There are a lot of incredible dining choices in Utah, no matter the season. You'll discover a thriving local food, craft brew and mixology scene, whether coming to Utah for The Mighty Five® national parks (check out Moab, Boulder, Springdale and St. George in Southern Utah), staying on the slopes for The Greatest Snow on Earth® at foodie destinations like Deer Valley and Sundance, or crashing at a hotel in downtown Salt Lake, Ogden or Provo for walking access to multiple restaurants, galleries, venues, bars and breweries.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Salt Lake City one of America's 5 New Foodie Cities for 2014. Park City perennially claims multiple award winners among its 100+ restaurants and bars. Ogden, gateway to three ski resorts including Snowbasin, has grown out of its railroad-town heritage and blossomed into an outdoor recreation destination with a vibrant downtown dining scene. Off the Wasatch Front, Logan (in the north) and Cedar City (in the south) have college-town atmospheres, which means great local establishments for refueling.
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5 Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants in Kanab, Utah
Visit Kanab, an outpost of adventure where a shared love of place and friendly competition has spurred a culinary renaissance.
7 Utah Artisan Cheeses to Try Now
Taste delicious hand-crafted Beehive Cheese from Utah dairies at farmers markets, restaurants and specialty shops. Visit Utah and find your favorite artisanal cheese.
Artisan Cheese in Red Rock Country
Two decades ago, Randy Ramsley traded his Dockers-and-tie city job for a 50 acre plot of land that he called a “Garden of Weedin” and the dream of establishing a sustainable farmstead. Now travelers from all over the globe know the small market and counter-service restaurant at Mesa Farm as a refreshing “must-do” respite seemingly plunked in the middle of nowhere on Highway 24 east of Capitol Reef National Park.
Craft Chocolate Capital of America: Utah's Culture of Cacao
The craft chocolate scene in Utah is a wonder within itself. Join one of Matt Caputo’s chocolate classes to increase your appreciation and chocolate knowledge.
Curry, Fine Wine, Dining at 11,000'
Fred Barbier is Director of Resort Dining at Snowbird Resort restaurants. Find out what goes on in the kitchen and why you need to eat a meal here.
Discover the Breweries of the Wasatch Front
Over the past two decades, Salt Lake’s breweries have grown into a culture all their own. Here’s what you need to start planning a pub crawl with this collection of Salt Lake’s most popular breweries.
Discovering Box Elder & Bear River Valley
A scenic and compelling journey through Northern Utah’s Bear River Valley
Eating Up Mount Timpanogos
Learn about the Utah farms near Mt. Timpanogos that produce luscious lettuce and artisan cheese. Make your own plans to “eat up” Mt. Timpanogos!
Heber Valley is a basecamp for adventure with none of the crowds! With restaurants, bakeries, yurt dining and more there is never a shortage of places to eat.
Hell's Backbone Grill
Boulder, Utah sits at the edge of wilderness, but Hell's Backbone Grill culinary ethics and farm-to-table cuisine puts most city dining to shame.
Kiva Koffeehouse is a welcome stop for fresh food and espresso tucked on a hillside down a dirt driveway near milepost 73 on the scenic byway.
Mesa Farm Market
Best local shops and healthy eats near Moab and Capitol Reef. Try the goat cheese!
Moab Farmers' Market
Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings in summer, discover a food and community market that shares the harvest of the desert.
Mountain Lifestyle Calling
Make your chocolate fantasy into reality by including on your itinerary a visit to the Ritual Chocolate Factory, one of Utah’s premier chocolate makers.
Navajo: Fry Bread, Tacos, Pizza
Despite its troubling origins, Navajo fry bread is an inspired food of the nation’s people, and it can be found in many forms with various names around the southwest.
Painted Pony Restaurant
Located in Ancestor Square in the heart of St. George, Utah, the Painted Pony, affectionately known as “The Pony,” gets rave reviews by all, as evidenced by its 4.5-star Trip Advisor rating.
Ray’s is the way to hamburger bliss after a weekend of concurring and communing with Mother Nature at her most brazen — namely, Moab and the surrounding Southern Utah recreational areas.
Rediscovering A. Fisher Brewing Company
One brewery where you can find both a rich history and a fresh perspective is the newly reopened A. Fisher Brewing Company (also referred to simply as Fisher Brewing). After more than fifty years this Utah classic is back to stay, providing a wide variety brews to enjoy.
Short List: Local Salt Lake City Nightlife Picks
Make the most of winter's shortened daylight by extending your Utah ski trip into the night. Sure, some resorts offer incredible night skiing — so, okay, after that — but then the night really gets going in downtown Ski City.
St. George Scene: Cliffside and The Bear Paw
Explore the best restaurants in St. George including Cliffside and The Bear Paw.
Thanks to it’s location eight miles from Capitol Reef National Park, this remote enclave is a great place to stop for some coffee, ice cream or dinner on your way in or out of the park.
Tropic, Utah: Bryce Canyon Coffee Company and The Stone Hearth Grille
Get an introduction to the best-known restaurants in Tropic, Utah — The Stone Hearth Grille and Bryce Canyon Coffee Company. Prepare your appetite!
Urban and RYE: An Intimate Mixture of Music and Local Eats
Come in and experience the unique fare from the RYE Diner, one of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City. Then enjoy the hot beats at the Urban Lounge.
Utah’s Women Make History
Walk in the footsteps of Utah’s earliest women’s suffrage leaders at sites throughout downtown Salt Lake City. Along the way, view public art installations commemorating voting rights and stop at trail-adjacent local women-owned businesses.
Where to taste, tour and take home Utah's world-renowned chocolate
The Utah chocolate world is expanding deliciously. Visit some of the world's premier chocolate stores and producers for true moments of chocolate bliss.
Utah's Local Food Fuels an Exciting Culinary Scene
Excerpted and Adapted from Business in Utah
Slowly and quietly, like a tiny green shoot pushing through dark soil, Utah's food scene has been blossoming over the past few years. Where once there were only a few booths at the Downtown Farmer's Market in Salt Lake City, now there are hundreds. Dozens of other markets are taking over corner lots in local neighborhoods and flourishing in cities outside the capital. Many vendors who got their start selling bundles of arugula at the Saturday market now stock numerous restaurant kitchens.
Utah is entering a new era of culinary tourism and the driving force is local food. The Beehive State is now known for artisan cheese, beer, milling, grass-fed beef and more — it's changed so much over the past few years. The change is bringing world-class chefs back to Utah, such as Ryan Lowder of The Copper Onion Group. These chefs use local ingredients at their award-winning restaurants.
Salt Lake's rising stardom is also attracting investors to the boutique restaurant and bar business. One example is Ty Burrell of TV series "Modern Family" who was recently featured in Food & Wine magazine with Utah-based star Chef Viet Pham (who beat Bobby Flay on "Iron Chef America") promoting their new artisanal sausage and craft Beer Bar in downtown Salt Lake City
Pago, in the hip 9th and 9th neighborhood of Salt Lake City, opened in 2009 with a "farm-to-table" mission and a clear vision of highlighting local and artisan foods. Owner Scott Evans is passionate about finding and featuring new artisans, so much so that he calls Pago a "love letter to local foods." The food that Chef Phelix Gardner prepares [chef at Evans' Finca] clearly embraces that love as the restaurant has almost a cult-like clientele and has been recognized several times by national publications, including The New York Times, Food & Wine magazine, The Washington Post, Bon Appétit and others.
In a place that’s known for its red rock landscape, it’s incredible that local chefs can coax such a feast of fresh food from the desert.
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