Calling all foodies – eating in Salt Lake.

Locals will tell you, the Salt Lake City dining scene has exploded in recent years. But Salt Lake’s foodies aren’t the only ones noticing, it’s gaining attention on a national level as well. Wine Enthusiast recently named it one of America’s Five New Foodie Cities stating, “Salt Lake City’s under-the-radar restaurants won’t stay there for long.”

Salt Lake is hailed as one of the best cities to be vegetarian or vegan. Most restaurants offer vegan and gluten-free options on their regular menu. Additionally, there are numerous vegan restaurants and diners.

If you would like to sample some of Salt Lake City’s best dining, here is a curated list of popular eateries. I’ll warn you, this is a local’s list, including a few “hole-in-the-wall” favorites.

Copper Onion – Ranked one of Salt Lake’s best restaurants year after year, the innovative menu at Copper Onion is worth exploring. It’s all good, but don’t miss the pork belly.
Cuisine: New American

Forage – Edgy, offbeat, and yet consistent in its excellence, Forage is an excellent example of our foodie soul. Eating at Forage is a food event, so allow at least 2.5 hours to enjoy your meal.
Cuisine: Locally Sourced American

Current Fish and Oyster – Several of Salt Lake’s most powerful culinary minds collaborated to create the city’s newest dining option, Current. The menu highlights regional favorites from across the country, with their own innovative swing.
Cuisine: Seafood

Tosh’s Ramen – Get your noodles on! Located in a tiny strip mall, this place is worth seeking out. If you dig spice, try the Karai Ramen. They have vegetarian/vegan options too. They close early, so check their hours before making plans.
Cuisine: Asian

Oh Mai – Excellent (and cheap) pho and sandwiches. This Vietnamese sandwich kitchen is often packed but moves fast. Try the rib-eye sandwich or any of the pho, it’s all tasty.
Cuisine: Asian

Frida Bistro – Fun and passionate Mexican food meets French sophistication. Frida’s has been a local favorite for many years. If you have room, end your meal with the Pastel de Mole Negro (black pepper ice-cream, need I say more?)
Cuisine: Elevated Mexican