STORY BY DARBY DOYLE
ever ones to rest on their laurels, Salt Lake restaurateurs continue to bring their A game to the city dining scene. These new spots bring even more diversity to the downtown roster. The Daily The latest addition to Chef/Owner Ryan Lowder’s Copper Group, The Daily (222 S. Main St, thedailyslc. com) hit the ground running on Main Street from day one. Daytime counter service features Stumptown Coffee, loose leaf teas, fresh-baked treats and local faves like gooey grilled cheese and tomato soup combos. In a hurry? There’s a tempting array of grab n’ go salads, sandwiches, fruit-topped breakfast parfaits and fresh-squeezed juices. The Daily has also become a weekend brunch staple of downtown living, with full bar service after 10:30 a.m. Mimosas, anyone?
spring / summer 2019
Ramen Bar Just under a year ago Chef/Owners Sergei and Shani Oveson brought Ramen Bar (319 Main St) to Main Street after the success of their original location in Ogden, Ramen Haus. While the full-service restaurant Ramen Bar has a steady stream of business lunch customers, the place really gets hopping in the evening with sexy low lighting and a thoughtful sake and Japanese beer menu. Attentive service and touches like shoyu marinated soft eggs in nuanced broth sets this spot apart. Sonoma Grill It’s always great to see another wine bar open up in downtown Salt Lake City, and Sonoma Grill (110 W. Broadway, sonomagrillut. com) makes a welcome addition with an extensive vino selection by-the-glass and deep bottle menu. Rounding out Bonpatt Companies’ Fat Jacks Burger Emporium and Christopher’s Prime Tavern & Grill, Sonoma Grill’s emphasis is a bit on the lighter side of fine dining,
with plenty of California-influenced salads, wood-fired dome oven pizzas and satisfying gluten free entrees. While wine is definitely the star here, the cocktail list is solid and there are plenty of local beers on draught and brews by the bottle. Chedda Burger “Downtown will always be super important to us,” says Co-owner Ryan Andrus of the late May 2019 move of Chedda Burger (cheddaburger.co) from their first snug brick-and-mortar shop on 600 South to a new location in The Gateway which will allow for more seating capacity. Since Chef/ Co-owner Nick Watt founded the super-popular Chedda food truck in 2012, the loaded burgers, tots and shake shops have now also expanded to Foothills Village and Lehi. “Downtown has come so far in the last five years in terms of food, entertainment and overall culture,” says Andrus. “It’s truly a vibrant community that fits the Chedda Burger brand perfectly.” I
Top 2 Photos: Sonoma Grill. Middle 2 Photos: Ramen Bar. Bottom 2 Photos: The Daily.