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Five Star BBQ Company

Five Star BBQ Company

Jan 3, 2015

  2015 has certainly brought me good fortune when it comes to BBQ places.  A few weeks after trying a great new place in Holladay, I finally made it down to Orem to try well recommended Five Star Barbecue.  When it comes to ranking my favorite BBQ places, I boil it down to three different categories:  meat, sides, and sauce.  For the meats I like to see a...

Cliffhouse Gastropub

Cliffhouse Gastropub

Jan 1, 2015

    Even though I’ve nearing 200 reviews in the Salt Lake Valley, I still feel very much like a Draper novice.  Recently my cousins attended a wedding reception in the area and asked me for some dinner recommendations.  I really had to scratch my head with this one, and to be honest, it bothered me.  One of my favorite bakeries is in the area...

H&D BBQ

H&D BBQ

Dec 24, 2014

    It is with mixed feelings that I write this review.  H&D BBQ just opened up on Fort Union in the space previously occupied by Cucina Vanina.  While I’m sad that one of my favorite Italian places just closed up, I was excited to have a new BBQ option open up in Holladay close to my work. Pretty straight forward menu board that you would...

Bandit’s American Grill

Bandit’s American Grill

Dec 20, 2014

    Bandit’s American Grill is a welcome addition to the Old Mill area of Holladay.  Serving both the Corporate offices of the area, as well as the ski crowd heading up to the resorts for the winter, it certainly is nice to have another sit down service place for lunch close by.  Bandit’s stays true to their name and offers...

Taco Taco

Taco Taco

Dec 15, 2014

    There are so many subtle nuances that make these tacos great, I don’t even know where to begin.  Let’s start with the name, Taco Taco.  That is two times the word Taco.  I immediately thought of other instances in advertising or pop culture where a word was doubled up for added emphasis.  Doctor Doctor comes to mind from the Thompson...

John’s Pork Roast

John’s Pork Roast

Dec 6, 2014

    I definitely wanted to treat my first trip to the Mecca of the cheesesteak, Philadelphia, PA with preparation and reverence.  I had of course heard of all the stories around Pat’s and Geno’s as they are the founding fathers of the cheesesteak religion, but after doing my homework and consulting with some Philly locals, I learned that...

Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessen

Dec 4, 2014

    The “World Famous” moniker is often over-used by restaurants.  These guys have a claim on that title, and they don’t need Buddy the Elf to anoint them either.  There are two things that you have to first accept and then get over fast if you are going to enjoy Katz’s.  First, the place is going to be crazy busy.  You receive...

New York Take & Bake Pizza

New York Take & Bake Pizza

Dec 3, 2014

    New Take and Bake pizza place up in the Cottonwood Heights / Holladay area.  I found them on Groupon and went in for a pizza to take home.  Had a nice conversation with the owner.  Besides their pizza offering, they also salads and pastas along with various sauce options to take with you.  Fans of Michelangelo will be familiar with it, as that is...