Avenues Proper– A new menu has rolled out at this Avenue’s gastropub, and wow, it doesn’t look half bad; in print or in photo. Check out the following pictures and details of the menu now available: * Roasted poblano mac & cheese – bechamel, parmesan, house frito, elbow noodles, $8 ($3 more with ham) * Bone marrow – gremolata, pickled red onion, maldon sea salt, crostini, $17 * General Tso’s pork ribs – peanut butter brittle, kimchi, $15 * Smoked lamb meatballs – pickled peppers, sumac aioli, harissa sauce, $10 * Yukon potato croquettes – saffron aioli, zucchini pickles, parmesan, $8 * Roasted cauliflower tacos – chipotle romesco, pickled cabbage, charred lime, $9 * Marinated mushroom toast – mushroom blanquette, cured egg yolks, arugula, $10 * Mussels – bacon dashi, kimchi, anchovy croutons, $15 * Potato gnocchi – brown butter, belgian endive, cabbage, tartufo, candied walnuts, tomato jam, $18 * Top sirloin steak – herbed farro, root vegetables, chimichurri, $25 * Smoked ricotta ravioli – creamed spinach, parmesan chips, pickled raisins, grilled asparagus, $19 * Citrus salad – cara cara orange, grapefruit, belgian endive, candied zest, honey vinaigrette, toasted almonds, $11 76 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (385) 227-8628 avenuesproper.com
Current Fish And OysterBringing back one old favorite and introducing two new offerings, Current Fish & Oyster’s executive chef Alan Brines has created some $12 lunch specials to complement the weekday mid-day menu. A guest favorite, Current’s chicken & waffle with white cheddar-green onion waffle, jalapeño and maple syrup joins two new dishes: cauliflower sandwich with arugula, white bean purée and green romesco; and the roasted pork sandwich with slow roasted pork, lemon aioli and arugula, both of which come with house-cut fries or salad. These items join the lunch menu which is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. each week. The new items join other favorites such as fish tacos, fish & chips, poached tuna melt, grilled chicken sandwich, the “un-common” burger or a grilled fish sandwich with the freshest catch of the day. The seafood bar is open for lunch too boasting shrimp cocktail, two-minute ceviche, green lip mussels, grilled oysters and the best East and West Coast selections available daily. 279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 326-3474 currentfishandoyster.com
Oasis CafeWith the anticipation of spring in the air and the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, Oasis Cafe’s chef Efren Benitez has created fresh specials for March. Priced at just $30 the nightly three course dinner special includes a choice of soup or salad and changing entree and dessert options. Menu for March is as follows: March 12 – March 18 Blackened wwordfish with mango salsa, grilled zucchini, onion, potatoes, asparagus, red and green bell peppers and white corn sauce. Honey roasted pear with Mascarpone pistachio cream for dessert. March 19 – March 25 Soy sauce infused halibut with herb mixed orzo pasta, tomato fennel sauce; fennel, asparagus, roasted tomatoes and soy sauce reduction. Apple cake for dessert. March 26 – April 1 Pan Roasted scallops with roasted wild mushroom risotto, truffle oil, garnished with mixed herbs of celery leaves, parsley, chives, tarragon. Final course is Efren’s famous bread pudding. 151 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 322-0404 oasiscafeslc.com
St. Patrick’s DayLooking for something to do this Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day? There’s plenty going on across Utah. Here are a few of the more interesting events and specials we know of. First down here in the valley: Feldman’s Deli – If I’m in the mood for corned beef, I really can’t think of a better restaurant than Feldman’s which imports the real deal from back East. I challenge you to find better, this is the same stuff you’ll find on famed deli menus in NYC. So what better way to dine on the 17th right? With that in mind, in addition to a brunch menu with mimosas this Saturday, the restaurant is also offering a corned beef and cabbage special for both lunch and dinner on St Pats. Priced at $14.50 for lunch and 16.50 dinner, Otter Creek will also be playing live from 7-8:30 p.m. 2005 E 2700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109 (801) 906-0369 feldmansdeli.com 4th West Fest – Also this Saturday over at Mountain West is the second annual 4th West Fest. This year Mountain West and Red Rock Brewing are teaming up with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey for a day long party, kicking off when the St. Patrick’s Day Parade finishes at 11 a.m. The event features live music from local artists and food from local trucks including Shylo’s Mobile Café, Gerlach’s, and Marmalade Coffee Co. There will also be samples of local goods from Indulge Eats, Giant Taste-Skinny Waist, and Garwood’s Ginger Beer, among others. Also in attendance will be City Weekly, Yelp, 4th West Apartments, and Axis T Events – who will have fun games and giveaways for those who stop by. Local goods and services will be available from Beautiful Uprising, Living Canvas Henna, Paul Marto, Jr., Crazy for Coconuts, Perfectly Posh, Kayla’s Nails, and Paint Mixer. St. Patrick’s Day parade-goers can hop on a free trolley, sponsored by Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, in front of the Gallivan Center’s Good Grammar to get to the 4th West Fest. The trolley will run to and from both locations from 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. General admission for the event is free for all ages. Only those 21+ will be served alcohol. For more information about the St. Patrick’s Day event, please visit https://mountainwestcider.com/2018/4th-west-fest-st-patricks-day/ Meanwhile, up in Park City and Deer Valley, the following restaurants have specials: Deer Valley Grocery~Café – The café is serving a lamb stew and polenta, featuring Niman Ranch lamb, winter vegetables, rich red wine sauce and fresh herbs, served over white cheddar polenta with crispy shallots. Be sure to leave room: Irish soda bread, sugar cookies and chocolate stout cupcakes with Baileys Irish cream filling will also be available from the Deer Valley Bakery. Empire Canyon Grill at Deer Valley Resort – Feast on a grilled Reuben sandwich with corned beef, caraway sauerkraut, caramelized onions, Swiss raclette and thousand island dressing on a house-made rye swirl bun at this ski lodge on Empire Mountain at Deer Valley Resort. Irish soda bread from the Deer Valley Bakery will also be on offer. Fireside Dining at Deer Valley Resort – Enjoy Irish whiskey fondue and sticky toffee pudding, served with date and ginger cake and brandy toffee sauce, at this popular dinner destination at Empire Lodge at Deer Valley. Flanagan’s – This Irish pub on Main Street is making a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day. The celebrations kick off with karaoke Friday night, plus a day-long party Saturday: bagpipes perform Saturday afternoon, followed by a performance from Ryan Walsh in the evening, and a DJ set from Anthony Moto until the end of the night. Commemorate Flanagan’s biggest event of the year in the photo booth with fun costumes, plus swag and prizes through the night and special awards for the best Irish kilt in male and female categories. For dinner, enjoy Flanagan’s pub fare, plus two specials: grass-fed New York peppercorn steak with grilled onions, house-made peppercorn sauce, mashers and veggies; and Flanagan’s slow-roasted prime rib, encrusted with roasted garlic, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables, and served with horseradish sauce and house-made au jus. Red Rock Brewing – This brewhouse at Red Rock Junction will be serving beer specials, plus a corned beef and bangers-and-mash special, alongside Red Rock’s award-winning brews and a menu that boasts delicious classic pub fare and much more. Royal Street Café at Deer Valley Resort – The restaurant will be serving a pair of specials for St. Patrick’s Day: a corned beef sandwich with Niman Ranch corned beef, braised apples, cabbage and Jarlsberg cheese on a rye swirl bun; and Irish whiskey semifreddo, made from layers of dark chocolate and whiskey mousse and milk chocolate Irish cream mousse in a shortbread crust. Seafood Buffet at Deer Valley Resort – Two special desserts will be on offer: Irish whiskey and espresso mousse, and Irish cream and milk chocolate mousse, each served in a glass. Silver Lake Restaurant at Deer Valley Resort – This lodge at mid-mountain will be serving a hearty shepherd’s pie featuring braised Niman Ranch lamb, pearl onions and green beans, topped with Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Irish soda bread from the Deer Valley Bakery will also be on offer. Snow Park Restaurant at Deer Valley Resort – The ski lodge at the base of Deer Valley Resort is serving lamb and spring vegetable stew, plus Irish soda bread and sugar cookies from Deer Valley bakery. Squatters and Wasatch Brew Pub – Wasatch Brew Pub will be tapping a firkin of traditional Irish Stout at the strike of noon this St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy a brew with elevated bitterness and a crisp, clean body and a touch of roasted malt and bitter cocoa. Both Squatters and Wasatch will also be serving traditional corned beef and cabbage in addition to their locals-favorite menu and beer selection.
Other itemsLastly, a few small bits and bobs we spotted over social media, going on right now: Copper Common – New desserts are in this week! Come enjoy some cocktails, dessert, and maybe even a little time out on the patio! This is our new S’mores with torched Brie, house graham crackers, balsamic strawberry jam, and Ritual Chocolate! Link. Desert Edge Pub– This isn’t your grandma’s pot roast. This is our interpretation of a classic dish often seen on the table when you come home to visit your parents. We tried to capture that same feeling of comfort with this dish while putting a Mexican cuisine twist on it. Guajillo chiles are used to braise the pot roast and create the sauce that surrounds a large hunk of meat topped with caramelized red onions and a couple sprigs of cilantro. The meat is incredibly tender sitting next to some salted Yukon gold potato wedges that were roasted separately to preserve their flavor. We are serving this along with a slew of other new specials for the next 2 weeks so don’t miss out on an interesting dish that brings you home with every bite. Link. Doki Doki – Doki Doki is happy to introduce THIRSTY THURSDAY!!! Starting March 15, 2018 til March 30, 2018, on every Thursday, you will get a BOBA MILK TEA FREE when you buy a delicious Japanese Crepe or Rolled Ice Cream! Don’t miss out guys. We hope to see you all soon. Link. Sushi Blue – Join us at Sushi Blue every day for our popular lunch special! Includes 2 courses and a soft drink or iced tea. Also offering: $5 HAND ROLLS, $5 WINE by the glass and $5 BLOODY MARYS! For the complete lunch specials menu. Link. Trolley Wing Company – Have you tried March’s Flavor of the Month? Come down for our Weekday Lunch Special (Dine in orders of wings are $7 Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with purchase of a drink). Link. Windy Ridge / Ghiddoti’s / Wahso – Two for one entree deals via email special. Link.
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