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(Tribune file photo) Lamb's Grill in Salt Lake City is one of Utah's oldest restaurants.
Exercise your arts & entertainment vote in The Tribune’s Choice Awards

Choice awards » Choose from our list of nominees in dining, nightlife, arts and culture, recreation and destinations, and vote before Dec. 15.

First Published Nov 20 2012 10:52 am • Last Updated Mar 06 2013 11:33 pm

The presidential elections may be over, but you’ve still got a chance to exercise your vote and select winners of the first annual Salt Lake Tribune Choice Awards.

This online poll recognizes Utah’s best in dining, nightlife, arts and culture, recreation and destinations. To vote, visit choiceawards.sltrib.com before Saturday, Dec. 15.

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Choose from the list of nominees we created — or write in your favorite. Winners in each category will be announced in early February in a special edition of The Tribune and In magazine.

Here are some details about the nominees in our three restaurant categories: Utah Originals, Worth the splurge and Family friendly.

Utah Originals

Bluebird Cafe, Logan »Located on historic Main Street, this restaurant features an authentic marble soda fountain and a menu of home-style favorites.

Cannella’s, Salt Lake City »Reliable and reasonably priced food and a genial staff has kept this Italian restaurant in business more than 30 years.

Crown Burger, Salt Lake City »Famous for its pastrami burgers, onion rings and fry sauce, it also serves Greek-American specialties such as gyros.

Hires Big H, Salt Lake City »The nostalgic home of the Hires Big H burger and frosty mugs of root beer where carhops will still bring your food to your car.


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Kitty Pappas Steakhouse, Woods Cross »After 65 years in business, Kitty Pappas is still in the kitchen cooking massive steaks, fried egg burgers and delicious cakes.

Lamb’s Grill, Salt Lake City » This downtown institution still can boast of its charming wood booths, a sumptuous bar and a pleasingly unpretentious menu —plus there’s a new chef at this 93-year-old Main Street tradition.

Maddox Ranch House, Brigham City » This family-run restaurant is famous for its fried chicken, turkey steaks and warm rolls with raspberry butter.

Mandarin, Bountiful »Chefs from Hong Kong and San Francisco prepare beef with green beans, five-taste shrimp and Mediterranean lamb, a nod to the Davis County institution’s Greek owners.

Market Street Broiler/Grill » This restaurant started flying fresh seafood into land-locked Utah long before it become the norm.

Ruth’s Diner, Salt Lake City »Nothing beats breakfast — and the mile-high biscuits — served at this diner up Emigration Canyon

Worth the spurge

Chez Betty, Park City »Great service and consistently good food in an unpretentious atmosphere.

Forage, Salt Lake City »The small, dinner-only venue specializes in impeccable technique, imagination and carefully selected ingredients.

Glitretind, Park City » Located in the Stein Eriksen Lodge, this restaurant offers excellent service and an extensive wine list.

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