Menu Watch – January 2018

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BGR Sugar House - mushroom Swiss. Credit, BGR
BGR Sugar House – mushroom Swiss. Credit, BGR

BGR Sugar House – Fair warning this one will probably get a little messy, but hey, want a free burger? Head down to BGR Sugar House on Tuesday January 16th and you can get just that. According to this Facebook post the new business on Wilmington is giving away 500 free burgers. No word on what type of burger, how long they’ll last or what kind of riot gear you should pack.

1202 E Wilmington Ave, Ste 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 487-6301
bgrtheburgerjoint.com

Feldmans Deli - meatloaf
Feldmans Deli – meatloaf

Feldman’s Deli – No doubt you’ve stopped by this East bench restaurant for lunch and grabbed one of their massive sandwiches, but have you tried them for dinner? Over recent times the business has been quietly building a stronger and stronger dinner service. Dishes on the night menu tend toward hearty comfort food classics, check out the meatloaf and gravy above and you’ll see what I mean. Perfect for grey Thursday evening no? The evening service is presently available Thursday through Saturday only, so keep that in mind.

Most evenings also have live music, check out their Facebook page for exact lineups as the performers change frequently. Stop by on Fridays and if you’re lucky you might even seen owner Michael Feldman on the guitar too…

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

Oasis Cafe - seafood paella
Oasis Cafe – seafood paella from a previous special

Oasis Cafe – Oasis Cafe’s chef de cuisine Efren Benitez has created special weekly three-course meals for January “resolution dining.” Priced at just $30 and changing weekly to take opportunity of healthy and fresh ingredients, the nightly dinner special includes a nourishing choice of soup or salad and changing entree and dessert options. Upcoming menus include:

January 8 – 14
Pan roasted mahi mahi with sweet potato mash, mango salsa, ginger vinaigrette and broccoli, with carlota de limon for dessert

January 15 – 28
Sliced beef tenderloin with cauliflower purée, sautéed spinach with crispy quinoa and a hearty port reduction, with cappuccino cheesecake

January 23 – February 4
Soy sauce infused escolar over mascarpone soft polenta with sautéed green beans and a delicate balsamic reduction and saffron poached pear with vanilla ice cream for dessert

151 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(801) 322-0404
oasiscafeslc.com

Johnniebeefs - Chicago dogs made from a man from Chicago with buns from Chicago and dogs from Chicago
Johnniebeefs – Chicago dogs made from a man from Chicago with buns from Chicago and dogs from Chicago

Johnniebeefs – Missing the legit Italian beefs from Midvale’s finest rendition of the windy city? If you recall, Johniebeefs folded at the end of 2017 amidst much sadness from regulars. Well, the semi-odd saga continues as the Facebook page of the now defunct business recently speculated on a possible return:

It’s possible…..Johnniebeefs might re open……and possibly in same location. Issue right now is money (the root of all evil). One of the options might be getting people to invest…..Let you know…..Happy New Year!!

If you’ve got a big bag of cash and REALLY want to see a taste of Chicago back here in Utah – you know what to do…

Vegetarian food truck meetup
Vegetarian food truck meetup 2018

Bring It On Down To Veganville – This Saturday (January 20th) head down to the One World Community space in Murray and enjoy a meet up of vegan-friendly food trucks. Along with the 8 food trucks serving 100% vegan menus there will also be booths and vendors selling exclusively vegan and cruelty free products. The event also benefits Bets Friends Animal Society too. Trucks expected to make the event include:

Sweet Chimneys
https://www.facebook.com/sweetchimneysutah/

Comfort Bowl
https://www.facebook.com/Comfortbowl/

Falafel Tree
https://www.facebook.com/falafeltreefoodtruck/

Braza Bowls
https://www.facebook.com/brazabowlz/

Banh Mi Time
https://www.facebook.com/banhmitime/

Good Deeds
https://www.facebook.com/thegooddeedscoffeehouse/

Fatty Tuna
https://www.facebook.com/fattytunafood/

Spuds
https://www.facebook.com/spudsloaded/

Laziz brunch menu
Laziz brunch menu

Laziz Kitchen – The menu above says it all, if you’ve enjoyed Central 9th’s Laziz for lunch or dinner, you might now want to check them out for brunch. Also announced recently – the ability to order Laziz products online and have them shipped throughout the US.

If you’ve been raving about their hummus or toum to friends and family out of state nows the chance to show off some of Utah’s finest locally made product. You can order online at: https://laziz-foods.com

SOMI - bun with tofu and vegi spring rolls
SOMI – bun with tofu and vegi spring rolls. Delivered right to your door.

DoorDash – I’ve been enjoying this relatively new restaurant delivery service here SLC quite a bit of late. You can use my referral link, you’ll get $10 off your first delivery if you like: http://drd.sh/TXMZje/. If you’re new to this type of service it goes like this: from the comfort of your sofa (or bed!) you order from your phone or tablet. In just 45-60 minutes someone turns up on your doorstep with fresh cooked restaurant food. Compared to other local services like Grub Hub and Yelp/Eat 24, DoorDash delivers form a massively broader selection of businesses. They’ll even deliver from a swathe of fast food joints too.

I’ve just enjoyed my third delivery and am happy to report the service seems to work great, wonderfully so in fact. Obviously there are some caveats to keep in mind here; the quality of your order might vary based on the time, the distance, the type of food and the restaurant. Order a deep fried dish from a restaurant five miles away in the middle of a Friday night – yeah – don’t expect miracles.

One feature I love is the ability to pre-order, hours or even days in advance if you’re so inclined. I get the feeling by doing this you’ve a better chance of your order arriving on time and correct, as the system more than likely schedules pre-orders for delivery drivers coming onto their shift. I’ve nothing to back this up mind you, except stellar experiences from scheduling ahead of time – my orders from Kathmandu, SOMI Vietnamese Bistro and Long Life Vegi House all arrived on time, correct and warm. DoorDash only provides the driver pickup and delivery part of the equation, the order is packed by the restaurant, so keep that in mind too.

As for costs, DoorDash charges the same price as the restaurant per item, which I do prefer over other services that sometimes mess with pricing. On top of that theres a variable delivery fee (some restaurants subsidize deliver and it’s free), a service fee (kinda like Uber surge) and you can optionally tip your delivery driver in app too (you should). Sure, it’s a few dollars more than getting pick up yourself, but we’ve all had those nights where convenience beats cost hands down. Give it a whirl, get $10 free: http://drd.sh/TXMZje/

Alamexo Cantina - one dollar tacos
Alamexo Cantina – one dollar tacos
Alamexo Cantina – And finally, as a quick reminder, the bar special tacos at this 9th and 9th restaurant are running through to the end of the month. If you haven’t yet stopped by Matt Lake’s newest creations, this is a fantastically wallet friendly way to check out the setup.

Stop by the bar area every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. through January and enjoy $1 tacos. Each week the selection changes up, pictured are those from this past weekend: Brussel sprouts two ways, on with house made chorizo the vegi option with onions, mushrooms and roasted almonds. Each weekend sees both a meat and vegi option, and a drink special too! I can say from first hand experience, the team take the dollar specials just as serious as the regular menu, so don’t miss this opportunity if you can.

1059 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 658-5859
alamexocantina.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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