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Breakfast

  • The Dodo (1355 Ea. 2100 So.)
  • Blue Plate Diner (2041 South 2100 East) - Featured on Drive-ins, Diners, and Dives.
  • Ruth's Diner - Past the zoo and a few miles up Emigration Canyon, Ruth's also serves lunch and dinner but it is their "Famous Mile High" biscuit served with breakfast that brings most people back.
  • Finn's Cafe - A tasty Scandinavian breakfast and lunch cafe.
  • The Other Place (469 Ea 300 So) - One of the best places for breakfast. They also have a number of Greek items on their menu.
  • Johanna's Kitchen (9725 S State St)

Lunch & Dinner

American

  • Market Street Broiler (260 So. 1300 Ea.) (801) 583-8808 - Excellent Seafood!
  • The Soup Kitchen (2012 S 1100 E) - Simple great soup and sandwiches!
  • Archibald's Restaurant at Gardner Village (1100 W. 7800 S.) - This is a totally Utah experience! Dine in a restaurant built inside a grain silo decorated to profile Archibald Gardener's life - and his many wives. The village includes a petting zoo and many small shops in pioneer era houses. The food is traditional American, and absolutely wonderful!
  • Crown Burgers (377 E 200 S) Our own local Hamburger Chain with Greek roots. A notch above in quality, often imitated, famous for their cheese burgers piled high with pastrami. Great Gyros, rib-eye steak sandwiches, and burritos too!

Pizza

  • The Pie Pizzera (1320 E. 200 S. (801) 582-5700) - The U of U's Own. Heavy Duty Pizza!
  • Wasatch Pizza (820 East 400 South (801) 359-2300) - Salt Lake City's best gourmet pizza.

Cajun

  • The Bayou (645 S. State Street) A huge selection of beers from all over the world and great food including Cajun classics.
  • Bucket O'Crawfish (1980 W. 3500 So.) 801-419-0800 Specializing in Cajun style crawfish, shrimp, mussles, clams and crab.

Mexican

  • La Frontera (201 S. 1300 E.) - Now here at the U. Get the Smothered Burrito with cheeze! Salt Lake's best Chili Verde!
  • Frida Bistro (545 West 700 South) - This is a top quality Mexican fine dining experience! If you're lucky you'll meet Jorge Fierro, famous for his Rico's brand Mexican food you see in local supermarkets, an entrepreneurial success story!
  • El Paisa Grill (2126 So 3200 W) - This is very authentic Mexican restaurant that specializes in molcajete, a hot stone mortar filled with grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, cactus strips and onions in a tomatillo sauce. Wonderful! They also have a wide range of other Mexican classics such as chili verde, moles and seafood. Live music is performed on weekend evenings.
  • Red Iguana (736 West North Temple) and (866 West South Temple) One of Salt Lake's most popular Mexican restaurants.
  • Blue Iguana (165 S West Temple) A cousin to Red Iguana in down town Salt Lake.
  • Tarahumara (380 Ea. Main St. Midway, Utah.) This is about a half hour drive from Salt Lake to Midway, but it's totally worth the trip. Although very casual and not too expensive, they have some of the best Mexican food I've ever tasted. Best of all is their salsa bar with around 20 freshly made salsas of all kinds. This is my favorite hands down!

Brazilian

Brew Pubs

Deli/Bakery

  • Tony Caputo's Market & Deli On Campus CTIHB Building (583-8801) also Downtown (314 W 300 So) - You'll find no better deli in Utah than Tony Caputo's. They import the finest ingredients from Italy and Southern Europe and really put their hearts into what they do. Awesome sandwiches and lunch specials!! NOW ON CAMPUS!!
  • Grove Market and Deli (1906 So Main) - This is one of our local secrets. Grove's is a small neighborhood grocery shop that makes probably the best sandwich anywhere! HUGE Sandwiches! They also have an awesome collection of exotic hot sauces.
  • Gourmandise: The Bakery (250 S 300 E) The best cakes and pastries I've ever had! They also have great breakfasts and lunches.
  • Gandolfo's Deli (158 South Main) - Though this deli has recently franchised into chain with locations all over the country, the original location on 158 S. Main St still owned and run by Rick who really puts his heart into it. The quality is still there!

Indian/Middle Eastern

  • Bombay House (2731 E Parley's Way) A beautiful dine-in restaurant with great food and friendly staff. I'd take a date here!
  • Saffron Vally East India Cafe (26 E. Street) Some of the best Indian food around. Great lunch buffets!
  • Curry in a Hurry (2020 S State St) - This little family run business has won many Best Curry awards. It's absolutely addictive! All the curry is cooked by the mother Mona. She's great and frequently offers cooking classes too.
  • Zaika Grill 'N' Kebab (3540 So. State St. (801) 268-1658) Specializing in Pakistani & Kashmiri Food. Casual little restaurant next to La Puente. Inexpensive. Wonderful flavors!
  • Masala Indian Grill (2223 So. Highland Dr. (801) 487-2994) Brought to you by Curry in a Hurry. They have grilled items cooked while you wait; kabobs, wraps, chicken tikka masala and real naan. Love it!
  • Tandoor Indian Grill (733 E 3300 S SLC, (801) 486-4542) Probably the best Indian buffet for lunch around. Open on Sunday too!
  • Taste of Punjab (1241 E 8600 S) Worth the drive south. Some of the best Indian in the valley!
  • Qaderi's Chaat House (3546 South Redwood Rd., West Valley, Utah) - A bit far for a 1hr lunch from campus, but they've got some amazing Indian food. It sits next to it's sister grocery store with casual cafeteria style seating. They sell samosas and all kinds of Indian sweet treats, but also some amazing curries, naans, and salads. I was blown away! The kitchen is open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine (1515 So. 1500 Ea. and 912 Ea. 900 So.)
  • Zaika Grill N' Kebab (3540 South ,State Street) 801-268-1658
  • Shawarma King (3300 So. 700 Ea.) 801-803-9434

Greek/Mediterranian

  • Greek Souvlaki (404 East 300 South) - Has won "Best Gyro" awards year after year. Not too far for lunch.
  • Aristo's (224 So. 1300 Ea. 801-581-0888)
  • Cafe Med (420 Ea. 3300 So.)

Italian

  • Caputo's By Night (314 West 300 South. (801) 531-8669) Tony Caputo's famous Italian deli turns into a fine Italian Restaurant after 5pm. Reservations are recommended.
  • Settebello Pizzeria (260 S 200 W) Next to Redrock. This is a very different style of pizza. This is how it is done in Naples Italy!

Asian

  • Red Maple (3361 S. Redwood Rd., West Valley, UT 84119)
  • House of Tibet (145 E 1300 S Ste 409) Great food! Lunch buffet daily.
  • Cafe Shambala (Tibetan) 382 4TH Ave. Lunch buffet available but if you get it to go they insist on preparing it for you.
  • Sapa - Beautiful Asian cuisine and sushi restaurant combining influences from Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. Excellent food! Wonderful atmosphere with 300 year old houses imported from Vietnam.
  • Green Papaya - Vietnamese Pho Noodle house.
  • Charlie Chow's Dragon Grill (255 Ea 400 So) Fine Asian cuisine at very reasonable prices. Across the street from the down town city library.
  • Szechuan Garden (1275 Ea 8600 So) Top quality Chinese! Awarded "Best Chinese Cuisine" by Salt Lake City Magazine and "Top 100 Restaurant" in a nationwide competition.
  • China Platter (547 W 2600 S in Bountiful just north of Salt Lake)
  • Chanon Thai (300 E 900 S) Arguably the best Thai food in town.
  • Indochine (230 South 1300 East (801) 582-0896) Vietnamese Bistro

European