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Cheap Eats: Dine out for $10 or less in Utah
Dining » We’ve eaten our way across the Salt Lake Valley to compile our list of favorite bargain-priced dishes.


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$4 » Frank Lloyd Wright pizza slice

Amore, a sister restaurant to Cannella’s restaurant, specializes in pizza by the slice and gelato. Pizza slices cost $3-$4, including the Frank Lloyd Wright with marinated mushrooms, fresh arugula and a drizzle of black truffle oil. Or opt for a whole pizza (12 inches, $11-$14; 18 inches, $16-$20) to enjoy at one of two cozy tables or take it to go. Gelato comes in a variety of flavors (3 ounces, $3; 5 ounces, $4.50).

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Got a favorite cheap eats dish?

We’ve eaten our way across the valley to compile this list of Tribune staffers’ Cheap Eats favorites, but we’d like to hear meals we’ve missed. Send your local favorite dishes ($10 or less) and hall of fame candidates (entrees that serve up to four people for around $20) to food@sltrib.com. Write “cheap eats” in the subject line of the email, and we’ll consider your favorites for future dining stories.

Cheap eats hall of fame

These are some of our favorite cheap-eats dishes that deliver enough food to feed two — or more — people.

$12.95 » Dinner platter

The dinner platters served at The Other Place, a Greek-American diner, includes a choice of moussaka, pastichio, or dolmathes as well as soup and salad, choice of potato, vegetable, bread and even dessert. If the soup of the day includes lemon-rice (avgolemono), order it. And when you order your salad, ask for the complimentary feta cheese the comes mounded on top. By the time you’re ready for dessert, including red velvet cake, you’ll probably have to ask for it to-go — which the cheerful staff will welcomingly do. The Other Place Restaurant, 469 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-521-6567.

$18 » Molcajete

The massive entrée, served at Rancho Market, gets its name for the hot lava rock in which it’s served. It starts with a gooey fondue of homemade green salsa, chunks of Monterey Jack cheese and fried strips of prickly-pear cactus, called nopalitos. Well-cooked pieces of chicken and beef strips are placed on top, as are roasted green onions, fried whole jalapeños and strips of fresh Mexican cheese. The mound is then garnished with a few deep-fried shrimp. Served with tortillas and salsa, the dish arrives at the table sizzling and bubbling. Rancho Market, 4071 W. 5416 South, Kearns; 801-966-2400.

$21 » The Fat Kid pizza

This 20-inch New York-style thin-crust pizza at Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery features spicy pepperoni, fresh spinach and creamy ricotta. It’s perfect for folding; if a line of grease doesn’t run down the back of your hand, you aren’t enjoying it properly. Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery, is at 1456 Newpark Blvd., Park City, 435-647-0304; and 9 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City, 801-328-0304.

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Amore Pizza & Gelato » 208 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City; 801-532-3562.

$3.99 » Swedish meatballs

Order IKEA’s trademark Swedish meatballs, and you get 15 meatballs, mashed real potatoes (not instant) and a side of lingonberries — just like a Swedish mother would make. Add a salad, a drink and apple cake and it’s still under $10, and you don’t even have to negotiate the mind-numbing IKEA furniture maze first.

IKEA restaurant » 67 W. IKEA Way, Draper 801-572-4532; Mon-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

$3.98 » "Original" (cold cuts) bánh mì

The bánh mì, a Vietnamese sandwich served on a baguette, can be found at various Asian markets around town. One of the best is at Oh Mai Vietnamese Sandwich Kitchen. The classic bánh mì includes pork roll, head cheese and paté, as well as thin, crunchy strips of jalapeño, pickled carrots, cucumber and daikon. At this price, you might as well throw in a pair of fresh shrimp spring rolls for just $1.88.

Oh Mai » 3425 S. State, South Salt Lake; 801-467-6882; and 6093 S. Highland Drive, Holladay; 801-277-9888.

$3.50 » Miso soup


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This corner eatery Koko Kitchen is known for its fresh, financially reasonable ramen, udon and sushi. But when the weather turns chilly, we like this large bowl of hearty, savory broth simmering with chunks of potato, carrots and onions. This soup, which can be accompanied with rice or meat, goes down like a meal.

Koko Kitchen » 702 S. 300 East, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4888.

$3-$8 » Vietnamese hot pot

In this cook-your-own style of dining, raw ingredients including meats, seafood and fresh vegetables are delivered to your table along with a metal bowl filled with four possible varieties of broth. The broth is brought to a boil over a tabletop butane burner and ingredients are added. The result is a custom-built bowl of flavors over a selection of vermicelli or egg noodles. The dish costs $3 per person for broth, and then raw ingredients are added based on à la carte pricing, including vermicelli, $2.50, or egg noodles, $3.

Saigon Hot Pot » 411 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City; 801-906-0452.

$2.50 » Nigiri sushi rolls

The words "cheap" and "sushi" normally don’t go together. The exception to this rule is Sushi Groove’s 2.50 Tuesdays. Every Tuesday night, this hip Sugar House hangout offers all nigiri sushi rolls for $2.50 (two pieces) — a stunning bargain for exceptionally fresh fish. If they’re on the menu, order the scallop nigiri for sure — and maybe wash them down with a $2.50 PBR tallboy.

Sushi Groove » 2910 Highland Drive Salt Lake City; 801-467-7420.

$1.95 » Pupusa

A pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish, basically a thick corn tortilla stuffed with beans, cheese, pork or some combination of these. Topped with curtido, a vinegar-based cabbage slaw, one of these 5-inch-diameter treats makes a satisfying lunch.

Carlos’s Kitchen #2 » 4247 W. 3500 South, West Valley City; 801-969-0752 (call for takeout).

Reviews written by David Burger, Ben Fulton, Vince Horiuchi, Heather L. King, Sean P. Means, Stuart Melling, Catherine Reese Newton, Scott D. Pierce, Kathy Stephenson, Autumn Thatcher and Tom Wharton



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