The Cantina is chef and owner Matt Lake’s more casual spin on his original downtown destination restaurant, Alamexo. The cooking is refined, regional Mexican cuisine executed with ethical and intelligent sourcing; think sustainable seafood and quality purveyors like Niman Ranch. At the Cantina you can order a regular meal or just a few plates with friends over margaritas. As with the downtown location, table side guacamole is a signature dish you shouldn’t miss.
1059 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Quirkily springing to life in the spot of a former abandoned car garage is this Southern influenced neighborhood hotspot. The seasonal menu is always in flux, but if you do stop by you need to check out one thing thats always on the menu: amazing home cooked pies! Five daily flavors are always offered, everything from spiced cherry with lemon zest and cayenne through caramel apple with brown butter.
501 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
The second outing of Ali Sabbah’s award winning Middle Eastern restaurant is a much larger and luxurious affair than the 15th and 15th original. The food, is as ever, simply outstanding. Wonderful grilled kebabs, delicately flavored rice dishes, fluffy pita bread – and a myriad of exotically spiced dishes; this is one of SLC’s very vest Midle Eastern dining destinations.
912 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
O.k. its not in the center of the 9th and 9th area, but it’s only ever so slightly further afield. Kyoto is one of SLC’s longest standing restaurants, and easily one of the very best Japanese restaurants in the state. You’ll find a full sushi var with maki, nigiri and sashimi but the star here is the authentic cooked dishes. Always consistent and reliable b e sure to check out classic dishes such as their tempura, tonkatsu, sukiyaki and more!
1080 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
A small and humble pizzeria in the heart of the 9th and 9th area. What it might not have in space and size, it more than makes up for in flavor. The menu is simple with 4 regular pizzas and a “pizza of the week”, two simple salads, and a seasonal side. With that tunnel vision focus the restaurant cranks out Neapolitan pizza made with traditional methods and only the best hand sourced ingredients.
925 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105