Avenues Proper Restaurant & Publick House • Part restaurant, part pub, part hangout this microbrewery in Salt Lake City's Avenues neighborhood is replete with dishes to enjoy alone or pair with a house brew.
Boulevard Bistro • A welcoming, modern atmosphere pairs nicely with thin-crust pizzas, salads, Italian-inspired entrees and gelato at this bistro on Foothill Boulevard.
R&R Barbecue • Brothers Rod and Roger Livingston give their competition-winning barbecue a permanent home in downtown Salt Lake City. The pulled pork, brisket and ribs are first rate; so are the okra and hushpuppy sides
Jasoh! • This Ogden stalwart serves pub fare and fine dining options from its second-floor perch above historic 25th Street. The multiple menus mean the quality ingredients don't always get the treatment they deserve.
Cucina Deli • This Avenues stalwart now offers an evening menu peppered with spicy and smoky notes, a dash of fun, and a new wine and beer menu. Try the polenta fries, lemon ricotta dumplings or the duck and seeds appetizer.
Del Mar al Lago • Hidden in a South Salt Lake business park, Del Mar al Lago Cebichera Peruana is serving up high-end Peruvian-style ceviche and seafood dishes that are worth the effort to seek out.
Ichiban Sushi • One of downtown Salt Lake City's older Japanese restaurants shakes things up with new staff and menu. The new Izakaya menu think Japanese pub food offers something unique.
Papa O's and Mama's Plantation Restaurant • Southern-style comfort food including fried chicken, collard greens and pot roast.
Tortilla.bar • While this restaurant serves familiar items such as tacos and empanadas, it's not your typical Mexican eatery. The focus is on creativity and interpretation. Not for everyone but adventurous diners will like it.
Caterina's • A new restaurant in the heart of Sugar House offering affordable French fare with nice wines to match.
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