9 Top Tastes of Salt Lake City Food + Drink

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Salt Lake Temple is the largest Mormon church in Salt Lake City and home to the tabernacle.

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4. Les Madeleines: Proprietor Romina Rasmussen charges $5.50 for a Brittany inspired baked good she calls the Kouing Aman (better known as Kouign Amann) ($5.50) in the flats of Salt Lake City, and justifies the price tag by delivering a thin, crisp coating, and flaky, pull apart layers of concentric pastry that clearly contain butter, but don’t come off as too rich or sweet.

Restaurant Salt Lake City

5. Lucky 13: This rock and roll bar resides on the south side next to the Salt Lake Bees stadium, a Triple A affiliate for the Angels. When they’ve got a game going, the patio and bar are all packed. Two firefighters (Ron Lay and Jason Stucki) and a beer industry vet (Rob Dutton) took over a dingy VFW and now feature a colorful red tractor out front and a boar head on the wall, along with baseball bats and colorful motorcycle parts. Their menu touts plenty of tempting burgers, including The Breath Enhancer, Pigpen and Celestial Burger. I kept it simple with a juicy, House-Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger ($8.50). I added garlic rosemary fries, crispy, skin on beauties fried in shortening until glistening, then tossed with spice. The sound system ensured I received a complimentary side of “Highway to Hell.”

Coffee Salt Lake City

6. Nobrow Coffee Werks: [Now Blue Copper]

Joe Evans founded this company in 2005, which previously operated east of downtown. Duffy Gallivan relocated the coffeehouse next to an architectural firm on the south side. The space features Midcentury modern chairs, ship lanterns, and the core of a piano hanging on the wall. Nobrow houses a two-group La Marzocco espresso machine, Mazzer grinders, and one of the only Steampunk machines in the U.S. I went local, ordering a soothing cup of Charming Beard Nicaragua coffee, which barista Skyler Bosh brewed on the Steampunk. Of course, coffee’s a seasonal product, so your coffee will likely be different, but I’m pretty sure it will still be charming.

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