Gracie’s

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Gracie's

Gracie’s

Gracie’s Gastropub in downtown Salt Lake City.  Probably a bit more on the “pub” side than the “gastro” side.  Gracie’s has plenty of parking, and nice outdoor seating options as well as indoor.  This is a 21 and older only gastropub, so leave your kiddies at home.  There were a few pluses and minuses to go over, so here are a few pictures and quick thoughts on my first visit.

Let’s start with the good.  The ambiance is pretty decent if you are looking for a place for a drink, food, and live music.  It’s not too loud like I have seen at other places.  The seating was a little disorganized, meaning we didn’t have a hostess, but we were able to find a table, and our waitress did a decent job of attending to us and keeping our waters full.  The music was an acoustic guitar player and he was actually quite good.  The people watching was pretty good too.  Overall, they attract a good crowd, and do a good job of servicing folks.

Nachos

Nachos

Continuing on with the good, these nachos should be the only thing you order from the menu.  Honestly they were some of the best nachos I’ve had in Salt Lake City, and probably give Porcupine Grill a run for their money as the overall best.  These had a ton of different flavors on it, and the cheese and toppings were well-distributed throughout the nachos which is key.  I don’t think I had a dry chip or clump on the entire plate.  Did I mention that this was the “half” size?  Absolute bargain!  I loved the white beans also, which gave it a yummy Texas caviar element to them.  These nachos were absolute bomb!

Seafood Mac n' Cheese

Seafood Mac n’ Cheese

I rolled the dice with some mac n’ cheese as my main course.  With all fairness to Gracie’s, this place wasn’t that bad.  I was just so stuffed from the nachos I had little room left.  There was plenty of shrimp and crab meat on the dish, but the protein was rather plain and not really seasoned.  The cheese sauce I though was actually decent, but I found the choice of tube shaped pasta to be interesting.  With a few tweaks I think this dish could be better.  I didn’t hate it, it was good, just didn’t love it, and comparing it to the nachos which was a masterpiece, this dish was kinda plain Jane.

La Matadora Salad

La Matadora Salad

My wife went with the Matadora salad which had kale, red quinoa, peppers, avocado, and vinaigrette, along with some added chicken.  She didn’t love the dish either.  It was okay but not great, and we ended up leaving most of it.

Overall, I would go back to Gracie’s definitely for some drinks and nachos and to listen to some music, but not if I’m looking for a serious dinner with a number of great options.

 

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