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Where to eat downtown on conference Sunday

Published October 2, 2012 12:00 pm

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On Saturday of LDS General Conference weekend, the closest — and most crowded — place to eat in downtown Salt Lake City will be City Creek Center's food court. But Sunday will be a different story.

Most of the mall, including the food court, will be closed, so hungry visitors will have to walk a few blocks for sustenance. Here's what will be open Sunday:

Lunch and dinner

Ahh Sushi » This Japanese restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, serving tempura, teriyaki meats and hamburgers. Sushi service doesn't start until 5 p.m. 22 E. 100 South; 801-359-6770.

Bayleaf Bar and Grub » The comfort-food menu comes from disparate parts of the world. It unashamedly offers bulgogi rice bowls alongside cheesy grits. Plus, most of the dishes ring in under $10. Open at 11 a.m. on Sundays. 159 S. Main St.; 801-359-8490.

Caffé Molise » This downtown veteran is a favorite place for pastas and other Italian fare. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. 55 W. 100 South; 801-364-8833.

Cheesecake Factory • While the rest of the mall is closed Sunday, this restaurant has separate ownership and will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Expect big crowds. No reservations accepted. 65 Regent St.; 801-521-1732.

Copper Canyon Grill House • Located inside the Radisson Hotel, the grill serves soups, salads, sandwiches and hamburgers. Open Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for dinner 5 to 10 p.m. 215 W. South Temple; 801-531-7500.

Olive Garden • You can't beat the soup, salad and breadsticks for a quick and filling meal. 77 West 200 South; 801-537-6202

Dinner only

Bambara • Located in the Hotel Monaco, this restaurant serves New American fare using top-quality meats and seasonal ingredients. Open 5:30 to 9 p.m. 202 S. Main St.; 801-363-5454.

Benihana • It's part dinner, part show at this traditional Japanese steakhouse, where chefs prepare and cook your teppanyaki dinner in front of you. Open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. 165 S. West Temple; 801-322-2421.

Blue Iguana • Burritos, tacos and other Mexican fare. Open Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m. 165 S. West Temple; 801-533-8900

Naked Fish Japanese Bistro » Known for its maki and sashimi, this restaurant also serves tempura and entrees using top-quality ingredients. Open Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. 67 W. 100 South; 801-595-8888.

Texas de Brazil • Despite being at City Creek, this Brazilian steakhouse also is open Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m. It also takes reservations. 50 S. Main, 385-232-8070. —

Temple Square dining options

The four restaurants located just east of Temple Square will have quick meals and extended hours Saturday to accommodate those attending LDS General Conference.

The restaurants will be closed Sunday.

Here are the Saturday details:

The Roof Restaurant • Tenth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Lunch buffet available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner 4 to 10 p.m.

The Garden Restaurant • Tenth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Nauvoo Cafe • Lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Serving hot breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Boxed lunches available in the Empire Room on the lobby level from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cafe will remain open until 10 p.m.

The Lion House Pantry • West entrance of the Lion House. Opens at 11 a.m. for boxed lunches. Open until 10 p.m.