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When Salt Lake City was founded by the Mormons in 1847, no one would have guessed that just 160 years later it would have grown up to become one of the biggest culinary hotspots in the Rocky Mountains. Yet, today, Salt Lake City indeed offers some of the tastiest food and most acclaimed restaurants in the entire nation. And the best part: most meals in Salt Lake cost a fraction of what they would on the trendy avenues of New York or San Francisco - even if the chefs preparing them indeed hail from those expensive eateries.
When it comes to selecting a restaurant, the first step is choosing a cuisine. In Salt Lake City, you’ll find everything from Italian to Peruvian, sushi to Greek. Once you’ve pinned down your craving, you’ll have to consider your price range - because in Salt Lake City, you can pay as much as $50 - or as little as $10 - for a plate at its top eateries.
You’ll have the option of eating sinfully affordable Oaxacan moles at Red Iguana, or savoring fine surf and turf with the high rollers at Market Street Grill. You can enjoy the fruits of local agriculture at the farm-to-table restaurant, Pago, or you could treat yourself to some of the nation’s best sushi at Takashi.
On a side note: you needn’t worry about the freshness of seafood here. Given Salt Lake City’s pumping restaurant industry and bustling airport, restaurants all around the valley receive fresh shipments of the stuff daily. So dig in!