2041 South 2100 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
The Blue Plate Diner, which recalls small-town diners of the 1950s, has a kitschy-hip, vintage vibe and a classic diner menu with a few surprises. It's especially popular for breakfast and is a good choice for groups that include vegans and vegetarians.Known for: breakfast, smoked salmon, corned beef hash, vegan options
5291 South 1900 West
Roy, Utah 84067
The Burger Bar in Roy, Utah (near Ogden) is a classic burger shack locals swear by, serving burgers, fries, and shakes as well as buffalo and elk burgers. And of course, they serve fry sauce.
Known for: burgers, fries, fresh fruit shakes, onion rings, buffalo burger, elk burger
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
The funky decor at the Lone Star Taqueria includes hubcaps, old cowboy boots and a decrepit, colorfully painted station wagon with a shark fin. The menu includes at least nine kinds of tacos and burritos, plus simple Mexican side dishes, salads and tamales made by chef Manuel Valdez.
Known for: specialty tacos and burritos, carne adovada (marinated pork), shrimp tacos, pescado (fish) taco of the day
232 E. 800 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake pottery artist Don MacDonald and his wife Joanna decided to start making and selling sandwiches when Joanna, who grew up in Philadelphia, couldn't find a decent cheesesteak anywhere in Salt Lake City. The result is a sandwich shop inside a pottery shop, and some of the best homemade food this side of Philly.
Known for: Philly cheesesteaks, meatballs
155 West Commonwealth Ave. (2125 S.)
South Salt Lake, Utah 84115
Award-winning barbecue competitor Pat Barber smokes up some of Salt Lake's best brisket, ribs and other favorites in this simple but appealing South Salt Lake BBQ joint. There's live blues music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Known for: ribs, brisket, smoked meat loaf, burnt ends (Friday special), live music
736 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
866 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Opened in 1985 by the Cardenas family, The Red Iguana is one of Salt Lake City's best loved restaurants, serving some of the best Mexican food you can find anywhere. The original location near the Utah State Fairpark is so popular, the owners opened The Red Iguana 2 right around the corner.
Known for: moles, tacos Don Ramon (beef and chorizo), carne asada, chile verde, chile Colorado
4160 Emigration Canyon Road Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 801-582-5807
Ruth's Diner up Emigration Canyon has been in business for 80 years. It's a little piece of heaven and a nice escape from the city, serving homemade American classics.
Known for: biscuits and gravy, macaroni and cheese, soups, sandwiches, patio dining, picturesque settingWatch the Video: Ruth's Diner