9 Top Tastes of Salt Lake City Food + Drink

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7. Pago: Chefs Michael Richey and Adam Findlay adhere to “Artisan. Local. Farm Fresh.” practices at their southeast Salt Lake City restaurant. The glass fronted space hosts an inviting sidewalk patio, black steel counter overlooking an open kitchen, and brick walls. I ate there for brunch, and the most impressive dish was a play on shrimp and grits, seen through a Wasatch Mountain prism. Utah Trout ($15) featured flaky fillet of fresh water fish plated with tasso ham, Swiss chard, grits, poached eggs, and tangy, cascading citrus Hollandaise.

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8. The Rose Establishment: Erica O’Brien envisioned a group of “painters, printers, designers, music geeks, photographers, zinesters, bibliophiles, musicians, pastry chefs, cooks, skaters, writers, home brewers and beverage enthusiasts” before opening this cafe on an old industrial loading dock. She retained a lot of original tile, added a reclaimed metal and wood bar, and filled a case with house-baked pastries, including a signature shortbread cookie with rose-hibiscus glaze. The counter holds a three-group La Marzocco espresso machine and pouover bar, which yielded my cups of Ecuador Fundochamba and Rwanda Buremera, both roasted in town at Charming Beard, and both satisfying. They also carry Four Barrel coffee, a more established roasting winner from San Francisco.

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9. Siegfried’s Delicatessen: This deli has thrived downtown for over 70 years thanks to a point-and-pick selection of housemade sausages and German comfort foods. It was easy to like their Wienerschnitzel ($7.99), a crisp cutlet that benefited from squeeze of lemon. My two sides consisted of spaetzle enriched with savory brown gravy; and tangy red cabbage.

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