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utah’s high spirits by h e at h er m ay

Local distilleries are raising the bar in SLC.

80 the face of new utah by mary brown malouf

Your fashion-savvy cover girls sport fall’s trendy threads.


revenge of the geeks by jaime winston

Khaaaan! Fanboys and girls making Utah the nerdiest state.


All points lead to adventure b y s a lt l a k e e d i t o r s

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23 the hive

Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn comes out and Snowbird’s Oktoberfest fends off a ban on beer, plus what’s hot in fashion, food, sports and more.

36 faces

North Salt Lake’s wheelchair whisperer, The Trib’s would-be savior, and a former stylist creating community with coffee by Jamie Gadette, Glen warchol and jaime winston


39 A&E

Watching nightmares at Salty Horror Film Festival, Utah Museum of Fine Arts reaches out for contemporary art and three not-to-miss events by Elena Gardner and Glen warchol

43 travel

Old Las Vegas gets a rockin’ second life. by jeremy pugh


57 dateline utah

Gay rights: a daughter-father conversation by Rosemary Winters


105 dining guide

Utah’s best guide to eating out and eating well by mary brown malouf

138 bar guide

The best sips in the state by mary brown malouf

141 on the town

SLC’s top galas, festivals and more by mary brown malouf

144 my turn

The family that dines together shines together.

“As a performer, I’ve always had an ambiguity on stage. I’ve always danced the way I’ve danced and looked the way I’ve looked. To me, it’s always been a pretty gay show.” –Tyler Glenn, Neon Trees

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contributors dan nailen was a Utah music, arts and culture nerd well before he started writing about them for a living, sneaking into bars as an Ogden teen to see touring punk bands as often as possible. In this issue, he interviewed Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn about coming out as gay and Utahns’ reactions (page 24). In addition to regular contributions to Salt Lake magazine’s website, you can hear Nailen talking tunes weekly on KUER 90.1 FM, hosting SLUG Magazine’s “SLUG Soundwaves” podcast and writing at

rosemary winters established a decade ago The Salt Lake Tribune’s first news beat devoted to covering Utah’s rapidly progressing LGBT civil rights movement. She spoke to a diehard Republican lawmaker to see what inspired him to become an unexpected advocate for the LGBT community and how he hopes to persuade other conservatives to join him (page 57).

elena gardner embraced the goosebumps while writing about the Salty Horror International Film Festival (page 39), being held Oct. 10– 11 in SLC. A native Utahn, Gardner is working on an English major and Communications minor at Gonzaga University in Washington to cultivate her love of writing and literature. She hopes to someday travel the world and write about her experiences. Her work has also been featured on

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feedback Editor’s note: Utah clicks on more porn than any other state, and we received this feedback on our story about our addiction in the May/June issue. I just read your article on art and pornography and thought it was really good. I think you captured a lot of the relevant points and brought up some provocative questions. I love the quote by Jann [Haworth] you ended with. Brilliant! —Jeff Lambson, Curator of Contemporary Art, BYU Museum of Art Here is the quote Jeff references: “As a hat can be mistaken for a wife, according to Oliver Sacks, defining what isn’t porn might be a place to start. Freud found mischief everywhere. We’d need to ban lipstick in its present form, bollards, orchids—actually all flowers. What would be safe? It’s hopeless. We are naked apes with brains that no external force can edit.” —Jann Haworth, Creative Director, The Leonardo


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This one came from the winner of our online contest for tickets to Ballet West’s Rite of Spring last April. I wanted to send a note and say “Thank you” for the Ballet West Rite of Spring tickets. My husband and I attended their performance Saturday evening [April 12]. What a wonderful performance! We enjoyed ourselves very much and want you to know how much we appreciate Salt Lake magazine giving us this opportunity. We also appreciate the way Salt Lake magazine shares info about things and opportunities that are available to us right here in our own communities—opportunities that we might not hear about otherwise. —Karyn Halls, Cedar Hills Editor Mary Brown Malouf received this one from straight from Capitol Hill. Thank you for participating in the Utah Seafood Cook-off (July 14) as one of the judges. Your time and effort in evaluating

contestants and selecting the winner are greatly appreciated. This special qualifying event was a tremendous opportunity to showcase our outstanding chefs and their talents in using tasty, locally grown fish, produce and other ingredients in delicious, innovative culinary creations. I am pleased Chef Briar Handly will represent the great state of Utah for the first time in the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans, Louisiana, in August [2014]. —Gary R. Herbert, Utah Governor

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Cheers to Utah! Utah's various tourism and convention bureaus spend a lot of time touting the attractions of our wonderful state— the matchless scenery, the must-beskied-to-be-believed powder, the “Mighty Five” national parks. In the last few years, the stay-and-play Utah message has expanded to include the terrific food and drink scene here. Utah restaurateurs and chefs have garnered multiple James Beard Award nominations and made national news for their innovation and uniqueness. Still, the myth prevails that “you can’t get a drink in Utah.” I’d like to paper the East and West coasts with copies of our current article on new distilleries in Utah, and invite out-of-state media to make the rounds during Salt Lake magazine’s annual Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest. I think they’d be surprised. You may be, too. We have developed a colorful cocktail culture in Utah.

It takes a collection of subcultures to make a city an interesting and vibrant place to live, and Salt Lake’s cultural diversity is growing beyond its original mix of Saints and snow hounds. Salt Lake magazine is where you can get acquainted with the whole spectrum. Meet the women who won our Face of New Utah contest who come from various worlds—theatrical, culinary and fitness. Get acquainted with Joan O’Brien and her fight to save The Tribune. Read state Sen. Steve Urquart’s story of how his daughter’s idealism changed his politics. And, just for fun, get a glimpse of the kookier side of Utah culture: Find out what a Brony is.

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Roll out the barrel Snowbird celebrates Oktoberfest for the 42nd time.

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Utahns held their collective breath last summer when the

DABC wavered on approving Snowbird Resort’s special events permit for its annual Oktoberfest. That gale in June was a huge sigh of relief. Since the first one in 1973, the six-week-long event has become Snowbird’s second biggest attraction, drawing more than 60,000 visitors who last year consumed 1,417 bratwursts and 188 German soft pretzels a day. The number of beers? Lots. Add in Der Marketplatz, where regional artists sell their work; tram rides up the mountain (free to active and past military personnel and their families for the first two weekends, Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24) to hear the famous alpenhorns and plenty of polka. Oktoberfest runs every weekend from Aug. 16 through Oct. 12. For more info, go to

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name in lights Tyler Glenn still has some surprises . after he revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that he’s gay. When Glenn told the signature journal of rock that, in addition to being a fine songwriter with a wild taste in clothing and a flamboyant stage presence, he was attracted to men—the reaction in the music industry was at most, well—muted. A gay artist? (Yawn.) But what’s this about going on a Mormon mission? The reaction in Utah? Different story. Big story. Neon Trees is Utah’s highest-profile rock ‘n’ roll export in years. And that popularity is earned, creatively speaking, through their dynamic sound that ranges from bombastic, aggressive garage-rock to slick, ‘80s-evoking synth-pop. Fans have watched Neon Trees evolve from local fixtures into national headliners and news of the band’s Mormon lead singer coming out got considerably more buzz here. Glenn says, post-Rolling Stone, he got calls of support from other musicians, and from “random stake presidents who called to say it was cool what I did.” And a couple months later, Glenn is clearly happy with his decision as he and bandmates Elaine Bradley, Branden Campbell and Chris Allen (also Mormons) promote their latest release, Pop Psychology. “I think it’s funny, I got more hell outside of Utah for saying I was Mormon than I did for coming out,” Glenn says. “I’ve gotten a surprising amount of support from non-Mormon religious gay people. I don’t think there are a lot of voices for gay people who are religious.” The publicity sure didn’t hurt the sales of Pop Psychology, which zipped in April to No. 6 its first week on the Billboard 200 chart, the band’s highest debut to date. Critics hailed the retro-tinged sound and cited Glenn’s maturing lyrical skills. Glenn feels his writing on the album was inspired by his coming out. “It could have been a lot darker record, but it came out more positive.” On stage, Glenn feels more at home than ever. “As a performer, I’ve always had an ambiguity on stage. I’ve always danced the way I’ve danced and looked the way I’ve looked. To me, it’s always been a pretty gay show.” Now Neon Trees hopes to focus on their visual and musical flamboyance that makes them rise above most young rock bands. “We didn’t get into a band to have hits,” Glenn says. “It was about having cool shows and we see there’s still work to do.”


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Homestead / Jaime Winston

Tyler and Jill Kirkham with their dogs Teddy and Poppin in their Skyrim-style basement; Right, clockwise: crossbow from Italy; candles and medieval relics set the scene; secret bookshelf/door

Fantasy Fix Up Tyler Kirkham is a king among geeks, and his home is his castle.

Along with being the artist behind DC and Marvel comic books starring Superman and Spider-man, Kirkham sketched the initial design for his 5,300-square-foot Kaysville home, before taking it to RML Design to make complete blueprints. Sadly, he didn’t include a Batcave. But he made up for it by modeling over 1,500 square feet of his unfinished basement after the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In the game, the player sets out to slay a dragon in the imaginary land of Skyrim. Kirkham was attracted to the Old World aesthetic. Now, some of his basement walls are wood from an old barn, while others are brick and rock, covered with plaster to give a crumbled look. Cabinetry is from a recycled fence, and doors feature elaborate carvings. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this,” Kirkham says. “I’ve always loved the fantasy genre.” Décor includes a ram’s horn, beer stein and coin purses from Germany; a crossbow from Italy; trinkets, a bottle opener and


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coins from France; and throne-style wooden chairs and wooden barrels. Gamers recognize a painted Skyrim crest, scrolls, potion bottles and bags of grain from Whiterun, a Skyrim city. Channeling Frankenstein, Kirkham added a bookcase door leading to the garage. Pull the right book, and the door swings open. The bathroom has vines over a fountain built into a stone-face wall, a waterfall shower head, an aged corrugated steel ceiling and the rustiest barrel he could find as the base of the sink. Kirkham’s father, Richard Kirkham of Kirkham’s Custom Construction, helped with the project, and Matt Van Der Steen of Art of Deception did the plaster work. Kirkham lost track of the price, but says he spent about $30,000 to $40,000. The basement also has a theater room, kids play area and kitchen, along with man-cave essentials like a pool table and dart boards. Lucky for Kirkham, his wife Jill not only approves, but helped design it. “I don’t play the game,” she says, “but I do love the look.”

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living doll Utah fashion executive and blogger Abby Doll thinks from the ground up when putting together her stylish outfits: She chooses her shoes first. As the author of, Abby Doll balances a career as a fashion executive for a major retailer while finding time to run a popular fashion blog and documenting her daily outfit choices. “My personal style is casual and laid back, but a little bit funky, too,” she says. “I love jewelry and statement pieces, and in all my blog posts I end with a shot of my shoes, which is usually what inspired my outfit.” Abby is always on the lookout for a good deal, but she’s also always willing to splurge on a great handbag. See more of Abby’s fall fashion picks on her blog, and on Instagram @alldolledupblog.

Look #1: Pink blouse, Express, SLC; Leather jacket, Blank NYC, Nordstrom; 7 For All Mankind jeans, Macy’s, SLC; Sunglasses, Karen Walker, karenwalker. com; Clutch, Clare Vivier,; Necklace, Raven + Lily,; Watch, Michael Kors, Nordstrom Rack, SLC; Rings, mixture of KiraKira, and vintage.

Polka dot top, Express, SLC; Tulle skirt, Space 46 Boutique, space46boutique. com; Ivanka Trump shoes, Macy’s, SLC; Clutch, Michael Kors, City Creek; Rhinestone necklace, Stella & Dot,; Love necklace, Dillard’s, Sandy; Ring, KiraKira,


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Admittedly, it’s not the most exciting-sounding food trend of the year. But there’s no denying that toast (and not the clinking glass kind) is having a moment as a huge artisanal food trend. We could spend a lot of time wondering why—are we sick to death of eating the same old garlic-foam-sousvide-pork belly-with pea-sprouts and poached quail eggs with side of brussels sprouts, kale and quinoa? But there’s no real point in philosophizing about food trends and no need to delve into this one’s origin (which seems to be a San Francisco café called Trouble owned by a self-described schizoaffective disorder sufferer). Best just to eat what’s cool and be glad that, for the moment, it’s toast, and it’s here in SLC. Publik, No Brow and The Rose Establishment, all “third wave” coffee joints, have toast menus. The basis of all toast is thick-sliced artisanal bread, toasted. Then the toast is topped with all kinds of things: avocado slices (with fleur de sel and maybe some beets) are a popular option, but me, I stick with cinnamon toast. NoBrow Coffee & Tea, 179 W. 900 South; The Rose Establishment, 235 S. 400 West, 801-990-6270; Publik Coffee, 975 S. West Temple

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to do is know my assignment, know where I’m going for every play and let my talent take over.” On that last day of camp, he was weighing a scrimmage where he’d earned a sack but had blown another play. “I’m a rookie so it’s give and take. I’m just trying to get it all down and learn. This is the NFL and everyone is good. Every guy out there was an all-star in college. I’ve

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Utah State: Merlin Olsen, 1962-1976, Los Angeles Rams; Len Rohde, 1960-1974, San Francisco 49ers; Lionel Aldridge, 1963-1973, Green Bay Packers. BYU: Steve Young, 1984-1999, San Francisco 49ers; Todd Christensen, 19781988, Oakland Raiders; Jim McMahon, 1982-1996, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers.

Trevor Reilly and 1-year-old Shayn are cheered at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Below: Reilly trains with the Jets.

The Family Man Former Ute and aspiring NY Jet plays for more than NFL glory. Football is football. And if you ask Trevor Reilly what his chances are in the NFL, he’ll say exactly that: “Football is football.” But, as any University of Utah fan knows, there’s more to the story of this taciturn 26-year-old defenseman—lots more. First, there’s the cancer. During his final season as a Ute, Reilly’s then-1-year-old daughter, Shayn, underwent emergency surgery to remove a tumor in one of her kidneys. His final season as a Ute was overshadowed with hand wringing in hospital hallways, prayer, tears, chemotherapy and always hope. Hope that Shayn would pull through, and, in the end, she did.


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Then there’s the knee. During spring ball in 2012, just before his junior year, Reilly came down wrong on his leg during a play and heard the three letters every athlete fears: ACL, followed by the word “torn.” He played his entire junior year on the injury. And, one more. He’s 26—old in football years. His knee and time off to serve an LDS Mission in Sweden make him a risky bet for the Jets, who picked him up in the “we’ll-see” seventh round of the draft, 235 out of 256 players. Football is football. “That’s it,” he said during an interview from the Jets locker room on the last day of summer training camp in June. “It’s a bigger level, a bigger stage, but what I have

got to be on my game every day because there’s not a weak link.” As he fought through the grueling Jets summer camp in New Jersey, he talked to his wife Jessica and children Nelli and Shayn every night for support, then lie awake running the game tape in his head for the next day. “You think about your mistakes,” he said. “You think about the next day. [Jessica] is there for me to get everything off my chest. It’s good motivation to make the team. I have to make money to feed my family. Everybody has their own motivation but for me that’s what makes me play harder.” “And hey,” he chuckles, “I’m not out chasing women or going out to the clubs at the end of the day.” Die-hard Ute fans will remember the late-season game with Reilly’s final play as a Ute—an interception to clinch the season finale against Colorado—ended with an exclamation as Reilly hurled the ball high into the stands. Coach Kyle Whittingham initially lit into Reilly on the sideline for the unsportsmanlike act. But he backed off realizing, like everyone who has followed this young man’s career, that moment wasn’t about vanity or strutting. It was vindication. It was about replacing anguish with hope, it was about his daughter, his knee, his family and his future. So no, Trevor. Football is not just football.

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DRAWING FIRE Pat Bagley proves the ‘toon is mightier than the sword. Bagley’s goofy-but-searing renditions of political and cultural crazies has made him a byword for fearless journalism. In May, The Leonardo museum had him create a mural of Utah’s greatest (and most-absurd) hits. As one of the foremost voices watch-dogging Utah’s peculiar culture, Bagley has taken on a truly desperate cause— saving his beloved Tribune ( from extinction. As that hot mess shakes out, we’ll count on Bagley’s wry take on our world.


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Mike Olsen

Making the wheels go round for people who need it most. By Glen Warchol

Doctors no longer make house calls, but Mike Olsen still does. And to people with disabilities in Northern Utah, seeing Mike is equally important to their quality of life. Olsen, 71, a retired mechanical engineer, went into business nine years ago repairing wheelchairs of all makes. “The doctor is always in,” he jokes about his business that keeps him on the run. He understands the depth of emotional attachment the disabled have to their scooters and motorized wheelchairs. “When I get there, people always say, ‘Thank you so much for coming out today—this is my legs.’” Olsen’s showroom offers dozens of refurbished wheelchairs and scooters that he sells at a fraction of the cost of new. A


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sleek, loaded Swedish model that originally sold for $40,000 will sell for $2,000 after Olsen replaces any worn parts. The mechanics of the mobility devices—chairs, scooters and lifts—fascinate him: “You know engineers, we’ve got to understand how it works.” It also means he often puts in long hours to come up with an affordable repair. His passion is matched by compassionate problem-solving skills. He swaps chairs and parts with customers, all of whom he knows by name, to find affordable solutions for them. He lovingly touches a 30-year-old R-500 Rascal scooter. “It’s a quality scooter, and it’ll bless the life of the person who gets it.” Interchange Assistive Technologies, 801-864-2050

Joan O’Brien

A former Salt Lake Tribune reporter leads the fight to save the paper.

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By Jaime Winston

The state’s largest, most-respected newspaper is in a fight for its life, and Joan O’Brien has launched a legal battle to even the odds. “It’s been in my life my entire life,” O’Brien says. Her father, Jerry O’Brien, was The Salt Lake Tribune’s publisher from 1983 to 1994, and she reported on federal court and higher education for the newspaper off and on for nearly two decades. So she took it seriously last fall when her husband reporter Tom Harvey and other staff members learned of a deal that they feared would destroy The Trib. Deseret News, which shares production, advertising and distribution operations with The Tribune, renegotiated with a New York hedge fund that owns The Tribune, to slash The Tribune’s revenue share and give Deseret News control of the partnership in exchange for a cash payment to the hedge fund. O’Brien is leading a legal battle to reverse the deal. Follow her fight at

Nick James

The People’s Coffee founder has a jones for community. By Jamie Gadette

Nick James toes the line between existentialism and pouring lattes. After moving to Boulder, Colo., to study philosophy at Naropa University, he pictured his future in academia. But when when a college professor suggested he nurture his intellect without a degree, James returned to his roots, styling hair. In 2012, he launched Jouissance Salon, but lately, his passion has turned to community. It’s partly why he sold the salon and opened The People’s Coffee earlier this year: “I love people. I don’t get up in the morning to do hair—I get up to hang with my clients.” James learned the trade at the Coffee Garden and stocks goods from Caffe Ibis, Publik, The Queen’s Tea, Mezzo and Eva’s Bakery. Stop by the shop at 221 E. Broadway for a comfortable, relaxed space, surrounded by photos of Derrida, Butler and Sartre and, of course, coffee. s a lt l a k e m a g a z i n e . c o m sept/oct 2014


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Conor Oberst, at 34, has endured enough angst to earn comparisons to a postmodern Bob Dylan. Unlike rockers past, Oberst matured in the Internet age where no slob, let alone celeb, has any privacy. His impact on his generation is obvious if only for Jonathan Franzen’s reference in his novel Freedom. Oberst will arrive in SLC on a high. A woman recently recanted as “100 percent false” online sexual-assault accusations. “For better or worse, my stuff is all out in the open,” Oberst told Spin. “And if you have any interest in what I do, or my songs, or the records I make, you can follow the whole trail. I absolutely don’t recommend that you do.” Sept. 14, Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, SLC, 801-585-0556

Get Real Following theexplosion of American enthusiasm for soccer following this summer’s World Cup, it could be time to take in a Real Salt Lake game with opponents that include FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids and Chivas USA. Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup and were runners-up in the 2013 MLS Cup. Remember when a soccer stadium in Utah was seen as fiscal madness? Sept. 6-Oct. 22, Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 S. State Street, Sandy, 801727-2700

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Before the Benedict Cumberbatch’s BBC Sherlock and the equally radical Robert Downey Jr. incarnation on screen, existed a stage version of the beloved Aspergerian detective. This version, staged at the Utah Shakespeare Fest, is based on the Conan Doyle story “Scandal in Bohemia,” which, of course, includes “the Woman,” Irene Adler, who out-thought and enchanted the world’s ur-nerd. Expect intrigue, wit, and surprise. Sept. 18-Oct. 18, Randall L. Jones Theatre Southern Utah University, 351 West Center Street, Cedar City, 435-586-7878

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Bakker displays one of his sculptures, a meticulous hand-painted copy of a book cover.

Imperfect reality Conrad Bakker’s art questions authenticity and originality. By Dan Nailen hen visitors first encounter Utah Museum of Fine Art’s salt 10: Conrad Bakker exhibit, they could be forgiven for thinking the curator somehow forgot to put up the show. Bakker specializes in making full-scale replicas out of painted hand-carved wood of objects like books, photographs and chairs. He wants to raises questions about the difference between originality and authenticity. Only upon close examination does an observer notice the imprecise skewing of details in his work—imperfections designed, Bakker says, “to generate frictions within specific sites and economic systems in order to reveal their physical and relational infrastructures. Ultimately, I hope to construct things that reveal themselves as a complex gathering of concerns to ask open questions.” In salt 10, Bakker includes a nod to Utah’s Spiral Jetty and its creator Robert Smithson. The installation appears to be a clearance sale of Smithson’s personal library, featuring Bakker’s true-to-scale sculptures of the books.


salt 10 Conrad Bakker opens Sept. 10 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. On Sept. 11 at 5 p.m., Bakker will discuss his work with UMFA Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Whitney Tassie in the museum’s auditorium. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit UMFA.


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“I have always been interested in Robert Smithson and in particular how he was able to position his work in both gallery exhibitions and out in the world without reducing them to simplistic ideas or forms,” Bakker says. “Smithson’s personal library is a fantastic example of his range of interests, depth of research and general methodology. If one’s library is a way of thinking, then Robert Smithson’s library reveals an incredible mind at work in a lot of different spaces of knowledge.” Bakker began his artistic path as a painter, then “found-object” sculptor. Now he creates and paints “rough versions” of objects “to activate the eye and the mind of the viewer, to slow the things down and make them strangely familiar.” Only by seeing the works in context, whether in an art gallery or “hidden” in a bookstore—does one get to the essence of Bakker’s work. “It’s like what happens when we are made aware of the secret to a magic trick, Bakker says. “We still enjoy the sleight of hand, but we have a new understanding of all that is involved in making the trick happen.”

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Nightmares On Screen Salty Horror International Film Festival goes above and beyond for October scares. By Elena Gardner ario DeAngelis is no stranger to major festivals and fan Pub that follows a young woman seeking revenge on the gatherings—he’s been involved with Slamdance, Sunkillers of her younger sister. (see sidebar). dance, Park City Film Music Festival, Salt Lake Comic Blood and gore not your thing? Many festival films also Con and FantasyCon. But none have let DeAngelis show his focus on comedy and suspense. “The horror genre is not just dark side like his own Salty Horror International Film Festival, about the slashers,” DeAngelis says. “There are different which first began scaring Salt Lake fans five years ago. types of horror. People shouldn’t think it’s just one thing.” “We provide the only outlet in Utah for Salty Horror Con runs Oct. 10–11, at horror films in a typical film festival setting Broadview Entertainment Arts University in and we have been international since the first Salt Lake City, from 12–7 p.m. on Friday, and year,” DeAngelis says. 11–7 p.m. on Saturday. For more info and And this year, with an energy boost from last updates, visit year’s insanely successful Salt Lake Comic Con, slasher fans and monster makers will If you can’t wait until unite for the film festival’s core event, Salty October for your horror fix, Horror Convention, the only scary movie fan Brewvies lends a theater convention offered in Utah, Idaho or Wyoming. for free Salty Horror Nights the first Thursday The first year convention will be packed every month at 10 p.m. with horror artists, authors, filmmakers, Past screenings have make-up artists, performers and celebs. For included Nurse, about a rookies in the world of horror, the convention nurse by day and unstable murderess by night, and offers demonstrations and panels with Utah Escape from Tomorrow, an and industry professionals on topics like “How American horror fantasy to draw Horror Comics,” “How to write for filmed clandestinely in Horror,” and “Horror Movies.” Disneyland and Disney World. Eli Roth’s Cabin But the real draw is the film festival itself, a Fever, starring Cerina competition offering indie filmmakers a Vincent and Rider Strong, chance to show off their work. Along with local screens Oct. 10. “These films, the festival has shown films from are people who love film and are trying to promote Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Asia, and the film in SLC,” says Wayne UK. Awards are given in categories including Shipley, Brewvies general short and feature length horror, comedy manager. “That’s why we donate the theatre to them horror, science fiction horror, and at no charge. These people psychological thriller. are really passionate about Past festival films, such as Cadaver’s what they do and we want Christmas and Beware, have gone on to to support that.” Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S. 200 DVD distribution after the festival. One of West, SLC, 801-355-5500 the first films to be distributed was a local film called Ground Zero, which was written, directed, and produced by Channing Lowe, a teacher at Salt Lake Community College. The festival is taking a leap forward this year. “We’re going to be attaching more names to our festival, so we’re going to be having more celebrities this year,” DeAngelis says. One celeb already booked is Cerina Mario DiAngelis Vincent, a former Power Ranger who has appeared in celebrating the many horror movies, including Cabin Fever, and will be macabre film for screening her own film, MoniKa, at Brewvies Cinema five years.


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Viva Lost Vegas Life is Beautiful in Sin City’s restored downtown. by Jeremy Pugh

ong before Las Vegas was a bedazzled adult Disney-

land and its elephantine internationally themed casinos made the city into a parade-balloon-sized version of “It’s a Small World After All” (only with bottle service and slots), there was old Vegas. The home of Dino, Sinatra and Sammy, bare light bulbs and neon flashing on analog switches with nary an LED or EDM DJ to be found.

But in the 1970s, the action moved to Las Vegas Boulevard and the American monument to excess called the “Strip” was born, leaving downtown as a haven for old timers still clinging to the Vegas fantasy of $1.99 steak dinners and $1 blackjack tables. Still, downtown flickered on and now the old gem is being burnished and brightened and a new old Vegas is s a lt l a k e m a g a z i n e . c o m sept/oct 2014


travel Good Where toStay Go to Lodging abounds in Vegas, but downtown’s hotels put you in the festival scene.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

The El Cortez screams old Vegas. If you don’t stay there, be sure to stop in for a drink or to play the (still-cheap) tables. 600 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, 702-385-5200,

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emerging with a style and substance that speaks to the national longing for the authentic. It’s a repudiation of the garish attractions just a mile away on the Strip. Now is the time to take a trip to a different kind of Vegas, not exactly your father’s Vegas, but not at all the Vegas you know. And there is no better way to experience this rediscovery of Lost-but-Found Vegas than the Life is Beautiful Festival this October. The three-day festival of music, food, art and, yes, learning is the “y’all come” manifestation of the vision

Top and above: The Life Is Beautiful festival lives up to its name with three days of music, art and food.


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of internet shoe billionaire Tony Hseih, the founder of Hseih has bet big on downtown Vegas, locating his corporate headquarters there and investing more than $350 million in what is known as the Downtown Project. The Life is Beautiful Festival, explains Rehan Choudhry, Hseih’s partner and festival founder, is a showcase of the change and optimism held right on top of the re-emerging downtown.

Life is Beautiful “is a culmination of what has been going on in our city—a showcase of what downtown can be.” “Big festivals usually take place in large fields in the middle of nowhere,” Choudhry says, namechecking bigs like Coachella and Lollapalooza. “Life is Beautiful is in the middle of a city which makes for a fundamentally different experience. For us locals, it’s a point of pride. We want people to see this city changing year after year.” The festival’s perimeter encompasses downtown and contains classic casinos like the El Cortez, dive bars and once-locals-only restaurants like Le Thai (try the waterfall beef). But amid the development are weed-filled lots behind chain-link fences and derelict buildings. The work-in-progress scene is juxtaposed with the giant stadium-grade stages where the Killers are rocking for thousands of revelers. It’s a surreal experience as festival goers strut around this gritty

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This venerable hotel has been lavishly renovated. In true Vegas fashion: Its pool includes a giant water slide that runs through a shark tank. 129 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, 800-634-3454,

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Jackson Hole is at the heart of some of the most vast and rugged terrain in the country. It’s nestled between Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge, all protected to maintain their natural condition. When you’re here, you’re part of the largest intact ecosystem in the continental US— and when you’re here in the fall, the land is open for adventure. Plan your fall getaway at

travel Learning: A speaker program around the festival’s theme (Life is Beautiful) featuring TED-style talks runs throughout the three-day event. Music: The festival’s four stages will be thumping with a range of musicians, from lesser known regional acts like Head and the Heart to rock superstars the Foo Fighters and Fitz & The Tantrums to rapper Kanye West and hip-hop duo Outkast. Tickets: Three-day passes range from $200 to $250 (plus, ugh, fees) depending on when you purchase. Three-day VIP passes which include access to VIP lounges and great spots to watch the concert among other benefits will run you $595. To buy tickets and for more info on all the events, see

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urban scene festooned in festival wear like the gangs marauding around 1970s New York in the cheesy action film The Warriors. There’s even a giant, brilliantly-lit Ferris wheel to complete the scene. Sarah Feldberg lives downtown, writes for Las Vegas Weekly and covered last year’s festival. To a local, she says, the festival represents more than just a party. “The festival was a showcase of what downtown can be,” she says. “In the days leading up to the festival, we were all watching these incredible street murals go up. For me it was a culmination of what has been going on in our city.”

What is Life Is Beautiful?

The three-day festival runs from Oct. 24–26 and is a mashup of four components: Food, art, learning and, of course, music. Food: The festival features five “culinary villages” and marquee chefs from around the globe. Hubert Keller of Fleur and Giada De Laurentiis will sponsor pop-up kitchens featuring an array of nibbles from street food to haute cuisine. Art: Art demonstrations pepper the calendar throughout the festival—this year performance artists Cirque du Soleil will return and the downtown project benefits from visual installations that become permanent. Top: Downtown Vegas hosts Fremont Experience, an enclosed, compact entertainment district that serves as a refreshing contrast to the Strip. Right: Cirque du Soleil takes its show to the street.

Beyond the usual Vegas brouhaha there are some gems that you won’t want to miss during your stay. The Arts District: Just outside the festival’s footprint is the downtown arts district. An 18-block area of galleries, theaters, cool antique shops, bars and restaurants amid a community of artists and creative types who live and work in the area. Neon Museum: This “boneyard” of discarded neon signs from Vegas past allows visitors to walk around and marvel at the glittering works of neon artists. 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, 702-387-8386, The Mob Museum: A cheeky look at the mob’s

influence on Sin City–a well-curated look at the intersection of crime and order. 300 E. Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, 702-229-2734,

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DoubleTree Suites

110 W 600 S | Salt Lake City, Utah 801.359.7800


o you want to curl up with a good deal? Begin your stay at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Salt Lake City with a smile and delicious walnut chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. The DoubleTree Suites is the only all-suite full-service hotel, located in downtown Salt Lake City. The downtown location is ideal for shopping and attractions yet only seven miles from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Visit Historic Temple Square or explore the fascinating Family History Library. The hotel is within blocks of Energy Solutions Arena, City Creek Shopping Center and Gateway Mall. Salt Lake City TRAX Station, only one block away, provides easy and complimentary transportation to all downtown attractions. Don’t worry about hidden costs when you stay with us because the WiFi, parking and airport shuttle are all provided free of charge. Join us in Stephen’s American Bistro and choose from tempting menu creations in the hotel’s inviting dining venue or stay in the comforts of your suite and take advantage of in-room dining. Our restaurant provides an excellent hot breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner. Menus include freshly prepared favorites ranging from colorful salads to tasty fish and chips to grass fed beef. Bar 110 West, located on our main level, offers a relaxing spot to unwind at the end of a busy day. With 6,000 sq. ft. of banquet space and a large garden atrium we can host and cater your next special event, whatever it may be, at the Salt Lake DoubleTree Suites!

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One of Utah’s few lake-front escapes in the pristine Ogden Valley, Lakeside Resort Properties offers clean, cool mountain air on the shore of Pineview Reservoir. Enjoy stunning panoramic views from each room and easy access to hiking trails, boating and the great outdoors. Escape to the lake, rivers and mountains of Lakeside, just a 45 minute drive from Salt Lake City. All condos feature a private hot tub, fireplace, luxurious linens, community pool and lake access. Offering on-site massage, in-room grocery and liquor delivery as well as access to private guided fly fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, boating and horseback riding options, our accessible and knowledgeable local team is here to help make your stay memorable. With 5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor, Lakeside is the perfect getaway for family reunions, a weekend escape or time in nature. Bring a group and stay with us for corporate retreats and weddings hosted at Snowbasin. Enjoy weekend concerts, mountain biking, dining experiences and Snowbasin’s famous Sunday Brunch. Snowbasin Ski Resort partners with Lakeside Resort Properties to help make your ski vacation memorable, beautiful and hassle free. Ski Packages and Specials are available throughout the year. With all Lakeside accommodation packages, kids 17 and under SKI FREE* at Snowbasin when they ski with an adult on a multi-day pass and stay with Lakeside Resort Properties. Let us build a vacation to suit your needs and see the beauty of Lakeside in Huntsville. *Some exclusions apply. Call for details.

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State Sen. Steve Urquhart and daughter Zella

Zella Knows Best A daughter tutors her conservative lawmaker dad in gay rights.


By Rosemary Winters

tate Sen. Steve Urquhart was anxious when

his daughter Zella told him she was president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Dixie High School. Just a year earlier, in 2010, the establishment of the GSA—and three similar clubs at St. George schools—had sparked an uproar among conservatives and an intervention by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Urquhart wondered if his daughter might be gay. The conservative St. George Republican asked her if she would give up her involvement in GSA because it could hurt him politically. Still, Urquhart told Zella, he would back her no matter what. “We’ve always been extremely close,” Urquhart says, recalling the conversation. “She said, ‘No, I’m not [gay]. s a lt l a k e m a g a z i n e . c o m sept/oct 2014


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Steve Urquhart has represented conservative St. George since 2009.


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struck down Utah’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Thousands of same-sex nuptials took place for the first time before the order was stayed pending Utah’s appeal. Both sides of the issue were galvanized. After competing rallies for and against gay marriage, gayrights activists papered the Senate chamber doors with blue notes, pleading that the body, “Hear SB 100.” State troopers arrested activists dubbed the “Capitol 13” who protested at Gov. Gary Herbert’s door.

“The thing that will get my colleagues to move is when they meet an individual who is gay, or who has a child or grandchild who is gay, and who touches their heart.”

Nevertheless, the Republican caucus overrode Urquhart’s objections to shelve all bills related to the LGBT community. Unfazed, Urquhart organized a town hall event where members of the LGBT community shared their personal struggles with discrimination with legislators. He wanted to keep the conversation going. “The thing that will get my colleagues to move is when they meet an individual who is gay, or who has a child or grandchild who is gay, and who touches their heart,” Urquhart says. Urquhart, who is LDS like the majority of the Legislature, described the town hall as a “tender” and “spiritual” experience. At the time, he offered warm encouragement to those who spoke and got teary during several poignant moments. But Urquhart is the first to admit he hasn’t always been so enlightened. When Brandie Balken, executive director of Equality Utah, urged his support of the anti-discrimination bill in the past, he politely declined. It didn’t seem like his fight. Urquhart, 49, confesses he viewed gay people as “other.” Then Zella became GSA president. He now calls his bias a “horrible” and “dehumanizing impulse.” Zella’s GSA involvement helped Urquhart learn to empathize with her LGBT friends. He also personally experienced the sting of prejudice. Midway through Zella’s senior year, Urquhart received a blistering email from a constituent who believed Zella was gay, therefore a terrible monster and a follower of the devil. The constituent blasted Urquhart and his wife for raising a gay child. “It was pure hatred,” Urquhart says. “Someone in my community, just through that level of hatred, really personalized it for me. It made me think, ‘My daughter is not gay. But what if she were?’” The next legislative session, when Balken needed a sponsor for her bill, Urquhart stepped up. He credits his angry constituent with cementing his decision. “Her intent

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But I have a lot of friends who are. And I hate the way they’re bullied, so if GSA is a place where they can find sanctuary, then I’m going to help them out.’” Her stand inspired him. Now, Urquhart is standing up to anti-gay bullies, too. Urquhart is the latest champion in a seven-year fight to make it illegal in Utah to fire or evict someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Senate Bill 100, the anti-discrimination measure he sponsored this year, faced the most explosive political climate in the initiative’s history. Just weeks before the legislative session started, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby

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dateline utah was to move me. She absolutely moved me,” Urquhart says. “I realized that hatred plays a very significant part in the opposition to the non-discrimination bill. Like my daughter against the bullies, I’m going to stand up to it.” Balken had found her champion. “He is an incredibly tenacious bill sponsor,” she says, pointing to his support of other hotly debated issues, including private school vouchers and cannabis treatments for children with severe seizures. The LGBT community needs straight allies to advance, she says. Urquhart’s effort has “helped people who weren’t sure understand how important it is to stand up if they are allies.” Provo Republican Sen. Curt Bramble says the LGBT town hall was a revelation. “Some of the terminology was totally foreign to me,” Bramble says, including the practice of indicating in public whether a person prefers masculine or feminine pronouns. He now supports the anti-discrimination bill but remains opposed to gay marriage. Urquhart, himself, dodges the marriage question: “My issue is workplace and employment discrimination. That has nothing to do with same-sex marriage. Therefore, I’m not speaking about same-sex marriage in any way.” Powerful Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, now accepts parts of Urquhart’s bill. “With the emotion out there, it was good for us to sit down and listen. I think every legislator who attended came away with a better understanding.” It’s hard to say whether Utah’s lawsuit over gay marriage will sideline the anti-discrimination bill again in 2015. “The earth is still moving,” Niederhauser says. “It’s best to wait for the shaking to stop before you start building.” Zella Urquhart, now a 20-year-old University of Utah student, has no doubt her dad will keep bringing the bill back until he gets it passed. “He’s a rock star,” she says. “He’s really good at listening and getting people on his side.”

Moving the GOP to the ‘right side’ State Sen. Steve Urquhart says he’s not only fighting for Utah to be a more fair-minded place when it comes to housing and employment for LGBT Utahns, he’s also fighting for the relevancy of the Republican Party in rapidly changing times. “This is an issue where Republicans have to get on the right side of

Left: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, second from right, joined lawmakers to listen to LGBT discrimination testimony. Below: Urquhart’s town hall drew hundreds.

it,” Urquhart says. “I think our arguments on small government and the economy are superior to the arguments of progressives. But we’ll never get a chance to make those arguments if we’re wrong on this issue. People just won’t listen to what we have to say if we are perceived as the party of hate.” Not being in favor of making it illegal to discriminate based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity can easily disqualify a candidate among voters under the age of 30, Urquhart says. Nationally, 61 percent of Republicans under the age of 30 favor gay marriage, while just 27 percent of

those over age 50 do, according to a Pew Research Center poll this year. The age gap has been apparent in Urquhart’s own household. The senator supported Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in 2004. His 20-year-old daughter, Zella has always supported gay marriage. She still considers herself a Republican, albeit a “liberal” one by Utah standards. “People fall in love with who they fall in love with,” Zella says, noting that no one would be able to stop her if she made up her mind to marry a person whom people didn’t accept. “I don’t understand why marrying a girl should make a difference, but apparently it does with some people.”

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or any entrepreneur, establishing an independent business begins with passion and a dream. Throw in courage and will power, and you have the basic formula for running a successful company, whether it’s focused on food, fashion, beauty or interior design. This recipe for success has been tested by some of Salt Lake’s finest women who are carving their individual niches and providing their own unique additions to the community. As catering guru Maxine Turner puts it, “Being in small business is not for the faint hearted. It’s hard work. It’s long hours. It’s a lot of sacrifice. But in all, there is a great deal of self-satisfaction. I would hope at the end of this journey, we have made a difference—for our clients, for our employees and for our community.” Our Women in Business section salutes this resilience and hard work that gives Utah its unique energy and makes it a better place to live.

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175 E. University Blvd. (400 South), SLC 801-364-3631

Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center (Left to Right) Mariam

Paul, Assistant Program Director Deb Bilbao, Business Consultant Ann Marie Thompson, Program Director


he Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center (WBC) is one of a national networking of nearly 100 centers supported by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and is “designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses.” However, unlike many other centers, the WBC operates as a separate nonprofit organization within the Salt Lake Chamber, allowing it access to a unique set of tools and resources to aid entrepreneurs. With a mission to assist women, the fastest growing group of business owners in the US, the WBC is involved in a remarkable and exciting segment of Utah’s successful business community. The WBC provides a platform for business development and job creation in Utah. They deliver quality and applicable entrepreneurial consulting, professional training and premier networking opportunities for women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Their staff of three assists local women daily through free and low cost services. Their specialties include business plan writing, cash flow projections and government contracting set aside programs. Many clients need direction on how to start a business, find and receive startup

funding and work on their marketing strategies. Clients learn how to become business owners and leaders through one-on-one consulting, receive mentorship and hands-on assistance to enhance their business knowledge. Weekly training on relevant topics, taught by industry professionals, provides important skills required to effectively operate and grow a successful business. The Business Women’s Forum, a networking group of professional, entrepreneurial and career women, increases awareness and support of the Women’s Business Center through monthly events. A priority for this group is to advance women, specifically clients of the WBC, and support them in business in our community. The true success of the Women’s Business Center is in the success of their everyday clients who do remarkable things. The WBC celebrates women who launch businesses, increase revenue, hire employees and provide products and services in our local community, national industries and international marketplaces. For free consultation or to attend a low cost training visit the WBC’s website for more details:

Business Women’s Forum (Top Left to Right) Lauren Brandol, Kristin Rector and Nicole Kendrick. (Bottom Left to Right) Cassie Richardson, Mahasti Islami, Janet Jorgensen, Cathy Keen and Carole MacLeod. (Not Shown) Melissa Mathews, Brittany Westover and Diana Young.

The Business Women’s Forum (BWF), established by the Salt Lake Chamber through the Women’s Business Center, acknowledges the accomplishments and needs of female business owners and leaders in the Salt Lake community. Members of the forum represent participants from a broad range of industries and provide an opportunity to meet people with diverse education and professional backgrounds as well as timely information on business issues through luncheon programs and civic activities.

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Hair Love 801-969-HAIR (4247) Hair Love, created by Cindy Johnson, is a full-service salon and wig supply company with experienced stylists who offer creative hair replacement solution. No matter the hair issue, whether it be thinning hair, bad perm, or even hair loss due to a medical issue like Alopecia or Cancer, Hair Love gives clients the hair of their dreams. Cindy has been in the wig business for over 15 years and established Hair Love in April 2014. She is a strong community supporter of Cancer Survivors. In June 2014 Hair Love created an event that provided 5 local cancer patients with free wigs and makeovers at an event called “A Day Without Cancer”.  

Boozetique • 801-363-3939 After difficulty finding a nice wine bag for a bottle of wine, Ivonna “Ivy” Earnest added a wine accessories store to her family business, E3 Modern, located around the corner from the State Wine Store on 300 South in downtown Salt Lake City. The Boozetique features wine and cocktail accessories perfect for entertaining and gifts. Popular items include corkscrews, wine gift bags, wine aerators, decanters, bottle stoppers, cocktail shakers, bitters, simple syrups, cheese boards and cards for all occasions.  Virtually all of the accessories can be used for non alcoholic beverages as well.  With a great location and unique items, Boozetique is an essential stop for party planners. 801-916-4859 Inspired by her husband’s love of golf, and desire to be cremated, Kay Mumford commissioned a custom hand carved wooden urn replica of his golf bag. This stunning, detailed piece of art sparked an idea for her business, Go In Style Urns And Art (GiS), which specializes in hand carved, custom made, one-of-a-kind wooden urns. GiS has carved a variety of unique custom urns for clients including a set of cowboy boots, panhead motorcycle engine, African drum, praying hands, box of chocolates and a bass fishing coming up out of water. As one client commented “We just received the urn this evening and it is stunning. My husband was overcome at how fantastic it turned out.”

Divorced Singles News Jessica Wilson launched Divorced Singles News to provide divorced individuals with an accessible library of articles, links and resources, as well as a weekly newsletter with original articles from contributing writers, interviews and/or editorial pieces. After a difficult time trying to find these resources, Jessica built a high quality website with nation-wide appeal featuring vivid photographs, compelling articles and helpful information. Her relevant and supportive website assists readers learn from their experiences, let go of the hurts of the past, live in the now and have hope for healthy love relationships again in the future.


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women in Business Wednesday Evening

September 12, 2014 from 5 o'clock to 7 o'clock p.m. at the Salt Lake Chamber 175 East 400 South, Suite #600 rsvp

to Mariam Paul by

Monday, September 10th or call

the evening will showcase the women's business center success of clients and highlighting services and showcasing the september/october issue of salt lake magazine's women in business section. Please park in the west side of the parking lot at the chamber building. When

you arrive, proceed to the left/west (monthly and validated parking) area and take a ticket and pass through the yellow parking gate. We’ll provide validations upstairs at the front desk. Please do not enter on the right/east side and park in the two rows closest to the building or you will have to pay in advance and we will not be able to validate your parking.

(801) 328-5048 register at


hen it comes to the best selection of skincare products and name-brand makeup, Splendor Beauty Emporium has a corner on Park City’s beauty market. It’s also a luxurious gathering place for a wide range of unique gift items, but what really sets it apart is the personalized customer service and expertise that rivals any department store and far surpasses any online shopping experience. Owner Delilah Gervais Frank has a knack for tuning into the needs of each of her customers, which comes from nearly two decades of experience in the beauty industry. “I didn’t grow up thinking I would go into the beauty industry, but it found me,” Gervais Frank says. “I’ve learned that I can make other people feel good about themselves and that, for me, is the biggest reward.” Being a small business owner has taught Gervais Frank the importance

of being actively involved the community, donating to charities and supporting other local small businesses. “In order to keep Park City the fun city it is, we need to keep our dollars in our own town,” she says. “There’s enough room here to support the independently owned small businesses that make up the core of Park City. If we didn’t have the cute boutiques, fun shopping and great restaurants, Park City wouldn’t have the same appeal.” beauty

Delilah Gervais Frank owner

Splendor Beauty Emporium Since 2005

1635 W. Redstone Center Dr. Suite 125, Park City 435-575-1800 |


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interior design & Furniture

Marsha Holfeltz founder

Madison McCord Interiors Since 2006

3232 S. Highland Dr., SLC 801-484-2222


arsha Holfeltz’ career in the interior design industry began more than two decades ago in San Francisco, where her custom tables, bars and islands earned acclamation for creating distinctive environments in wine tasting rooms. Her knowledge for creating custom pieces also includes upholstery, which her company, Madison McCord Interiors, produces in just three to four weeks, an unheard of turnaround time in an industry that can take months to produce the same quality. “Customers no longer have to settle for something that doesn’t quite work in their

space, and they can get exactly what they want in less than a month because all products are US made” says Holfeltz, whose expertise in textiles comes largely from traveling the world and sourcing different types of fabrics, which she also uses in draperies and bedding. “People don’t want to wait 12 to 16 weeks for a sofa, and our turnaround is helpful to both designers and the public, especially around the holidays when entertaining is key.” Along with providing her customers the customizing they desire, Holfeltz also prides herself on staying on top of the latest design trends and keeping her inventory fresh and unique. “There has been a revival of mid century

modern designs in Salt Lake, which we love, but the comfort level in these designs can be minimal,” Holfeltz says. “In the future, I see these amazing clean lines mixing with modern cushion technology during manufacturing, which would bring the perfect marriage of style and comfort.” Customers have wholeheartedly embraced the brand’s clean, no-nonsense look and signature tufting that Holfeltz calls “high glam.” Some even echo her motto of “tufting and houndstooth with everything!” “We are fervent believers in mixing thrift with couture,” she says. “Your home should be a unique space that is defined by you individually.”


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Maxine Turner president & CEO

Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events US Welcome Pavilion Since 1980 4641 S. Cherry St., SLC 801-268-2332


axine Turner and her team at Cuisine Unlimited don’t just go through the motions of catering and event design, they knock it out of the park. With multiple national and international awards as a portion of their claim to fame, this 34-year-old company has enough experience under its belt to make getting it right look practically effortless. “We have one, and only one, opportunity to create just the right event,” says Turner, whose husband Marv and sons Aaron and Jeff have also joined her in business. “We feel our company involves more than just bringing events to our community. We each take a personal interest to

be sure all our events have the attention to detail we have become known to provide.” Whether it’s a corporate event, gala celebration or wedding, this well-rounded operation offers a variety of services, which has grown from its original roots to include a floral division and a design division. The company is anticipating even further growth with the addition of the US Welcome Pavilion hospitality program, which will debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and represent the United States at international events. For Turner, the future is bright, and her positive attitude and empowering leadership skills are just a portion of the traits that spell success for her business.

“I believe that no company is about one person,” she says. “Every company has a culture that is developed through management styles and employee empowerment. Cuisine Unlimited isn’t about me. It’s about a group of talented professionals who come together, work hard and take pride in a job well done.” At the end of the day, Turner also remembers to attribute some of her success to her customers, who she says bring positive challenges and make her team think more creatively and efficiently. “Many years ago, I was told to never worry about the bottom line,” she says. “It will take care of itself if you take good care of your customers. That philosophy has never failed me.”


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Kristal Schweppe founder/designer

Brandi Hammon founder/broker

Elements of Home

Mountain Real Estate Co. Since 2013

195 Historic 25th St., Ogden 801-621-7243 | 801-393-2900


gden is experiencing a vibrant rebirth as a hip outdoor destination. In spirit with Ogden’s momentum, two innovating women are redefining “home.” With more than 30 years of combined home experience, Brandi Hammon of Mountain Real Estate Companies and Kristal Schweppe of Elements of Home, opened Ogden’s first design center on charming Historic 25th Street. Brandi Hammon has owned the independent real estate brokerage, Mountain Real Estate Companies, for over nine years. As a top broker in the Ogden area she stepped out of the traditional real estate box to market and brand subdivisions, build and design homes and stage homes to sell. To embrace Ogden’s outdoor recreation opportunities, she has added custom-built lifestyle search technology to help buyers find homes close to ski resorts, trails, etc. and allow them to store

Brandi Hammon (left) & Kristal Schweppe (right)

comments on properties they are researching. Then she decided to take it a step further and partnered with Kristal Schweppe. Kristal Schweppe has owned independent furniture stores in the area for over 20 years. With a degree in design from the Colorado Institute of Art, her interior design has been featured in several Park City and Northern Wasatch Parade of Homes. Her ability to weave clients’ personal tastes into their homes has become a trademark of her success. With several subdivisions, luxury homes and commercial projects on her resume, she decided to offer a full service suite to her clients and launch Elements of Home. Elements brings a fresh perspective to realty and design. “Before we founded this company, I was constantly running around to different businesses to help clients find the materials they needed for building or remodeling,” Schweppe says. Now,

Elements of Home offers a full service design destination for those wanting a curated mix of furnishings, tile, carpet, window coverings, cabinetry, flooring, lighting and appliances. Hammon understands the impact of proper staging and décor when it comes to increasing the value of a home while decreasing the time on the market. By using a one stop shopping experience with Elements, Hammon offers her clients access to the value of professional design. Hammon’s passionate belief that even minor home improvements help sellers caused her to create her own unique promotion where she offers to front sellers $3,000 in home upgrades.   For Schweppe and Hammon, this new business isn’t only about selling and decorating homes, but more importantly, providing a lifestyle for their clients and helping them thrive in an environment they love. “Its not where you live, but how you live,” Hammon says.


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s part of the sophisticated 9th and 9th shopping district, The Stockist exhibits a cool vibe that’s evident the moment you set foot in the door. An uncluttered selection of high quality goods for both men and women are what sets this store apart from it’s neighboring shops that cater only to the female crowd. From men’s clothing and hair care products to women’s footwear and dresses, there’s a product to suit the lifestyle of any up-and-coming young professional. Owner Helen Wade started the company with her brother after they learned from experience as retail employees that Salt Lake was lacking in unique clothing options for their demographic. “There are great boutiques here that have been around for a long fashion time, but there was something missing for our age group,” Wade says. “We wanted something that we could make our own.” Wade makes it a priority to stock brands owner from independent designers as well as lines that are produced in the U.S. “As the store has grown, we’ve seen our customers grow up, too,” Wade says. “We cater to what our customers need and Since 2009 want, and part of that means offering quality 870 E. 900 South, SLC products over quantity. Whether you buy a 801-532-3458 piece for $20 or $120, we want it to last more than three months. I love seeing customers wearing pieces that they bought in my store three years ago.”

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Upscale decor and chic ambiance are what pull customers through the front door of Apt. 202 Boutique. But what keeps them coming back is the exceptional customer service and specialized styling expertise from owner Ashley Rothwell-Campagna and her executive manager, Shellie Simpson. Whether you’re on the hunt for wedding attire, the perfect party dress or an easy everyday look, they have the experience and the passion to dress you from head-to-toe. You’re sure to leave feeling confident and cared for – not too shabby for a trip to the store. “I opened Apt. 202 seven years ago in an effort to help women feel confident and beautiful in clothing. Shellie and I pride ourselves on styling women in pieces that work with their body and their style. I want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable. They can walk into the shop, be met with a wide range of high-quality, wearable clothing and accessories, and leave feeling better than when they came in.” Rothwell-Campagana says. The space is sophisticated, bright and warm, much like Ashley’s personality. The charm of this family-owned business extends into an adjoining hair salon, run by Mark Campagna (Ashley’s husband). It’s a unique one-stop shop for feeling pampered and fashionable. It’s a must visit.


Ashley RothwellCampagna owner

Apt. 202 Boutique Since 2007

955 E. 900 South, SLC 801-355-0228

Ashley Rothwell-Campagna (left) & Shellie Simpson (right)

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Tiffany Colaizzi owner

Name Droppers Upscale Designer Consignment Since 1995 Name Droppers Highland: 3355 S. Highland Dr., SLC 801-486-1128 Name Droppers Outlet: 2350 E. Parleys Way (2100 s), SLC 801-474-1644


esigner Consignment: "The Green Way to Shop." Name Droppers came to town 19 years ago with a new exciting, affordable shopping concept for all Salt Lake City men and women. The idea was unique: Tiffany's ability to recognize what the very savvy SLC consumer wanted as their shopping experience is one of the reasons Name Droppers has been so successful. Helpful, relaxing customer service was paramount to the Name Droppers' ideal. Tiffany brought to the area the very latest in fashions that allowed her clients to discover their own fashion style. Her attention to quality and detail has provided Salt Lake with unique clothing and accessories, making Name Droppers No.1 in the industry. One of the reasons her merchandise is so different and one of a kind, is because of the mobile society we now all live in. Boxes arrive daily from consignors who live in L.A., Newport Beach, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Palm Beach and as far away as Paris and Milan. The variety of style and design in shoes, clothing and accessories is not found anywhere else in the area. All items are priced at a fraction of their original price with some having the original tag still attached. The Name Droppers concept is simple, "If you no longer wear it, why not consign it and make money from your past purchases that are still in like-new condition?" says Tiffany. Now that Name Droppers has its outlet store on Parley's Way, there are even more ways to save. The clothing and accessories at this store are

given further markdowns from 50 to 70 percent off the already discounted prices at the Highland Drive location. However, not all merchandise makes it to the outlet. Women who shop Name Droppers on a regular basis know the stock changes daily and they want to have first chance at it. These same women will even tell another shopper who is trying to decide whether to buy an item or not, "If you like it, you better buy it now. Because if you come back later today it won't be here." They will go so far as to suggest the 30 day lay-away policy that Name Droppers offers. These conversations tickle Tiffany. "To hear my loyal clients selling to others is just amazing," she says. Tiffany can truly be called a fashion visionary, she introduced her vision to Salt Lake and the fashion community embraced her. "Thank You, Salt Lake," says Tiffany. "Thank You, Tiffany," says Salt Lake City.

on the table

Utah’s High Spirits Utah used to be known as the state where you couldn’t get a drink. Now, local distilleries are setting the standards for artisanal spirits, one copper kettle at a time. By Heather May P h o t o g r a ph y b y A d a m F i n k l e


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Utah is high on itself.

Even more than the rest of the country, the Beehive has embraced the new food creed based on the buzzwords, “local,” “artisanal” and “craft.” That’s no surprise–Utahns are DIYers by heritage. What is surprising is how quickly the local movement here embraced micro-distilleries. After all, we’re famous teetotallers. High West became the state’s first distillery in 2007. Now more and more Utahns are turning their hand to the ancient art of making alcohol.

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Beehive Distillery’s Jack Rabbit Gin In the right hands, Everclear, that potent ingre-

Barrel and bottling photos courtesy Beehive Distillery

dient found in college-campus punch bowls, can become a libation that reaches the heights of Scotch and fine brandy. For the three guys making Jack Rabbit, Utah’s first legally made gin since Prohibition, the same 190-proof ethanol is merely the canvas for their art. Their palette is a proprietary mix of dried juniper berries, coriander, orris root, grain of paradise and rose petals, along with fresh lemon zest and sage. “That’s where our art comes in: How much of this do you add, and how much of this? You get it all balanced out,” says Chris Barlow, who along with Erik Ostling and Matt Aller launched Beehive Distilling last year, and in May, offered Jack Rabbit, by special order, for $28 a bottle. By June, it was on DABC shelves in more than 30 stores. Creativity is no stretch for the Beehive trio, who make their living as photographers (Ostling and Barlow) and in marketing/branding (Aller). The opportunity for creativity is why the friends–who bonded over drinking tequila in the desert–chose to distill a complex gin instead of the simpler vodka. It’s also why they balked at using bottled flavoring.

Instead, they grind their spices and herbs at their warehouse distillery in South Salt Lake. Gin, says Ostling, is due for a resurgence. “We were looking for something we could call our own that isn’t the same as everyone else’s.” Barlow, a novice at distilling fine spirits, experimented with the botanicals to come up with the final, Western-themed combination. He steeps four of the botanicals in the neutral grain spirit overnight and then infuses the rest in the vapor trail of the 80-gallon still. The result is not as astringent and juniper-dominated as mainstream gins and has a flavorful, floral finish. Local bartenders are finding it an easy liquor to mix with: Jack Rabbit is the star of the Takashi Martini at the Salt Lake City sushi restaurant. The gin is also on the menu at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Pago, Bambara and The Spotted Dog Cafe in Springdale, by Zion National Park. The trio is experimenting with aging the gin in chardonnay barrels brought back from Napa, expecting to release a limited amount of an ambertinged, sweet and spicy spirit this fall. “Everybody needs a day job, so it might as well be making hooch,” Barlow says.

The Drink

Bee’s Knees Ingredients 2 oz. Jack Rabbit Gin ¾ oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and water) ½ oz. fresh lemon juice Lemon wedge Directions Place all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into stemmed cocktail glass and garnish with lemon wedge.

Opposite page: Beehive owners Matt Aller, Erik Ostling and Chris Barlow enjoy the fruits of their labor. This page, clockwise from left: The Beehive still; distiller Chris Barlow prepares to bottle gin; chardonnay barrels for future aging. s a lt l a k e m a g a z i n e . c o m sept/oct 2014


Elevation Distilling Salt City Vodka The Drink

Salt City Mule

Aaron Ilott’s love for vodka started, naturally, in a bar. While helping launch a restaurant in Boston, the Utah native drank a different version of a Bloody Mary every morning for six weeks. And while learning the bartending business, he experimented with combining different flavors for the perfect drink—a liquid version of the TV show Chopped. He understood the best base for his drinks was a smooth, neutral tasting vodka and decided he wanted to make his own in his home state.

Ingredients 1 ½ oz. Salt City Vodka ½ oz. fresh lime juice ginger beer (they like Maine Root from Whole Foods) fresh rosemary Directions Add Salt City Vodka and lime to an iced cocktail tin and shake vigorously. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice and top with a full bodied ginger beer. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

Opposite page: Jesse Farrer and Aaron Ilott enjoy drinks at Faustina. Above: Farrer and Ilott high-five at the warehouse. Below: barrels of High West whiskey.

With the help of his friend Jesse Farrer, he launched Elevation Distilling, in Midvale, earlier this year after studying the business in Denver. Their first product, Salt City Vodka was expected to appear on liquor store shelves this summer, for $19.95. “It’s a challenging spirit because there’s nowhere for it to hide,” Ilott says. “It’s naked. You don’t get to cover it up with oak aging. You don’t get to hide it under a bunch of flavors. To create something that is smooth and sippable and has a great taste without mixing it, is a big challenge.” Elevation vodka is made from 100 percent corn because “it has a natural sweetness to it even after it’s distilled,” Ilott says. They don’t yet have their own still and instead rely on an outside company for neutral spirits, adding Utah water and their own “top secret finishing touches.” They chose their company name for the obvious recreational connections, but also as a reminder of what Ilott says is their mantra: Elevate your today for a better tomorrow.”We found this thing we love to do,” he says. “Utah is really coming up. It’s growing out of its stigma. We’re excited to be part of that.”

still getting higher

High West, which pioneered distilling in Utah when it opened the first legal


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still since Prohibition in 2007, continues to cut a trailblazing path.

Not only did its Park City restaurant expand this summer, with the opening of an event space called the Whiskey Library two doors up from the saloon on Park Avenue, the distillery itself is set to expand exponentially. As part of a cowboythemed guest ranch, High West will open a 1,600-gallon still in Wanship at Blue Sky Ranch in the fall, more than six-times the size of the still located in the restaurant, with room to add three more stills. And next summer, High West will open a visitor’s center at the dude ranch, where visitors learning to

ride horses and herd and rope cattle can also discover how whiskey, that staple of the American West, is made. “The distillery there should be one of the 10 most beautiful distilleries in the world,” says High West owner David Perkins, and will “make Wanship the Napa of whiskey.” Perkins welcomes the herd of competitors following his distilling path. “It’s like when Starbucks opened, more coffee shops opened and more people drank coffee,” he says. “There are more people out there passionate about [distilling] and that has an effect on the consumer.”

Photo left courtesy High West Distillery; Photo upper left courtesy elevation distilling.

High West Distillery continues to raise the whiskey bar it set.

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Sugar House Distillery Vodka A decade ago, Utahn James Fowler won

a home brewer of the year contest for his traditional hefeweizen. That was his perfect chance to open his own brewery. But he didn’t take it. “I just never dared to take the jump,” the 43-year-old says. Instead, he became a sales manager for a chemical company, which took him across the country where he visited distilleries and that gave him a better idea: spirits. As owner of the newly opened Sugar House Distillery, he’s seized on the popularity of craft or micro-distilleries, which are expected to number 750 nationally by the end of the year, mirroring the microbrewery boom of more than a decade ago. “When I travel out of town, the first thing I want to do is to go to a local restaurant with local wine or local beer or a local distillery,” he says. Unlike his home-brewed beer, Fowler couldn’t legally experiment with spirits. He first had to buy a still, a $250,000 investment, and navigate city bureaucracy to sign a South Salt Lake warehouse lease before he could get federal clearance. Then he had to hope the state would grant him a permit, which cost him hundreds of dollars more than it would in alcohol-friendly places like Nevada. But he says he wanted to open a distillery

in Utah (instead of Texas, where he was living when he hatched the plan). He hired head distiller Dan Feldman, who had spent years as a distiller in Japan and was in charge of spirits at a brewery in North Carolina before moving to Utah earlier this year. Surprisingly, he says, “I feel like Utah was one of the best places to do it. Constantly, Utah is recognized for having the best water in the country.” Fowler adds that the state’s agricultural products, from corn and wheat to honey and raspberry, also boost its appeal. The duo is selling a plain vodka made with corn and wheat at their distillery, ($19.99 for 750 ml) and are awaiting approval for their product to be sold in liquor stores. They’re in talks with a local winemaker to create a brandy. And, most audaciously, they’re aging a malt whiskey, made with malted barley and honey barley. Their hybrid still allows them to experiment with different types of spirits, in small, limited-release batches. Plans include a rum, blue agave and more flavored whiskeys and vodkas, including one made with raspberries from Bear Lake. “My wife’s been, like, what are you doing? Is this a mid-life crisis?” Fowler relates. “It can be really good if everything goes as planned.”

The Drink

Urban Mix Ingredients 1 ½ oz. Sugar House Distillery Vodka ½ oz. peach schnappes 1 ½ oz. orange or pineapple juice 1 ½ cranberry juice orange slice Directions Put all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with the orange slice.

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Ogden’s Own Underground & Five Wive’s Vodka

The Drink

Crunderberry Ingredients 1 oz. Underground 5 oz. cranberry juice squeeze of lime Directions Mix and serve over ice or serve Five Wives Vodka as a drop shot in the cider.

This page: Tim Smith makes regular trips to a local spring for water, hauling it out by hand. Opposite page: Steve Conlin enjoys a sip of Five Wives.


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Tim Smith and Steve Conlin had less-thanmodest ambitions when they launched Ogden’s Own Distillery in 2009. “Let’s put stuff in the bottle and put it on the shelf and see what happens,” recalls Steve Conlin. “It was a crapshoot. Why not?” With success propelled in part by a picture of 19th century women holding kittens in front of their, ahem, muffs (a historical photo of a vaudeville act) and the cheeky name–Five Wives Vodka (that got it kicked out of Idaho liquor stores), the company has since grown to seven full-time employees (they started with one) and is on track to sell 10,000 cases of liquor this year. They sold about 1,500 their first year. With 900 vodkas already on the market, Conlin said he knew the company needed a reason to make a shopper reach for their spirit. When Idaho initially refused to carry the vodka because of its label, Five Wives became an instant media hit. But they were only distributing in Utah, so while the publicity helped double their sales and enter new markets, it didn’t translate into millions made.

Their liqueur, Underground­— what the company calls “Jagermeister for adults” because its made with more alcohol and half the sugar of the German shot of your youth—continues to be a stronger seller out of state because U.S.-made herbal spirits are a rarity. Other drinks, like a cinnamon whiskey, are in the works, and possibly more flavored vodkas (to go along with the newer Five Wives’ cinnamon-spiked Sinful and vanilla-tinged Heavenly). Whatever they make, you can be sure their labels will stand out. “That’s what’s holding up our product right now, is making sure we get our labels right,” Conlin says. Ogden’s Own invests time in its products. The most basic ingredient of any liquor is water— distillers take great care with the quality of water they use. Smith and Conlin get their water from a privately owned spring in Ogden Canyon, hiking in, patiently filling five-gallon jugs, then hauling them out.

Visit for info on our Farm-to-Glass Cocktail Contest.

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Leopard cowgirl boot, $435; Blouse, $59; Tiedye skirt $68. All from Whimsy.

Silver skirt by Eileen Fisher, $228; Acid green blouse by Bella Dahl, $84; Caramel leather jacket by Waverly, $305. All from Ladies Shop at Grand America.


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Dress by Addison, $155; Necklace by Jenny Bird, $125. All from Apt. 202.


of Face New Utah By mary brown malouf FA S H I ON p h o t o g r a p h y b y a d a m f i n k l e

Salt Lake magazine is always looking for the unique

personalities our mountains, deserts and urban scene produce. Years ago, we launched a cover girl contest to find the prettiest face for our cover. But beauty is more than a pretty face. So for this issue, we asked Utah women to send us their best selfies along with answers to a few questions about their back story, interests, careers and dreams. The hundreds of responses sketched in what we were looking for: the “Face of New Utah”—multi-talented, game for anything, happy indoors and out, but most of all, her own boss. Then you voted. The winners of our “Face of New Utah” contest, as you can see, are beautiful from the inside out.

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of Face New Utah

Skort by Sanctuary, $90; Blouse by Harlyn, $198. Both from Apt. 202.

Deena owned Facebook

The winning post on Facebook—a shot of Deena Marie Manzanares with Tony Shalhoub (TV’s Monk) behind the scenes at the Sundance Film Festival—garnered 1,628 views.


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Choosing a Cover Girl It wasn’t easy.

The Face

Deena Marie Manzanares Actress, model, YouTube sensation

Photos: top and right, amanda pratt; far right Ethan Zagorec-Marks.

By the time Manzanares entered Westminster College, she knew she wanted to be on stage. So after her freshman year, she left her home town of Salt Lake City to attend the Atlantic Acting School in New York City. “I took classes at New York University Musical Theatre and at Juilliard. I joined Equity,” she says. She came back to Utah for a stage role, stayed for another one and never returned to the Big Apple, opting instead to be a big fish in a small pond, building a career in modeling, acting and social media and making a life close to her family here in Utah.

We weren’t just looking for another pretty face, because who is, anymore? Our Face of New Utah search was about self-perception as much as beauty. So, we asked entrants to submit a selfie—their own idea of themselves looking good. And we also asked them to fill out a brief questionnaire about themselves. Besides where they liked to shop (Kori Lauren named the Whole Foods olive bar), we wanted to know their hobbies, dreams and inspirations as well as their favorite thing about living in Utah (the skies, said Jen Castle). From all the original entries gathered over a month, we sorted out the top 15 finalists and posted their pictures online. After that, it was your decision. Readers voted for their favorite and Jen Castle, Kori Laurel and Deena Marie Manzanares are the winners. Visit to see all of the other entries in our contest.

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Utah’s Independent Style Our style is driven by personality and so are the places we shop. Salt Lake magazine asked five local boutiques to dress contest winners to reflect the style of the person and the style of the boutique.

Apt. 202

Owner Ashley RothwellCampagna wants to dress you up. “Apt. 202 has it all, from cocktail to everyday wear, not just trendy but truly stylish,” she says. “But our strength is our true ability to serve you.” Rothwell-Campagna and her team can put together a headto-toe outfit to flatter your looks and suit your personality. 955 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-355-0228

The Ladies Boutique At Grand America

The Ladies Boutique features classic pieces that can fit seamlessly into an existing wardrobe. Like: Waverly Grey’s collection of impeccable structure and textures and Eileen Fishers’ iconic textiles– plus accessory and apparel brands unique to the store. 555 S. Main St., SLC, 801-258-6558


Clothes should be fun. Like angel wing-embroidered cowboy boots from Old Gringo. Or message jewelry, skinny skirts and printed jeans. It’s all about unique elements ready for you to put together your way and make your own. 2005 E. 2700 South, SLC, 801-485-9900

The Face

Kori Lauren Girl Friday

Kori Lauren’s day job is at Presto Print, but—like many people her age—her guiding philosophy is “You can’t be good at only one thing.” So she has built a multi-track resume. She’s worked at ad agencies, done social media for Gold’s Gym, Crossfit and Reebok and dabbled in event planning. She skis, swims and salsa dances. Oh, she’s also running for Miss Utah, USA.

The Children’s Hour

The Children’s Hour could only be Diana Etherington store. Everything—unique fashion, unexpected accessories and exquisite children’s clothes­— are unified by her whimsical taste and sense of fun. 898 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-359-4150


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Q Clothing

Featuring forward clothes for the modern-minded woman, Q is in the heart of hip SLC. Owner Amy Leininger specializes in premium denim and lines that are unique to Utah. 215 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-474-2000


of Face New Utah Houndstooth scarf by D&Y, $28; Pineapple top by Chaser, $40; Black tulle skirt, $54; Black festival boot by Tigerbear Republik, $58. All from Q Clothing.

Kori killed it on Instagram

Kori Laurel’s kissie-face, petfriendly selfie won 460 votes and 22 comments on Instagram—a clear winner.

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of Face New Utah

White blouse by Elm, $193; Beige jacket by Elm $423; Beige skirt by Elm, $463; Lace up bootie by John Fluevog, $280. All from The Children’s Hour.

Jen ruled on

Jen Castle’s classic selfie received a total of 125 votes and more comments on than any other entry.


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The Face of New Utah Hint: She may not be blond.

The Face

Jennifer Castle Chef, business owner, shutterbug

amanda pratt

With her business partner Blake Spalding, Castle owns one of the most famous—albeit tiny—restaurants in Utah. Hell’s Backbone Grill has been lauded in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine magazine, O and Salt Lake magazine. Outside the kitchen, Castle works with a camera, creating Cindy Sherman-like self portraits and landscapes in the magnificent Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the restaurant is located.

Utah is plagued by stereotypes. Just say the state’s name and chances are good a visitor will think of three things: liquor laws, polygamy and Donny and Marie. But the truth is, everything’s changing, and especially Utah’s people. Our population is growing at twice the rate of the United States, and the demographics of Salt Lake City, the most populous part of the state, are changing faster. The blue-eyed, blonde, English-Scandinavian heritage is blending into a multiplicity of ethnicities­, the homogeneous culture is diversifying. Utah women, who not that long ago were mostly wives and mothers, are in all parts of the workforce and, increasingly, are creating their own careers to suit their lives. That’s the beautiful face of new Utah.

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Revenge Steven Mortiz, Bronies

Anthony Tefertiller, Umbrella Corporation— Utah Hive


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Ruby Steele, Society for Creative Anachronism

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Geeks Just when you thought Utah couldn’t get any stranger. by jaime winston

Shannon Deonier, Cosplay

Michael Welch, Utah Browncoats


Utah seems more like Middle Earth than Zion lately, don’t be surprised. Already known for Mormons, powder snow and 3.2 beer, the Beehive was recently dubbed America’s nerdiest state based on a Facebook study of where most sci-fi/fantasy fans live by Estately, a national real estate search site. How nerdy are we? Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fanatics packed the Salt Palace Convention Center like Tribbles in the starship Enterprise at last year’s Salt Lake Comic Con. The geek fest brought sci-fi god William Shatner and Stan Lee, granddaddy of Marvel Comics, to Salt Lake City, along with increased business and tourism. The economic impact even inspired blue-suit Gov. Gary Herbert to declare a “Comic Con Heroes Day.” Sure, an influx of wine connoisseurs would be sexier, but geekdom appeals to Utahns because it teaches values (at least the stories without flesh-eating zombies). X-Men, whose characters fight bigotry towards mutants, has been compared to the Civil Rights Movement, and more recently gay rights. Star Trek is famous for themes that imagine the day humanity puts its differences aside for a common goal. Online gamers meet (and defeat) like-minded people all over the world, and some Japanese animation fans become bilingual to support their passion. Our high on sci-fi could also be explained by Utah’s very young demographic, especially those looking for entertainment away from the bar scene. Add to that high-tech industry employees with intensely boring jobs looking for a way to escape. Here’s a guide to Utah’s most interesting nerds.

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Resident Evil


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Society for Creative Anachronism

The Society for Creative Anachronism creates an idealized version of the Middle Ages, roughly from 600 to 1600 CE, at local parks, gyms, backyards, and anywhere else you can stage a medieval melee. When Ruby Steele needs an escape from the modern age—her job working a law firm’s front desk— she goes back in time. At Society for Creative Anachronism events, she becomes Oonaugh, Baroness of Loch Salann, and rules over the Salt Lake SCA chapter. “My husband is the baron, so we have a really fun job where we get to give people awards for the good work they do and basically be host and hostess of the party.” The society is a great place to learn a trade. “If people were doing it in the Middle Ages, you can find someone who’s doing it now for the SCA,” says Steele, who apprenticed in pewter casting. Members, many with high-tech backgrounds, take up archery, dancing, needle work, brewing and more. As yet, the Black Death hasn’t been re-introduced. If you’re a newcomer, ask about a loaner outfit before creating your own. Visit

photos: this page, lakota gambill; opposite page top, provided by utah browncoats; bottom: francie aufdemorte

Below: Members of the Umbrella Corporation— Utah Hive, Top right: A Society for Creative Anachronism member readies for battle.

In the Resident Evil video games and movies, the T-virus developed by biomedical company the Umbrella Corporation turns its victims into vicious zombies. The result is a very different geek—try to give one of these guys a wedgie. Go ahead, just try it. The Umbrella Corporation-Utah Hive, a group of fans who dress like the villainous entity that created the zombie virus in the Resident Evil video games and movies, includes true-to-life heroes in its ranks. “Members of our group are either military or law enforcement and some are first responders,” says Anthony Tefertiller, Utah Hive treasurer. “One of our newest members is a West Valley police officer.” Of course, you don’t need any special training to join—Utah Hive is open to anyone who wants to don tactical gear (or a lab coat if your weapon is science) suitable for meeting a zombie onslaught. The Hive started as security for Ogden’s zombiethemed charity Strankenstein’s Zombie Prom. Now, they make appearances at conventions and other charity events. “We also sponsor the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund,” Tefertiller says. “There’s something about the zombie genre that hits people,” he says. “We all want to be the hero; we all want to be the survivor.” Enlist at

Firefly & Serenity

Visit to get the scoop on Utah’s Doctor Who and Star Trek fans.

The 2002–2003 TV show Firefly and follow-up film Serenity chronicled the adventures of a space ship crew of renegades and misfits and became an instant cult hit. Michael Welch makes a living in tech support and data storage for banks (yawn), but when a sci-fi or fantasy convention comes around, he takes the role of badass space mercenary Jayne Cobb. As a Utah Browncoat (a local group of the show’s fans), he’s keeping Joss Whedon’s ill-fated Firefly alive by dressing up for local events and meeting with other fans for screenings and role-playing. “We get together once a year to do a charity screening of Serenity with about 50 other cities,” he says. Last year’s screening at Brewvies helped raise $900,000 nationally for Equality Now, an international nonprofit addressing discrimination against women.

…the Beehive was recently dubbed America’s nerdiest state based on a Facebook study… Welch, a family man with four kids, says becoming a Browncoat is pretty cheap. “The thing that’s nice about Firefly is they wear regular clothes,” says Welch, whose wife knitted Cobb’s signature beanie for him. He made one of his own prop guns by piecing together PVC pipe and a curtain rod. If you haven’t seen Firefly yet, Welch has an extra copy. Join at


Cosplay, short for costume play, is dressing up as a fictional character from a pop culture source, like a video game, movie or comic book. Many cosplayers model their DIY costumes in competitions. Shannon Deonier was cosplaying before it was cool. Watching cartoons at 14, she came across Sailor Moon, an anime (Japanese animation) “pretty soldier” who fights villainy in a sexy sailor suit, and Deonier knew she had to recreate the outfit she saw on screen. She didn’t hear the term cosplay until she went to a sci-fi/ fantasy convention years later. Now 27, Deonier is a national cosplay

champion. Recently, she competed on Team USA in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan. “Cosplay is an all-over-the-place kind of hobby,” she says. “You learn about wigs, hair styles, build props and cobble your own shoes.” Once, she spent close to $500 creating a costume of rookie superhero Barnaby Brooks Jr. from anime TV series Tiger & Bunny. “A football fan wouldn’t flinch about spending hundreds on Superbowl tickets. It’s the same with cosplay.” Along with Sailor Moon, Deonier has created costumes for characters like Fai D. Flourite, a powerful magician from the cartoon Tsubasa, and Link, the boy hero in the video game Zelda. Deonier says it’s about having fun. “If you just throw your whole heart into it, you’re going to make a lot of friends.” Get your anime cosplay on at Anime Banzai this October,

Above: A Utah Browncoats fan at Salt Lake Comic Con; Bottom left: A cosplay make-up artist at local convention, Anime Banzai

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My Little Pony Since its debut in the ‘80s, My Little Pony, Hasbro toy company’s line of cute, plastic pony toys for girls, has inspired animated TV series and films following the adventures of the herd of brightly colored ponies. Think My Little Pony is just for girls? It’s a guy thing, too. An adult guy thing. Dozens of pony fans, mostly young men, met up in Liberty Park this summer to share their love for the show. They broke the ice by shouting out their favorite ponies—Pinkie Pie! Rainbow Dash! Twilight Sparkle!—followed by a pie fight and a group photo. While the meet-up had all the makings of a Saturday Night Live skit, Steven Moritz, who donned a pony hoodie and brought his stuffed Rainbow Dash doll, says this is where he belongs. “If you’re not in it, from the outside, it’s going to look kind of weird,” acknowledges Moritz, a

This brony’s outfit was inspired by one of his favorite ponies.

T h i n k G e e k : O u r f e at u r e d g e e k s ba r e ly Star Trek

Doctor Who

Game of Thrones

Marvel comics

Movies/TV shows about space explorers, boldly going where no man has gone before

The adventures of a time-travelling alien

Fantasy TV series about noble houses, mythical creatures and lots of death

Spider-man, X-Men, Avengers

Runs the gamut to ancient fans of the original series

20-somethings, people old enough to have actually seen the early episodes

Everyone at work

Pre-teen boys, dudes in their 20s and up

Impossibly tight Star Fleet uniform

Brown suit jacket and bow tie or humongous scarf

Furs for dudes, platinum wigs for chicks

Spider-man high-tops

On the ‘puter for Star Trek Online

In the basement with your bong

Anywhere at FantasyCon

Dr. Volts comic store

What you’ll need

TV, computer, Vulcan ear tips

Sonic Screwdriver, find one online

Dragon eggs

Every damn issue!

Membership fee

$75 for William Shatner’s autograph at Salt Lake Comic Con

$50 for a photo with former Doctor, Sylvester McCoy at FantastyCon

$100 for replica dragon eggs

$3.99 per issue

Spock’s logic vs. Kirk’s libido

Some say Doctor Who is a religion

You now believe in the Faith of the Seven


Catch phrase

“Live long and prosper.”

“Allons-y, Alonso!”

“Read the books.”


Dance steps?

Dancing is reserved for the Orion slave girls

Check out the series five episode at Amy’s wedding.

Peter Dinklage’s awesome moves

More smashing, less dancing

Romulan Ale

Visit DoctorWhoCocktails

The Wine of Westeros actually created wines representing Game of Thrones houses

Spider-man Shots,

Star Wars fans, people who mistake Star Trek for Star Wars

For some fans, inexplicably writer Steven Moffat

Each other, due to spoilers

DC fans

Enroll in the Seventh Fleet,

Doctor Who Community of Utah,


Start a hold service at Dr. Volts,

What is it? Demographic What you’re wearing Setting

Religious Implications

What you’re drinking Sworn enemy Join up


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committed “brony” (a mix of bro’ and pony). “But you have to be who you have to be.” While the My Little Pony cartoon series is thought of as a children’s show, creator Lauren Faust says she imagined it for little girls and parents, including male parents. Moritz says women can be bronies, too, but they usually prefer the term pegasisters. Moritz found his passion as a kid, watching the second and third series of the show in the late ‘90s and 2000s. He runs My Little Pony Facebook fan pages and chats with fans worldwide. But sharing My Little Pony love online, not surprisingly, makes him a target for cyber bullies, who have questioned his sexuality and labeled him a child molester for liking the show. He gets away from the haters by escaping to Equestria, a sort of Nirvana, where the ponies frolic. Mount up by searching Utah Bronies on Facebook.

Use the Force

Star Wars never ends. Whether fans want to take down the Empire or join the Dark Side, they suit up regularly for conventions and events.

Rebel Legion: Rogue Base

Rogue Base, Utah’s shared Rebel Legion chapter with Idaho and Montana, is a costume group for Star Wars’ good guys. Sign up at

Mandalorian Mercs: Krayt Clan

No Star Wars character has a cult following like Boba Fett, the mercenary. Utah’s Krayt Clan is a group of fans with the best mercenary costumes. If this is you, sign up at

501st Legion: Alpine Garrison

Being bad is more fun. Show your loyalty to Darth Vader by joining the Utah chapter of the 501st Legion as a Stormtrooper. Go dark at

Star Wars Rebel Legion: Rogue Base

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Harry Potter


Lord of the Rings

World of Warcraft

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman

An orphan discovers he’s a wizard, adventure ensues.

TV adventure about demonhunting brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester

Diminutive dude and wizard launch an epic quest to throw a ring in a volcano

Online role-playing game, in which players take on roles of mythical creatures

See Marvel

Pre-teens and former pre-teens

Women in their 20s (single guys take note)


Geeks in their 20s and 30s

T-shirts with superhero symbols

Hogwarts school colors

Distressed leather jacket

Hobbit ears

Comfy jammies

Comic book store, DC Universe Online

The Wizarding World of HP, Universal Orlando

On the road in your 1967 Impala

Middle Earth, aka New Zealand

Your dad’s computer at 3 a.m.

A hold service at the comic book store

A wand


A lot of time to read the books

Mountain Dew (game fuel)

$2.99 per issue

$13 per book ($2 at DI)

About $25 for a T-shirt at Hot Topic

$45 for John Rhys-Davis autograph at FantasyCon

$15 per month for the rest of your life


Ask any Evangelical

Every religion is true, no matter how they contradict.

If you’re asking this, you need to read the books again.

Replace yours with one of seven offered in the game

“I’m Batman.”

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

“Saving people, hunting things, the family business.”

“One ring to rule them all.”

“Wanna join my guild?”

Justice League member Vibe’s break dancing

Slow dancing at the Yule Ball

Dean dances on the bow of the Titanic at

Pippen and Merry on a table at a pub after a few pints

Making your character dance is half the fun.

Harley Quinn’s Ace,


Beer, preferably with pie

Ale from a stein

More Mountain Dew

Marvel fans

Twilight fans

If you like Dean better, girls who like Sam better and vice-versa.

It’s pretty simple: Sauron.


Start a hold service at Black Cat Comics,

Play Quidditch, facebook. com/utahquidditch

Find a Supernatural convention at

Unforunately, the Utah Fellowship has disbanded. Join a fantasty book club.

Visit Facebook, and look up Salt Lake WOW Tcg.

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All Points lead 4 Fall getaways with beauty fit for Cinemascope

Riding off into the sunset at Sorrel River Ranch.


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to Adventure Any seasoned western traveler knows the prime time to trek is after

the heat breaks, but before the snow flies—which often amounts to a sweet spot of only a few weeks. Salt Lake magazine presents a selection of Fall getaways to uncrowded destinations of iconic status. In fact, the natural beauty and exotic views these hideaways offer have made them the scene of classic American movies. It’s an opportunity to explore the magic that attracted auteurs like Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford and Dirty Harry.

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The Hollywood Connection

South Utah’s windswept desert has been the setting for dozens of classic westerns, including John Wayne/John Ford’s Rio Grande, The Searchers and Stagecoach. More recently, The Lone Ranger kicked up the red dust.


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Follow the Colorado River’s iconic red rock to luxurious Sorrel River Ranch. by Mary Brown Malouf

Surrounded by a maze of wind-sculpted sandstone

walls, I’m looking down a steep incline ending in a dry creek. Our guide, Tyler Palmer, and my friends are waiting for me to descend so we can continue our exploration of the Fiery Furnace area of Arches National Park. But I hesitate, not trusting my balance to walk down. Finally I sit down and scoot all the way down on my backside. “Sometimes you have to sacrifice dignity for safety,” says Palmer. We spent several hours wandering through this spectacular part of the park, clambering over rock bridges and checking out dead-end canyons for their beautiful view. The Park Service only allows guided tours of the Furnace—your GPS is useless here and temperatures can rise well into three digits.

Our guide was arranged by Sorrel River Ranch, the nearby resort which also provided high thread count sheets and a chef-cooked dinner, not to mention a soothing massage after our hike. Most people go to Moab for rough-and-tumble red-rock adventure, not luxury. But those who prefer a little postadventure pampering should take the road out of town to Sorrel River Ranch. A scenic 17-mile desert drive by Arches National Park ends at the riverside oasis, with horses grazing on a sweep of meadow grass almost shockingly green against the background of towering red rock and a rambling ranch house lodge nestled in a curve of the Colorado. The 160-acre ranch has a long history. It was originally homesteaded in 1903 by Fred and Ida

Stearns, who used a one-horse plow to break enough sod to sustain their family and animals. The property remained a working ranch until 1994, when Robbie Levin (former bass guitarist for rocker Rick Springfield) made it into a guest destination, a concept being refined by current owner Elizabeth Rad. Horses still graze in the Stearns’ pasture (now watered by automatic sprinklers) and their two-room log cabin still stands (now serving as a backdrop to an organic herb garden). And thousands of wilderness acres still surround the ranch, protecting its serenity. And yours. At Sorrel River, you can have all the adventure you want–horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, even hot air ballooning–and all the TLC you crave­, from the full service spa to the riverside bar and the chef’s seasonal menus. Many dishes are made with ingredients grown in the resort’s own garden. At the end of the day, watching the stars wheel overhead and listening to the river, you can get a rare taste of what we go on vacations for: a little peace and quiet. Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Mile 17 Highway 128, Moab, Utah, 435-259-4642,

Opposite page: The landscape dwarfs Sorrel River Ranch. Clockwise from top: Outdoor Yoga is offset by gourmet meals and wines to match the Colorado River scenery.

Base camp to wonder

Sorrel River Lodge is surrounded by iconic national parks. Arches N.P. Delicate arches, fins and spires—the most alien landscape this side of Mars. arch Canyonlands N.P. The Colorado and its tributaries sculpted a bewildering maze of canyons, mesas and buttes. Dead Horse Point S.P. Visit for a day or rent a yurt to take in one of the most spectacular views on earth. stateparks. Moab Once a Uranium boom town, Moab is now an ecotourism center for cycling, climbing, jeep tours and restaurants.

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Have a face-to-face with plus-sized presidents and meet Custer’s nemesis on this monumental getaway. b y j a i me w i n s t o n

The Hollywood Connection

No cinephile can forget Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint crawling, fly-like, on Thomas Jefferson’s cheek while being pursued by James Mason in Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense classic North By Northwest.


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Rapid City, gateway to South Dakota’s Black

Hills National Forest and Badlands National Park, is all about making American history larger than life through monuments, memorials and museums. If you’re driving from SLC, make Casper, Wyo. a historic pit stop on your way and visit Fort Casper, a reconstructed 1865 military post at a river crossing on the Mormon Trail. It’s the perfect opener for the upcoming headliners. In Rapid City, you can pick up mini Mount Rushmore souvenirs at big box stores or the mountain itself. But Rushmore is all about scale and key chains don’t compare to 60-foot-tall mugs of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and

Lincoln in the Black Hills. Sun shines on their faces in the morning, making it the ideal time for photos. President Calvin Coolidge presented the tools for the project to sculptor Gutzon Borglum in 1927. Borglum’s son, ironically named Lincoln, put finishing touches on the sculptures in 1941, even though they were not the full busts Gutzon envisioned. While there, visit Gutzon’s studio and the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center for the full story. South Dakota has made itself the go-to place for portraiture in a big way. Seventeen miles from the faces on Rushmore, the world’s largest mountain sculpture is underway—a 563-foot-high sculpture of Lakota leader Crazy Horse, best known for helping

Black Hills Highlights Fast times in Rapid City

Main Street Square Rock out with free concerts Thursday nights in September.

defeat Custer and the 7th Cavalry. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial where you can watch the mammoth work in progress, then stop by the Indian Museum of North America to see American Indian art and artifacts. If your favorite president isn’t on Rushmore, head to Rapid City’s City of Presidents, featuring life-size bronze statues of all of the past US presidents (Obama arrives when he leaves office). After posting selfies with Zachary Taylor and Chester Arthur, take a narrated City View Trolley tour to see more Rapid City attractions, including Chapel in the Hills, a replica of the Borgan Stavkirke in Norway with a museum on South Dakota’s early Scandinavian immigrants, and the city’s Dinosaur Park, featuring life-size concrete dinosaurs. Rapid City has no shortage of museums: The Dahl Arts Center is known for its 200-foot cyclorama mural on American history; the Journey Museum tracks the area’s 2.5-billion-year history, from the formation of the Black Hills to the pioneers who settled the land and the Museum of Geology has the Hall of South Dakota Minerals. Our favorite Rapid City museum, The Museum of the American Bison, which tells the story of buffalo, from evolutionary beginnings to near extinction, recently hit the road. Find out where to see the mobile museum at, or go to the permanent museum at the Crazy Horse Memorial. With all that natural history under your belt, canoe down Rapid Creek or fish in one of the area’s 14 man-made lakes. For sustenance, try local fare like buffalo or walleye at Dakotah Steakhouse or Minerva’s. Make your base camp the historic and reportedly haunted Alex Johnson Hotel—802 and 812 are particularly noisy with paranormal activity. Find more things to do in Rapid City at

Opposite page: The Crazy Horse Memorial will honor the legendary Lakota chief. Clockwise from top: Mount Rushmore; the City of Presidents offers life-size presidential statues; Downtown Rapid City anchors art and history museums; Bierbose, an annual beer festival, will be held in Main Street Square Oct. 4.

Crazy Horse Blast Observe the anniversary of the Lakota leader’s death (by bayonet) and the birthday of his sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski. Sept. 5, Crazy Horse Memorial. The Black Hills Powwow Hundreds of American Indian dancers, singers and artisans and thousands of spectators gather annually at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Oct. 10–12.

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The Hollywood Connection

Actor/director/outlaw Clint Eastwood took on the toughest role in his life in 1986 when he got himself elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Fortunately, during his two-year term, no one made his day.



Romantic Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley offer laid-back family alternatives to the bustling Cali Coast. b y v a l r a sm u sse n

The oceanside majesty of California’s Monterey County lures harried city dwellers (8.4 million a year) with its have-a-glass-of-wine-and-let-yourhair-blow-in-the-ocean-breeze philosophy. Recently ranked as a top 10 global wine destination by Wine Enthusiast, Monterey is sprinkled with art galleries, restaurants, bakeries, sporting events, scenic drives, golf courses—hello, Pebble Beach—and a world-class aquarium. If it sounds more overwhelming than relaxing, opt for a laid-back escape near Monterey’s touristy highlights: Carmel Valley. This less-traveled sib of the artsy town of Carmel-by-the-Sea (named one of the most romantic cities in the world by Travel + Leisure)

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feels hidden, removed from the madding coastal crowd and offers a distinct climate. “Oftentimes if Carmel is covered in fog, Carmel Valley is sunny and warm,” says Mark Kulmer, owner of Salt Lake’s The Kura Door Holistic Japanese Spa, who frequents the area with his family. “We head to Earthbound Farms for a quick organic bite to eat or Bernardus Lodge’s patio for lunch and a game of bocce ball or wine tasting. It’s a great scenic drive, too.” Luxe yet understated resorts hug the lush Carmel Valley hillsides and offer the gifts that come from it: wine, food and outdoor exploration. Much like Napa Valley to the north, Carmel Valley’s touristy vibe dissipates amid green hillsides strung with hiking

trails and manicured vineyards that preserve the valley’s agrarian heritage. The road to Carmel Valley Ranch meanders through golf greens, lavender fields, a vineyard, by beehives and wild turkeys, arriving at a midcenturystyle main lodge tucked into a grove of giant oak trees, hung with old-fashioned wooden swings. The ranch’s mantra is “play.” For families, it’s an ideal weekend pit stop, says Jason Alexander, a San Franciscan who brings his family here often. “It’s a place where we can enjoy two vacations in one. A family vacation where we enjoy the family pool, vegetable picking garden, chicken coops and hiking with our son, plus we also have a romantic getaway,” Alexander says. “While our son is enjoying children’s programs, we enjoy the quiet scenery, relax together at the adult-only pool, have a great meal, or sneak off to the town of Carmel which is right down the road.” Also close by is the Lodge Restaurant’s Big Sur cod and cockles, served in a fresh turmeric broth. Just add local sauvignon blanc . But before you dig into your entree, start with a melt-in-your-mouth Monterey Bay line-caught Big Eye Tuna poke served alongside a Wakeme seaweed salad and California avocado drizzled with jalapeno and citrus ponzu. End with warm chocolate chip cookies, a glass a milk and, duh, another glass of wine. Day-tripping is a must. Big Sur’s Bixby Bridge is a coastal icon and while Nepenthe Restaurant’s food is basic, the wait on the cliffside deck with panoramic Pacific views and an icy beer makes it worth a stop. Pfieffer Beach is a Big Sur tourist favorite if you can actually find it. There are no signs, but Google Maps will get you close enough to a ranger station to ask for directions. On another day visit the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium. Kids and adults alike dig the aquatic education and the shops in the Cannery Row waterfront made famous by John Steinbeck. But if you’re seeking an off-the-beaten path experience, the Paris Bakery offers flaky, buttery, custardy, chocolatey pastries and a couple blocks away.

carmel connections Plan your family getaway now.

Carmel Valley Monterey County Visitors Bureau Carmel Valley Ranch Carmel Valley, Calif. Earthbound Organic Farms Carmel Valley, Calif. Bernardus Lodge & Spa Carmel Valley, Calif. Pfieffer Beach Big Sur, Calif. beaches.html Nepenthe Restaurant Big Sur, Calif. Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey, Calif. Paris Bakery Monterey, Calif.

Opposite page: Carmel Valley Ranch offers family pools and a parents’ night out. Clockwise from top: Monterey Bay Aquarium makes science exciting, a coastal classic at The Lodge, Big Sur’s Bixby Bridge, Nepenthe Restaurant’s brunch 800 feet above the ocean. s a lt l a k e m a g a z i n e . c o m sept/oct 2014



Catch a ferry to your own island retreat in Washington’s enchanting San Juan Islands. b y j ess i c a a d a ms

The Hollywood Connection

With breaching orca whales as part of the local color and mountain vistas, it’s no surprise that scenes from the 1993 hit Free Willy were filmed in the San Juan Islands. Keiko, who played Willy, actually did go free in 2002.


Seattle might be the Pacific Northwest’s hub of hustle and bustle with a hundred things to see and do, but a scenic 90-minute drive north will land you at the gateway of a serene and lush new world, no passport required. Washington’s San Juan Islands—Lopez, Shaw, San Juan and Orcas—lie just off the northwest coast, and can be easily accessed by hopping on a ferry at Anacortes, approximately 80 miles north of downtown Seattle. Board the ferry on foot, bike or drive on in your car, and within an hour, you’ll arrive at your island destination. San Juan Island is farthest from the mainland, but has the most to offer tourists, with multiple restaurants, hotels and driftwood covered beaches. Stay just minutes from the ferry terminal at Friday Harbor’s Island Inn at 123 West ( or take

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a drive around the island to quaint and secluded Roche Harbor Resort ( While you’re out exploring, sit awhile at Limekiln State Park and you might catch a glimpse of a breaching orca whale. This is also a good spot to tide pool for starfish, and take a walk around Limekiln Lighthouse, where seals and porpoises are regular visitors. Plan on a daytrip to Orcas Island and take in a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding islands, mainland, Mount Rainier and Canada from Mount Constitution in Moran State Park. From there, take the short drive to Doe Bay for a relaxing picnic on the edge of the water and more tide pooling. For dessert, try a slice of delicious Lemon Shaker pie at Café Olga, which has temporarily taken up shop in the idyllic retail village of Eastsound since its original location was damaged by fire in 2013.

Visit for more to eat, see and do on our fall getaways.

More to see on San Juan Roadside attractions and more.

San Juan County Fairgrounds Willy Wonka to Mr. Miyagi, Drive-In Movies @ the Fairground, Oct. 3, 17 and 31.

Lopez and Shaw islands are the smallest in the archipelago–Lopez is 15 miles long with 63 miles of shoreline­–but a nature-lover’s paradise, perfect for a half-day trip. All of the islands are best toured on a bicycle or, better, on a hiking trail, making it a family vacation paradise. Ride safe as the kids’ eyes will be distracted skyward for big birds like trumpeter swans and bald eagles, but also for smaller rarities like snow buntings and peregrine falcons.

Friday Harbor Film Festival Documentaries celebrating the Pacific Rim. Nov. 7–9, Island Museum of Art Glass artist, William Morris, Aug. 2–Nov. 9, Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm and Country Store Extraordinary alpaca sweaters and coats. Pelindaba Lavender Farm,

Opposite page: Ferries and small boats link the San Juan Islands. Clockwise from top: A lighthouse marks a Patos Island point, breakfast at Blue Water Bar & Grill, San Juan Nature Institute’s guided kayak tours, Mt. Constitution’s observation tower watches over Orcas Island. s a lt l a k e m a g a z i n e . c o m sept/oct 2014


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Location, Location, Location Taqueria 27 and Caputo’s are up and running in Holladay Village Plaza.

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The restaurant business is, re-

ally, real estate business. There’s a lot of romantic building-abetter mousetrap hooey about food quality and service being the keys to a successful restaurant, and we all love the idea that customers will go out of their way to experience the best, but that is seldom true. The El Bulli’s and Hell's Backbone Grills are an anomaly. As much as people claim to want to know about places “off the beaten path,” the truth is people spend most of their money on the beaten path. And restaurateurs are well aware of this. Which explains why downtown Holladay is the new dining hot spot. There’s nothing particularly charming about the new development called Holladay Village Plaza­–it’s another version of the nostalgic pastiche favored by third-wave New Urbanists. Red brick, gables, arches and the obligatory clock tower. But it is an investment in revitalizing the commercial center of this prosperous old Salt Lake suburb–it smells like money, so right away its square footage has been snapped up by businesses ready to grow. Todd Gardiner of Taqueria 27, Matt Caputo of Caputo’s Deli and Ryan Lowder of The Copper Onion signed up early on and two of the three are up and running. The new Caputo’s is comparable to its siblings, and Matt Caputo has developed a solid cadre of cheesemonger talent, so this deli is destined to succeed. As of this writing, Lowder’s new place is still under construction and under wraps. But Taqueria 27 is already packed most of the time, even though the new restaurant is much larger than the original on Foothill Drive. The menu is


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Downtown Caputo's alum Andy Evans is the big cheese at the deli's new Holladay location.

aristo’s | Skewered Thai | SPITZ Boba World | now & again | The Publik caffe niche | Holladay Village Plaza

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All restaurants listed in the Salt Lake Dining Guide have been vetted and chosen based on quality of food, service, ambience and overall dining experience. This selective guide has no relationship to any advertising in the magazine. Review visits are anonymous, and all expenses are paid by Salt Lake magazine.

Above: The new Taqueria 27 (left) and owner Todd Gardiner (right). Right: Holladay Village Plaza

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seem to be extremely young and inexperienced. Gardiner says he had a hard time finding staff in Holladay, and our servers seemed unsure of themselves and unfamiliar with the food they were serving. They’ll learn, but it’s another symptom of a restaurant scene that’s outgrowing its talent pool—poor service remains the number one problem in Salt Lake restaurants. Of course, there’s also a challenge with inexperienced diners. Gardiner tells of one dissatisfied Holladay diner who complained because “the menu was in Spanish.” At a Mexican restaurant. Not much you can do to fix that. 4670 Holladay Village Plaza (2300 East), Holladay, 801-676-9706


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the same as the original, with different specials, the extensive list of tequilas and margaritas is the same, even the chalkboard bottle display is repeated here. And the kitchen’s flair with food and drink measures up to the original T27 standard— duck confit quesadillas and tacos are luscious, salsas are bright and fresh, the weird but wonderful beet-and-pear tacos (chosen by Food Network magazine as Utah’s best) are as surprisingly tasty. In fact, leery as I am of duplication, I think the Gardiners have done a remarkable job with this version of the original. Some things, however, cannot be replicated. The servers at the new place


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about food based on sustainability and the belief that good food should be available to everybody. Using a Burgundian imagination, he turns out dishes with a sophisticated heartiness three times a day. 202 S. Main St., SLC, 801-363-5454. EGLLL – MLL

log cabin is pretty in every season. Chef Dave Jones has a sure hand with American vernacular and is not afraid of frying. He also has a way with healthy, low-calorie, highenergy food. 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road, SLC, 801-272-8255. EGN – O

Forage Young star chef/owners Viet Pham

New Yorker Will Pliler has been in the

and Bowman Brown have made their mark already. Although Forage belongs to both of them, its kitchen is currently dominated by Brown while Pham is becoming famous on TV. Solo, Brown is serving some of the most exciting food in the state, with every dish presented like a small, scrupulously composed sculpture. Dining here is a commitment and an event. 370 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-708-7834. EGO

Grand America The brunch buffet at

Salt Lake’s AAA Five Diamond Awardwinning Grand America Hotel is one of the stars of the city, but Chef Phillip Yates makes sure other meals here are up to the same standard. 555 S. Main St., SLC, 801258-6708. EGMM

La Caille Utah’s original glamor girl is re-

gaining her luster. The grounds are as beautiful as ever; additions are functional, like greenhouse, grapevines and vegetable gardens, all supplying the kitchen. The interior has been refreshed and the menu, rethought by Chef Brandon Howard with today’s tastes in mind. The Common Wealth menu, served several times a week, offers three courses for $36, dispelling the no-expense-spared

New Yorker’s kitchen since the get-go. His cooking is a mix of traditional flavors and modern twists—a good example is the BLT salad which had us scraping the plate most inelegantly. Café at the New Yorker offers smaller plates—perfect for pre-theater dining. 60 W. Market St., SLC, 801-363-0166. EO DINING

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Pallet As Portlandia as SLC gets, this

warehouse-chic bistro provides the perfect setting for lingering over cocktails or wine and seasonally inventive food at brunch, lunch, dinner or in between. 237 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-935-4431. EGM

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a kiwi-tomato salsa on marinated chicken breast or ancho-chili sauce on a Utah rack of lamb. The excellent wine list offers thoughtful pairings. Alta, 801-742-2177. EN

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Bistro 222 One of a trio of local bistros,

this one is sleek and urbanely stylish as well as being LEED-certified. You can feel good about that and about the food, graciously served under the direction of Miles Broadhead, one of our city’s finest hosts. Fare ranges from classic ribeye for two to unusual but delicious beet gnocchi. 222 S. Main, SLC, 801-456-0347. EGM – N

Blue Lemon Blue Lemon’s sleek interior

and high-concept food have city style. Informal but chic, many-flavored but healthy, Blue Lemon’s unique take on food and service is a happy change from downtown’s food-asusual. 55 W. South Temple, SLC, 801-3282583. GL – M

Blue Plate Diner Formica tables, linoleum floors, Elvis kitsch and tunes on the jukebox make this an all-American fave. Pancakes, patty melts and chickenfried steak in sausage gravy over smashed potatoes and burgers are comfort food at its best. 2041 S. 2100 East, SLC, 801-463-1151. GL

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Caffe Niche Anytime is the best time to eat here—the house smoked salmon is good three times a day. Chef Ethan Lappe sources food all over Hall OF northern Utah. In the morning, try homeFame SLM English muffins. End your evening made DINING

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with the brilliant grapefruit brulee. 779 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-433-3380. EGL – N

Citris Grill Most dishes come in either “hearty”

or “petite” portion sizes. This means you can enjoy a smoked salmon pizzetta or fried rock shrimp appetizer and then a petite order of fire-roasted pork chops with adobo rub and black bean-corn salsa. Expect crowds. ­2991 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-466-1202. EGM

Copper Onion An instant hit when it opened, Ryan

after-hours party Celebrate Art is 100 and the premiere of American sculptor Tony Feher’s new Great Hall installation. Yummy snacks, bright cocktails, music by DJ Chaseone 2.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 | 8–11 pm Tickets: $30 | UMFA members $40 | non-members


Lowder’s Copper Onion has improved steadily: Specials are more special, the menu is more balanced (a little less fat, a little less salt) and with the recent rejiggering of space, the space is even more welcoming. Drop in, have one of Jimmy Santangelo’s seasonal cocktails and food to sate anytime hunger pangs. 111 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-355-3282 EGL – N

The Dodo It’s hard even to update the review of this venerable bistro: So much stays the same. But, like I always say, it’s nice to know where to get quiche when you want it. And our raspberry crepes were great. Yes, I said crepes. From the same era as quiche. 1355 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-486-2473. EGM Em’s Restaurant Em’s is committed to the highest quality ingredients and preparation. For lunch, try the sandwiches on ciabatta. At dinner, the kitchen moves up the food chain. 271 N. Center St., SLC, 801-596-0566. EGM

Epic Chef/owner Ken Rose’s American food borrows from other cuisines. Save room for pineapple sorbet with stewed fresh pineapple. 707 E. Fort Union Blvd., Midvale, 801-748-1300. EGM Faustina Inventive, modern food for lunch and dinner. A longer list of intriguing small plates can make and Hillary Merrill’s wine list is always interesting. 454 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-746-4441. EGN Lamb’s Grill Café They say it’s the oldest

continually operating restaurant in Utah. Breakfasts include oatmeal, trout and nearly extinct dishes like finnan haddie. For dinner: spaghetti, barbecued lamb shank or grilled liver. 169 S. Main St., SLC, 801364-7166. EGM

Left Fork Grill Every booth comes with its own

dedicated pie shelf. Because no matter what you’re eating—liver and onions, raspberry pancakes, meat loaf or a reuben—you’ll want to save room for pie. Tip: Order your favorite pie first, in case they run out. Now serving beer and wine. 68 W. 3900 S., SLC, 801-266-4322. EGL

Little America Little America has been the favorite

gathering place of generations of native Salt Lakers. Weekdays, you’ll find the city power players breakfasting in the coffee shop. 500 S. Main Street, SLC, 801-5965704. EGL – M

Martine One of downtown’s most charming spaces,

the atmosphere here trumps City Creek’s new eateries. Eat at your own pace, the full meal deal or the tapas— Moroccan shredded beef on gingered couscous, smoked Utah trout with caperberry sauce. For dessert, the


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Lek Changkiendee, Skewered Thai's owner

Southeast Asian

New Thai

If you had asked me, I would have said the last thing Salt Lake City needs is another Thai restaurant. We have dozens of perfectly fine Thai restaurants, most of them mom-andpop places great for a cheap lunch or a quick dinner and all serving curries seemingly prepared from the same recipe. Sometimes I think there must be one huge Thai kitchen, cooking food for all the Thai restaurants in town. They are that similar. But Skewered Thai is different. Not only is it significantly more attractive than most Thai restaurants–the remodeled Elizabeth’s English Bakery space has exposed brick walls, wood floors, tall ceilings, lots of natural light and good, well-placed Siamese art. The menu is mostly the familiar Thai fare we are all accustomed to–spring rolls with peanut sauce, satay, pad Thai, red, green, panang, yellow and massaman curries, drunken noodles and sticky rice.


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The curries are perfectly balanced and they don’t drown out the taste of the meat and vegetables they sauce. Where some Thai curries can be cloyingly sweet, Skewered Thai’s reveal their complexity. Spring rolls are pristine and carefully constructed so every bite has the right proportion of soft rice paper and crunchy vegetable and fragrant mint. All in all, the care taken with the food reflects a more sophisticated palate than is at work in most Thai kitchens. Sure enough, owner Lek Changkiendee worked with Takashi Gibo many years ago at Shogun (before Gibo opened Takashi) and her brother, Ty Richchouyrod, is a familiar face to anyone who knows Salt Lake’s food scene–he’s been a restaurant manager, he’s a wine expert and all-purpose gourmet. And he helped his sister put together the small but select wine list. 575 S. 700 East, SLC, 801-364-1144

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dining guide cooking comes with moderate prices. Great for lunch. 4291 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-2880051. EGL – M

Tiburon Servings at Tiburon are large

and rich: Elk tenderloin was enriched with mushrooms and demi-glace; a big, creamy wedge of St. Andre came with pork belly. In summer, tomatoes come from the garden. 8256 S. 700 East, Sandy, 801-255-1200.


herbed goat cheese on a chewy baguette. 314 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-366-4484. GL

are worth a visit. 555 S. Main St., SLC, 800621-4505. GL

Elizabeth’s English Bakery Serving oh-so-British pasties, scones, sausage rolls and tea, along with a selection of imported shelf goods for those in exile from the Isles. 439 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-422-1170.

Les Madeleines The kouign aman still


Tin Angel From boho bistro, Tin Angel has grown into one of Salt Lake’s premier dining destinations. Chef Jerry Liedtke can make magic with anything from a snack to a full meal, vegetarian or omnivore. 365 W. 400 South, SLC, 801-328-4155. EGLL

The Wild Grape Troy Greenhawt bases

his business on super-convenient flexibility—it’s open for weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, Sunday supper and late-night noshing. Bartender Sean Neves is one of the city’s best. 481 E. South Temple, SLC, 801-746-5565. EGL – M

Bakeries, coffee houses & Cafés

Carlucci’s Bakery Pastry and a few hot

dishes make this a fave morning stop, but desserts are showstoppers. For lunch, try the

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reigns supreme among Salt Lake City pastries, but with a hot breakfast menu and lunch options Les Mad is more than a great bakery. 216 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-355-2294. GL

Mini’s Leslie Fiet has added 7-inch pies to

Eva’s Boulangerie A smart

French-style cafe and bakery in the heart of downtown. Different bakers are behind the patisserie and the boulangeHall OF rie, meaning sweet and daily breads get the Fame SLM attention they deserve. Go for classics like onion soup and croque monsieur, but don’t ignore other specials and always leave with at least one loaf of bread. 155 S. Main St., SLC, 801-359-8447. GL

Gourmandise This downtown main-

stay has cheesecakes, cannoli, napoleons, pies, cookies, muffins and flaky croissants. And don’t forget breads and rolls to take home. 250 S. 300 East, SLC, 801-3283330. GL

La Bonne Vie Cuter than a cupcake, Grand America’s new pastry shop has all the charm of Paris. The pretty windows alone

her bakery’s repertoire of cupcakes. (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has Tiffany-blue icing.) Don’t forget the box lunches. 14 E. 800 South, SLC, 801-363-0608; 1751 S. 1100 East, SLC, 801-746-2208 GL

Salt Lake Roasting Company At SLC’s original coffee shop, owner John Bolton buys and roasts the better-than-fair-trade beans. Baker Dave Wheeler turns out terrific baked goods, and lunch here is your secret weapon. 320 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-7484887. GL So Cupcake Choose a mini or a full cake,

mix and match cakes and icings, or try a house creation, like Hanky Panky Red Velvet. 3939 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-274-8300. GL

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The Rose Establishment The Rose is a place for conversation as much as coffee.

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Can we crash at your place? TRY FOSTERING!

But coffee is from Four Barrel Coffee Roasters, and the cinnamon toast is killer. 235 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-9906270. GL

Tulie Bakery You can get a little spiritual about pas-

tries this good on a Sunday morning, but at Tulie you can be just as uplifted by a Wednesday lunch. 863 E. 700 South, SLC, 801-883-9741. GL

Barbecue & southern food

Pat’s Barbecue One of Salt Lake City’s best, Pat’s brisket, pork and ribs deserve the spotlight. Don’t miss “Burnt End Fridays.” 155 E. Commonwealth, SLC, 801484-5963. EGL R and R Fresh from a winning turn on the competitive barbecue circuit, twin brothers Rod and Roger Livingston have settled down into a bricks and mortar restaurant with great success. Ribs and brisket are the stars here, but the handbreaded fried okra almost steals the spotlight. 307 W. 600 South, SLC, 801-3640043. GL – M The Sugarhouse Barbecue Company This place

Please email or call 801-574-2417

is a winner for pulled pork, Texas brisket or Memphis ribs. Plus killer sides, like Greek potatoes. 880 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-463-4800. GM

Bar Grub & Brewpubs

Annex by Epic This is Epic Brewing Company’s

brewpub, though the main brewery is on 300 West. The menu of beer-friendly food was conceived by chef Robert Angellili and stands up to the considerable heft of the beers. 1048 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-7425490. EGM

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and brewpub, with the emphasis on small plates and late hours. The food is inventive, the beer is good and—big plus—they serve cocktails as well as brew at this neighborhood hot spot. 376 8th Ave., SLC, 385-2278628.EGM

Bohemian Brewery & Grill Bohemian keeps a firm connection to its cultural history—so to go with the wonderful Czech beer, you can nosh on potato pancakes, pork chops and goulash. There’s also plenty of American beer fare. 94 E. Fort Union Blvd., Midvale, 801-566-5474. EGM Fats Grill & Pool Keep Fats Grill in your brain’s

Rolodex. It’s a family-friendly pool hall where you can take a break for a brew and also get a home-style meal of grilled chicken. 2182 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-4849467. EGM

MacCool’s Public House An American gastropub, MacCool’s emphasizes its kitchen, but Guinness is still front and center. 1400 S. Foothill Dr., Suite 166, SLC, 801-582-3111; 855 W. Heritage Park Blvd., , Layton, 801728-9111. EGL

The Pub’s Desert Edge Brewery Good pub fare

and freshly brewed beer make this a hot spot for shoppers, the business crowd and ski bums. Beer classes are run by brewmaster Chris Haas. 273 Trolley Square, SLC, 801-521-8917. EGM


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The Red Rock Brewing Company

Red Rock proves the pleasure of beer as a complement to pizzas, rotisserie chicken and chile polenta. Not to mention brunch. Now open in Fashion Place Mall. 254 S. DINING 2014 200 West, SLC, 801-521-7446. EGM AWARD

Hall Squatters Pub Brewery One of the “greenest” restaurants in town, Squatters brews Fame SLM OF

award-winning beers and pairs them with everything from wings to ahi tacos. 147 W. Broadway, SLC, 801-363-2739. EGLM

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Eggs in the City On the weekends, this place is

packed with hipsters whose large dogs wait pantingly outside. It’s a good place to go solo, and the menu runs from healthy wraps to eggs florentine. 1675 E. 1300 South, SLC, 801-581-0809. GM

Finn’s The Scandinavian vibe comes from the heritage of owner Finn Gurholt. At lunch, try the Nordic sandwiches, but Finn’s is most famous for breakfast, served until the doors close at 2:30 p.m. 1624 S. 1100 East, SLC, 801-467-4000. GM Millcreek Café & Egg Works This spiffy neigh-

borhood place is open for lunch, but breakfast is the game. Items like a chile verde–smothered breakfast wrap and the pancakes offer serious sustenance. 3084 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-485-1134. GL

Pig and a Jelly Jar Breakfast and lunch only, except for Sunday supper. Great chicken and waffles, local eggs, and other breakfasts are served all day, with home-style additions at lunch and a single menu supper on Sunday evenings. Beer only. 410 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-202-7366. GM

Burgers, Sandwiches, Delis

Cucina Deli Cucina is a café, bakery and deli—good for dinner after a long day, whether it’s lasagna, meatloaf or a chicken pesto salad. The menu has recently expanded to include small plates and surprisingly substantial beer and wine lists.1026 E. Second Ave., SLC, 801-322-3055. EGM Feldman’s Deli Finally, SLC has a Jewish deli worthy of the name. Stop by for your hot pastrami fix, or to satisfy your latke craving or your yen for knishes. 2005 E. 2700 South, SLC, 801-906Hall OF 0369. FameGL

featuring a world-premiere by Israeli artists, Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof.


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Good Dog Part of the national hot dog revival,

social dance ...up-ended.

gourmet doggery Good Dog serves Nathan’s and Sabrett’s weiners, with your choice of toppings. Try the excellent chili. 30 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-3644217. GL

Guzzi’s Vintage Burgers & Fries The renaissance of the garlic burger is the huge news at this little not-so-fast burger joint, but if you’re not in the mood for that much fragrance, the blue and bacon or the Maui burgers are also terrific. An honest little hole-in-the-wall where potatoes are fried while you wait and so are the bacon and eggs in the breakfast sandwich. 180 E. 800 South, SLC, 801-364-4541. GL

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dining guide RedHot Hot dogs so huge you have to eat them with a fork. Made by Idaho’s Snake River Farms from 100 percent Kobe beef, they are smoked over hardwood and come in out-there variations, like the banh mi dog. 165 S. Main St., SLC, 801532-2499. GL

buck is the Full Rodizio, a selection of meats—turkey, chicken, beef, pork, seafood and more—plus vegetables and pineapple, brought to your table until you cry “uncle.” 600 S. 700 East, SLC, 801220-0500. EGL – M

Siegfried’s The only German deli in

Asian Isle This place probably does as

town is packed with customers ordering bratwurst, wiener schnitzel, sauerkraut and spaetzle. 20 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-3553891. EGL

Tonyburgers This home-grown burger

house serves fresh-ground beef, toasted buns, twice-fried potatoes and milkshakes made with real scoops of ice cream. No pastrami in sight. 613 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-410-0531. GL

Franck's Place Franck Peissel is now in the kitchen tweaking things up.

Central & South American

Braza Grill Meat, meat and more meat is the order of the day at this Brazilianstyle churrascaria buffet. On the lighter side are plated fish entrées and a salad bar. 5927 S. State St., Murray, 801-5067788. GM

Rodizio Grill The salad bar offers

plenty to eat, but the best bang for the


much takeout as full-service business— traffic is heavy, but the dining room is tiny. The diner gets to mix and match proteins and sauces for the stir-fries; there is also a list of pan-Asian noodle dishes. 488 E. 100 South, SLC, 801-3638833. GL

Asian Star The menu is not frighteningly authentic or disturbingly Americanized. Dishes are chef-driven, and Chef James seems most comfortable in the melting pot. 7588 S. Union Park Ave., Midvale, 801-5668838. ELL

Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant Authentic, pristine and slightly weird is what we look for in Chinese food—Tea House does honorable renditions of favorites, but it is a rewarding place to go explore. 565 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-5317010. GM

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J. Wong’s Asian Bistro This

is one of the only elegant Chinese restaurants in town, but that doesn’t mean lunch—Chinese or Thai— Hall OF isn’t a good deal. It’s a great deal. Note the Fame SLM specialty Chinese menu: Don’t miss the ginger whole fish. Call ahead for authentic Peking duck. 163 W. 200 South, SLC, 801350-0888. EGM

Little World It’s a definite dive, but its followers are faithful. If you don’t like the ambience, drive through. 1356 S. State St., SLC, 801-467-5213. GL – M


Bruges Waffle and Frites The original tiny shop on Broadway turns out waffles made with pearl sugar, topped with fruit, whipped cream or chocolate. Plus frites, Belgian beef stew and a gargantuan sandwich called a mitraillette (or submachine gun). The new, slightly larger Sugar House cafe has a larger menu. 336 W. Broadway, SLC, 801-363-4 4 4 4 . 2314 S. Highland Dr., 801-486-9999. GL Café Madrid Authentic dishes like garlic soup share the menu with port-sauced lamb shank. Service is courteous and

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Carlucci’s Bakery 314 W. Broadway Coffee Garden 878 East 900 South Copy Stop 1451 South 2100 East Cummings Studio Chocolates 679 East 900 South Details 1993 South 1100 East Every Blooming Thing 1344 South 2100 East Golden Braid Books 151 South 500 East Grove Market 1906 S. Main Street Jolly’s Corner Pharmacy 1676 East 1300 South Liberty Heights Fresh 1242 South 1100 East Medicine Shop 2036 East 6200 South Meier’s Chicken 4708 S. Holladay Blvd. Snider Brothers Meats 6245 S. Highland Dr. The Store 2050 East 6200 South The Store Too 4695 Holladay Blvd. Tony Caputo’s Gourmet Market 314 West 300 South Wildwood Hutch 122 W. South Temple

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Atticus Books & Tea House 738 Main Street Dolly’s Bookstore 510 Main Street

Salt Lake and Utah Style & Design are available at these locations:


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The Store Midway 142 W. Main Street The Store Midway Express 51 W. Main Street

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Bed Bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, and Local Grocery Stores & Retailers

friendly at this family-owned spot. 5244 S. Highland Dr., Holladay, 801-273-0837. EGM

Finca The spirit of Spain is alive and well on the plate at this modern tapateria. Scott Evans, owner of Pago, and chef Phelix Gardner translate their love of Spain into food that ranges from Hall OF authentically to impressionistically Spanish, using as Fame SLM local ingredients as possible. 1291 S. 1100 East, many SLC, 801-487-0699. EGM – N DINING

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Franck’s Founding chef Franck Peissel’s influence

can still be tasted—personal interpretations of continental classics. Some—like the meatloaf—are perennials, but mostly the menu changes according to season and the current chef’s whim. 6263 S. Holladay Blvd., 801-2746264. EGN


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Paris Bistro Welcome the return of true French cuisine via escargots, confit, duck, daube and baked oysters, steak and moules frites and a beautifully Gallic wine list. The Zinc Bar remains the prime place to dine. 1500 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-486-5585. EGN


Bombay House This biryani mainstay is sublimely satisfying, from the wise-cracking Sikh host to the friendly server, from the vegetarian entrées to the tandoor’s ­c arnivore’s delights. No wonder it’s been Salt Lake’s favorite subcontinental restaurant for 20 years. 2731 E. Parley’s Way, SLC, 801-5810222; 463 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-373-6677; 7726 Campus View Dr., West Jordan, . 801-282-0777 EGM – N Copper Bowl Another excellent Indian restaurant, Copper Bowl is a chic restaurant, upscale and classy, with a full bar and an adventurous menu compared with most local Indian eateries. The buffet is the prettiest in town. 214. W. 600 South, SLC, 801-532-2232. EGM

Curry in a Hurry The Nisar family’s restaurant is

tiny, but fast service and fair prices make this a great take-out spot. But if you opt to dine in, there’s always a Bollywood film on the telly. 2020 S. State St., SLC, 801467-4137. GL

Himalayan Kitchen SLC’s premier Indian-Nepalese restaurant features original art, imported copper serving utensils and an ever-expanding menu. Start the meal with momos, fat little dumplings like pot-stickers. All the tandoor dishes are good, but Himalayan food is rare, so go for the quanty masala, a stew made of nine different beans. 360 S. State St., SLC, 801-328-2077. EGM

Kathmandu Try the Nepalese specialties, including spicy pickles to set off the tandoor-roasted meats. Both goat and sami, a kibbeh-like mixture of ground lamb and lentils, are available in several styles. 3142 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-466-3504.

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Royal India Northern Indian tikka masalas and


Southern Indian dosas allow diners to enjoy the full

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dining guide range of Indian cuisine. 10263 S. 1300 East, Sandy, 801-572-6123; 55 N. Main St., Bountiful, 801-292-1835. EGL – M DINING

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Saffron Valley East India Cafe

Lavanya Mahate has imported her style of Indian cooking from South Jordan to SLC. Besides terrific lunch Hall OF and dinner menus, East Indian Cafe offers Fame SLM regular celebrations of specialties like Indian street food or kebabs. Stay tuned. East India Cafe, 26 East St., SLC, 801-203-3325. EGM – N

Saffron Valley Highlighting South Indian street food, one of the glories of subcontinental cuisine, Lavanya Mahate’s restaurant is a cultural as well as culinary center, offering cooking classes, specialty groceries and celebration as well as great food. 1098 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, 801-4384823. GL – M

Welcome to Neo-Greek Aristo's new look. If we seem to be talking about Aristides Boutsikakis all the time, it’s because he’s always doing something interesting. A firm believer in the principle that to stay the same is to invite failure, Aristo is constantly innovating and making changes and improvements in his namesake restaurant, even as he remains true to roots of one of the oldest cuisines on the planet. Take gyros, for example. The spit-roasted meat sandwich is one of the most famous Greek dishes. But they’re street food, and Aristo’s is avowedly a giant step up from that, so Aristo has never been enthusiastic about serving them, even though everyone expects them. But on one of his frequent trips to Greece, he discovered a trend that solved his gyros problem: His new menu features a street food section featuring gyro “sliders,” miniature pitas folded around your choice of lamb and beef, chicken, eggplant and salmon gyros. Order by the piece ($4 each) or by the “flight,” any three you choose. Guy Fieri’s (“I am not a dive!” says Aristo) favorite lamb taco is also in this section of the menu. Try one with Aristo’s new “Ouzarita,” a margarita on the rocks with a shot of the national Greek aniseflavored liqueur. The rest of the menu’s been updated as well. The tender grilled baby octopus, one of the most delectable dishes in Utah, is now available in two different portion sizes. Kalitsounia, little pastries stuffed with feta and anthotyro cheese, flavored with mint and drizzled with honey, are addictive and delicately straddle the line between sweet and savory the way only Mediterranean food seems to do. The little charred lamb ribs come with an aromatic fennel slaw and the wine list’s selection of Greek wines is growing. Besides the food changes, the whole restaurant has been remodeled–it’s much sleeker and more sophisticated, and the awkward front space has a new flow that allows for a bar crowd and more tables. All changes are for the better. 224 S. 1300 East, SLC, 801-581-0888

Tandoor Indian Grill Delicious salmon tandoori, sizzling on a plate with onions and peppers like fajitas, is mysteriously not overcooked. Friendly service. 733 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-833-0994. EGL – M

Italian & Pizza

Amore by Cannella’s A pizza-only off shoot of the neighborhood Italian spot; you can buy it by the slice. 208 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-532-3562. GL Arella’s Chic pizza in Bountiful. Arella’s pies appeal to pizza purists, traditionalists and adventurers, with wood-fired crusts and toppings that range from pear to jalapeno. 535 W. 400 North, Bountiful, 801-294-8800. EGL

Café Trio Pizzas from the wood-fired brick oven are wonderful. One of the city’s premier and perennial lunch spots; in Cottonwood, the brunch is especially popular. 680 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-533TRIO; 6405 S. 3000 East, Cottonwood, 801-944-8476. EGM Caffé Molise The menu is limited, but excellent. Our penne al caprino tasted as if it had been tossed on the way to our table. 55 W. 100 South, SLC, 801-364-8833. EGM DINING

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Caffé Molise BTG A sibling of the Italian restaurant above, BTG is really a wine bar; because the

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Spice Bistro India meets the Rat Pack in this restaurant, but the food is all subcontintental soul–spicy curries, Nepalese momos, chicken chili, goat and lots of vegetarian options. A number of American dishes are on the menu, too. 6121 S. Highland Dr., 801-9309855. EGM – N

food comes from Caffe Molise’s kitchen, we’re listing it here. The draw, though, is the selection of more than 50 wines by the glass (hence the name). Beer, cocktails and specialty spirits also available. 67 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-359-2814. EGM

Cannella’s Downtown’s essential Italian-Amer-

ican comfort food spot, with a takeout pizza shop, Amore, next door. 204 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-3558518 EGL – M

Touche` carries a full line of Vera Bradley products, Alex and Ani jewelry jewelry, Thymes Frasier Fir, UGGs, gourmet candy, and unique gift items.

Caputo’s Market and Deli A great selection of olive oils, imported pastas, salamis and house-aged cheeses, including one of the largest selections of fine chocolate in the country. The deli menu doesn’t reflect the market, but is a reliable source for meatball sandwiches and such. 314 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-531-8669; 1516 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-486-6615. EGL Cucina Vanina A marinara-tinged taste of Southern Italian foods—pasta alla matriciana, pasta e polpette, chicken cacciatore—reminding you what a delight correctly cooked pasta can be. 1844 Fort Union Blvd., Cottonwood, 801-938-9706. EGM Este Pizza Try the “pink” pizza, topped with ricotta

and marinara. Vegan cheese is available, and there’s microbrew on tap. 2148 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-485-3699; 156 E. 200 South, SLC 801-363-2366. EGL

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Fresco The kitchen continues the trend of excellence greater than size. Try bucatini tossed with romanesco sprigs, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, grana padano and olive oil. Desserts Hall OF are amazing and the place, behind a locally owned Fame SLM bookstore, is utterly charming. 1513 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-486-1300. EN DINING

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Granato’s Professionals pack the store at lunch for

sandwiches, bread, pasta and sauces. 1391 S. 300 West, SLC, 801-486-5643; 4040 S. 2700 East, SLC, 801-2777700; 1632 S. Redwood Rd., SLC, 801-433-0940; 4044 S. 2700 East, Holladay, 801-277-7700. GL

Nuch’s Pizzeria A New York–sized eatery, meaning

tiny, offers big flavor via specialty pastas and wonderful bubbly crusted pizzas. Ricotta is made in-house. 2819 S. 2300 East, SLC, 801-484-0448. EGL

Per Noi A little chef-owned, red sauce Italian spot

catering to its neighborhood. Expect casual, yourhands-on service, hope they have enough glasses to accommodate the wine you bring and order the spinach ravioli. 1588 E. Stratford Ave., SLC, 801-4863333. GL

The Pie Pizzeria College students can live, think and even thrive on a diet of pizza, beer and soft drinks, and The Pie is the quintessential college pizzeria. (There are other locations.) 1320 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-582-0193. EL Pizzeria Limone The signature pie at this new local chain features thinly sliced lemons, which are a terrific addition. Service is cafeteria-style, meaning fast, and the pizza, salads and gelato are remarkably good. 613

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Above: Turkish kebabs meet hipster décor. Below: Spitz's Josh Hill

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Turkish Invasion Okay, it’s probably one of the most unappetizing names ever. Get over it. The point is, this is a Turkish invasion into heavy Greek territory. “Doner kebab” means “rotating meat in Turkish, and Spitz’s mixture of lamb, beef and seasoning, roasted on a vertical rotating spit, looks suspiciously like gyros. In fact, slices of it piled in a pita with lettuce, tomatoes and little pickles, tastes suspiciously like gyros, only without the tzatziki. But please don’t tell anyone I said that. I’m not about to get between the Turks and the Greeks. I’ll just say that Salt Lakers raised on fast Greek food will likely love doner kebabs and that the main differences between this Cali import and our homegrown gyros joints are 1) the undeniably hipster décor, ambiance and energy, and 2) the liquor license. Those two things though make Spitz a cool hangout, even a destination, instead of just another quick lunch spot. 35 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-364-0286


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Spitz Doner Kebab

dining guide E. 400 South; 1380 E. Fort Union Blvd., SLC, 801-733-9305. EGL

Roma Ristorante Don’t be deterred by

the strip mall exterior. Inside, you’ll find dishes like prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin and chocolate cake with pomegranate syrup. 5468 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-268-1017.


Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta And sandwiches and burgers and steak and fish… the menu here has expanded far beyond its name. 1061 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-4841804. EGL – M Sea Salt The food ranges from ethere-

ally (baby cucumbers with chili flakes and lemon) to earthily (the special ricotta dumplings) scrumptious. Pappardelle with duck ragu and spaghetti with bottarga (Sardinian mullet roe) show pure Italian soul, and while we have lots of good pizza in Utah, Sea Salt’s ranks with the best. 1700 E. 1300 South, 801340-1480. EGN

Settebello Pizzeria Every Neapolitanstyle pie here is hand-shaped by a pizza artisan and baked in a wood-fired oven. And they make great gelato right next door. 260 S. 200 West, SLC, 801-322-3556. GEL – M

Siragusa Another strip mall mom and pop

Try the Asian “tapas.” Then there’s the beer bar side of things, which accounts for the peanuts. 22 E. 100 South, SLC, 801-5968600. EM

Tuscany This restaurant’s faux-Tuscan kitsch is mellowing into retro charm, though the glass chandelier is a bit nerve-wracking. The double-cut pork chop is classic, and so is the chocolate cake. 2832 E. 6200 South, 801274-0448. EGN

Dojo In our sushi-saturated city, this lounge-like restaurant offers a range of Japanese cuisine—tempura, wagyu, sashimi and rolls. 423 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-3283333. EGN

Valter’s Osteria Valter Nassi is back

spicy Funky Charlie Roll, tuna and wasabifilled, then fried. 336 S. 400 East, SLC, 801-532-7522. EM

find, the two dishes to look out for are sweet potato gnocchi and osso buco made with pork. 4115 Redwood Rd., SLC, 801-268-1520. GEL – M

and his new restaurant overflows with his effervescent personality just like Cucina Toscana did. The dining room is beautifully Italianate and set up so Valter can be everywhere at once. Besides your favorites from the old restaurants, there are new delights, including a number of tableside dishes. 173 W. Broadway, SLC, 801-521-4563. EGN

Vinto This easy-to-use trattoria features

American-style wood oven-fired pizza, great special pastas and salads. Desserts, made by Amber Billingsley, are perfect. 418 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-539-9999. EGM


Ahh Sushi!/O’shucks The menu features classic sushi, plus trendy combos.

Ichiban Sushi Sushi with a twist—like the

Kyoto The service is friendly, the sushi is fresh, the tempura is amazingly light, and the prices are reasonable. Servings are occidentally large, and service is impeccable. 1080 E. 1300 South, SLC, 801-4873525. EM

Light Up The menus here light up when you open them —good news for romantic dining.

Koko Kitchen Small, family-run restaurant is a genuine, low-key noodle shop–the ramen is outstanding. 702 S. 300 East, SLC, 801-3644888. DINING

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tives don’t stop there. The richest Kobe beef around is another highlight, and so is the yakitori grill and the sake collection. 67 W. 100 South, SLC, 801-595-8888. GEL – M

Pipa Asian Tapas & Sake Bar Another Pan-

Asian fusion menu—this time, in a westside strip mall, with the list of small plates fortified by a list of sake cocktails. 118 N. 900 West, SLC, 801-326-3639. GEL – M

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politely eye-popping style. Check the chalkboard for specials like Thai mackerel, fatty tuna or spot prawns, and expect the best sushi in the city. 18 W. Market St., SLC, 801-519-9595. EGN

Tsunami Besides sushi, the menu offers crispy-light tempura and numerous house cocktails and sake. 2223 S. Highland Drive, SLC, 801-467-5545; 7628 S. Union Park Ave., Sandy, 801-676-6466. EGM DINING

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Hall Aristo’s The best of local Greek eateries is also one of the city’s best restaurants, period. Fame SLM OF

Fare ranges from Greek greatest hits like gyros and skordalia 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, 801-5810888. EGM – N

Café Med Get the mezzes platter for some of the best falafel in town. Entrées range from pita sandwiches to gargantuan dinner platters of braised shortribs, roast chicken and pasta. 420 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-4930100. EGM Layla Layla relies on family recipes. The resulting standards, like hummus and kebabs, are great, but explore some of the more unusual dishes, DINING too. 4751 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay, 801-272Hall OF 2014 9111. EGM – N Fame DINING


Hall Mazza Excellent, with the bright flavor that is the hallmark of Middle Eastern food and a Fame SLM OF

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

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

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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 Hall OF nowhere near white tablecloth, this bright inviting Fame SLM cafe offers tableside guacamole; the rest of the menu,

Restaurant Guide

Utah’s culinary landscape is as diverse and exciting as the state’s terrain, ranging from lofty culinary landmarks to down-home cafés. Check out some of our favorites.


Utah’s culinary landscape is as diverse and exciting as the state’s terrain, ranging from lofty culinary landmarks to down-home cafés. Check out some of our favorites.


268 South State Street Suite #110, SLC (801) 779-4747

Alamexo provides authentic Mexican cuisine in a spirited atmosphere with top shelf tequilas and warm hospitality all found in downtown Salt Lake City. We feature Niman ranch meats, responsible seafood, and buy from local farmers in season.

Best New Restaurant and Best Mexican – 2014, Salt Lake magazine





224 S. 1300 East, SLC (801) 581-0888 Aristo’s is simple but elegant, offering a taste of authentic southern Greek Cuisine. Live Bouzouki Music every Thursday night. Serving lunch and dinner Mon - Sat For reservations and information:




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dining guide from margaritas to mole, is just as fresh and immediate. 268 State St., SLC, 801-7794747. EGM

Chunga’s These tacos al pastor are the real

deal. Carved from a big pineapple-marinated 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. Plus, there’s a nice margarita menu. 545 W. 700 South, SLC, 801983-6692. 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, 801-9442300. GL Luna Blanca Mikel Trapp (owner of

Visit for info on our Farm-to-Glass Cocktail Contest.

Trio and Fresco) owns this sleek little taqueria at the foot of the canyon and serves untraditional versions of tortilla-wrapped meals—involving quinoa and portobello, as well as chipotle and pork. Plus margaritas. 3158 E. 6200 South, Holladay, 801-944DINING 2014EGL 5862. AWARD

Hall Red Iguana Both locations are a blessing in this City of Salt, which Fame SLM OF

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

Rio Grande Café As bustling now as it

Raising the bar

Back to the Future Classic drinks at Caffe Niche. THIS is what a daiquiri looks like: A small, stemmed glass filled with a frosty, deceptively mild-looking green drink. Just fresh lime juice, Cuban rum, Jamaica rum, simple syrup and a lime wedge. Caffe Niche unrolled a new cocktail menu and chances are good you’ll recognize every drink on it: Pimm’s Cup, Negroni, Oldfashioned, Dark & Stormy, Daiquiri. Bar master Chris Bradshaw has tweaked them all slightly, but these are all recognizable as classic cocktails. No pureed beet. No pickled carrots. Just potent flavorful refreshers, made the way the lord and Mr. Boston intended. (Not that we don’t appreciate inventive cocktails—don’t miss our annual Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest, running through September.) 779 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-433-3380

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.


Taqueria 27 Salt Lake needs more

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. EGM

Z’Tejas A link that has loosened its chain and developed its own personality, Z’Tejas serves faithful versions of Tex-Mex, probably as good as you can get it outside the lone star state. 191 S. Rio Grande, SLC, 801456-0450. EGM


Market Street Grill SLC’s fave fish

restaurants: Fish is flown in daily and the


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dept Avenues ProPer restAurAnt & Publick House 376 8th ave, suite C, SLC (385) 227-8628

“The Proper” derives its name from our location in the heart of one of Salt Lake City’s oldest neighborhoods. Our from-scratch pub fare emphasizes the use of local and regional ingredients, with a focus on dishes that either incorporate beer into the cooking process or pair well with our selection of house brews. In utilizing quality ingredients and classic techniques, we take traditional pub fare influences and elevate them to create our handcrafted meals. The Proper houses Utah’s smallest craft brewery, producing small-batch artisan beers with a focus on quality and creativity. We are open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner, and are now serving Sunday brunch. Lunch | Dinner | Brunch | Late Night Patio Now Open!

The Bayou

645 S. State Street, SLC (801) 961-8400

“The beer connoisseur’s paradise” – GQ Magazine Sept. 2009 A 2009 “Best Bars in America” Winner – A “100 best places to drink beer in America” Winner – Imbibe Magazine Enjoy our award winning Cajun and creole influenced food, paired with a 200 + beer list



680 S. 900 East (801) 533-TRIO (8746) 6405 S. 3000 East (801) 944-TRIO (8746) Voted Reader’s Choice Best Lunch & Best Neighborhood Restaurant —Salt Lake Magazine 2010 Voted Best Patios —City Weekly Magazine 2010 Café Trio serves simple, fresh italian food in a contemporary setting. Enjoy delicious pizzas, pastas, entrees and more while indulging in a decadent dessert or creative cocktail on our award winning patios. Our Cottonwood location boasts more than 1,500 square feet of private dining space; the perfect location for your next business meeting or special event! Saturday and Sunday Brunch at both locations. Lunch: Mon-Fri - Dinner: Sun-Sat - Brunch: Sat-Sun


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duck is lip-smacking good. The dining room conveys warmth via tasteful décor using Thai silks and traditional arts. 1968 E. Murray-Holladay Rd., SLC, 801-2773658. ELL

The Oyster Bar This is the best se-

Sapa Sushi Bar & Asian Grill Charm-

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse This Ugly Betty building has inner beauty. Stick with classics like crab cocktail, order the wedge, and ask for your butter-sizzled steak no more than medium, please. Eat dessert, then linger in the cool bar. 275 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-363-2000. EGN

Sawadee Thai The menu goes far outside

Spencer’s The quality of the meat and the accuracy of the cooking are what make it great. Beef is aged on the bone, and many cuts are served on the bone—a luxurious change from the usual cuts. 255 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-238-4748. EGN

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.

lection 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.


Southeast Asian

Chanon Thai Café A meal here is like a

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

Thai Garden Paprika-infused pad thai,



Ekamai Thai The tiniest Thai restaurant

Thai Lotus Curries and noodle dishes hit a precise procession on the palate—sweet, then sour, savory and hot—plus there are dishes you’ve never tried before and should: bacon and collard greens, red curry with duck, salmon with chili and coconut sauce. 212 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-328-4401. EGL – M

Indochine Vietnamese cuisine is underrepresented 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, 801-5820896. 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

My Thai My Thai is an unpretentious

mom-and-pop operation—she’s mainly in the kitchen, and he mainly waits tables, but in a lull, she darts out from her stove to ask diners if they like the food. Yes, we do. 1425 S. 300 West, SLC, 801-5054999. GL

Oh Mai Fast, friendly and hugely flavor-

ful—that sums up this little banh mi shop that’s taken SLC by storm. Pho is also good and so are full plates, but the banh mi are heaven. 3425 State St., SLC, 801467-6882. EL

Pawit’s Royale Thai Cuisine Curries are fragrant with coconut milk, and ginger



rolls, curry shrimp and the “Look Luck” beef (beef in a caramel sauce) are popular. 1400 S. Foothill Dr., Ste. 270, SLC, 801-581-1128.

in town is owned by Woot Pangsawan, who provides great curries, to go, eat there or have delivered, plus friendly personal service. 336 W. Broadway, SLC, 801-3632717 and 1405 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-9060908. GL

This excellent cafe can be your secret weapon. $6.25 for 2 entrees, rice and a spring roll.

the usual pad thai and curry. Thai food’s appeal lies in the subtleties of difference achieved with a limited list of ingredients. 754 E. South Temple, SLC, 801-328-8424.

deep-fried duck and fragrant gang gra ree are all excellent choices—but there are 50-plus items on the menu. Be tempted by batter-fried bananas with coconut ice cream. 4410 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-266-7899.

East-West Connection Pork and shrimp

Your Mai

ing Vietnamese stilt houses surround the courtyard. Sapa’s menu ranges from Thai curries to fusion and hot pots, but the sushi is the best bet. 722 S. State St., SLC, 801-3637272. EGM

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Thai Siam This restaurant is diminu-

tive, but the flavors are fresh, big and bold. Never expensive, this place is even more of a bargain during lunchtime, when adventurous customers enjoy the $6.95 combination plates, a triple Thai tasting that’s one of the best deals in town. 1435 S. State St., SLC, 801474-3322. GL

Tasty Thai Tasty is a family-run spot,

absolutely plain, in and out, but spotless and friendly, and the food is fresh and plentiful. And it’s so close to a walk in the park. 1302 S. 500 East, SLC, 801-467-4070.



Christopher’s The menu is straightfor-

ward chilled shellfish and rare steaks, with a few seafood and poultry entrees thrown in for the non-beefeaters. 134 W. Pierpont Ave., SLC, 801-519-8515. EGN

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse This

local branch of a national chain has a famously impressive wine list. With more than 100 available by the glass, it has selections that pair well with anything you order. 20 S. 400 West, The Gateway, SLC, 801-355-3704.



Living Cuisine Living food (never heated

over 116 degrees) is an increasingly popular cuisine. Here it is pulled it off with great flair and served with kindness. The raw tacos and pizza are particularly good. 2144 Highland Dr., SLC, 801-486-0332. L

Sage’s Café Totally vegan and mostly

organic food, emphasizing fresh vegetables, herbs and soy. Macadamia-creamed carrot butter crostini is a tempting starter; follow with a wok dish with cashewcoconut curry. 900 S. 234 West, SLC, 801322-3790. EL – M

Vertical Diner Chef Ian Brandt, of Sage’s Café and Cali’s Grocery, owns Vertical Diner’s animal-free menu of burgers, sandwiches and breakfasts. Plus organic wines and coffees. 2290 S. West Temple, SLC, 801484-8378. EGL

Park City & The wasatch back American Fine Dining

Apex Enjoy fine dining at the top of the

world. Apex at Montage exudes luxury in the most understated and comfortable way. No need to tux up to experience pampered service; the assumption is you’re here to relax and that means not having to worry about a thing. The classy lack of pretension extends to the menu—no unpronounceables, nothing scary or even too daring—just top of the line everything. Quality speaks for itself. 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City, 435-6041300. EGN

350 Main The kitchen has taken on new life under a new chef, Carl Fiessinger breathes some Southern soul into the menu, but stays within the New West framework, so longtimers will be happy and every tummy satisfied. 350 Main St., Park City, 435-649-3140. EGN The Farm at Canyons Food is at the forefront of the re-imagined Canyons, and the Farm is the flagship featuring sustainably raised and produced handmade food.

dept Caffé NiChe

779 East 300 South (801) 433-3380

Experience our summer menu and hand-crafted cocktails. Niche is a true neighborhood eatery serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Niche emphasizes supporting local farms for the best ingredients around. Our preparation is simple, timeless and healthful, highlighting the essence of the ingredients.



310 West Bugatti Dr., SLC (801) 467-2890

Escape to Del Mar al Lago. Our Peruvian cebicheria serves classic Peruvian cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails–try our Pisco Sour–and amazing homemade desserts. Reservations highly recommended.

Drafts sports Bar & Grill 3000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City 435-655-2270 Drafts would make most people think of cold beer, which it should because this gastro pub has over 50 beers from around the world, an extensive wine list and a fully stocked liquor bar served by expert mixologists. In this case, Drafts is also synonymous with hand-crafted burgers, stone hearth pizzas, and gourmet pub food. The atmosphere is both elegant and comfortable with high-definition flat screen televisions playing national and worldwide sporting events. Awarded Utah’s 2013 & 2014 Best of State Medals for both Best American Pub and Best Gourmet Burger, Drafts’ menu has something to satisfy every taste bud.

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dining guide Resort Village, Sundial Building, North of the Cabriolet. 435-615-4828. EGO

Glitretind The service is polished, and the

menu is as fun or as refined or as inventive chef Zane Holmquist’s mood. The appeal resonates with the jet set and local diners. The wine list is exceptional. But so is the burger. 7700 Stein Way, Deer Valley, 435-6456455. EGO

Goldener Hirsch A jazzed up Alpine

theme—elk carpaccio with pickled shallots, foie gras with cherry-prune compote and wiener schnitzel with caraway-spiked carrot strings. 7570 Royal St. East, Park City, 435649-7770. EGO

Bonjour Chef Clement Gelas (formerly at Waldorf Astoria's Powder) is the latest chef here.


2014 AWARD

J&G Grill Jean-Georges Vong-

erichten lends his name to this restaurant at the St. Regis. The food is terrific, the wine cellar’s inventory is deep, Hall OF and it’s not as expensive as the view from the Fame SLM leads you to expect. 2300 Deer Valley patio Drive East, Park City, 435-940-5760. EGO

Mariposa at Deer Valley (Open seasonally) Try the tasting menu for an overview of the kitchen’s talent. It’s white tablecloth, but nothing is formal. 7600 Royal St., Park City, 435-645-6715. EGO

Mustang A duck chile relleno arrives in

a maelstrom of queso and ranchero sauce. Braised lamb shank and lobster with cheese enchiladas share the menu with seasonal entrées. 890 Main St., Park City, 435-6583975. EGO

Silver Main Street got its glitter back at Silver. Black kale caesar is an amazing salad, the alternate greens adding an earthy chew to balance the heavy dressing and the rabbit and black garlic pappardelle is terrific. Silver is a fun place to shed the hiking boots and break out your Blahniks. 508 Main St., Park City, 435-940-1000. EGO DINING

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Silver Star Cafe Comfort food

Talisker On Main The food is locally

sourced and classically wonderful, with only a little moderno foam spritz to prove we’re in the 21st century. Famous for its chef’s tasting menu, which ranges from adventurous to classic. 900 Main St., Park City, 435-658-5479.


Viking Yurt (Open seasonally) Arrive by sleigh and settle in for a luxurious five-course meal. Reservations and punctuality a must. Park City Mountain Resort, 435-615-9878. EGO

American Casual Blind Dog Grill The kitchen offers

imaginative selections even though the dark wood and cozy ambience look like an old gentlemen’s club. Don’t miss the Dreamloaf, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes. 1251 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 435-655-0800. EGM – N

The Blue Boar Inn The restaurant is rem-

iniscent of the Alps, but serves fine American cuisine. Don’t miss the award-winning brunch. 1235 Warm Springs Rd., Midway, 435-654-1400. EGN

Eating Establishment Claiming to be the oldest, this restaurant is one of Park City’s most versatile. On weekend mornings, locals line up for breakfasts. 317 Main St., Park City, 435-649-8284. M Gateway Grille Folks love the breakfasts, but you’re missing out if you don’t try the pork chop, roasted until pale pink, its rich pigginess set off by a port and apple sauce. 215 S. Main St., Kamas, 435-783-2867. EGL – M

with an upscale sensibility and original touches, like shrimp and grits with chipotle or Niman Ranch pork cutlets Hall OF with spaetzle. Morning meals are also tops, Fame SLM and the location is spectacular. 1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, 435-655-3456. EGM

Jupiter Bowl Upscale for a bowling alley,

Royal Street Café (Open seasonally) Don’t miss the lobster chowder, but note the novelties, too: In a new take on the classic lettuce wedge salad, Royal Street’s version adds baby beets, glazed walnuts and pear tomatoes. 7600 Royal Street, Silver Lake Village, Deer Valley Resort, Park City, 435645-6724. EGM

Road Island Diner An authentic 1930s

Snake Creek Grill The setting is straight outta Dodge City; the menu is an all-Amer-


ican blend of regional cooking styles. Corn bisque with grilled shrimp was a creamy golden wonder. Yes, black-bottom banana cream pie is still on the menu. 650 W. 100 South, Heber, 435-654-2133. EGM – N

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but still with something for everyone in the family to love. Besides pins, there are video games and The Lift Grill & Lounge. In Newpark. 1090 Center Dr., Park City, 435- 6582695. EGM

diner refitted to serve 21st-century customers. The menu features old-fashioned favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 981 W. Weber Canyon Rd., Oakley, 435-7833466. GL

Sammy’s Bistro Down-to-earth food in a comfortable setting—sounds simple, but if so, why aren’t there more Sammy’s in our world? Try the bacon-grilled shrimp or a chicken

bowl with your brew. 1890 Bonanza Dr., Park City, 435-214-7570. EGL – M

Simon’s Grill at the Homestead

The décor is formal, the fare is hearty but refined—salmon in a morel cream, or pearl onion fritters dusted with coarse salt. 700 N. Homestead Dr., Midway, 888-327-7220.


Spin Café House-made gelato is the big star at this family-owned café, but the food is worth your time. Try the pulled pork, the salmon BLT or the sirloin. 220 N. Main St., Heber City, 435-654-0251. EGL – M Zermatt Resort The charming, Swissthemed resort is big on buffets—seafood, Italian and brunch. 784 W. Resort Dr., Midway, 866-643-2015. EGM – N

bakeries & cafés

Park City Coffee Roasters The town’s fave house-roasted coffee and housemade pastries make this one of the best energy stops in town. 1680 W. Ute Blvd., Park City, 435-647-9097. GL Wasatch Bagel Café Not just bagels,

but bagels as buns, enfolding a sustaining layering of sandwich fillings like egg and bacon. 1300 Snow Creek Dr., Park City, 435-645-7778. GL

Windy Ridge Bakery & Café One of Park City’s most popular noshing spots— especially on Taco Tuesdays. The bakery behind turns out desserts and pastries for Bill White’s restaurants as well as take-home entrees. 1250 Iron Horse Dr., Park City, 435647-0880. EGL – M

Bar Grub & Brewpubs

Burgers & Bourbon Housoed in the

luxurious Montage, this casual restaurant presents the most deluxe versions of America’s favorite food. The burgers are stupendous, there’s a great list of bourbons to back them, and if you’re not a bourbon imbiber, have one of the majorly good milkshakes. 9100 Marsac Avenue, Park City, 435-604-1300.

Red Rock Junction The house-brewed

beers—honey wheat, amber ale or oatmeal stout, to name a few—complement a menu of burgers, brick-oven pizzas and rotisserie chicken. 1640 W. Redstone Center Dr., Ste. 105, Park City, 435-575-0295.


Squatters Roadhouse Everyone loves the bourbon burger, and Salt Lake Brewers Co-op brews are available by the bottle and on the state-of-the-art tap system. Open for breakfast daily. 1900 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-9868. EGM


3000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City 435-655-2260 Edge Steakhouse is a modern twist on the traditional steakhouse, two-time Best of State Steakhouse winner, one of USA Today’s Top 10 Restaurants in Park City, and offers an outstanding selection of entrees along with a large variety of creative appetizers and desserts. In addition to a full bar, Edge features a great selection of domestic, international and local beers, as well as one of the largest wine selections in Park City with more than 1,000 bottles from around the world. Where Las Vegas meets the mountains and gourmet fine dining meets a steakhouse, Edge truly delivers a 5-star experience.



6263 South Holladay Blvd, SLC 801-274-6264 A hidden gem in Holladay where exquisite cuisine takes center stage in an intimate and whimsical atmosphere. This cozy 50-seat restaurant exudes elegance and charm. French at heart, with a contemporary and original twist, the cuisine is guaranteed to please the most discriminating palate. The flavorful, award winning fare is extremely approachable,yet bears subtle nuances of incredible depth and a complexity of flavors. The gracious, world class service is part of the allure and appeal of a dining experience you are sure to enjoy.

FRESCO ITALIAN CAFÉ 1513 South 1500 East (801) 486-1300

A secluded neighborhood treasure attached to an independent bookstore, Fresco is a local favorite featuring fresh, hand-crafted Italian specialties, house made pastas, and an exceptional wine list. Fresco also offers outdoor dining at its best on beautiful vine covered patio. Serving dinner nightly.


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dining guide Wasatch Brewpub This was the first

brewpub in Utah, and it serves handcrafted beer- and family-friendly fare without a hefty price tag. Everyone loves Polygamy Porter, and the weekend brunch is great, too. 240 Main St., Park City, 435-649-0900. EGL – M

Continental & European

Adolph’s Park City locals believe the steak sandwich is the best in town. You’ll also find classics like wiener schnitzel, rack of lamb and steak Diane. 1500 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 435-649-7177. EGO

Bistro 412 The coziness and the low wine

markups make you want to sit and sip. Mainstays here are classic French favorites like beef bourguignon. 412 Main St., Park City, 435-649-8211. EGM

Café Terigo This charming café is the

spot for a leisurely meal. Chicken and bacon tossed with mixed greens and grilled veggies on focaccia are café-goers’ favorites. 424 Main St., Park City, 435-645-9555. EGM

Italian & Pizza

Cisero’s High altitude exercise calls for calories to match. 306 Main St., Park City, 435-649-5044. EGM

Java/joe/caffe/jitter juice

Coffee on a Mission SLC's Publik is more than a coffeehouse. A coffeehouse with a manifesto­—that makes me happy. (Ever see Funny Face?) Technically, Publik is a "third wave" coffee joint, meaning it is to Starbucks as Starbucks is to Maxwell House and regards coffee as an artisanal food like cheese and wine. But Publik is aiming even higher. The great-looking, multi-room space undone up in the newest hip style (recycled wood and old metal with a touch of wit, in this case, an Astroturfed wall) houses a serious purpose: fanning the flame of our rising city (to paraphrase their website). Publik believes in "quality over quantity, community over corporate, planet over profit and sweating the small and the big stuff." What this means is terrific coffee in your cup (hot or cold), plus tea, toast, wifi and lots of outlets. You could–and some do–stay all day. 975 S. Temple, SLC, 801-355-3161; 638 Park Ave., Park City, 435-200-8693


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Ghidotti’s Ghidotti’s evokes Little Italy more than Italy, and the food follows suit— think spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and rigatoni Bolognese. Try the chicken soup. 6030 N. Market St., Park City, 435-658-0669. EGM – N Grappa Dishes like osso buco and grape salad with gorgonzola, roasted walnuts and Champagne vinaigrette are sensational, and the wine list features hard-to-find Italian wines as well as flights, including sparkling. 151 Main St., Park City, 435-6450636. EO


Sushi Blue Find the yin and yang of Asian-American flavors in Bill White’s sushi, excellent Korean tacos, crab sliders and other Amer-Asian food fusions, including the best hot dog in the state, topped with bacon and house-made kimchi. 1571 W. Redstone Center Dr. Ste. 140, Park City, 435-575-4272. EGM – N Wahso Restaurateur Bill White is known for his eye-popping eateries. Wahso is his crown jewel, done up with lanterns and silks like a 1930s noir set. Don’t miss the jasmine

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Fuego Off the beaten Main Street track, this pizzeria is a family-friendly solution to a ski-hungry evening. Pastas, paninis and wood-fired pizzas are edgy, but they’re good. 2001 Sidewinder Dr., Park City, 435- 6458646. EGM

dept GLITRETIND RESTAURANT Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley 7700 Stein Way, Park City (435) 645-6455

Taste of Fall at Steins Escape this Fall to Utah’s only Five-Star Hotel & Spa. Indulge in a delectable meal with breathtaking views and fresh mountain air. Executive Chef Zane Holmquist has prepared a menu with delicious food for every palate. Allow Stein’s professional staff to arrange your special event or party for 12 to 500 guests. Professional party planners are standing by to customize your event.


195 Historic 25th Street, 2nd Floor, Ogden (801) 399-0088 RESTAURANT – Offering scratch seasonal dishes, with focus on live fire cooking, our HEARTH is the ‘heart’ of our kitchen. We support local farms and ranches by incorporating their most beautiful products into our menu to offer a dining experience that is unrivaled in the area. LOUNGE – Our Title 32B Lounge, named after Utah’s post-prohibition liquor law, features handcrafted cocktails based on classic templates from a scratch bar, with hand cut ice and premium spirits. PANTRY – Our pantry retails the finest ingredients from our scratch kitchen and abroad, such as our fresh and dried house made pasta, and over forty flavors of the freshest extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar, complete with a tasting bar! Utah’s Winner - Top 50 Restaurants in the U.S. Worth Traveling For – Trip Advisor



The St. Regis Deer Valley 2300 Deer Valley Drive East, Park City (435) 940-5760 J&G Grill offers a tantalizing selection of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s greatest recipes including refreshing salads, fine locally-raised meats, and the freshest seafood flown in from both coasts. Come enjoy Seasonal Tasting Menus and favorites like Maine Lobster, Grilled Clark’s Farm Lamb Chops, Black Truffle Pizza and our famous Mussels Mariniere. Outdoor dining slope-side, intriguing house-made cocktails and the largest wine collection in Utah. Easy access via the St. Regis Funicular! Breakfast, lunch, après, dinner and private events. Rated the number one restaurant in Park City – Trip Advisor

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dining guide El Chubasco Regulars storm this restau-

tea-smoked duck. This is what “fusion” promised. 577 Main St., Park City, 435-6150300. EGO

Mexican & Southwestern

Baja Cantina The T.J. Taxi is a flour

tortilla stuffed with chicken, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, cheddar-jack cheese and guacamole. Park City Resort Center, 1284 Lowell Ave., Park City, 435-649-2252.


Billy Blanco’s Motor City Mexican The

Goodness Sake The "freestyle Asian" food here is complemented by a "sakehni" bar.

subtitle is “burger and taco garange” but garage is the notable word. This is a theme restaurant that hearkens back to the seventies heyday of such places—lots of cars and motorcycles on display, oil cans to hold the flatware, and a 50seat bar made our of toolboxes. If you’ve ever dreamed of eating in a garage, you’ll be thrilled. 8208 Gorgoza Pines Rd., Park City, 435575-0846

Chimayo One of Bill White’s prettiest places, this restaurant is reminiscent of Santa Fe, but the food is pure Park City. Margaritas are good, and the avocado/shrimp appetizer combines guacamole and ceviche flavors in a genius dish. 368 Main St., Park City, 435-6496222. EGO

rant for south-of-the-border eats. Burritos fly through the kitchen like chiles too hot to handle—proving consistency matters. 1890 Bonanza Dr., Park City, 435-645-9114. EGL – M

Tarahumara Some of the best Mexican

food in the state can be found in this family-owned cafe in Midway. Don’t be fooled by the bland exterior; inside you’ll find a full-fledged cantina and an adjoining family restaurant with a soulful salsa bar. 380 E. Main St., Midway, 435-654-34654. EGM – N

Middle eastern & greek

Reef’s Lamb chops are tender, falafel is crunchy, and the prices fall between fast food and fine dining. It’s a den of home cooking, if your home is east of the Mediterranean. 710 Main St., Park City, 435-6580323. EGM

Southeast asian

Shabu Cool new digs, friendly service and fun food make Shabu one of PC’s popular spots: make reservations. A stylish bar with prize-winning mixologists adds to the freestyle feel. 442 Main St., Park City, 435-6457253. EGM – N

Shabu Shabu House The second shabustyle eatery in PC is less grand than the first but offers max flavor from quality ingredients. 1612 W. Ute Blvd., Park City, 658-4355829. EGLL Taste of Saigon Flavor is the focus here,

with the degree of heat in your control. Try the specials such as lemongrass beef and rice noodle soup. 580 Main St., Park City, 435-6470688. EM


Butcher’s Chop House & Bar The draws are prime rib, New York strip and pork chops—and the ladies’ night specials in the popular bar downstairs. 751 Main St., Park City, 435-647- 0040. EGN

Grub Steak Live countr y music, fresh salmon, lamb and chicken, and a mammoth salad bar. Order bread pudding whether you think you want it or not. You will. 2200 Sidewinder Dr., Prospector Square, Park City. 435-649-8060. EGN

Prime Steak House Prime’s recipe for

success is simple: Buy quality ingredients and insist on impeccable service. Enjoy the

Evening of Honors Dinner Gala A Black and White Affair

Join us for the 2014 Arthritis Foundation’s Evening of Honors Dinner Gala Entertainment provided by One Voice Children’s Choir

Honoring: Cecil O. Samuelson MD. Douglas Matsumori and Jonathan M Ruga

October 21st, 2014 6:00 p.m. ~ Reception 7:00 p.m. ~ Dinner

Little America Hotel, SLC Black Tie invite

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dept J. Wong’s Thai & Chinese BisTro 200 S. 163 West (south of salt palace), SLC (801) 350-0888

Ornate Furnishings and décor create the perfect environment to explore Chef Wong’s Chinese and Thai cuisines, using only the freshest ingredients around. Full service bar with specialty cocktails Large conference room for private parties Take out orders welcome / delivery available Free valet parking on Friday and Saturday night



U of U location at Foothill Village Mall, SLC (801) 582-3111 On beautiful ‘Hotel Waterpark’, Layton (801) 728-9111 Historic 25th Street in Ben Lomond, Ogden (801) 675-5920 ·

‘There are no strangers here, only friends who have not met . . . ‘ House created sauces, dressings. House roasted meats. Fresh seafood and house cured, smoked gravlox. Daily additions & ‘Weekend Brunch’ (Friday thru Sunday). Banquets, catering & events. SE OF… HOU ONE



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912 E. 900 South, SLC (801) 521-4572 Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine has been an institution in Salt Lake City, Utah for more than 10 years. With two restaurant locations on 9th & 9th and 15th & 15th open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner you can enjoy fresh, authentic Middle Eastern cuisine such as Falafel, Shawarma, Kebabs, dips and salads whenever you want. The expansive menu also includes specialty platters prepared from scratch, using fresh, high quality ingredients. Mazza boasts one of the largest selections of Middle Eastern beer and wine in the United States. Be sure to try one of the desserts for the perfect finish to your meal.


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dining guide piano bar, and save room for molten chocolate cake. 804 Main St., Park City, 435-6559739. EGN

north Salt lake & beyond American Fine Dining

Bistro 258 Everything from burgers

served on ciabatta bread to the evening’s California Ahi Stack, a tall cylinder of tuna, crab, avocado, rice and mango salsa. 258 25th St., Ogden, 801-394-1595.


The Huntington Room at Earl’s Lodge Ski-day sustenance and fireside dinner for the après-ski set. In summer, dine at the top of the mountain. 3925 E. Snowbasin Rd., Huntsville, 888-437-547. EGLL DINING

2014 AWARD

Xiao Hong, owner of Boba World.

Hearth This is the restaurant

that used to be Jasoh!–the quirky upstairs restaurant which has been introducing Ogdenites to fine flavors Hall OF for years. Gone is the awkward concept Fame of SLM two separate concepts under one roof. Now, as our server rejoiced (in a bit of oversharing), he doesn’t have to wear a tie to work to learn about wine. Hearth’s centerpiece is a wood-fired oven, and much of the menu is inspired by that–the pizzas, the flatbreads and the hearth breads, all made with the same basic dough and baked in the wood oven but shaped in different thicknesses with varying textures. There were several elk dishes on the menu and some yak. Try it. 195 Historic 25th St. Ste. 6 (2nd Floor), Ogden, 801-399-0088 EGN

Chinese in Woods Cross Boba World The atmosphere is screamingly mom-and-pop. Starched crocheted lace tablecloths are covered with thick clear plastic protectors, there is no liquor license and the location, across from an auto parts store and next to a payday loan business is inauspicious. Just ignore all that and pay attention to the big smiles and warm welcome from Xiao Hong, Boba World's owner and after that, to the food on your plates, which ranges from delicious to remarkable. I’ve had better versions of cool noodles–these are slathered in smooth peanut sauce that could have used a kick. But the scallion pancakes were remarkably flaky, golden and gently onion-scented, the chili-dusted cucumbers were a simple revelation and The Trib writer Stuart Melling was 100 percent correct in his rave about the Shanghai Fat Noodles, thick ropy house-made noodles (don’t talk about nightcrawlers) in soy broth with chicken or beef and crisp vegetables. I’ve had nothing like them in Utah. Then again, kung pao chicken was close to “best of” as well. We didn’t try any of the tapioca “chewy” drinks and I was disappointed that we arrived too late to try the juicy dumplings. But hey, I live on the northern edge of SLC. Woods Cross is my backyard. 512 W. 750 South, Woods Cross, 801-298-3626


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American Casual

The Bluebird The ornate soda fountain, tile floors and mahogany tables are the setting for daily specials and soups, milkshakes and sundaes. 19 N. Main St., Logan, 435-752-3155. M Prairie Schooner Tables are covered wagons around a diorama featuring coyotes, cougars and cowboys— corny, but fun. The menu is standard—but kids love it. 445 Park Blvd., Ogden, 801-6215511. EGM Union Grill The cross-over cooking of-

fers sandwiches, seafood and pastas with American, Greek, Italian or Mexican spices. Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden, 801621-2830. EGM

Bar Grub & Brewpubs

Beehive Grill An indirect offshoot of

Moab Brewery, the Grill focuses as much on house-brewed root beer as alcoholic suds, but the generally hefty food suits either. 255 S. Main St., Logan, 435-7532600. EGL

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naked fish

67 W. 100 South, SLC (801) 595-8888


BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT 2010, 2012-2014 — Salt Lake magazine BEST OF STATE AND BEST OF THE BEST 2012, FINE DINING - JAPANESE We are proud to be Utah’s first sustainable sushi restaurant. It is our goal is to provide both inspired and environmentally responsible meals. We are dedicated to using sustainable seafood and high quality ingredients that emphasize peak freshness and natural flavors.



Salt Lake City · 147 W. Broadway · (801) 363-2739 Park City · 1900 Park Avenue · (435) 649-9868 Salt Lake International Airport · (801) 575-2002

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF LEGENDARY BEERS Salt Lake’s original brew pub since 1989, serving award-winning fresh brewed beers and an eclectic menu filled with pub favorites like fish and chips, bacon wrapped meat loaf and our famous veggie burger. Salt Lake City Serving Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Private event space for groups from 30 – 200. Park City Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Weekend Brunch. Airport Serving Breakfast Anytime, Lunch & Dinner.





18 W. Market Street, SLC (801) 519-9595

Best Restaurant, Best Japanese, and Best Sushi — Salt Lake magazine Dining Awards Pushing the envelope of contemporary Japanese cuisine, Takashi presents unrivaled sushi, sashimi, hot entrees and small plates in a memorable downtown setting. Premium sake, wine, imported beer and signature cocktails. Lunch Monday through Friday Dinner Monday through Saturday

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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


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

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.


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. 801-2987801. GL – M

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, 801-3990637. EGM

Fall is the perfect time to visit Backbone — why not for Thanksgiving?

Zucca Trattoria Chef-owner Elio Scanu’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. 1479 E. 5600 South, Ogden, 801-4757077. EGM – N


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 DINING

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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

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Thank Heaven

The Tree Room The resort’s flagship

Communal Food is focused

on the familiar with chef ’s flair—like braised pork shoulder crusted in panko. Attention to detail Hall OF makes this one of Utah’s best. 100 N. Fame SLM University Ave., Provo, 801-373-8000. EGM – N

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The Black Sheep This is

probably the most “American” restaurant in town—the cuisine here is based on the Native American Hall OF dishes Chef Mark Mason enjoyed in his Fame SLM But the fundamentals—like Navajo youth. 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

a beer. 1796 N. 950 West, Provo, 801-8051870. GL


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. DINING


Hall Hell’s Backbone Grill Owners Blake Spalding and Jen Castle set Fame SLM OF

The Foundry Grill The café in Sun-

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

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, 435-3357464. EGM – N

Station 22 Ever-hipper Provo is home to

Capitol Reef Inn & Café This family

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


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

Bombay House Salt Lake’s biryani mainstay has several restaurant sisters 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

Sunglow Family Restaurant This pit


Bar Grub & Brewpubs


2014 AWARD

Pizzeria 712 The pizza menu

reaches heights of quality that fancier restaurants only fantasize about. Not only are the blister-crusted pizzas the Hall OF epitome of their genre, but braised short ribs, Fame SLMmushrooms and arugula on ciabatta are local equally stellar. 320 S. State St., Orem, 801623-6712. EGM


Mountain West Burrito A humble burrito place with highflown belief in sustainably raised meats, locally-sourced vegetables and Hall OF community support. Result: everything Fame SLM ever want in a burrito joint, except you’d DINING

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

Moab Brewer y A beloved watering hole for river-r unners, slick-rock bikers, red-rock hikers and ever yone who needs a bite and a beer, which is nearly ever yone in Moab. A ll beer is brewed on-site. 686 Main St., Moab, 435-259 6333 . EG M

St. George & Southwest Utah American Fine Dining

Painted Pony The kitchen blends culinary trends with standards— sage-smoked quail on mushroom risotto. Even “surf and turf” has a twist—tenDINING

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dept Taqueria 27

1615 South Foothill Drive Suite G Salt Lake City • (385) 259-0712 4670 Holladay Village Plaza Suite 108 Holladay • (801) 676-9706 Fancy tacos and fine tequilas served seven days a week in a warm, modern atmosphere. Brunch Menu Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm. Private dining space available at both locations. Visit us at, twitter @taqueria27 or Facebook Taqueria27 for more information.


TONA SUSHI BAR AND GRILL 210 25th Street, Ogden (801) 622-8662

Best of State – 2013, 2014 Best Sushi and 2014 Best Japanese Indie Ogden Awards – 2012, 2013 Best Sushi & Best Date Night Restaurant Top 10 Best Ski-Town Sushi Restaurants – Ski Magazine The food at Tona is meticulously prepared and attractively arranged. Tona combines local seasonal ingredients and fresh seafood from around the world to provide guests a new level of culinary dining experience. Its innovative usage of global ingredients sets Tona apart from its peers. Chefs’ endless creativity brings new surprises to guests that both please the eyes and the palate. The combination of traditional Japanese cooking with modern techniques and ingredients is what guests can find at Tona.


2832 East 6200 South, SLC 801-277-9919 Nestled in the foothills of the Wastach Mountains lies the accessible seclusion of Utah’s finest dining experience, Tuscany Restaurant. Conveniently located a short drive from downtown Salt Lake, allow Tuscany to engage all of your senses. Earthly aromas from the valley’s most beautiful dining patio mingle with the scents of traditional Tuscan cuisine. The beautiful variety of delightfully themed rooms easily accommodates any occasion. Our attentive, professional staff is on hand to provide service beyond expectations. Join us for large gatherings and intimate moments with that special someone. We invite you to experience the most elegant dinners in our Wine Reserve room.

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dining guide derloin tataki with chile-dusted scallops. 2 W. St. George Blvd., Ste. 22, St. George, 435-6341700. EGN

Spotted Dog Café Relax, have some vino and enjoy your achiote-braised lamb shank with mint mashed potatoes on top of rosemary spaghetti squash. 428 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, 435-772-0700. EGN

American Casual

Oscar’s Café Blueberry pancakes, fresh

eggs, crisp potatoes and thick bacon. We love breakfast, though Oscar’s serves equally satisfying meals at other times of day. 948 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, 435772-3232. GL

Mom’s Café Mom’s has fed travelers on blue plate standards since 1928. This is the place to try a Utah “scone” with “honey butter.” 10 E. Main St., Salina, 435-529-3921. GL Red Rock Grill at Zion Lodge Try

eating here on the terrace—melting-pot American dishes like smoked trout salad with prickly pear vinaigrette. And you can’t beat the red rock ambience. Zion National Park, 435-772-7700. EGL – M

Whiptail Grill Tucked into an erstwhile gas station, the kitchen is little, but the flavors are big—a goat cheese-stuffed chile relleno crusted in Panko and the chocolate-chile creme brulee. 445 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, 435-772-0283. EGL – M

Xetava Gardens Café Blue corn pan-

cakes for breakfast and lunch are good bets. But to truly experience Xetava, dine under the stars in eco-conscious Kayenta. 815 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins, 435-6560165. EGM

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Bakeries & Cafés

25 Main Café and Cake Parlor With

its hip graphic design, ever-so-cool servers and a loyal cupcake following, this simple sandwich spot could be at home in Soho, but it’s in St. George. 25 N. Main St., St. George, 435-628-7110. GL


The Bit and Spur The menu stars Southwestern cuisine—ribs, beef and chicken—as well as chili verde. A longtime Zion favorite; there’s almost always a wait here, but it’s almost always a pleasant one with a view and a brew in hand. 1212 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, 435-772-3498. EGM

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A curated guide to the best bars in Utah

Mixing it up Find your Mad Man-style drinkware at Now & Again. James Bond made famous the phrase, “shaken, not stirred.” Whatever your martini preference, the methods of making it require different equipment. You need a cocktail shaker to shake a martini. You need a martini pitcher to mix a stirred martini. The proper glass, for either method, is stemmed and small–it’s preferable to enjoy two small cold drinks instead of ending your sipping with a half-inch of warm vodka or gin in a large glass. The point to take from this is that cocktail recipes call for very specific equipment and it’s hard to find the best cocktail accoutrements in today’s modern mega-minded stores. The solution is to go retro and no one in Utah knows that better than Michael Sanders, owner of vintage shop Now & Again. He’s been collecting vintage barware for 30 years and keeps two fully stocked 1950s-style bars in his townhome­–one for indoor entertaining, one for outdoors. “I love the ritual of mixing cocktails,” says Sanders, whose store is crammed with everything required for that ritual, from glass swizzle sticks to vintage cocktail recipe books. Want to mix up a tiki-style Zombie? It requires a super-tall glass and Sanders has them, dating from the ‘40s. He also has the small, heavy-bottomed rocks glasses for sipping whisky or whiskey. “Bar X really brought the new cocktail culture to Utah,” Sanders says. “Now it’s really taken off. Harmons is starting to stock ingredients like real ginger beer for Moscow Mules.” And if you need a set of the copper mugs required for serving Moscow Mules, get in line. There’s a wait-list for them at Now & Again. 207 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-364-0664

This selective guide has no relationship to any advertising in the magazine. Review visits are anonymous, and all expenses are paid by Salt Lake magazine.


21 & over Bars

Forget about navigating the state’s labyrinth of liquor laws—all the places listed here prioritize putting a drink in your hand, although most of them serve good food, too. Restricted to 21 and over (be prepared to show your I.D., whatever your age.) This is still Utah.

Aerie Spectacularly located at the top of

Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, The Aerie’s recently redone lounge and bar have the best views of any bar, probably anywhere. Snowbird, Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon, 801-933-2160.

Bar X This drinker’s bar is devoted to

cocktails and the shakers prefer the term “bartenders.” A survivor of the ups and downs of Utah liquor laws, this venerable beer bar was the vanguard of Salt Lake’s new cocktail movement, serving classic drinks and creative inventions behind the best electric sign in the city. 155 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-355-2287.

Beer Bar Food & Wine darling, Food Network regular and owner of award-winning

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Forage restaurant Viet Pham conceived (though he doesn’t cook) the menu. And Ty Burrell, star of ABC’s small-screen hit Modern Family, is a co-owner. Together, they lent their flatscreen luster to pre-opening coverage in Food & Wine magazine and then all over the Twitterverse and Blogosphere. Beer Bar is right next to Burrell’s other SLC hipster success story, Bar X. And make no mistake, this is a hipster beer joint. It’s noisy and there’s no table service—you wait in line at the bar for your next beer and sit at picnic tables. But there are over 140 to choose from, not to mention 13 kinds of wurst. 161 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-355-2287.

The Bayou This is Beervana, with 260

bottled beers and 32 on draft. The kitchen is an overachiever for a beer bar, turning out

artichoke pizza and deep-fried Cornish game hens. 645 S. State St., SLC, 801-961-8400.

Beerhive Pub An impressive list of over 200 beers—domestic, imported and local— and a long ice rail on the bar to keep the brew cold, the way American’s like ‘em, are the outstanding features of this cozy downtown pub. Booths and tables augment the bar seating and downstairs there are pool tables. You can order food from Michelangelo’s next door, but this place is basically about the beer. 128 S. Main St., SLC, 801-364-4268. BTG BTG stands for “By the Glass” and

the tenacity which Fred Moessinger (owner of next-door Caffe Molise) pursued the audacious-in-Utah idea of a true wine bar deserves kudos. There are craft cocktails and

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All bars listed in the Salt Lake Bar Guide have been vetted and chosen based on quality of beverage, food, atmosphere and service.

specialty beer, and you can order food from Caffe Molise, but the pieces des resistances are the more than 50 wines by the glass. You can order a tasting portion or a full glass, allowing you to sample vintages you might not be inclined to buy by the bottle. 63 W. 100 South, SLC, 801-359-2814.

High West Distillery Obviously, the focus is on whiskey-based drinks featuring the gastro-distillery award-winning spirits, although the bar stocks other spirits. The food is whiskey-themed, too, and the space—in a former livery stable—is pure Park City. 703 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-8300.

Club Jam The city’s premier gay bar has all that’s necessary: DJs, drag queens and drinks. It rocks out Wednesday through Sunday, with karaoke on Wednesday and Sundays at 9. 751 N. 300 West, SLC, 801-382-8567.

Kristauf’s Martini Bar One of the first straight-up classy bars in the city, Kristauf’s opened in sync with the martini craze and has survived long enough to have competition. A gin martini is the purist’s cocktail but most of us of us savor all kinds of concoctions in a martini glass—just ask Cody Frantz, who changes his menu annually. 16 W. Market St., SLC, 801-366-9490.

Copper Common Sibling to hugely popular restaurant The Copper Onion, Copper Common is a real bar—the kind that may be familiar to residents in many U.S. cities (actually, ALL U.S. cities, because who didn’t see Cheers?) but sadly is still a novelty in Utah. That means there’s no Zion curtain and you don’t actually have to order food if you don’t want to, but on the other hand, why wouldn’t you want to? Copper Common’s kitchen caters to ever taste, whether you’re drinking cocktails, beer or wine (on tap, yet.) And it’s real, chef-imagined food—a long way from pretzels and peanuts. Oddly, reservations are recommended and thankfully, there are no TVs. 111 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-355-9453. High West Distillery The bartenders at

Utah’s award-winning gastro-distillery concoct two full and completely different cocktail menus, one each for summer and winter, and briefer ones for the shoulder seasons. Obviously, the focus is on whiskey-based drinks featuring High West’s award-winning spirits, although the bar stocks other spirits. The food is whiskey-themed, too and the space, in an atmospheric old livery stable, is pure Park City. 703 Park Ave., Park City, 435649-8300.

Cotton Bottom Inn Remember when this was a ski bum’s town? The garlic burger and a beer is what you order. 2820 E. 6200 South, SLC, 801-273-9830. Garage Everyone compares it to an Austin bar.

Live music, good food and the rockingest patio in town. 1199 N. Beck St., SLC, 801-521-3904. EGL

Gracie’s Play pool, throw darts, listen to

live music, kill beer and time on the patio and upstairs deck. Plus, Gracie’s is a gastropub—you don’t see truffled ravioli in a vodkapesto sauce on most bar menus. 326 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-819-7563.

Green Pig Green Pig is a pub of a different color. The owners try to be green, using ecofriendly materials and sustainable kitchen practices. The menu star is the chili verde nachos, with big pork chunks and cheese. 31 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-532-7441.

Market Street Oyster Bar The livelier,

night-life side of Market Street seafood restaurant, the Oyster Bar has an extensive beverage menu including seasonal drink specials. To begin or end an evening, have one of the award-winning martinis or a classic, up daiquiri with a dozen oysters—half price on Mondays—or settle in for the night and order from the full seafood menu downtown or upstairs at the Broiler location near the U. 260 S. 1300 East, SLC, 801-583-8808. Downtown: 54 W. Market St., SLC, 801-531-6044.

The Rest and Bodega The neon sign says “Bodega” and you can drink a beer in the phone booth-sized corner bar. But it’s better to head downstairs to the speakeasy-styled the Rest. Welcome to the underground. Order a cocktail, settle in the apparently bombproof book-lined library or take a booth or sit at the bar where you can examine local artist Jake Buntjer’s tiny sculptures in the niches on the wall—sort of a Tim Burton meets Dr. Who aesthetic. The food is good when you decide to blow off dinner plans and stay here instead. 331 S. Main St., SLC, 801‑532‑4042. The Shooting Star More than a

century old, this is gen-you-wine Old West. The walls are adorned with moose heads and a stuffed St. Bernard. Good luck with finishing your Starburger. You must be 21 to eat and drink here. 7300 E. 200 South, Huntsville, 801-745-2002.

The Vault In the boutique Kimpton hotel

The Monaco, The Vault is themed after the building’s original purpose as a bank. A quintessential hotel bar, with big windows looking out on pedestrian traffic and longaproned servers, this is a favorite place for locals and visitors. Besides the classics, there is a list of original concoctions, some of them winners from past Oscar cocktail contests. Look for special cocktails themed to what’s onstage across the street at Capitol Theatre. You can also order from the wine list of Bambara, the hotel restaurant. 202 S. Main St., SLC, 801-363-5454.

Whiskey Street Before it was named

Main Street, this stretch of road was dubbed “Whiskey Street” because it was lined with so many pubs and bars. Hence the name of this drinking (and eating) establishment. Anchored by a 42-foot long cherry wood bar backed with bottles and centered with a narrow stand-up table, with a row of booths and some cushy seats at the back, Whiskey Street serves food but this is primarily a place to bend the elbow. If you are a fan of the neo-cocktail movement, try a “Ward Eight” from the specialty list—Bulleit Rye, orange and lemon juice, grenadine and a cherry—but there’s a classic list, a list of beer and whiskey pairings and a jawdropping (and therefore mouth-opening) list of spirits, some rare for SLC. Wine on tap and an extensive beer list round out the imbiber’s choices. You definitely can’t try it all on one visit. 323 S. Main St., SLC, 801-433-1371.

Bar Food

Bring your own flames Roughing it at Campfire Lounge Well, don’t go expecting a real campfire, although patio firepits have been “in the works” for awhile now. But the laid-back feeling of sitting around a campfire, sipping and talking with friends, is what the owners were aiming for, with or without flames. And that’s what Campfire Lounge is–a real neighborhood joint with affordable drinks ($3 Jack Daniels, all the time; $9 pitchers of PBR) and good intentions (a percentage of sales of one designated cocktail a month goes to a charity). Plus, besides the requisite bar noshes like wings, fish and chips and fries, the kitchen turns out campfire-inspired food–think hamburgers, hot dogs, “hobo dinners” and, best of all, s’mores. Besides the usual chocolate and marshmallow versions, Campfire serves a s’more with peanut butter and one with Nutella and bananas. You may not think that s’mores would go well with beer and whiskey. But you’d be wrong. Ask your girlfriend. 837 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-467-3325

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Tastemakers 2014

May 29–30, Gallivan Avenue, Photos by Carrie Butler

1 Holly Halpin, Coji Rogers Peck, Haigen Pearson, Lisa Hines, Allie Kesler and Annie Quan enjoy the atmosphere at Salt Lake magazine’s two-day food and wine tasting event in downtown, SLC. 2 DJ Justin Godino plays music at Tastemakers 2014. 3 Drinks from Squatters 4 Guests could enjoy wine with their tastings on Gallivan Avenue, or stroll downtown for tastings at nearby restaurants. 5 A guest enjoys a drink and dish at the Tastemakers pavillion. 6 Hayley Baumer, Patrick Conlon. 7 A MacCool’s shrimp dish. Along with food at the event, local clothing store Whimsy set up a mobile boutique and Strong Audi put new cars on display. A portion of all proceeds benefited Salt Lake Head Start.





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Living Traditions Festival 2

May 16–18, Salt Lake City and County Building, Photos by Samuel Askins

1 Red Baraat performs at the Living Traditions Festival that highlights Salt Lake City’s diversity with folk and ethnic crafts, food and performing artists. 2 Lindsey Palmer, Yarhtib Vasquez, Cathy Herrera

2014 Walk MS

April 26, The Gateway, Photos courtesy of National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter

3 Lori Stevens and her team, Walking for Lori, braved the rain to walk with 3,000 locals living with multiple sclerosis and their supporters, raising $227,000 for the National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter. 4 NMSS staff smile for the camera at Walk MS, which supports programs and research benefits people in our community living with MS.

Meet the Patels Private Screening April 5, the home of Nitin and Jane Chandramouli, Photos by Logan Sorenson


5 Host for the Utah Film Center’s private screening of Meet the Patels, Nitin Chandramouli; Ravi Patel, co-director and subject of the film 6 Event host Jane Chandramouli; Geeta Patel, Meet the Patels co-director and sister of Ravi Patel 4


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Madeleine Choir School Gala

May 3, Rail Event Center, Photos by Chelsea Folkerts

1 Analecia Dumke, Robin Ballard, Tracy Strauss and Molly Mazzolini dressed to match the Mad Men theme at the Madeleine Choir School’s gala. Guests enjoyed a silent auction and cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner and live auction. Proceeds from the event went to programs for students of the Madeleine Choir School, a school for children in Pre-K through eighth grade and a service of the Cathedral of the Madeleine. 2 Jason Hunter, Gabriella Hunter, Kelly Kelso

Chef & Child Gala

May 5, Salt Palace Convention Center, Photos by Joshua Sjogren

3 More than 15 top chefs set up tasting stations for guests at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah’s Chef & Child Gala, which raised over $62,000 for the organization. 4 Of Eden band members Russell Graham and Katie McGhie, who performed at the event, with Ann Bamer.

Write the Future

April 24, Infinity Events Center, Photos by Katie Nielson

5 Wasatch Roller Derby girl Candace Swenson Peck (Jupiter Crash) shows her support for Spy Hop at their annual benefit, which celebrated 15 years of Spy Hop in SLC. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, live auction and performances by Spy Hop youth. 6 Sam Clarke, AJ Bull, Kyle Gregerson, David Jenny 5



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my turn

The Reagan family of CBS Blue Bloods dines together every episode. Inset: Ozzie & Harriet’s ‘50s Nelson family.

Sitting Down to Dinner There is one enduring tradition that can bring us all together. t's gotten to be an old refrain—the breakdown of the American family—especially when you look at all those happy TV families of the 1950s and 60s like the Andersons (Father Knows Best), Ozzie & Harriet, the Huxtables (The Bill Cosby Show), the Cunninghams (Happy Days), the Ricardos (I Love Lucy). Today, 60 years after father knew best, the single parent household is the new normal, as is the household with two parents working and kids overscheduled with after-school activities. I don’t pretend to have the answer to the changing face of the American family, but I know one small thing that can make it stronger, and that’s having dinner together. Make time to have dinner with your entire family a minimum of four times a week. Turn off all the cellphones and the TV and the tablets and just gather together around a table to talk and share an evening meal. It’s one thing from the past that I think still works. When I was a youngster my dad spent four to five days a week on the road as regional sales manager for The Gibson Greeting Card Company with a territory that spanned seven states. There were no interstates or commuter airlines in those days so he either drove or took the train. To make up for the lost of face time with dad, my mother made family dinners a priority when he was home. Dad, who always sat at the head of the table, often wore a tie to dinner. We discussed school, friends, our concerns. He tried to refrain from offering opinions, encouraging us to work out


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our problems on our own. He was a superb listener, a trait that is common to most good salespeople, but he was also a great one for pop quizzes. At every meal dad threw out questions about geography— mountain ranges and rivers throughout the world, capitol cities, famous landmarks—a game we played that made dinner not only a time to be together, but a fun leaning experience, something I’ve never forgotten. And that’s the message I have carried forward throughout my life, that regular family meals provide children with stability. Dinnertime is a ritual that keeps parents and children engaged and talking and sharing dreams and values and ideas. It forges a connection that infuses every day with love and caring and family—a message that can last a lifetime. Although the Andersons are long lost to the 50s, a modern-day example of the family can be seen on the television show Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck. It’s a series ostensibly about law enforcement but its subtext is clear: Family comes first. In every episode the four generations of the Reagan family sit at the dinner table sharing experiences from the day and listening to one another. It may be a tried-and-true TV series mainstay, but it sends a message that resonates today more than ever. Sitting down to dinner together may not change the societal drift we’ve seen over the last 60 some years, but it can make what we have together stronger. And that is something all of us need.

blue bloods photo courtesy of CBS entertainment


By John Shuff


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