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So, last week this column was all about my personal "benchmark foods" things I sample wherever I go, although not at the same time. Apparently I forgot to add that part, leading one reader to wonder if I actually eat coleslaw, steak salad and chilis rellenos together.
Answer: Not yet. But thanks for the suggestion!
Anyway, I appreciated your tips, and now I have an updated list of Utah dining establishments to visit, which I am passing along to Tribune readers free of charge.
Thank you. And also you're welcome.
Fish and chips • When it comes to the best fish and chips, many of you raise your right hands and vote for Virg's at 5770 S. Redwood Road in Taylorsville (801-968-7180). My friend Stef and I are headed there this week, thus giving us both a reason to live.
Steak salad • Can you say the Tin Angel Café at 365 W. 400 South in Salt Lake (801-328-4155)?
Potato salad • Ha! One reader loves his wife's day-old potato salad. Another says the best potato salad he's ever eaten was in Oakland's Coliseum parking lot at a tailgate party. So sorry I missed that event.
Meanwhile there's the potato salad served by Crazy George at Kitty Pappas' Steak House in Woods Cross at 2300 S. Main St. (801-295-9981) where (I'm told) it's potato salad season from Memorial through Labor Day.
French fries • Some readers love the fries now appearing at a Five Guys near you. Another gives Bruges Waffles and Frites at 336 W. Broadway in Salt Lake (801-363-4444) a big thumbs up. And how about this for unexpected? Mazza, a restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, has amazing fries at two locations 912 E. 900 South (801-521-4572) and 1515 S. 1500 East (801-484-9259). Oh! And as per another reader's suggestion, I'll soon be driving to The Smoking Apple in Lindon at 70 N. State St. (801-406-9928) just to try the sweet potato fries.
Coleslaw • No recommendations here obviously y'all aren't feeling the slaw love, so I'll stick with my carry-out from KFC, because, come on, you guys! It's really good!
Chili rellenos • Recommendations include those found at Rio Grande at 270 S. Rio Grande St. in Salt Lake City (801-463-3302) and at Pistol Pete's Mexican Grill at 2477 Fort Union Blvd. in Cottonwood Heights (801-944-1833). It's all about the cheese, honey.
Cupcakes • M-m-m-m-m-m. Cupcakes. Mini's at 14 E. 800 South (801-356-9493) in Salt Lake City and The Cocoa Bean Cupcake Cafe at 1774 N. University Parkway in Provo (801-356-9493) garner rave reviews. And the CakeWalk's vegan cupcakes at 434 S. 900 East in Salt Lake (801-953-0804) are yummy, too.
Key lime pie • One reader maintains the Key lime pie at any Village Kitchen is reliably good. And then there is the Key lime pie de résistance served up by the folks at Penny Ann's Café at 1810 S. Main St. (801-935-4760) in Salt Lake. And lest we forget there's always the Key lime at The Dodo in Salt Lake at 1355 E. 2100 South (801-486-2473).
Speaking of forgetting, I cannot believe I failed to mention that rhubarb pie is a benchmark food and that the best rhubarb pie EVER is at Croshaw's Gourmet Pies in St. George at 175 W. 900 South (435-628-1700). I would seriously walk like a pioneer to St. George and back, just for a piece.
I had a few reader shout-outs for stuff not on my list RubySnap cookies, for example, at 770 S. 300 West in Salt Lake (801-834-6111) and French toast as served by our friends at The Other Place, also in Salt Lake at 496 E. Broadway (801-521-6567).
And finally a few of you are still pining for Bratton's clam chowder, as well as Snelgrove's ice cream.
Alas. I can't help you there.
But I do feel your pain.
Ann Cannon can be reached at email@example.com or facebook.com/columnistcannon.