My food adventure has finally taken me to the other side of the Oquirrh Mountains to Tooele, Utah. I can probably sum up in one paragraph what I know about Tooele. It is the town that you drive by on your way out to Wendover. It is also home to the Miller Racing Complex, and the Tooele Army Depot, as well as a chemical weapons incinerator. (Okay I admit I got those last few pieces of intel from Wikipedia. Consequently they say that the name Tooele derives from an old Ute word for “tumbleweed”) Well I didn’t find any tumbleweeds in Tooele, but there is a gem of a food establishment known as Bonneville Brewery that has just opened right off of Main Street on your way into town. It is a treasure, and worth a pit stop, if you will, for the racing or gambling fan on your way to your final destination. You guys are going to want to try this place after seeing these pictures.
Bonneville welcomes both the 21 and older bar crowd, and well as the family crowd looking for a nice dinner. I like the way the building has been designed and decorated. There are lots of wide open space on the top-level where the bar is located. They have T.V’s for the games, as well as some billiards tables. The advantage they have here is the space. I can’t see there being a problem finding a place to sit down for a drink.
You can see from this angle the upstairs wraps around the building with a huge opening looking down into the main dining room and two huge flat screen TVs. You can’t really choose a bad table at Bonneville Brewery.
I don’t drink beer so I can’t really tell you what is going on in this picture. It reminds me of a room where a bunch of dudes in white lab coats and clip boards would be found walking around. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Drago from Rocky IV appear running outside the window. Whatever it is that happens here, it has something to do with beer, and it added to the awesome scenery at Bonneville Brewery. I felt like I had access to some secret room as if I was part of a field trip. And no, I don’t expect to see Tooele Elementary tour the brewery anytime soon.
Oh yeah, this place has food too. Take a look!
Let me preface my food portion of this review by explaining that Bonneville Brewery has brought in chef Joe Davis who has over 20 years of experience of international and national experience in the kitchen. He has trained in San Francisco and Chile and really knows what he is doing. What this means is you can expect very high quality food here. We started out with the mac and cheese balls, which I had only had once before at the Cheesecake Factory. CF uses cheddar cheese and macaroni in their balls, but Bonneville uses all local cheeses and shell pasta in theirs. These things are huge too and accompanied with a ranch dipping sauce. I’ll give them a 9.9 out of 10 with the only small deduction because they were slightly cold in the middle. They tasted amazing however, and the texture was awesome.
The soup had a nice texture and presentation to it. It comes along with a souffle cup of house made croutons and creme. I ended up dunking some of my mac and cheese balls into the soup, and it was if they were made for each other.
The salad was probably my favorite part of the meal. The steak was tender and tasted like it was grilled over an open flame. The greens went above and beyond the standard iceberg lettuce. I think there was some hearts of romaine in there along with some spinach. Everything was tossed in a vinaigrette. If you are a salad eater, then I would highly recommend this dish.
We ordered a pizza for the kids. While certainly better than what you are going to find at Chili’s or Applebees, the pizza didn’t wow me. My kids loved it and finished it off. I probably attribute this to me wanting to desperately move on to anything other than just pepperoni pizza. I live in a house where I’m never allowed to order anything but pepperoni.
You know a burger means business when it is delivered to your table with a steak knife down the middle of it. This one had two huge house made onion rings in the middle of it. I attempted to construct the burger keeping the onion rings on the inside while also adding the fresh veggies. The burger ended up being about 10 inches wide, so there was no way I was going to be able to eat it that way. I decided to eat the onion rings separately and they were probably the 2nd best onion rings I’ve ever had right behind Lucky 13. The rings combined with the unique fry sauce were amazing. The fries didn’t exactly play second fiddle to the rings either. They came perfectly fried and peppered. Overall this was a very solid burger plate.
The dessert we went with was pavlova, which is a merengue based dessert named after Russian ballet dance Anna Pavlova. My favorite part was the fresh berries. My wife loved this dessert as it was something similar to a dessert made in Colombia. I can see this being an excellent choice for those with more of a sweet tooth than myself. I’m more of a cake and cookies kind of guy. My kids and wife gobbled it up.
To sum up Bonneville Brewery, very cool place, well designed to serve every type of person and group. Way better than your average bar/pub fare with a professional chef with lots of experience creating new twists to American classics. (They also have a chicken pot pie). You can’t really go wrong here. Despite the 30 minutes it took us to get back to our home in West Valley, my wife was already talking about how she wanted to return with friends and family. Come give it a try!