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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) Restaurant review: Not your typical fast food at Zao Asian Cafe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58389377-223/zao-asian-cafe-choice.html.csp I’m happy to admit I love everything about the fancy-pants dinner experience: a dizzying array of cutlery that demands an understanding of the critical nuances between the demitasse and dessert spoon; starched white tablecloths that glare admonishingly well in advance of the inevitable accidental spill; an army of waiters elegantly gliding about the room, wielding dangerously French-named items like amuse-bouche and petit four. I’m a sucker, I can’t help myself. Sadly, my surname isn’t Rothschil... I’m happy to admit I love everything about the fancy-pants dinner experience: a dizzying array of cutlery that demands an understanding of the critical nuances between the demitasse and dessert spoon; starched white tablecloths that glare admonishingly well in advance of the inevitable accidental spill; an army of waiters elegantly gliding about the room, wielding dangerously French-named items like amuse-bouche and petit four. I’m a sucker, I can’t help myself. Sadly, my surname isn’t Rothschil... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58389377@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:07:30 MDT Gallery: 17 days of deals during Dine O’ Round in downtown Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58398710-223/bistro-salt-dinner-lunch.html.csp More than 50 downtown Salt Lake City restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials during the annual Dine O’ Round. The 17-day promotion kicks off Friday, Sept. 12, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 28. During that time, guests can get a two-item lunch for $5 or $10, or a three-course dinner for $15 or $30. Here’s a list of the participating restaurants. $5 Lunch Bocata Gracie’s Salt Bistro Tony Caputo’s $10 Lunch Benihana Bistro 222 Caffe Molise Cannella’s Cedars of Lebanon Copper... More than 50 downtown Salt Lake City restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials during the annual Dine O’ Round. The 17-day promotion kicks off Friday, Sept. 12, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 28. During that time, guests can get a two-item lunch for $5 or $10, or a three-course dinner for $15 or $30. Here’s a list of the participating restaurants. $5 Lunch Bocata Gracie’s Salt Bistro Tony Caputo’s $10 Lunch Benihana Bistro 222 Caffe Molise Cannella’s Cedars of Lebanon Copper... 58398710@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 MDT Salt Lake County health inspectors shut down Midvale taco cart http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58416939-223/health-sink-washing-cart.html.csp Tacos El Pariente I food cart, which operated at 165 W. 7200 South in Midvale, was shut down Sunday, after health inspectors discovered it had no operational sink for employee hand washing. “The permit is being suspended for an imminent health hazard,” according to a notice on the Salt Lake County Health Department website. The health violations include: • No hand sink convenient and accessible in food preparation area. • No soap at hand sink. • No hand drying provision at hand sink. • Person in... Tacos El Pariente I food cart, which operated at 165 W. 7200 South in Midvale, was shut down Sunday, after health inspectors discovered it had no operational sink for employee hand washing. “The permit is being suspended for an imminent health hazard,” according to a notice on the Salt Lake County Health Department website. The health violations include: • No hand sink convenient and accessible in food preparation area. • No soap at hand sink. • No hand drying provision at hand sink. • Person in... 58416939@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:11 MDT Dish of the Week: Mediterranean panini at Plates & Palates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58388928-223/palates-plates-bountiful-dish.html.csp $7.95 • A well-balanced tapenade can often take a dish from good to great. That’s true with the Mediterranean grilled panini at Plates & Palates in Bountiful. The sandwich starts with a base of quality Genoa salami and Black Forest ham, then provolone cheese, roasted red peppers and a sprinkling of tangy feta crumbles. Finally, a thick spread of artichoke tapenade is added to cracked wheat bread for a grilled sandwich sensation. Plates & Palates • 390 N. 500 W. #100, Bountiful; 801-292-2425. Op... $7.95 • A well-balanced tapenade can often take a dish from good to great. That’s true with the Mediterranean grilled panini at Plates & Palates in Bountiful. The sandwich starts with a base of quality Genoa salami and Black Forest ham, then provolone cheese, roasted red peppers and a sprinkling of tangy feta crumbles. Finally, a thick spread of artichoke tapenade is added to cracked wheat bread for a grilled sandwich sensation. Plates & Palates • 390 N. 500 W. #100, Bountiful; 801-292-2425. Op... 58388928@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Restaurant review: Discerning Utah palates will appreciate Bountiful’s Plates & Palates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58365733-223/panini-palates-salad-plates.html.csp Bountiful • Plates & Palates recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, so this restaurant has stood the test of time in south Davis County. A recent remodel brought about a cleaner, neater interior appearance with fewer retail kitchen items and a menu that surprises and delights at almost every level. Best described as a deli, Plates & Palates does the bulk of its business over lunch (or through catering) with a reasonable menu of pasta salads, green salads, soups and grilled panini sandwiches. ... Bountiful • Plates & Palates recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, so this restaurant has stood the test of time in south Davis County. A recent remodel brought about a cleaner, neater interior appearance with fewer retail kitchen items and a menu that surprises and delights at almost every level. Best described as a deli, Plates & Palates does the bulk of its business over lunch (or through catering) with a reasonable menu of pasta salads, green salads, soups and grilled panini sandwiches. ... 58365733@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:21:36 MDT Salt Lake County Health officials close Draper buffet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58389388-223/employee-buffet-department-health.html.csp The Salt Lake County Health Department closed the New Asian Buffet in Draper last week for creating an “imminent health hazard.” According to a report on the department website the restaurant, at 280 E. 12300 South, was cited for more than three dozen violations including: • Cockroaches and flies throughout the facility, including numerous dead cockroaches under the cooking equipment. • A fly swatter stored on a food preparation table. • A cook had been spitting on the floor near cooking equipme... The Salt Lake County Health Department closed the New Asian Buffet in Draper last week for creating an “imminent health hazard.” According to a report on the department website the restaurant, at 280 E. 12300 South, was cited for more than three dozen violations including: • Cockroaches and flies throughout the facility, including numerous dead cockroaches under the cooking equipment. • A fly swatter stored on a food preparation table. • A cook had been spitting on the floor near cooking equipme... 58389388@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:25:19 MDT 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... 58340079@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:13:26 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