• grilled octopus with fave beans and lemon piece on white plate from manolii's
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    Manoli’s

    Manoli’s I’ve got to admit when I first heard of Manoli’s, I assumed it was a typical Greek restaurant that served oversized gyros, sides of lemon rice, and desserts drenched in honey. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good gyro here and there but they aren’t an item I crave. Well, let me just say, my naive assumptions were wrong. Way wrong. Manoli’s offers modern Greek dishes that are full flavored, complex, and down right delicious. Since Ian and I love to try different dishes, we decided to share a few small plates. The sesame encrusted eggplant with yogurt chile cream and honey was perfectly crisp, salty, and slightly…

  • Beltex Meats Cubano sandwich
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    Beltex Meats

    Beltex Meats I’m not quite sure where to begin with my love of Beltex Meats. It’s a pasture raised, whole animal butcher shop. The meat cases usually include various specialty cuts, brined pork chops, sausages, duck liver mousse, terrines, head cheese, Jamaican beef patties, sauces, soups and more. Keep in mind they don’t always offer every cut or every housemade item, but if you had your heart set on something specific, let the butcher know and they’ll offer some equally delicious alternatives. They also can guide you on how to best cook the different cuts of meat. An added bonus? They make delicious sandwiches on Saturday (usually the Cubano) and…

  • leslie drinking a beer at fisher brewing co
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    Fisher Brewing Co.

    Fisher Brewing Co. It should be no surprise that I’m featuring one of my favorite places in Salt Lake City: Fisher Brewing Co. Even with a 4% ABV restriction, Fisher Brewing manages to make beers that have flavor. A few favorite options include the Galaxy Kolsch, C-Note, and the Glacial Pace IPL. They have rotating taps, so you can always look forward to a potential new option. The atmosphere is open and modern. You can see the brew tanks, which is my favorite part of the brewery. Another bonus? Service is always quick and friendly. Honestly, it’s as good as good can get. Ian and I try to get a beer there…

  • The Old Dutch sandwich
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    The Old Dutch Store

    The Old Dutch Store I’m a sucker for a tasty sandwich. One of my favorite places to get my sandwich fix is The Old Dutch Store. It’s a deli meets specialty Dutch goods store. Most of the sandwiches come with meat in tube form (liverwurst, pate, salami, teawurst, or pork loin), tomato, mayo or miracle whip, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Simple but delicious. You can order just the sandwich or sandwich with a meal. The former comes with a small side salad, dessert, and pickle. If sandwiches aren’t your jam, they have often have specials that consist of sausages, potato salad, corned beef and cabbage, meatballs, cakes, cookies, and more.…

  • al pastor taco with meat, pineapple, cilantro, and onions from el morelense
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    El Morelense

    El Morelense If forced to choose one of the best bites of food in Utah, it would be the al pastor tacos from El Morelense.  The meat is slightly caramelized, topped with pineapple and placed on a soft and fresh corn tortilla. The condiments are complementary, allowing you to put on as much salsa, onion, cilantro and lime as you please. It’s a taco you’ll crave and dream of until your next visit. I promise. The other tacos, while not as good as the al pastor, are definitely tasty. The chorizo comes in a close second.  The highly seasoned meat balances beautifully with the acidic salsas and herbaceous cilantro. If you’re a lengua…

  • boiled wontons topped with chili sauce and scallions form tea bar
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    Tea Bar

    Tea Bar Taro boba. It’s one of my all time favorite drinks. Honestly, I shouldn’t like it. I’m not traditionally a sweet drink type of person. Sweetened ice tea? Ewww. Lemonade? I’ll pass. Gatorade? No thank you! But offer me a taro boba or bubble tea as it’s often called, and I’m silly putty in your hands. While I’ve sampled many bobas in Salt Lake City and West Valley, I have consistently come back to Tea Bar. Yes, the bobas are sweet. Some may think overly sweet. But Tea Bar has managed to balance the sweetness with other standout flavorings, including taro, almond, Thai tea, matcha, coffee, and many more.…

  • everything bagel and veggie cream cheese from rich's bagels
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    Rich’s Bagels

    Rich’s Bagels Bagels. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I dream of bagels embedded with everything seasoning, toasted, and smeared with a thick layer of veggie cream cheese. Where might I get this bagel fix I speak of? Rich’s Bagels. Located in Holladay, it has a complete locals feel. With patio type furniture, long walled mirrors, and a bulletin board covered with old photos, the ambiance is definitely unique. Even though I don’t love the atmosphere (my husband would disagree with this sentiment) the bagels completely make up for any loss of love.  A nice toothsome chew and seasoned liberally, they are the best bagels in Utah.…

  • lobster roll and chips from freshie's lobster
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    Freshie’s Lobster Co.

    Freshie’s Lobster Co. This Friday Feature is going to be short and sweet. Because there’s not much more to say than YES PLEASE! If you have yet to enjoy a lobster roll from Freshie’s you’re missing out. Big time. I’ll admit, the price tag breaks the bank a bit ($25 for the XL, $20 for the Real Mainah, and $11 for the Tourist), but they are 100% worth it. The tender, buttery meat is dusted with herbs and placed in a toasted and buttered roll. I’m not the only one praising their glory. They received “The Worlds Best Lobster Roll” achievement at the lobster roll festival in Portland, Maine. Yup,…

  • yellow brass smoothie with blue sky
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    Brass Smoothies

    Brass Smoothies I remember my first Brass Smoothie like it was yesterday. Honestly, before ordering I questioned how someone could justify paying so much for a smoothie. Well, after my first sip, I immediately knew the answer. I could justify paying a bit more for Brass Smoothies because they were downright DELICIOUS. I also remember thinking I was screwed, because I would be craving a Brass Smoothie everyday from there on out. What makes Brass Smoothies so good? The use the fresh, high quality ingredients. The Limelight smoothie, one of my favorites, has fresh squeezed lime juice, cashews, coconut milk yogurt, kale, banana, vanilla and almond milk. It’s a perfect…

  • the ruin cocktail with lemon peel
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    The Ruin

    The Ruin Even though I’m a lover of all things beer, I would never turn down a tasty cocktail. One of my favorite places to go for artisanal cocktails is The Ruin. The drinks are delicious, the staff is awesome, and the atmosphere is dark and cozy. If the cocktails on the menu don’t spike my interest, the bartenders are great at taking flavor profiles and a liquor of choice to make a drink that will almost always impress.   I also find myself returning  to Ruin because of the atmosphere. Before the late night shenanigans begin, Ruin has an intimate, darker vibe. You can sit at the bar, two…