249 East 400 South, SLC
You think you’ve been here but you haven’t, if not in the last year. Stoneground, across the street from the library, is totally remodeled and has a new menu for lunch and dinner. Their new chef, Justin Shifflett (from Metropolitan & Café Trio) redesigned superb, fresh pizza and pasta, so good, you have to try it again. On Sundays, they have brunch in the morning and all you can eat pasta & pizza passed around on Sunday night for only $17/adults. Industry Night for restaurant employees is Monday night and is ½ price! Ask for Joie the manager.
370 E. Harvey Milk Blvd., SLC
Ridiculously authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Their menu changes monthly depending on what they can get fresh at this time of year. A tremendous wine list that pairs perfectly with their menu, you can find fresh pastas, aged steaks, veal and cod right now. There is NO TIPPING! There is only a $3/per person service charge. It is like dining in the owners’ dining room. Monday night is a Prix Fixe menu, chef’s choice (surprisingly fun!). Ask for Amy and Marco, the owners.
1215 E. Wilmington Ave., SLC
This seemingly casual Vietnamese restaurant is all you want and more. Comfortable, clean, modern, the food is super-authentic and the service is A+. Order the Pho, Spring Rolls or Peking Duck. They have a full bar and are steps away from RUIN if you want to socialize after dinner. Make sure to ask for Michael the owner. This restaurant has an awesome atmosphere and you’ll want to make it a once-a-week go-to for sure!
1702 South Main, SLC
If you don’t know what a Philly Cheesesteak or a hogie is, go here to find out what authenticity is. Sandwiches start at only $6! It is totally unsuspecting when you walk in, but it is a true find, particularly if you are from the East Coast. The owner is from NE Pennsylvania and brings his knowledge to SLC! They don’t have a liquor license, but take your sandwiches next door to Manny’s or across the street to Big Willey’s and eat it there. Ask for Jen, the manager. Added bonus: Can you say “hot dogs?”