Stuart Melling

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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.
Chedda Burger - The Mother Hen (Chedd Burger)

New restaurants around SLC you won’t want to miss

Baek Ri Hyang We might be five or more years behind the curve, but Korean food is finally starting...
Log Haven - bison with sweet potato orzo

Stunning new restaurant menus, Father’s Day specials and more

Log Haven Log Haven - bison with sweet potato orzo (Log Haven) Log Haven...
Chedda Burger - coming to The Gateway with beer (Chedda Burger)

Liquor law loopholes, restaurant closures, award winners and much more

DABC news Making the headlines across the land this month was Social Axe's return to the commission, seeking to...
avenues proper

Summery patio pairings, Italian wine dinners and more

Avenues Proper Avenues Proper patio at night Wednesday June 12th is the the first night...
SLC Eatery - Kimchi bowl (801eatsndrinks)

New Spring menus, bold brunches and brand new bargain beer passes

SLC Eatery SLC Eatery - Kimchi bowl (801eatsndrinks) SLC Eatery - okinomiyaki benedict...

The Roundup – May 2019

Purgatory - bao (Talyn Sherer | Slug Mag) Ready for some dining inspiration, or lets be honest, a...
SLC Eatery - prep kitchen at work

Raise a glass at these upcoming events including Utah craft brews, rose wine and...

SLC Eatery rose wine dinner SLC Eatery - prep kitchen at work I'd recommend you...

It’s A Wrap April: DABC Updates, Mother’s Day

DABC Licenses Enough ink has been spilled as a result of the April DABC meeting that you'd think the...
Tastemakers 2017 - food, crowd, sun setting

Unmissable Utah food festival fun in 2019

One of the best things about the Utah food scene? A raft of events in our warmer Summer months each and every...

Aristo’s no more, free tacos, 70oz steaks and Spring menus galore

Aristo's to close this weekend Octopus at Arito's (shutterbugsage) This news just in courtesy of...
Five Sushi Brothers maki sushi large

New restaurants in Utah – April 2019

Level Crossing Brewing Level Crossing Brewing Company - Utah Uncommon beer
Kentucky Hot Brown (Hub & Spoke Diner)

Where to eat out this Easter Sunday in Utah 2019

Next Sunday sees one of the bigger dining events of the year - Easter Sunday. Many restaurants up and down the Wasatch...
Avenues Proper - bone marrow (Avenues Proper)

Events: bacon and beer, Italian wines, anniversary celebrations and more

Epic Casual Dining SaltFire Brewing beers (SaltFire) Tomorrow night (April 11th) head to this Midvale...
SLC Eatery (SLC Eats)

The Roundup – April 2019

Once more it's time to take stock, look back at the past month or so, and see what other local food types...
The Angry Korean - philly cheesesteak with bulgogi

It’s A Wrap – March 2019

DABC Licenses Causing more than a few column inches this month was the failure of Heart and Soul Karaoke...
Sushi Groove - scallop with Tobiko, togarashi, spicy mayo, green onion, ponzu

A seemingly fishy story – sushi in the desert

Sushi Groove - nigiri sushi With nearly 600 dusty miles separating Salt Lake City from the ocean, sushi...
Beer (freepik)

Five point oh – coming to grocery shelves near you

You've probably been watching the ongoing shenanigans regarding the recent legislative session and how law makers are...
Scallops (Manoli's)

Events: Stanza, Avenues Proper, Manoli’s, Chocolate And Cheese

Stanza - lobster pasta (Salt Lake Magazine) Stanza The chic downtown Italian restaurant is pulling...
The Rising Bun - comrade fries (Rising Bun)

It’s A Wrap – February 2019

DABC Licenses Mountain West Cider - desolation A brace of noteworthy items from this month's...
Squatters SLC airport - carnitas

New SLC Airport restaurant options confirmed

I can't be the only one just a little excited by today's formal announcement of the winners (and by proxy the losers) for the...