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dining guide to Cretan dishes like the chicken braised with okra, but the grilled Greek octopus is what keeps us coming back for more. 224 S. 1300 East, SLC, 801-581-0888. EGM – N

Café Med Get the mezzes platter for

some of the best falafel in town. Entrees range from pita sandwiches to gargantuan dinner platters of braised shortribs, roast chicken and pasta. 420 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-493-0100. EGM

Layla Layla relies on family recipes. The resulting standards, like hummus and kebabs, are great, but explore some of the more unusual dishes, too. 4751 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay, 801-272-9111. EGM – N Mazza Excellent. With the bright

More on the Menu Ali Sabbah has updated his menu with new Lebanese dishes.

flavor that is the hallmark of Middle Eastern food and a great range of dishes, Mazza has been a go-to for fine food in SLC before there was much fine food at all. 912 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-521-4572; 1515 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-484-9259. EGM – N

Manoli’s Manoli and Katrina Kat-

sanevas have created a fresh modern approach to Greek food. Stylish small plates full of Greek flavors include Butternut-squash-filled tyropita, smoked feta in piquillo peppers and a stellar roast chicken. 402 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-532-3760. EGML

Olive Bistro This downtown cafe offers light salads and panini, some tapas, a list of wines and beers. 57 W. Main St., SLC, 801-364-1401. EGM Padeli’s One of Salt Lake’s original Greek

restaurants, Greek Souvlaki, has opened a contemporary version of itself. Padeli’s also serves the classic street fare, but these excellent souvlaki come in a streamlined space modeled after Chipotle, Zao and other fast-but-not-fast-food stops. The perfect downotown lunch. 30 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-322-1111. GL

Spitz Doner Kebab This California

transplant specializes in what Utahns mostly know by their Greek name “gyros.” But that’s not the only attraction. Besides the food, Spitz has an energetic hipster vibe and a liquor license that make it an after-dark destination. 35 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-364-0286 EGM

MEXICAN/CENTRAL AMERICAN

Alamexo A fresh take on Mexican

food from award-winning chef Matthew Lake whose New York Rosa Mexicano was “the gold standard.” More upscale than a taco joint, but nowhere near white tablecloth, this bright, inviting cafe offers tableside guacamole. The rest of the menu, from margaritas to mole, is just as fresh and immediate. 268 State St., SLC, 801-779-4747. EGM

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Blue Poblano An import from Provo, this

great little spot serves hugely great tacos. And burritos. Recently remodeled and expanded; now with a liquor license. 473 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-883-9078 GL

Chunga’s These tacos al pastor are the

real deal. Carved from a big pineapplemarinated hunk, the meat is folded in delicate masa tortillas with chopped pineapple, onion and cilantro. 180 S. 900 West, SLC, 801-328-4421. GL

Frida Bistro Frida is one of the

finest things to happen to Salt Lake dining, ever. This is not your typical tacos/tamales menu—it represents the apex of still too little-known Mexican cuisine, elegant and sophisticated and as complex as French food. Plus, there’s a nice margarita menu. 545 W. 700 South, SLC, 801-983-6692. EGM

Lone Star Taqueria Lone Star serves a burrito that’s a meal in itself, whether you choose basic bean and cheese or a special. 2265 E. Fort Union Blvd., SLC, 801-944-2300. GL

Red Iguana Both locations are a

blessing in this City of Salt, which still has mysteriously few good Mexican restaurants. Mole is what you want. 736 W. North Temple, SLC, 801-322-1489; 866 W. South Temple, SLC, 801-214-6050. EGL – M

Harbor Seafood & Steak Co. A muchneeded breath of sea air refreshes this young restaurant, which is renewing the classic surf & turf concept with the addition of a mix and match option. A snappy interior, a creative cocktail menu and a vine-covered patio make for a hospitable atmosphere. 301 Parleys Way, SLC, 801-466-9827. EGM - N Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House Kimi

Eklund and Chef Matt Anderson are bringing a touch of glam to Sugar House with their high-style, multi-purpose restaurant: It’s an oyster bar, it’s a steakhouse, it’s a lounge. However you use it, Kimi’s makes for a fun change from the surrounding pizza and beer and wood and stone landscapes, with dramatic lighting, purple velvet and live music. 2155 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-946-2079. EGLLL

Market Street Grill SLC’s fave fish

restaurants: Fish is flown in daily and the breakfast is an institution. 48 W. Market Street, SLC, 801-322-4668; 2985 E. 6580 South, SLC, 801-942-8860; 10702 River Front Pkwy., South Jordan, 801-302-2262. EGM

The Oyster Bar This is the best selection of fresh oysters in town: Belon, Olympia, Malpeque and Snow Creek, plus Bluepoints. Crab and shrimp are conscientiously procured. 54 W. Market St., SLC, 801-531-6044; 2985 E. Cottonwood Parkway (6590 South), SLC, 801-942-8870. EGN

SOUTHEAST ASIAN

Rio Grande Café As bustling now as it

Chanon Thai Café A meal here is like a

Taco Taco A tiny, charming little taqueria,

East-West Connection Pork and shrimp

Taqueria 27 Salt Lake needs more

Ekamai Thai The tiniest Thai restaurant in town is owned by Woot Pangsawan, who provides great curries to go, eat in, or have delivered, plus friendly personal service. 336 W. Broadway, SLC, 801-363-2717; 1405 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-906-0908. GL

was when it was still a train station, this is a pre-Jazz favorite and great for kids, too. Dishes overflow the plate and fill the belly. 270 S. Rio Grande St., SLC, 801-364-3302. EGL perfect for pick-up and sunny days. Owned by neighboring Cannella’s. 208 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-355-8518. EGL Mexican food, and Todd Gardiner is here to provide it. Artisan tacos (try the duck confit), inventive guacamole and lots of tequila in a spare urban setting. 1615. S. Foothill Dr., SLC, 385-259-0712; 4670 Holladay Village Plaza (2300 E.), 801-676-9706; 149 E. 200 South, SLC, (801-259-0940). EGM

SEAFOOD

Current Fish & Oyster House

An all-star team drawn from the resources of owners Mikel Trapp (Fresco, Trio) and Joel LaSalle (Faustina, Oasis) made this cool downtown restaurant an instant hit. Excellent and inventive seafood dishes from Chef Logen Crew and cocktails by Jimmy Santangelo and Amy Eldredge in a rehabbed downtown space—it all adds up to success. 279 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-326-3474. EGM

casual dinner at your best Thai friend’s place. Try curried fish cakes and red-curry prawns with coconut milk and pineapple. 278 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-532-1177. L rolls, curry shrimp and the “Look Luck” beef (in a caramel sauce) are popular. 1400 S. Foothill Dr., Ste. 270, SLC, 801-581-1128. EGM

Indochine Vietnamese cuisine is under-­ represented in Salt Lake’s Thai-ed up dining scene, so a restaurant that offers more than noodles is welcome. Try broken rice dishes, clay pots and pho. 230 S. 1300 East, 801-582-0896. EGM Mi La-cai Noodle House Mi La-cai’s

noodles rise above the rest, and their pho is fantastic—each bowl a work of art. The beautiful setting is a pleasure. It’s even a pleasure to get the bill. 961 S. State St., SLC, 801-322-3590. GL

Salt Lake Magazine Sept Oct 2016  
Salt Lake Magazine Sept Oct 2016