Local Dining Hot Spots
Recommended by Local Members


Porcupine Pub & Grill

"Porcupine Pub & Grille opened its first location at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon on April 27th, 1998.  The vision, to create the perfect gathering place for skiers, mountain bikers, outdoor enthusiasts, families, and friends to come relax and enjoy great food while meeting new friends and experiencing exceptional service. Since we opened our doors we have welcomed the community in being an integral part of our family. We are a “family-minded” driven establishment in the sense that our patrons are our friends and we strive to provide an atmosphere that welcomes everyone.

We believe strongly in community and in supporting local. We have taken the time to establish a menu and bar offerings that is reflective of this.  Our wide variety of homemade food is a great escape from the usual mass produced food chain. Tap into something cold from our 24 drafts featuring a great selection of local brews, or if its wine or cocktails that fit the mood you won’t be disappointed.

Come in for lunch or dinner and check out our daily specials. Each day we feature an array of house specials, homemade soups, and a dessert of the week. We also serve a signature brunch menu on the weekends complete with: Omelets of the day, French toast with fresh berries, and fresh brewed coffee.

Join us for good food and good friends!"

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The Hog Wallow Pub

"Named after a rapid on the Green River, The Hog Wallow Pub is located kitty-corner to the historic Old Mill ruin at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon.  It is the latest reincarnation of the oldest and most notorious bar in the Cottonwood Heights area.  Established in 1947 by a returning World War II veteran who converted an abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps bunkhouse into an out of the way watering hole he named "The Branding Iron".  Over the years the bar has changed names a number of times mot notably, The Wagon Wheel, Demete's, The Fox and Bottle Inn and D.J.'s Beer Garden.  In 1997 the bar was transformed into The Hog Wallow Pub.

Since it's opening, Hog Wallow has received a number of awards including: City Search's "Best Outdoor Bar," City Weekly's "Best Neighborhood Bar" and "Best Escape from Downtown," and Salt Lake Magazine's "Best Suburban Bar."  Most recently 2010 City Weekly proclaimed us the "Best bar to find your fathers name carved in the ceiling' and in 2011 we received Salt Lake Magazine's Best of the Beehive award for "Best Patio.""

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Lone Star Taqueria

"Lone Star Taqueria was established in 1994 and has been supplying the Salt Lake Valley with authentic mexican cuisine ever since.  As if you stepped off a bus in Mexico, Lone Star's vibrant atmosphere and fiesta of flavors really make you feel south of the border.

Lone Star Taqueria has been featured on Guy Fieri's "Diner's, Drive-in's, & Dives" as well as spread in Sunset Magazine claiming we have the "West's best taco."  With local award in hand, we are still squeezing the lime!"

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Trio Downtown

"Mikel Trapp’s 30+ year career as a chef, restaurant owner and food and beverage director was launched at the Park Café, a small restaurant in the heart of Salt Lake City.
Today he is one of the city’s most popular and successful restaurateurs. As owner and operating partner of Café Trio, Café Trio Cottonwood, Café Trio Park City, Current Fish & Oyster and Under Current Bar, Mikel Trapp has proven to be one of Salt Lake's best in the industry.
Trapp essentially learned his craft on the job and quickly moved from the Park Café to Utah’s top destination resort, The Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley. At each location, he cooked, managed and eventually operated numerous restaurants, discovering that he was as much of a manager as he was a chef.  

In addition to working the local restaurant scene, Trapp also spent time as a chef/consultant for three Olympic Games as a food and beverage manager for Jet Sports, the world's leading Olympic Games hospitality program provider and management company."

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Carmine's Italian Cuisine

"Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Carmine brings from his home town only the best recipes for authentic Neopolitan pizzas, pastas, sauces and side dishes. A culinary chef for many years, Chef Carmine has learned the ins and outs of cooking quality dishes with authentic ingredients and with an eye on top-shelf service in a warm and inviting atmosphere."

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Nuan's Thai Kitchen

"Nuan was born in Thailand and was raised by her mother, until she was orphaned at the age of thirteen. After that she had to work to support herself. She was moved around from family to family while she worked in restaurants in Bangkok, Rayong and Ubonrachatani.  She ended up living with the family of a friend in Ubonrachatani and worked as a cook the family restaurant. The restaurant was located across the street from a provincial technical college and during this time she refined several of her recipes. The restaurant became a favorite amongst the students, often having a line that stretched around the corner.  Nuan credits her keen sense of smell, which allows her to smell the food while it cooks and determine what seasoning or spices are needed to give it full flavor." 

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