The Garage

The Garage

The Garage

The Garage embodies everything in a restaurant that I try to review on this blog.  It is off the beaten path, most of you may never have heard of this place.  And inside, you will find absolute treasures like the fried Mormon Funeral Potato Balls.  The Garage has been around for  50 years actually as a bar up in North Salt Lake on Beck Street.  Only for the past 2 years has it had a kitchen and been providing tasting bar grub food.  If you are not sure if you have ever driven by here, let me provide you with a picture of their “back yard”

The Back Yard

The Back Yard

I often enjoy taking note of the people who frequent a restaurant, sometimes it gives you a little insight into the restaurant itself.  While my co-worker and I were sitting down waiting for our food, we took a look around.  There were two dudes in blue zip up suites with American Flags on their shoulders.  They both had mustaches, and were drinking beers and eating some awesome looking cheeseburgers.  Yeah, this place was pretty awesome.  You also had a gentleman in a business suit at the bar, and a table full of old ladies.  The Garage attracts them all.

Inside The Garage, you will find, believe it or not, stuff that you would expect to find in an actual garage.  I commented that it reminded me of a page from a children’s magazine that has just tons of random stuff everywhere, and you were tasked to point out the hidden objects.  We noticed the following:  An old picture of John F. Kennedy, A glowing leg lamp of hot sex, a major award, and a Fra-je-lay leg lamp like the one shown in A Christmas Story, an old boar’s head on the wall, a candelabra with a little stuffed animal above it.  This place had it all, and the ambiance was just amazing.  The floors had old wooden planks on them, and it really gives you a sense of the age of the place, but it was a cool feeling.  Here are a few environment pics:

We got us some firewood.

We got us some firewood.

A cool cast iron stove

A cool cast iron stove

See the boar's head?  And the dudes with the blue zip up suits?

See the boar’s head? And the dudes with the blue zip up suits?

Okay so yeah, cool place, but this isn’t a fine art blog, it is a food blog.  Driving up to The Garage, they have  advertised on the sign outside the Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes.  DO NOT COME HERE WITHOUT ORDERING THEM!

Mormon Funeral Potatoes

Mormon Funeral Potatoes

Ah man, these little balls of goodness.  I would put them at the size of a racquetball some of them. (Are you reading this Pete Schweddy?)  If this is really what they serve at funerals, I’m going to start becoming an avid reader of the obituaries and start crashing some funerals every week.  You get 6 giant size balls of amazingness for the low price of $6 bucks.  I mean how often do you get to spend $6 bucks on stuff you don’t even care about?  Heck, while writing this review I probably spent $6.  The MFPB’s  (Because I’m getting tired of writing it out)  contain loads of scalloped potatoes, cheese, bacon, and scallions.  They come along with some ranch dressing and are served on tin plates.  Our meal was off to such a great start with these beauties!

RAGS

RAGS

A quick time-out for the food portion of this review to share yet another ambience piece.  Check out these little square rags they put the silverware in!  How awesome is that?  I loved it!

Now on to the burgers.  I was looking over the menu trying to decide which burger to order when a waitress walked by with a couple burgers in tow.  One of the burgers had a gigantic portion of something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on upon first glance.  I asked my co-worker to look over.  “Hey did you see what is on that burger?  That can’t be bacon can it?”  The bacon was so incredibly huge, the only way I was going to find out short of walking over and grabbing the burger off the plate of the other guest, was to order one for myself.

BEHOLD

The SLC Firehouse Burger

The SLC Firehouse Burger

The Garage takes a good solid base of excellent tasting ground beef and soft white bun, and then just goes to town and back again.  They load it bacon, sport peppers, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, bacon, red onions, bacon and then some more cheese, and finally;  BACON.  I was even relieved to discover that the fries were even delicious.  If you order a burger here, guess what?  You win!

Fried Chicken and Waffles

Fried Chicken and Waffles

A little odd I thought that a place like this sells fried chicken and waffles, but they tasted good.  I’m not quite entirely sold on the whole fried chicken along with waffles idea.  I almost wish I had some mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese to go along with my chicken (which was tremendous chicken by the way).  The waffle was just so-so in my mind.

And that my friends is The Garage.  I know they were recently featured in KSL as well as the newspaper so the gal we talked to mentioned that a lot of people have been coming in to order the MFPB’s.  A few other things of note to mention is that the Garage offers live music quite often.  You can find the schedule on their website.  Also every Tuesday after 5 PM is Taco Tuesdays.  You can get street tacos for $1 each.

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