I’ve driven by Mo’ Bettah Steaks at least a hundred times, and recently did reviews on some of their Salt Lake Valley competition such as Moki’s and L&L Barbecue. Finally after a long hot day at the pool, it was finally time to try Mo’ Bettah Steaks in the 2100 S and 300 W neighborhood of Salt Lake City.
You can find Mo’ Bettah just South of Costco off of 300 W in a small plaza that also has a few other food options as well as commercial stores. I’m a big fan of Hawaiian BBQ and Teriyaki sauce in general. I was really looking forward to trying Mo’ Bettah.
The restaurant itself was setup quick service style, where you have a large menu board at the front of the kitchen. You get in line, tell them what you want, and they construct your plate for you. The menu is about what I expected, Mo’ Bettah has steak, chicken, and pork options, or you can combine them in a mixed plate. The menu was straight forward and simple, which I really liked. Too many options on a menu kinda annoy me, so this one was great. I knew I wanted to try all of the different types of meats, along with a few side choices.
I went with the Ekolu special for my meal. In the mixed plate section they have something called the “mini-Ekolu” for $10.99 and then the “Ekolu Special” for $13.99. I asked what the difference was, and was told the special has more sides and nearly twice the meat. You don’t have to be a math wizard to know that the special plate is the way to go. It came in a bigger, heavier duty take out box, and when I picked it up, I could tell it was just full of food.
Now it’s time for the breakdown. (Yes that was an En Vogue reference). First for the sides. You can get brown or white rice with your meal. I went with the white. It was sticky and well done. Especially when you pour teriyaki sauce on top of it. The macaroni salad I didn’t care for at all. It had way too much mayonnaise in it, which overpowered the flavor of the salad. I have to give the Best Sides title to Moki’s for this reason. Chicken was outstanding at Mo’ Bettah Steaks. In the Ekolu special they give you two huge pieces of teriyaki chicken. It was cooked and flavored perfectly. The pork was also done quite nice. Tender, juicy, not too much fat, all of the things I look for in a good tasting pork. Mo’ Bettah has it marinating in juice and they transfer that directly to your plate. You don’t have to worry about dry meat here. Finally the steak was very nicely done at Mo’ Bettah Steaks, which is a good thing, because that’s what they talk about in the title of their restaurant.
The Ekolu special was outstanding. Tons of food to eat. Five different scoops of sides to go along with plenty of meat. You pay $15 bucks for it after tax, but you get your money’s worth. They also give you two different teriyaki sauce cups to go along with your meal. The Mo Bettah sauce as they call it was fantastic on pretty much everything on their menu.
The verdict? I put Teriyaki Grill, Moki’s, and Mo’ Bettah Steaks all together in the Hawaiian trinity of barbecue meats. The others are second tier to these guys.