Stuart Melling

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.

Red Rock Brewing Company restaurant review

Red Rock Brewing Company is well known for its award winning beer, with 4 medals won in 2008 already. But how does the food stack up to the beer? We find out!

Weekly round-up 06/07/08

A quiet week all in all. This weeks reviews include, Glitretind, Salsa Leedos and yes, yet another Baxter's American review.

Baxter’s American follow-up review

To complete the recent flood of local Baxter's American reviews, we head on over also. Find out how Baxter's is doing, three months on from our first visit to one Salt Lake's newest restaurants.

Weekly round-up 05/30/08

A double whammy of Baxter's American reviews feature in this weeks round-up. Additionally reviewers also consider La 35, The Downtown Philly and Moochie's Meatballs.

Cafe Madrid restaurant review

Tapas is the order of the day as we take our first trip to Cafe Madrid. Read on to find out how we find this most unique SLC restaurant.

Kyoto review

Following hot on the heels of our recent Kyoto follow-up, a visitor to the site pointed me to their own round-up of Kyoto's traditional...

Kyoto restaurant follow-up

In lieu of our pending review of Cafe Madrid, we briefly go over an interesting trip to one of our favourite restaurants, Kyoto.

Weekly round-up 05/23/08

Tucanos, Holy Smoke BBQ & Grill, Oasis Cafe and Emigration Market are all given the once over by Salt Lake's food critics this week.

Weekly round-up 05/16/08

Featured in this weeks round-up of Salt Lake City restaurants: Baxter's American, Ganesh Indian Cuisine, Tiburon, Ruth's Diner and Martine.

Spencers for Steak and Chops restaurant review

This week we take a trip down town to Spencer's in the Hilton Hotel. A stalwart of the dining scene in Salt Lake City, we check out some seriously good steaks.

living traditions

Don't forget that Salt Lake City's Living Traditions Festival starts tomorrow for three days. Head on down for the music, arts and array...

Weekly round-up 05/09/08

With summer looming large, 'In Utah This Week' take a detailed look at patio dining options in town. Other restaurants reviewed include Five Star Cuisine, Smoky Mountain Pizza & Pasta and Gloria's Little Italy.

Pawitts Royal Thai restaurant review

Now two years into business we drop by Pawitt's Royal Thai in Holliday. Read on to find out how we found this popular neighborhood eatery.

Weekly round-up 05/02/08

A bumper crop this week, two weeks in one go! Reviews from two new sources complement the standard restaurant review round-up. Read on to find out more on resturants like Trompos Mexican Grill and Eggs in the City.

Tin Angel Cafe restaurant review

We finally get to try Tin Angel Cafe on a Saturday afternoon. Read on to find out how we find this downtown lunch, brunch and dinner spot.

Weekly round-up 04/18/08

Two overview pieces this week look at 'best cheap eats' and 'best grilled cheese sandwiches'. Single restaurant reviews include I love Sushi, Wing Coop and Wasabi.

In-N-Out Comes to Utah

Reported in the "In Utah" Magazine, this week: In-N-Out Comes to Utah. Don't get too excited though, the first location appears to be...

Epic Casual Dining restaurant review

Warmer days, lighter food, summer is almost here! With this in mind we head on over to Epic Casual Dining in Midvale, in search of a simple lighter meal. Read on to find out more.

Weekly round-up 04/11/08

Left Fork Grill, Marcello's Ristorante Italiano and a take on the Salt Lake City Dine-o-Round are the focus of this weeks reviews. Bon appetit!

Best of Salt Lake City restaurants

Award time has rolled around again. Both the Salt Lake Magazine and City Weekly now have lists of the best restaurants in the valley. We are also looking for your thoughts on what you consider the best restaurant in Salt Lake City?