Dining Out - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/DiningOut Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Martine Cafe in Salt Lake City reopens after recent remodel (before-and-after photos) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58340079-223/martine-lake-salt-construction.html.csp Construction on the new Eccles Performing Arts Center on Main Street takes place just inches away from Salt Lake City’s Martine cafe. And this summer, as crews demolished buildings, moved earth and pounded metal into the human-made crater between 100 and 200 South, the tapas restaurant stoically endured the noise, broken dishes, busted wine bottles and lost business. Chef Tom Grant and co-owner Scott Hale aren’t ready to bail on the historic brownstone building at 22 E. 100 South. Rather than fi... Construction on the new Eccles Performing Arts Center on Main Street takes place just inches away from Salt Lake City’s Martine cafe. And this summer, as crews demolished buildings, moved earth and pounded metal into the human-made crater between 100 and 200 South, the tapas restaurant stoically endured the noise, broken dishes, busted wine bottles and lost business. Chef Tom Grant and co-owner Scott Hale aren’t ready to bail on the historic brownstone building at 22 E. 100 South. Rather than fi... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58340079@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:48:30 MDT Salt Lake City’s Tres Hombres Mexican Cantina celebrates 30 years in business http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58343166-223/restaurant-hombres-tres-lake.html.csp When Mike Gibson left California for Utah in the ’70s, he thought he’d only stay a few years. He’d work at his new restaurant job, ski on his days off and then, when he was tired of the Beehive state, he would return to the West Coast. California is still waiting. Today, Gibson and co-owner Don Bostrom are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Salt Lake County restaurant, Tres Hombres Mexican Grill and Cantina. The Tex-Mex restaurant on the corner of 3300 South and Highland Drive serves all... When Mike Gibson left California for Utah in the ’70s, he thought he’d only stay a few years. He’d work at his new restaurant job, ski on his days off and then, when he was tired of the Beehive state, he would return to the West Coast. California is still waiting. Today, Gibson and co-owner Don Bostrom are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Salt Lake County restaurant, Tres Hombres Mexican Grill and Cantina. The Tex-Mex restaurant on the corner of 3300 South and Highland Drive serves all... 58343166@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:48:30 MDT Salt Lake County closes Chinese restaurant in Midvale http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58351915-223/restaurant-violations-department-health.html.csp The Salt Lake County Health Department closed Rice King restaurant in Midvale on Thursday for creating an “imminent health hazard due to excessive critical violations.” According to a notice on the department website, the restaurant, at 755 E. Fort Union Blvd., received 45 code violations. Among the problems: • Raw meat contaminating clean dishes. • Dish soap contaminating raw shrimp. • Food being prepared on the floor. • Rice noodles being stored in a cardboard box. • Tooth brush below drink ... The Salt Lake County Health Department closed Rice King restaurant in Midvale on Thursday for creating an “imminent health hazard due to excessive critical violations.” According to a notice on the department website, the restaurant, at 755 E. Fort Union Blvd., received 45 code violations. Among the problems: • Raw meat contaminating clean dishes. • Dish soap contaminating raw shrimp. • Food being prepared on the floor. • Rice noodles being stored in a cardboard box. • Tooth brush below drink ... 58351915@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:56:48 MDT Dish of the Week: Pork belly lettuce wraps from Rye http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58298260-223/pork-rye-belly-dish.html.csp $11 • Good pork belly has the perfect ratio between fat and meat, and this dish gets the math right at Rye. Encased in soft butter lettuce, the pork melts slowly in your mouth, prolonged by the crunch of daikon, shredded carrot and chile pickles. Rye • 239 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City; 801-364-4655; ryeslc.com. Breakfast/brunch: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ann... $11 • Good pork belly has the perfect ratio between fat and meat, and this dish gets the math right at Rye. Encased in soft butter lettuce, the pork melts slowly in your mouth, prolonged by the crunch of daikon, shredded carrot and chile pickles. Rye • 239 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City; 801-364-4655; ryeslc.com. Breakfast/brunch: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ann... 58298260@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:18:28 MDT Restaurant review: Rye rocks in space next to Urban Lounge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58298211-223/rye-urban-diner-service.html.csp A lot of people who visit Salt Lake City for the first time don’t know where to get drinks and dinner. Some don’t even know if you can drink in Utah’s capital city. So let’s give props to the owners of Rye for clearing up the confusion, at least for musicians who visit Salt Lake to play at Urban Lounge. The owners of Rye — Chris Wright, Lance Saunders and Will Sartain — also own the adjacent Urban Lounge and thought a diner was a natural extension, not only for their musical acts but for those... A lot of people who visit Salt Lake City for the first time don’t know where to get drinks and dinner. Some don’t even know if you can drink in Utah’s capital city. So let’s give props to the owners of Rye for clearing up the confusion, at least for musicians who visit Salt Lake to play at Urban Lounge. The owners of Rye — Chris Wright, Lance Saunders and Will Sartain — also own the adjacent Urban Lounge and thought a diner was a natural extension, not only for their musical acts but for those... 58298211@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:07:40 MDT Here’s where to find 7 days of dining deals in South Salt Lake http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58318903-223/south-free-state-lake.html.csp During the second annual Restaurant Week in South Salt Lake, 15 restaurants — serving everything from American and Asian to Greek and Pakistani cuisine — will offer special deals for diners. The seven-day event kicks off Sunday, Aug. 24, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 30. “We are thrilled to celebrate our city through Restaurant Week — a taste of what makes South Salt Lake a great place to live!” says Mayor Cherie Wood. “We hope the community will invite their co-workers, families, neighb... During the second annual Restaurant Week in South Salt Lake, 15 restaurants — serving everything from American and Asian to Greek and Pakistani cuisine — will offer special deals for diners. The seven-day event kicks off Sunday, Aug. 24, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 30. “We are thrilled to celebrate our city through Restaurant Week — a taste of what makes South Salt Lake a great place to live!” says Mayor Cherie Wood. “We hope the community will invite their co-workers, families, neighb... 58318903@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:15:29 MDT Dish of the Week: Even Stevens' Sloppy Joe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58301549-223/sloppy-joe-sandwich-stevens.html.csp $6.95 • Sloppy Joe If you’re sealing that big business deal after lunch, The Sloppy Joe ($6.95, or vegan Sloppy Tina for $6.75) is probably an unwise choice. This sandwich more than lives up to its name, happily unleashing its tasty contents of beef, spicy chorizo and “slopp sauce” at the slightest nudge of the kaiser roll it comes stuffed in. Don’t fret, though; unlike most sandwich shops, Even Stevens opens for dinner every day except Sunday. That means you can swing by after work and enjoy ... $6.95 • Sloppy Joe If you’re sealing that big business deal after lunch, The Sloppy Joe ($6.95, or vegan Sloppy Tina for $6.75) is probably an unwise choice. This sandwich more than lives up to its name, happily unleashing its tasty contents of beef, spicy chorizo and “slopp sauce” at the slightest nudge of the kaiser roll it comes stuffed in. Don’t fret, though; unlike most sandwich shops, Even Stevens opens for dinner every day except Sunday. That means you can swing by after work and enjoy ... 58301549@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:00 MDT Utah woman will be contestant on next season of ‘Top Chef’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317295-223/chef-weinner-culinary-utah.html.csp The upcoming season of “Top Chef” will finally include a Utah contestant. Katie Weinner, a 35-year-old culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Salt Lake and the co-owner of recently closed SLC POP eatery, is one of the 16 cheftestants selected to compete on the 12th season of the award-winning culinary reality show, officials from Bravo announced Wednesday. The 12th season takes place in Boston and premieres Wednesday, Oct. 15. Weinner is believed to be the first chef with Utah ties to com... The upcoming season of “Top Chef” will finally include a Utah contestant. Katie Weinner, a 35-year-old culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Salt Lake and the co-owner of recently closed SLC POP eatery, is one of the 16 cheftestants selected to compete on the 12th season of the award-winning culinary reality show, officials from Bravo announced Wednesday. The 12th season takes place in Boston and premieres Wednesday, Oct. 15. Weinner is believed to be the first chef with Utah ties to com... 58317295@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:00 MDT Restaurateur impressing Salt Lake with good food, hard work http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58294190-223/nguyen-lake-salt-business.html.csp Like a keen sailor on the changing sea, Mai Nguyen knows the ebb and flow of the restaurant business. Over the past two decades, she and her family have owned several Utah eateries, seeking new concepts to entice diners, but unafraid to change direction if a business no longer proves profitable. “We fail many, many times,” Nguyen said of her family that now operates four Salt Lake Valley restaurants. “It’s part of success for me.” It is that fearless, internal strength that recently earned Nguye... Like a keen sailor on the changing sea, Mai Nguyen knows the ebb and flow of the restaurant business. Over the past two decades, she and her family have owned several Utah eateries, seeking new concepts to entice diners, but unafraid to change direction if a business no longer proves profitable. “We fail many, many times,” Nguyen said of her family that now operates four Salt Lake Valley restaurants. “It’s part of success for me.” It is that fearless, internal strength that recently earned Nguye... 58294190@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:18:20 MDT Survey says Salt Lake City has worst tippers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58321660-223/lake-salt-cities-diners.html.csp The results from Food & Wine magazine’s “America’s Favorite Food Cities” poll are in, and diners have determined that Salt Lake City has “the fewest pompous foodies” but also has “the worst tippers.” For the survey, Food & Wine invited the public to vote in 25 different categories from the city with the “best food truck scene” (Los Angeles) to the town with the “best coffee” (Seattle). The results are revealed in the magazine’s September issue, now on newsstands. New York City had the “best che... The results from Food & Wine magazine’s “America’s Favorite Food Cities” poll are in, and diners have determined that Salt Lake City has “the fewest pompous foodies” but also has “the worst tippers.” For the survey, Food & Wine invited the public to vote in 25 different categories from the city with the “best food truck scene” (Los Angeles) to the town with the “best coffee” (Seattle). The results are revealed in the magazine’s September issue, now on newsstands. New York City had the “best che... 58321660@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:50:56 MDT 4 Utah restaurants call it quits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58300751-223/restaurant-com-cucina-dojo.html.csp In recent weeks, four Salt Lake Valley restaurants have closed; and the owners of Cucina Vanina, Dojo Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Gusto and Lugano all have seemingly different reasons for calling it quits. Cucina Vanina, 1844 E. Fort Union Blvd., Cottonwood Heights • After spending time with family in her native Italy, owner Vanina Pirollo said she has decided to close her Italian restaurant and change direction. She will now offer personal chef services and private cooking classes. “At this time... In recent weeks, four Salt Lake Valley restaurants have closed; and the owners of Cucina Vanina, Dojo Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Gusto and Lugano all have seemingly different reasons for calling it quits. Cucina Vanina, 1844 E. Fort Union Blvd., Cottonwood Heights • After spending time with family in her native Italy, owner Vanina Pirollo said she has decided to close her Italian restaurant and change direction. She will now offer personal chef services and private cooking classes. “At this time... 58300751@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:50:55 MDT Review: Even Stevens Sandwiches makes altruism delicious http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58294198-223/sandwich-sandwiches-stevens-restaurant.html.csp Who among us doesn’t enjoy the warm glow of turning a good deed for another? I know I do. I mean, is there a job more vital to humanity than the restaurant critic? Note: That was rhetorical. I like to imagine that the wasted calories, time and money I’ve saved countless diners have, at least in some small part, made our world a better place. I tell myself every overcooked egg I self-importantly shovel down is valuable work — I’m giving back to the local community, on matters of obviously grave i... Who among us doesn’t enjoy the warm glow of turning a good deed for another? I know I do. I mean, is there a job more vital to humanity than the restaurant critic? Note: That was rhetorical. I like to imagine that the wasted calories, time and money I’ve saved countless diners have, at least in some small part, made our world a better place. I tell myself every overcooked egg I self-importantly shovel down is valuable work — I’m giving back to the local community, on matters of obviously grave i... 58294198@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:46:52 MDT Park City chef to appear on ‘Today’ show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58297365-223/adams-chef-riverhorse-appear.html.csp Seth Adams, the executive chef at the Riverhorse on Main in Park City, is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday. Adams will cook crab cakes with Utah sweet corn and avocado. “This is such an exciting opportunity for me and for Riverhorse,” Adams said. “ ‘Today’ is watched by millions of people every morning — it’s going to be a great way to get our name out there.” Riverhorse On Main was one of 152 restaurants in the world to be named a Four-Star destination by Forbes, and it is on... Seth Adams, the executive chef at the Riverhorse on Main in Park City, is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday. Adams will cook crab cakes with Utah sweet corn and avocado. “This is such an exciting opportunity for me and for Riverhorse,” Adams said. “ ‘Today’ is watched by millions of people every morning — it’s going to be a great way to get our name out there.” Riverhorse On Main was one of 152 restaurants in the world to be named a Four-Star destination by Forbes, and it is on... 58297365@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:54:15 MDT Dish of the Week: Pan-fried stuffed buns from Mom’s Kitchen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58259531-223/buns-kitchen-mom-fried.html.csp $6.99 • Place your order for Mom’s pan-fried stuffed buns or bao as soon as your server greets you at the table. As you peruse the vast menu, your four buns are being prepared fresh in the kitchen — so give them some time. You’ll be rewarded for your wait with juicy, spiced pork wrapped inside a pillowy dough ball. It will captivate your senses. Mom’s Kitchen • 2233 S. State St., South Salt Lake; 801-486-0092. Open Monday-Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, 1- 8 p.m. For more information, visit gi... $6.99 • Place your order for Mom’s pan-fried stuffed buns or bao as soon as your server greets you at the table. As you peruse the vast menu, your four buns are being prepared fresh in the kitchen — so give them some time. You’ll be rewarded for your wait with juicy, spiced pork wrapped inside a pillowy dough ball. It will captivate your senses. Mom’s Kitchen • 2233 S. State St., South Salt Lake; 801-486-0092. Open Monday-Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, 1- 8 p.m. For more information, visit gi... 58259531@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:30:31 MDT Restaurant review: Dishing up authentic Taiwanese food in South Salt Lake http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58242788-223/mom-kitchen-lake-salt.html.csp I don’t speak Chinese, which put me at a decided disadvantage when I visited Taiwan. Fortunately, my gracious hosts and I were able to bond and share experiences through the universal language of food as we passed around plates of noodles and stir-fry dishes. I hadn’t thought about my trip to Taiwan in years until I visited Mom’s Kitchen recently. Although I sat in the dining room I had formerly frequented when it was The Bagelry, everything seemed foreign again — from the Chinese television pro... I don’t speak Chinese, which put me at a decided disadvantage when I visited Taiwan. Fortunately, my gracious hosts and I were able to bond and share experiences through the universal language of food as we passed around plates of noodles and stir-fry dishes. I hadn’t thought about my trip to Taiwan in years until I visited Mom’s Kitchen recently. Although I sat in the dining room I had formerly frequented when it was The Bagelry, everything seemed foreign again — from the Chinese television pro... 58242788@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:27:28 MDT