Menu watch – December 2017

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Feldman's Deli - latkes
Feldman’s Deli – latkes

Feldman’s Deli – You might already know that Feldman’s is home to easily the most delicious sandwiches in all of Salt Lake City; but have you checked them out for dinner?

The restaurant opens Thursday-Saturday and features live music, special events and dinner specials throughout the year. If you feel like broadening your horizons beyond your usual Sloppy Joe lunch order (I’m not judging, I’ve got the same problem) stop by this Thursday and celebrate Hanukkah with the Feldman’s team.

On December 14th (from 6 p.m.) I’m told there’ll be plenty of Latkes and Sufganiyot (Israeli donuts) not to mention live with music by the KlezBros.

2005 E 2700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
(801) 906-0369
feldmansdeli.com

Avenues Proper - 2017 holidays cellar release
Avenues Proper – 2017 holidays cellar release

Avenues Proper – Sharing is caring don’t you know, which is why we love this local gastropub-nano brewery. As far as we know, AP is the only brewery in Utah that cellars the best brews of other local brewers – and this December you can enjoy the fruits of that labor, err, rest.

If you stop by Avenues Proper this December check out the cellar release list above chock full of extremely rare and hard-to-find beers available nowhere else. Supplies are limited and are expected to move fast as a result. Note: Utah law prevents the sale of these bottles to go (since they’re over 4% and weren’t brewed on site) so pull up a chair and order something to eat while you’re there.

376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(385) 227-8628
avenuesproper.com

Avenues Bistro On Third - caviar pillows. Credit Avenues Bistro
Avenues Bistro On Third – caviar pillows. Credit Avenues Bistro

Avenues Bistro On Third / Fireside – As we reported on last month, Kathie Chadbourne’s small bistro shut shop after a storied several years with local residents.

The closure lasted mere hours as Michael Richey (of downtown SLC’s Fireside On Regent) stepped into the breach to become the new owner in short order. The new owners writing on Facebook stated:

Chef Michael Richey, Scott Deseelhorst & Chef Steven Garner are excited to announce their partnership in the Avenues Bistro on Third. The bistro re-opens this Friday December 1st at 5pm for dinner service. We have a killer menu, a great staff, and could not be more excited to continue doing great things in this wonderful space!

We hope that you will join us this weekend to celebrate, our hours are: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 – 10 pm, closed Monday. Dinner service will continue Tuesday – Friday, and then brunch on Saturday (12/8) and Sunday (12/9) at 9 am, followed by diner at 5pm.

Given the quick turnaround and new menu it seems this one was planned for quite some time. Speaking of the menu, it’s one I’ve been waiting for someone to release for years in SLC – one with several nods to a classic French bistro with Utah – Utah trout almandine anyone?

Beltex Meats - Phillip Grubisa and team
Beltex Meats – Phillip Grubisa and team

Beltex Meats – On the menu right now, but possibly increasingly scarce in the future – the country pate at this great SLC butcher shop. The pate (in addition to the pork coppa) was recently nominated for a Good Food award. No mean feat when you consider these awards only recognize the best of the best nationwide; and as Phillip Grubisa (owner) told me, producers with pockets millions of dollars deep.

As you might imagine, Grubisa’s modest butcher shop scaled up from his farmer’s market operation has a David and Goliath task on its hands. I stopped by myself this past week to grab some for first hand assessment and it certainly gets my vote. Grubisa explained they currently shift 35lbs of the stuff every three days, yep you read that right, more than 10lbs a day. If they win the big one, who knows where that demand will grow. Go sample some now.

511 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 532-2641
beltexmeats.com

Blind Dog Restaurant And Sushi Bar - maki sushi
Blind Dog Restaurant And Sushi Bar – maki sushi

Blind Dog – Looking for a deal up in Park City? Look no further than this spot that’s still offering their popular happy hour menus through Winter. Available in the bar area from 5-6pm daily, enjoy half price sushi and apps and bar specials. Check with your server for daily deals.

251 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060
(435) 655-0800
blinddogpc.com

Special Courses exterior mockup
Special Courses exterior mockup

Special Courses – December 6th saw the grand opening of this competition winning restaurant at the Shops at South Town. You might recall this contest back in May where several restauraneturs competed for a $50,000 investment prize, a new eatery space and six months of free rent in the center’s Dining Terrace. The prize was awarded by the Utah Restaurant Association.

The final winner was this former food truck owned and operated by James Veylupek that offers American fast food dishes with a militaristic vibe. Battle ready Burgers include selections such as the Hell Fire, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Guantnamole Baycon (also in the running for the most ill advised dish of the year award, on multiple levels).

The Shops @ South Town Dining Terrace
10450 State St, Sandy, UT, 84070
https://www.loc8nearme.com/utah/sandy/special-courses/4851433/

Veneto – Finally, if you’re starting to feel those Winter chills seep deeper and deeper into the bones check out this new Winter warming menu from Marco and Amy Stevanoni’s Veneto:

Veneto - December 2017 menu
Veneto – December 2017 menu

370 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 359-0708
venetoslc.com

Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you!  I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune.  I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.

I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade.   I’m largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand.  I ate all the pies.

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