Avenues Proper Restaurant & Publick House • Part restaurant, part pub, part hangout — this microbrewery in Salt Lake City's Avenues neighborhood is replete with dishes to enjoy alone or pair with a house brew.
Boulevard Bistro • A welcoming, modern atmosphere pairs nicely with thin-crust pizzas, salads, Italian-inspired entrees and gelato at this bistro on Foothill Boulevard.
R&R Barbecue • Brothers Rod and Roger Livingston give their competition-winning barbecue a permanent home in downtown Salt Lake City. The pulled pork, brisket and ribs are first rate; so are the okra and hushpuppy sides
Jasoh! • This Ogden stalwart serves pub fare and fine dining options from its second-floor perch above historic 25th Street. The multiple menus mean the quality ingredients don't always get the treatment they deserve.
Cucina Deli • This Avenues stalwart now offers an evening menu peppered with spicy and smoky notes, a dash of fun, and a new wine and beer menu. Try the polenta fries, lemon ricotta dumplings or the duck and seeds appetizer.
Del Mar al Lago • Hidden in a South Salt Lake business park, Del Mar al Lago Cebichera Peruana is serving up high-end Peruvian-style ceviche and seafood dishes that are worth the effort to seek out.
Ichiban Sushi • One of downtown Salt Lake City's older Japanese restaurants shakes things up with new staff and menu. The new Izakaya menu — think Japanese pub food — offers something unique.
Papa O's and Mama's Plantation Restaurant • Southern-style comfort food including fried chicken, collard greens and pot roast.
Tortilla.bar • While this restaurant serves familiar items such as tacos and empanadas, it's not your typical Mexican eatery. The focus is on creativity and interpretation. Not for everyone — but adventurous diners will like it.
Caterina's • A new restaurant in the heart of Sugar House offering affordable French fare with nice wines to match.