Take Out

Coffee Garden
What came first, the menu or the coffee? The coffee, of course! The menu was created to complement the java. Fresh pastries, hot scones, and desserts go with your favorite cup of joe. (801-355-3425)

Market Street Broiler - University
This restaurant combines fish from the San Francisco wharf with wood from the American Southwest, producing mesquite-grilled seafood as a result. The glass-enclosed kitchen allows diners the opportunity to watch chefs exercise their art and create the restaurant's special dishes. Specialties include scallop, shrimp, and halibut plates. If you aren't in the mood for seafood, chicken and steaks are also served. The Broiler's lobby area doubles as a fresh market. (801-583-8808)

Red Iguana
The Cardenas family owns the Red Iguana, and that makes the food as authentic as you can get without moving to Tijuana. Mole, red sauce and cheese sauces are prepared from scratch weekly, a bit of added attention that makes the food that much better. One bite and you'll never want to eat at a chain Mexican restaurant again. Among the favorites you'll find are nachos (a local favorite), burritos, mole dishes and more. The real thing! (801-322-1489)

Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop
Elaborately decorated cakes are Mrs. Backer's specialty, and designs range from simple assemblies to absolutely elegant creations that boast intricate poinsettia or daffodil blossoms. Tarts, tortes, cookies, and trays of baked goodies have made Mrs. Backer's popular for over 50 years! (801-532-2022)

Pierre Country Bakery & Café
Stop in any day of the week to enjoy your favorite baked goods and Pierre's renowned French breads and baguettes. Sourdough, whole wheat, and rye loaves, cheese bread, Italian focaccia, and flaky croissants filled with all sorts of good things are but a few of the items that will have your mouth watering. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and quiche are also part of the game, as is a full coffee and espresso bar. (801-486-0900)

Red Rock Brewing Company
This popular brewpub provides over 20 micro-brewed beers and is a great place to hang out with friends. The amiable clientele and rustic decor work together to create a relaxing ambience, and everyone seems to have a good rapport. Guests can enjoy a slice of spicy pizza and a handcrafted beer (or two) while gazing at the magnificent view of Utah's sunsets. (801-521-7446)

Crown Burgers
Designed to evoke a European hunting lodge, complete with chandeliers and a stone fireplace, this popular restaurant isn't your average burger joint. Neither are the menu's attractions. In fact, the signature burger, in an innovative break from tradition, is smothered in pastrami. Along with great burgers, Crown offers hot sandwiches, fries, and onion rings, all supplied in generous portions and all served fast and reliably. (801-467-6633)

Located in the lobby of a former bank building, this Big Apple-style eatery offers city-dwellers an upscale, almost funky setting that includes high ceilings and an open kitchen. Sample something different — corn and crab bisque with a cilantro-oil swirl is ideal for savvy diners. Or, if you'd like, go for foie gras, scallops with fresh veggies, or grilled black sea bass. The intriguing dessert menu features a delectable medley that includes tea cr?me br?lée, tea sorbet, and black tea-infused chocolate cake. This award-winning restaurant occupies the ground level of the equally decorated and funky Hotel Monaco. Bambara is one of an elite handful of Salt Lake City restaurants to receive the AAA Four Diamond Award. (801-363-5454)

Village Inn
If it's a good and simple breakfast you want, look no further than the Village Inn. They serve what are arguably the best pancakes in town — golden, light, and topped with a variety of good things. Other traditional breakfasts are tasty and fresh as well. Open 24 hours on the weekends. Business casual. (801-355-3753)

Salt Lake Roasting Company
This two-story cafe is one of Salt Lake City's longest-running, most classic cafes. Serving delicious, roasted coffees (ranging from lattes to dark espressos) throughout the day, alongside a fairly extensive food menu, this is a go-to favorite of locals. Guests are free to sip a cup of drip coffee and use the wireless, or to meet with friends and enjoy a full meal. Outside seating makes the Roasting Company a popular late night gathering spot as well. A variety of scrumptious lunch and dinner options are available, and the staff makes sure that there are plenty of fresh breads and pastries available all day long. (801-363-7572, 800-748-4887)

Maps and Directions

Coffee Garden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: 9th & 9th
Cost: $
Market Street Broiler - University 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Neighborhood: University Of Utah
Cost: $$
Red Iguana 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Pierre Country Bakery & Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, European, French
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Red Rock Brewing Company 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$
Crown Burgers 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Burger
Neighborhood: South Salt Lake City
Cost: $
Bambara 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$$
Village Inn 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Salt Lake Roasting Company 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
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