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THE WILD ZUCCHINI GRILL

I must start off by saying that I am a sucker for fresh herbs, so when I walked into this place, which has about 100 herb pots scattered everywhere, I was already a googly-eyed goner. The Wild Zucchini has an organization to it a lot like Aubergine. You start by picking the type of food you want: sandwich (piadina), pasta bowl, chopped salad or handmade pizza. Then you choose your sauces, meats and toppings. We had their Birkshire pulled pork and American “Kobe” steak in pasta bowls. I wasn’t sure which sauce to choose with my steak and pasta, but they man behind the counter gave me a suggestion, which was perfecto. They have hot and cold sauces, including Diavolo, aioli and pesto cream, which taste as good as they sound. Then choose your toppings to make it yours. I’m also a sucker for restaurants that let me really have ownership over my food, so another point for the Wild Zucchini. You could literally go there a hundred times and not have the same thing twice. And right before the register, you can have them scissor off some fresh herbs onto your dish. I felt like a king. After lunches at sandwich joints and burger shacks, this food redefined my definition of “flavorful.” The food grabbed my attention and kept it there until I was done. And I was sad the meal was over. 496 N 990 W, American Fork, Utah 84003 11 am - 10 pm | (801) 756-5340

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AUBERGINE

Tasty food and healthy food aren’t always a match made culinary heaven. In fact, tasty food is, more often than not, food we know we shouldn’t eat but we just can’t help ourselves, and healthy food always seems like some form of cruel and unusual punishment. Thanks to restaurants like Aubergine & Company in Orem, UT, healthy and tasty don’t have to be mutually exclusive terms any longer. Aubergine is doing their best to prove health-conscious food can be flavorful and fun. Aubergine & Co. do breakfast, lunch and dinner, so they’ve got all your meals covered. This isn’t your typical breakfast menu, though. With a focus on nutrition rather than calories, Aubergine is serving up a number of delicious smoothie concoctions that fill, but the real draw goes to their Acai bowls. The traditional Brazilian style bowl and the Thai bowl are both authentic and exotic dishes full of great fruity flavors. The Brazilian bowl comes with granola for some added texture and good crunch. The Oatmeal bowl is another crowd favorite that’s perfect for breakfast on the go. Whichever bowl you get, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting a high quality, all natural and organic meal that will help power you through the day with lots of healthy energy. You wont find refined sugar here in anything. Only natural sweeteners. You also won’t find anything fried. Furthermore, everything is made from scratch daily. Try the falafel for an excellent non-breakfast option. 1365 S State St, Orem, UT | www.aubergineandcompany.com | (801) 224-7484

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TARAHUMARA

Specializing in the food of northern Mexico, this delectable restaurant is stationed on the east side of the Wasatch in Midway, opposite the crowded cities on the other side. Their menu is typical Mexican fare, with a few twists. Prime rib carne asada, Mahi Mahi dishes, leg of lamb and carnitas are recurring themes. So many Mexican restaurants mess up their carnitas, Tarahumara instilled a fresh love of the dish with their fruit braised pork shoulder tacos. Nobody does salsa like this place. They make about 20 fresh salsas every day, each an intriguing variety. They test your bravery (try the cilantro con jalapeno) and expand your taste bud horizons, as well as compliment your food. The restaurant is separated into three sections: bar, dining and bakery. The bakery is a new and welcome addition, with tres leches, flans and other fresh pastries every day. Overall, we recommend it if you’re looking for trustworthy Mexican food. Be ready for a crowd if you go on the weekend—lot’s of other people have already found this gem. Open Monday-Saturday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Address: 380 East Main Street Midway, UT Phone: 435-709-2023

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