Goldener Hirsch Inn Restaurant – This extra special dining destination is one of the most unique restaurants in Salt Lake City. Nestled among the scenic mountains of Deer Valley, it sites in the Goldener Hirsch Inn – a boutique hotel modeled on its namesake original in Austria.
The hotel itself has endless awards to its name, such as being rated “#2 Small Hotel in North America” by Conde Naste Traveler. The signature restaurant of the inn is no different, racking up numerous AAA “Four Diamond” awards and Wine Spectator’s award of excellence every year since 1995. No mean feat.
Chef Ryan Burnham, formerly of lauded Pago in SLC, heads the kitchen and crafts cuisine worthy of the unique and extra special locale. With a focus on local product mixed with contemporary Alpine flair, Burnham’s cuisine is both rustic and refined – not to mention complemented by that award winning wine list. Pictured below, just two examples, local Morgan Valley lamb sausage with house mustard, and beautifully cooked Utah trout.
And of course, if you come for dinner, why not stay the night and have a truly unique Utah experience. Lodging overnight at the inn comes with VIP treatment. Everything from hot chocolate and cookies on hand in the hallway right outside your room, through to impeccable service staff on hand 24/7.
7570 Royal St, Park City, UT
The Annex By Epic Brewing – Who say’s you can’t get a drink in Utah? At the Annex, in the trendy Sugarhouse neighborhood, you can pair any of Epic’s Utah brewed high point ales with your food. In total that makes for more than 30 varied beers available by the 2 ounce, 16 ounce or 22 ounce poor. Heck, you could make a *day* of it just working your way through the beer alone. And the food? Chef Craig Gerome’s hyper-focus on local and seasonal sees a menu printed each day, ebbing and flowing with the season, making for sthunningly fresh and vibrant cuisine.
1048 2100 S #110, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Crown Burger – Popular with Utah locals for decade after decade this unique Utah original has several items any visitor to SLC should seek out immediately: most pressing of which is the signature crown burger.
The crown burger takes an already juicy, smoky and flavorful burger and loads it up with more layers of pastrami than is sensible. You’ll want to order that with a side of fries, and the all famous Utah fry sauce. Essentially a mix of mayo, ketchup and a few other secret additions the result is a condiment that causes constant local arguments, not to mention confused looks from out of states. P.s. don’t even suggest it’s merely thousand island dressing.
Forage – A unique dining experience like no other in Utah. Originally the work of chefs Viet Pham and Bowman Brown, this James Beard nominated restaurant is now the singular work of Brown; you’ll now see Pham on the TV more often than not. That’s not to say the food here isn’t as good as ever; the restaurant still solidly focuses on showcasing product from Utah’s wild as well as small farms and ranches.
The multi course tasting menu can often comprise fifteen or more unique courses and costs a paltry $89. Seasoned foodies know this is a steal for the quality and precision of the artistry and excellence of the cuisine on offer.
370 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111