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Utah's best saluted Wednesday at The Tribune's downtown Salt Awards block party

Published October 17, 2016 10:08 am

Salt Awards • Tribune editors, readers chose top restaurants and more.
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More than two dozen Utah favorites were honored Wednesday night at The Salt Lake Tribune's Salt Awards for excellence in their products, services and the experiences they provide.

Readers cast thousands of votes for what they love to eat, do and see in Utah. The winners in the 20 Readers' Choice categories represent what their fans say are the best places to enjoy the arts, chow down on burgers, raise a local brew — whether in a brewery or a coffeehouse — explore with family or escape the desert heat.

Tribune staff included classics in the Editors' Picks, but focused on new players you might not have tried yet — standout restaurants and businesses that deserve to become your favorites, too.

"We're thrilled so many community members joined us to celebrate Utah excellence," said Tribune Editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce. "Through both popular vote and expert eyes, Salt Award winners have proven to be tops and we appreciate the fantastic services and experiences each provides to enrich the quality of life in the Beehive State. Congratulations to all the winners!"

Read more about the winners at tribsalt.com.

Editors' Picks

Best theater concessions: Broadway Centre Cinemas, Salt Lake City

Best new cheap eats: Straw Market, Salt Lake City

Best new Italian restaurant: Sicilia Mia, Millcreek

Best new Park City restaurant: Tupelo, Park City

Best new Greek restaurant: Manoli's, Salt Lake City

Best new Indian restaurant: Everest Curry Kitchen, Sandy

Best new fine dining: HSL, Salt Lake City

Best new dining atmosphere: Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar, Salt Lake City

Best new bookstore: Booked on 25th, Ogden

Best shopping district: 9th and 9th, 900 East and 900 South in Salt Lake City

Most picturesque public golf course: Wasatch Mountain Golf Course, Midway

Best hike with a dog: Bowman Fork in Mill Creek Canyon

Readers' Choice winners

Best coffee: Beans & Brews, Publik, Salt Lake Roasting Co.

Best brunch: Penny Ann's Café, The Park Café, and Eggs in the City tied with Market Street Grill

Best burger: Lucky 13, Crown Burgers, Cotton Bottom Inn

Best sushi: Takashi, Tsunami, Ichiban

Best beer/sports bar: The Bayou, Beer Bar, The Garage

Best brewery: Squatters Pub Brewery, Red Rock Brewery, Epic Brewing

Best food truck: Cupbop Korean BBQ, Waffle Love, Chow Truck

Best Chinese restaurant: Mandarin, Charlie Chow's Dragon Grill, La-Cai Noodle House

Best Mexican restaurant: Red Iguana, Taqueria 27, Salsa Leedos

Best vegetarian/vegan: Oasis Cafe, Zest Kitchen & Bar, Sage's Cafe

Best locally made snack: RubySnap, Beehive Cheese Co., Hatch Family Chocolates

Best late-night bites: Alberto's, Porcupine Pub & Grille, The Bayou

Best ski resort: Snowbird, Brighton, Alta

Best family activity: Hogle Zoo, Lagoon,Discovery Gateway Children's Museum

Best pool/water park: Lagoon A Beach, Seven Peaks Resort, Crystal Hot Springs

Best music venue: Red Butte Garden, USANA Amphitheatre, The Depot

Best museum: Natural History Museum of Utah, The Leonardo, Clark Planetarium

Best festivals, fairs and parades: Utah Arts Festival, Utah Pride Festival, Sundance Film Festival

Best downtown nightlife: Brewvies Cinema Pub, Wiseguys Comedy Club, Whiskey Street

Best theater/performing arts: Ballet West, Hale Centre Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company






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