a 3-course dinner for $60 a person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $35. Choose from Roasted beets, black kale salad or seafood fried rice to start. Followed by your choice of Goat Cheese Agnolotti, ora King Salmon, Snake River Farms Beef Shoulder Tenderloin or roasted chicken. End this amazing meal with choice of dark chocolate panna cotta, Raspado, or Affogato.

 

London Belle

A lovely 3-course prix-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day has been selected at London Belle for $50 per person. Start with smoked salmon nachos or Chermoula spiced cauliflower. The main dish choices are Wagu tenderloin or honey butter blackened sea scallops and your choice of triple chocolate mouse or tangerine English custard for dessert.

 

Tucanos Brazilian Grill

A delicious dinner for two at $31.95 per person which includes the chef’s selections of rosemary herb salmon, roasted rib eye, grilled shrimp, and a special Valentine’s chocolate treat. Complimentary rose included! 

 

The Best Local Places for Take-Out in Salt Lake City

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No doubt, you’ve exercised your inner chef during the quarantine. But after completing several cookbooks, you might want to take a break and order some take-out. Plus, restaurants are having a rough time during COVID-19.

There’s no better way to show your support than by indulging in some local take-out.

The problem with take-out is, you never know whether you’re going to get your money’s worth. It’s normal to feel like you’re taking a risk whenever you’re ordering take-out. You might be asking yourself, “is it going to be worth it?”

This comprehensive guide takes the guesswork out of your decision so that you can order take-out with confidence. Read on to discover the best local places for take-out in Salt Lake City.

Best Indian Food- Saffron Valley

With three locations in the valley, Saffron is reachable from most areas. You’re in luck if you live in Sugar House, South Jordan, or the Avenues because you’ll have easy access. Though the menu varies from location to location, the food quality doesn’t.

And don’t worry about ordering too much. The great thing about Indian food is that letting it marinate in the fridge for a day produces a mouth-watering taste combo. If you’re in the mood for that Indian kick, Saffron has you covered.

Best Fast Greek Food-Mad Greek

Something is comforting about pita, tzatziki, and falafels. After a rough day at work, what better way to ease the pain than a gyro with a side of hummus and french fries? The best part about Mad Greek is that you can drive-thru and be on your way.

With two locations in Murray and South Lake, you’re never too far away for a taste of the Mediterranean.

Best Vegetarian Food- Long Life Vegi House

Providing Salt Lake high-quality vegetarian cuisine for over twenty years, Long Life Vegi House is no stranger to the area. It’s an even bigger testament to Long Life that they’ve kept their menu the same since 2000.

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. When it comes to Long Life Vegi House, the menu isn’t broke; it’s delicious. This Salt Lake Chinese cuisine staple does take-out right and is crazy-affordable. It’s always best to stay healthy in a tasty way by choosing Long Life.

Best Turkish-style Food- Spitz

Covering Sugar House, Cottonwood, Downtown, and Lehi, Spitz is the go-to spot for all of the fresh Mediterranean salads and wraps you could ever want. It’s perfect for a work lunch delivery.

Best BBQ- Sugar House BBQ

If you’re in the mood for some ribs and ‘taters, Sugar House is the place for you. Sugar House BBQs are open seven days a week. Order take-out, go to the park with family, and have a nice little Saturday picnic enjoying the view.

Best Sandwiches- Feldman’s Deli

It’s hard to believe there’s much difference between something as simple as a sandwich. But believe it or not, a quality Sammy can be one of the best comfort foods out there, especially at Feldman’s. This famous sub shop is crowded during lunch, try and beat the crowd by ordering take-out in the late morning.

Best Burgers- Crown Burgers

Crown Burgers has long been SLC’s go-to spot for a simple American burger that hits the spot every time. When life gives you lemons, go to Crown Burgers, and get a burger with pastrami on top of crispy, golden fries. Your troubles will be over.

The Best Local Places For Take-Out Are Waiting!

Furnishing your new home and making it comfy is a process. Why not take a break with some of the best local places for take-out? These fantastic take-out options will have you satisfied and ready to complete your move in no time.

If you’re considering a move to Utah, check out more of our suggestions to smooth the transition!

Best Places to Grab a Sweet Treat in Salt Lake City

best desserts in salt lake city

​Are you relocating to Salt Lake City or new to SLC and want to find a new spot for a sweet treat? You’re in luck. Whether you want donuts, cookies, brownies, or ice cream, Salt Lake City doesn’t disappoint.

For 6 of the best desserts in Salt Lake City, read on. We’ve got the ultimate guide to the best treats in town to satisfy your sweet tooth.

1. Les Madeleines

Les Madeleines has been around since 2003, making macarons, fresh gelato, and their signature pastry, the Kouign Amann. The Kouign Amman is a rich buttery pastry that originated in France, and Les Madeleines was the first bakery west of the Mississippi to offer it!

You can also get cookies, English muffins, lunch items, and even dog treats at the bakery. Wash it all down with a cappuccino or fresh-squeezed artisan lemonade.

2. Crumbl Cookies

The first Crumbl Cookies opened in Logan, Utah, in 2017, and in just three years, they’ve expanded to over 50 locations in 11 states. If you’ve ever had one of their cookies, you understand how they grew so fast!

They always have their famous chocolate chip cookies and chilled sugar cookies available, but their other flavors rotate weekly. Every week, they have four specialty flavors like dulce de leche, pumpkin chocolate chip, raspberry cheesecake, and Reese’s chips.

Add a half-ping of Crumbl Cream to your order, and you’ll be in cookie and ice cream heaven!

3. BROWNIES! BROWNIES! BROWNIES!

The brownies at BROWNIES! BROWNIES! BROWNIES! are so good they have to include brownies in their name three times! Their brownies are double-decker, with something delicious in the middle!

They have fan favorites that are always on the menu, including plain Jane, fudge, minty, dough, razz, and churro, and a specialty flavor that changes month-to-month. Like the PB muddy buddy. If peanut butter and chocolate are your thing, you don’t want to miss it.

4. Banbury Cross Donuts

To satisfy your donut craving, Banbury Cross Donuts is a must-visit. They’re famous for their apple fritters but have everything from raised donuts like maple, chocolate, and strawberry frosted to cake donuts like blueberry cake, cinnamon crumb, chocolate, and old fashioned finished with glaze.

5. Fillings and Emulsions

Fillings and Emulsions has traditional Latin pastries and desserts, macrons, croissants, tarts, and to-die-for cheesecakes. If you want something savory, they also have filled meat pies like traditional Cuban meat pies, chicken meat pies, and Cuban sandwich meat pies.

You can also enjoy a Cuban coffee, cafe con leche, latte, cappuccino, or a gelato. You really can’t go wrong with anything at Fillings and Emulsions!

6. Normal Ice Cream

Did you know that Utah is the ice cream capital of the world? We eat more ice cream here than anywhere else in the world! If you’re an ice cream lover, Normal Ice Cream is not to be missed.

They have soft serve, ice cream sandos, ice cream bars, choco tacos, and even a pint club that you can join. With flavors like cinnamon toast crunch, earl grey, orange Julius, and sea salt and walnut fudge, who wouldn’t want to join a club where you get four pints of exclusive ice cream every month?

The Best Desserts in Salt Lake City to Satisfy Your Cravings

Don’t just choose one. Add all of these locations to your food bucket list. You don’t want to miss out on the best desserts in Salt Lake City, do you? Whether you’re a pastry, ice cream, donut, or cookie fan, there’s something for you here.

If you’re planning a move to Salt Lake City, get in touch with us. We can help you find your next home and also have tons of relocation resources on our website and blog.