Pretty Bird Hot Chicken - Right behind on Regent Street is Pretty Bird Hot Chicken, an amazing chicken sandwich shop. It is a local restaurant and will be the best chicken sandwich you’ll ever have.
Red Rock Brewery - Great brew pub and restaurant. In a cool, old building, it has a great atmosphere, good food, and good drinks.
Hotel Monaco and Bambara - The building was constructed in 1923 and was originally a bank. It was converted to Hotel Monaco in 1999. Bambara is a favorite downtown spot with a great atmosphere for lunch, dinner, or a nightcap.
Market Street Grill - Great local seafood and steak restaurant
Takashi - One of the best sushi restaurants in the valley
Squatters Pub - Utah has a 100 year history of strict alcohol laws as you may be aware of, but as some of those started to loosen in the 1980s, brew pubs began to open. One of the first was Squatters. Good Cobb Salad and onion rings.
Christopher’s Prime + Sonoma - A locally sourced grill and bar. Great selection of steak and seafood.
Apollo Burger or Crown Burger - Both Utah originals. Grab a pastrami burger and don't forget the fry sauce.
Pago - Great local restaurant with locally sourced food. Has a downtown location and another one a little further away.
Whiskey Street - Fun bar for drinks and apps. Right on main street, so easy to walk to.
Other Local Favorites
Sawadee - One of my favorite Thai restaurants in Salt Lake
Red Iguana - The best Mexican food in Utah in my opinion. You'll need to drive to get to the restaurant (either one or two), but it is worth it. If you can't drive out there, they have put a Taste of Red Iguana in City Creek, so you can try it there as well.
The Copper Onion - Nice dinner restaurant that is a little outside of downtown. Also does brunches on the weekend. Feels nice but comfortable.
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