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Guest Blogger: Brooke Eliason's 5 Must Try Restaurants in SLC

Updated: Jan 26

We love inviting guest bloggers to add interesting and fun content for our Salt Town readers! Brooke Eliason is a Salt Lake City native that’s simply obsessed with all things food. She started Female Foodie in 2010, and 12 years later she has hundreds of restaurant guides and restaurant-inspired recipes powered by an incredibly talented team of food writers and recipe developers across the country. For a taste, she has shared five favorites in SLC with us - check them out, as well as her website for more!


5 Must Try Restaurants in SLC


Salt Lake City is a vibrant, beautiful city filled to the brim with history, culture, natural beauty, and a noteworthy emerging food scene. These are five of our must-try spots in Salt Lake City, from sushi to pizza to sandwiches to pasta. Want more SLC recommendations? Don’t miss our full guide to the best restaurants in Salt Lake City.


5 - Feldman's Deli

If you’re looking for the most satisfying sandwich in Salt Lake City, head straight to Feldman’s in Sugar House. Feldman’s is the only Jewish deli within hundreds of miles and honors traditional Jewish cuisine in every dish. The thing to order here is the Sloppy Joe, and it’s nothing like the Sloppy Joes your mom used to make. Loaded with Corned beef, pastrami, thousand island and coleslaw on Jewish rye, this enormous sandwich is the most popular item on the menu. If you’re looking for something a little less “sloppy,” try the Trisha. Each sandwich comes with a side, so go for the hand-cut fries.


4 - Takashi

Any SLC native knows that Takashi serves the best sushi in Utah. With fish always flown in daily, everything is fresh, and no matter what you’re ordering, you can plan on it being absolutely incredible. The nigiri sampler is a must-try, along with the deconstructed azekura, the crunchy ebi, sunshine, and summit sushi rolls. If you still have room, don’t leave without trying the house-made panna cotta, which is an unexpected and delicious way to end your meal. Takashi is constantly packed, so be prepared for a wait. Show up right when at opening for lunch or dinner hours to avoid hours-long waits, or go with a few friends if you can secure a group reservation beforehand.


3 - Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

Settebello is a true gem in the Salt Lake Valley. The ingredients and methodology used are identical to what you’ll find in Napoli, so you know this place serves up the most delicious and authentic Neapolitan pizza in all of Utah.The pizzas cook in under 90 seconds in a 900 degree oven and come out with the most delicate and perfectly charred crust. If you’re new to Settebello, order the Margherita, the #1 selling pizza, made with crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. If you’re looking for something a little different, try the Diavola, made with red bell peppers, salami, garlic, fresh mozzarella, and basil, or the Settebello, complete with pine nuts, mushrooms, pancetta, and artichoke. Make sure to save room for some homemade gelato next door (the stracciatella and mango are the perfect end to an amazing meal!).


2 - HSL

With immaculate menu curation, local ingredients, and a chic vibe, HSL (Handle Salt Lake) is one of the best New American restaurants in the valley. Chefs Briar Handly and Igor Legname prioritize seasonal, local, and organic ingredients to create delicious and upscale dishes. The menu is divided into three sections, cold, hot, and hearty, for a unique take on fine dining. Don’t miss the buttermilk biscuit, general tso’s cauliflower, or the fried chicken when available. If you’re in the Park City area, check out sister restaurant, Handle, which serves similarly amazing food on historic Main Street.


1 - Valter's Osteria

Created and lovingly crafted by the late Valter Nassi, Valter’s is more than an Italian fine-dining establishment, it’s an experience any true food enthusiast must partake of. The menu is the perfect balance of classic dishes and new seasonal picks. Favorite mainstays include the chopped agnelli salad, tutta pasta di valter (pasta sampler), lasagna made with Valter’s mother’s meat sauce, butternut squash and sage ravioli, and chicken piccata. Don’t leave without trying the lemon gelato drizzled with local honey and salt. You’ll definitely want to make reservations at this spot as it fills up quickly. Valter’s is perfect for a special occasion or for when you want an incredible dining experience.


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