Best Restaurants Tucked Between Downtown and Sugarhouse

Salt Lake’s 9th & 9th neighborhood is one of the best in the city when it comes to dining. Much lower-key than Downtown or Sugarhouse, this area centered around 900 South and 900 East streets requires vastly fewer parking maneuvers and much less crowd battling than either of those more famous city sectors. Packed with locally owned stores like clothing boutiques and bike shops, and littered with restaurants and yoga studios, this compact commercial area is surrounded by historic brick homes, green lawns and mature deciduous trees, making it a pleasant place to walk, bike and enjoy a meal outdoors.

Those visiting Salt Lake in the summer should enjoy a mist-cooled patio lunch at Café Trio. With arguably the best outdoor dining in town, this modern Italian restaurant offers a liberating a la carte-style menu that gives diners great flexibility in accordance with their appetites. While there, check out Trio’s famously tasty flatbread.

For a more casual patio dining experience in 9th & 9th, head to the 9th South Delicatessen. One of Salt Lake’s most popular delis, 9th South serves mouth-watering sandwiches crafted with gourmet meats, European-style breads, incredibly flavorful sauces and garden-fresh vegetables.

If those two options don’t excite you, consider a stop at Great Harvest Bread Company, Barbacoa Mexican Grill, Mazza Middle Eastern Restaurant, or any of the other fine 9th & 9th establishments on this list.



One of Salt Lake City's favorite Japanese restaurants, Kyoto embraces diners with refined, traditional Japanese cuisine served amongst simple-yet cozy-decor and pleasant atmosphere. Lunchtime business folks flock here in droves to sample the...  Read More

Eggs in the City
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Located a north of central Sugarhouse, yet southeast of 9th and 9th, Eggs in the City offers a primo location with less crowding than restaurants in the heart of either of those trendy, busy neighborhoods. Eggs in the City is a perfect choice...  Read More

Thai Garden & Noodle House


Thai Garden & Noodle House uses fresh, home-grown ingredients whenever possible to craft authentic Thai meals of the highest quality and greatest taste. Enjoy lighter Thai salads and vegetable-rich noodle dishes, or opt for more filling...  Read More



Great Harvest was started as a grass roots bakery in the late 1970s by a pair of then college students. Making fresh-ground, whole-wheat breads, the bakery was a wild success and took off like wildfire around the nation. Today this Salt Lake...  Read More

Barbacoa Mexican Grill
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Located in Salt Lake's fun and hip 9th & 9th neighborhood, Barbacoa serves a fast and nutritious version of Mexican food. Rather than sit-down service and cheese-smothered burritos, this Mexican grill offers fresh wraps, made-to-order at the...  Read More

Tulie Bakery
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Tulie Bakery enjoys a prime location just north of the 9th and 9th intersection in Sugarhouse, and adjacent to Trio Cafe (one of the city's most popular modern Italian eateries). This tempting little gem offers some of the tastiest and light...  Read More



This locally owned restaurant has been serving Salt Lake City for over a decade. Utilizing fresh, seasonally appropriate ingredients and authentic Middle Eastern recipes and cooking methods, Mazza is a steadily popular eatery for both lunch and...  Read More

Café Trio
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Cafe Trio, located on the northern periphery of Salt Lake's 9th & 9th neighborhood, is one of Salt Lake City's most consistently busy restaurants. Serving a contemporary and fresh version of Italian cuisine in a bright and stylish dining...  Read More

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If you're looking for farm-fresh, artisan food, Pago is your number-one choice in the Salt Lake City area. Whether you're looking for brunch, lunch or dinner, you can expect a diverse menu filled with tantalizing meat and vegetarian dishes of...  Read More


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