Sunday, February 14, 2016

My Favorite Downtown SLC Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants

Bruges Waffles and Frites

When we travel it's all about the food for me!  I love local hole-in-the-wall type restaurants and rarely eat at chains.  The same goes for eating out in our own state!  You won't catch me eating at a chain restaurant unless I have to!  We find ourselves in the downtown area of Salt Lake City quite often, and have found a few treasures over the years.  Bonus, they're each $20-30 for two people to eat!  Here are a few of our family's favorites:

1- Rich's Burgers n Grub: This is a great downtown place for burgers.  It's small and there is rarely more than one employee working at a time, but we've never had a problem getting a table.  They have quite a few burgers on the menu and you can choose any of them with a hamburger patty, chicken breast or a veggie patty (they make the veggie patties in house).  My daughter is a vegetarian and loves having so many choices.  My favorite is the Mac & Cheese Burger with a side of fried green beans.  Their sweet potato fries are also a delicious side option.  We've never been disappointed at Rich's.  The staff is friendly and the food is fabulous!  They're located at 30 E. 300 S. (Broadway).

The Blue Nile Special

2. Blue Nile:  We originally found the Blue Nile restaurant on Groupon and decided to be adventurous.  We had never tried Ethiopian food and didn't know what to expect, but it was amazing!  I highly recommend getting the Blue Nile Special.  For $25 you get to sample many of the menu items plus an appetizer.  It's plenty of food for two people to share.  One of the interesting things about Blue Nile is you eat your food using a delicious spongy bread to scoop everything up instead of silverware.  Service is usually quite slow, so give yourself plenty of time, but it's always friendly.  This is one restaurant we'll actually drive to Salt Lake specifically for!  They're located at 755 S. State.

Bruges Waffles and Frites

3. Bruges Waffles & Frites: Oh Bruges, how do I love thee?  If you're familiar at all with the Belgian waffle craze in Utah aka the Waffle Love truck, you have to try Bruges.  They have amazing Belgian waffles, but they also have delicious Belgian french fries with flavored dipping mayos!  The salty perfectly compliments the sweet.  I love the liege waffle with whipped cream and strawberries and a side of frites with a good spicy mayo.  The downtown Bruges has very little seating and most of it is outdoors, so be aware if the weather isn't great.  There is nothing healthy about Bruges, but it's one of those places that's worth the calorie splurge!  They're located at 336 W. 300 S. (Broadway)

4. Toasters:  We found Toasters for the first time a couple of years ago during Comic Con.  I was researching good sandwich places with vegetarian options within walking distance of the Con and Toasters got great reviews.  It has now become tradition for my girls to go to Toasters every single time they're at Comic Con (twice a year).  It's a great lunch option with healthier options.  I love the Turkey Avocado.  It has balsamic vinegar and swiss cheese on it which makes it unique and yummy!  They have three downtown locations: 151 W. 200 S, 215 S. State and 30 E. 300 S. (Broadway).

Siegfried's Delicatessen

5. Siegfried's Delicatessen:  This German deli was another Comic Con find.  It's unique and fun!  They have a gift store (with German chocolates!) and a full deli with sliced meats and cheeses.  I like to order the traditional bratwurst with spaetzle w/gravy and red cabbage, but everything I've tried has been delicious.  Just a heads up, my teens are not impressed with German food, so this may be a grownups only type place to visit!  They're located at 20 W. 200 S.

Cute mini German chocolate bars from Siegfried's

6. The Robin's Nest:  This is another healthier lunch option.  I've always gotten salads at The Robin's Nest, but their sandwiches look delicious too.  I love the Nutty Flora with chicken added.  The ingredients are fresh and their salads are filling.  The staff has always been friendly and the service is quick even when they're busy.  They're located at 311 S. Main.

We're always looking for fun new local spots to eat and I'm sure our downtown list will continue to grow!  How about you?  Are you a hole-in-the-wall type person or do you like to play it safe with chain restaurants?

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