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dining guide Roosters Choose from specialty pizzas, baked sea scallops and herb-crusted lamb at this fixture on the historic block. 253 25th St., Ogden, 801-627-6171. EGM

BURGERS, SANDWICHES, DELIS

Caffe Ibis Exchange news, enjoy sand-

wiches and salads, and linger over a cuppa conscientiously grown coffee. 52 Federal Ave., Logan, 435-753-4777. GL

CHINESE

Mandarin The rooms are filled with red

and gold dragons. Chefs recruited from San Francisco crank out a huge menu. Desserts are noteworthy. Call ahead. 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful, 801-298-2406. EGM

ITALIAN AND PIZZA

The Italian Place A great sandwich is

about proportion, not quantity, and these balance filling and bread, toasted until the meld is complete. 48 Federal Ave., Logan, 435-753-2584. GL

Marcello’s Eat spaghetti and meatballs without wine—this is truly Utah-style Italian food. 375 N. Main St., Bountiful. 801-298-7801. GL – M

A Capitol Breakfast Smoked rainbow trout with a bagel and cream cheese. Or, banana bread.

Slackwater Pizza The pies here are as good as any food in Ogden. Selection ranges from traditional to Thai (try it), and there’s a good selection of wine and beer. 1895 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-399-0637. EGM Rovali’s Ristorante This friendly familyowned place on Ogden’s main drag serves hearty Italian fare and housemade pastry, plus a creative bar menu and live music. 174 E. 2500 S., Ogden, 801-394-1070. EGM

Zucca Trattoria Chef-Gerladine Sepulve-

da’s menu features regional Italian dishes— check out the specials. But that’s only part of Zucca. There is also a great Italian market and deli, selling salumi and cheese and sandwiches, a regular schedule of cooking classes and a special menu of healthful dishes. 225 25th Street, Ogden, 801-475-7077. EGM – N

STEAK

Maddox Ranch House Angus

beef steaks, bison chicken-fried steak and burgers have made this an institution for more than 50 years. Eat in, drive up or take home. 1900 S. Highway 89, Perry, 435-723-8545. GL – M

PROVO & CENTRAL UTAH AMERICAN FINE DINING

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this one of Utah’s best. 100 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-373-8000. EGM – N

The Tree Room Sundance Resort’s flag-

ship is known for its seasonal, straightforward menu and memorable decor, including Robert Redford’s kachina collection. Try the wild game—spice-rubbed quail and buffalo tenderloin. Highway 92, Sundance Resort, Provo Canyon, 801-223-4200. EGN – O

AMERICAN CASUAL

The Black Sheep The cuisine here is

based on the Native American dishes Chef Mark Mason enjoyed in his youth. But the fundamentals—like Navajo fry bread and the “three sisters” combo of squash, corn and beans—have been given a beautiful urban polish by this experienced chef. Don’t miss the cactus pear margarita. 19 N. University Ave, Provo, 801-607-2485. EGM – N

The Foundry Grill The café in Sundance

Resort serves comfort food with western style—sandwiches, spit-roasted chickens and ­steaks. Sunday brunch is a mammoth buffet. Sundance Resort, Provo, 801-223-4220. EGM

Station 22 Ever-hipper Provo is home to

some cutting-edge food now that the cutting edge has a folksy, musical saw kind of style. Station 22 is a perfect example of the Utah roots trend—a charming, funky interior, a great soundtrack and a menu with a slight Southern twang. Try the fried chicken sandwich with red cabbage on ciabatta. 22 W. Center St., Provo, 801-607-1803. EGL – M

INDIAN

Bombay House Salt Lake’s biryani main-

stay has several sister restaurants worthy to call family. 463 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-373-6677; 7726 Campus View Dr., West Jordan, 801-282-0777; 2731 E. Parley’s Way, SLC, 801-581-0222. EGM – N

ITALIAN/PIZZA

Pizzeria 712 The pizza menu

reaches heights of quality that fancier restaurants only fantasize about. Not only are the blister-crusted pizzas the epitome of their genre, but braised short ribs, local mushrooms and arugula on ciabatta are equally stellar. 320 S. State St., Orem, 801-623-6712. EGM

MEXICAN

Mountain West Burrito A humble burrito place with high-flown belief in sustainably raised meats, locally sourced vegetables and community support. Result: everything you’d ever want in a burrito joint, except a beer. 1796 N. 950 West, Provo, 801-805-1870. GL

VEGETARIAN

Ginger’s Garden Cafe Tucked inside Dr. Christopher’s Herb Shop, Ginger’s serves

truly garden-fresh, bright-flavored, mostly vegetarian dishes. 188. S. Main St., Springville, 801-489-4500. GL

MOAB & SOUTHEAST UTAH AMERICAN DINING

Café Diablo (Open seasonally) This café

offers buzz-worthy dishes like rattlesnake cakes and fancy tamales. Save room for dessert. 599 W. Main St., Torrey, 435-425-3070. EGN

Hell’s Backbone Grill Owners

Blake Spalding and Jen Castle set the bar for local, organic food in Utah. Now the cafe has gained national fame. They garden, forage, raise chickens and bees, and offer breakfasts, dinners and even picnic lunches. 20 N. Highway 12, Boulder, 435-335-7464. EGM – N

Capitol Reef Inn & Café This family spot strives for a natural and tasty menu—and dishes like fresh trout and cornmeal pancakes achieve it. Be sure to look at the great rock collection and the stone kiva. 360 W. Main St., Torrey, 435-425-3271. EGL – M

Eklectic Café This is what you hope Moab will be like—vestigially idealistic, eccentric and unique. Linger on the patio with your banana pancakes, then shop the bric-a-brac inside. 352 N. Main St., Moab, 435-259-6896. GL Sunglow Family Restaurant This pit

stop is famous for its pinto bean and pickle pies. Yes, we said pickle. 91 E. Main St., Bicknell, 435-425-3701. GL – M

BAR GRUB & BREWPUBS


Moab Brewery A beloved watering hole

for river-runners, slick-rock bikers, red-rock hikers and everyone who needs a bite and a beer, which is nearly everyone in Moab. All beer is brewed on site. 686 Main St., Moab, 435-259-6333. EGM

ST. GEORGE & SOUTHWEST UTAH AMERICAN FINE DINING

Painted Pony The kitchen blends culinary

trends with standards like sage-smoked quail on mushroom risotto. Even “surf and turf” has a twist—tenderloin tataki with chiledusted scallops. 2 W. St. George Blvd., Ste. 22, St. George, 435-634-1700. EGN

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