The Fast and the Furious of the Fast Foods
Got about $10 and need to gorge on some cumin, turmeric, and coriandered dishes during a lunchtime all-you-can-eat break?
This place will do nicely! Their lunch buffet has flavors that are common in India, but less common to the majority of Salt Lake Citians. So, if you're familiar with Indian food or are feeling a little bit exotic for lunch then this place should be a good fit for your appetite.
You'll find your tandoori chicken, yellow curry chicken, and other dishes along with white and yellow rice and plain and friend na'an.
Yes, fried na'an for lunch. What could be better?
Definitely not no skimpy meal here at the Star of India for lunch time!
Note(s): Walkable from the Trax station at either Court House or City Library.
Yumma! Tastya! Delisha!
This is my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant in Utah by light years. The food is delish and the atmosphere is modern and fancy simplified. A total win if you ask me.
I enjoy going out here for lunch rather than dinner though so that is what I would recommend. The lunch specials are the reason why I go here. So fresh and the flavors are comlex and unusual. I cannot describe how it tastes but all I know is that the foundations of the flavors are earthy and there is a hint of culture in every bite.
Nothing more just pure lunch loving over here.
Recommendation(s): Muhamara for appetizer and baklava for dessert and anything for lunch.
I go to the University of Utah and for lunch I love going here. I walk to here when I have a break between classes when my stomach is rumbling and it wants something tasty.
Their lunch specials are worth every penny and are quite succulent for under $10. Any one of the items on this menu is good and I wouldn't hesistate on any item. Just pick one and enjoy. They switch it up between the days so there is usually something different every time. Good variety and trust me, it will satisfy your tastebuds. The food will come out nice and hot and will fill you up but you won't be bloated or left feeling hungry.
Note(s): Parking is a beast up here. I'd recommend taking trax to avoid any hassles with tickets or no parking. It's not too bad of a walk from the station Rice-Eccles Station.
Uh, which Mimosa to choose from? Now, I'm a fairly new alcoholic and usually restaurants have just one mimosa, but this place has several. My system went overload, I didn't know what to pick!
*ten minutes elapses*
I chose the Cactus Pear Mimosa and I was quite pleased. It's pretty in pink too.
For the food, I enjoy the type of cuisine that The Wild Grape serves because it feels so clean and has that purity that makes food beautiful and tasty. I got the Smoked Portobello Sandwich because the other sandwich I wanted, the Pulled Pork Sandwich, was all gone. I was so sad, but oh well, next time! The sandwich I gotten was alright and I decided to get the the soup of the day instead of the potatoes or a salad. The soup was Butternut Squash and it was so creamy and sweet that any baby would be jealous of. (That's really what I thought when I tasted it.)
My friends got the Croque Madame and they were all pleased. Very decadent breakfast and I think one of the best ones I have seen so far.
Yup, I like The Wild Grapes and I am intrigued to go back once more to hopefully try the Pulled Pork Sandwich and another Mimosa.
Recommendation(s): Cactus Pear Mimosa
You can't beat a simple n' freshly made cheeseburger reminiscent of a backyard barbeque and fries for under $5.00.
There really is nothing super special about the cheeseburger, but if you just want a plain don't--eff--with--mah--cheezburger type of cheeseburger at an extremely affordable price then definitely hit up Big Ed's after finals. Maybe with a beer or two.
I like this place because it has attitude. The sanitation is iffy, but hey, nothing Germ-X can't fix.
Oh, and this place makes me want to ride a motorcycle. Yeah!
Recommendation(s): Cheeseburger n' fries n' a beer.
Tonyburger's can definitely compete with the other fast food burger chains. I do have a soft spot for burgers and I like how they do it here. You choose the size of your meat, what type of cheese you want, and add toppings until you are happy. Simple and easy and you get to have it your way!
For their spuds, I like their criss-cross fries. They are nice and crispy and have a good flavor to them. To complement the potatoes, there are plenty of sauces to choose from. If you like sauces other than catsup, then you'll be pleased to find that there are alternatives here.
What the pho? Did I just eat my momma's pho?
This place makes the best pho that I have had in Utah other than my mom's kitchen. You can tell that their broth is not just a simple beef broth from a can but has been made from scratch simmering with the bones, dried herbs, and spices to gain that deep--mMmm, mmMmmm good--flavor. Definitely tasty and delicious enough to satisfy my pho craving.
(Oh, and if you don't know what pho is, it is a common Vietnamese dish of beef broth soup with rice noodles. It contains your choice of meat from thinly sliced flank steak, meatballs, and/or tripe and you add in your fresh vegetables that include: basil, bean sprouts, jalapeños, green onions, and/or lemon. You also add sriracha to spice it up and hoisin sauce to add a little sweetness to your dish. For me, I add enough hoisin sauce until the broth has a nice slightly deep brown tint. A side note, you have a small sauce dish to put your ratio of sriracha and hoisin sauce to dip your meat in from your pho.)
Back to Pho Tay Ho, their price is too good to be true! You can get two small bowls (perfect size for lunch, especially in the winter) for yourself and another for around $10! Not a bad deal if you ask me.
Oh! Another thing, this place also has salty lemonade (chanh muoi) which is a popular drink in Vietnam. If you want to do a little cultural exploration, try it out. This drink is a salty n' sweet lemonade because it is made with a salted pickled lime. It is unusual and different but worth a try to see what it is all about. If you are not feeling risky though, then I'd wait until you are in the mood.
Recommendation(s): Uhh...get the pho. Try the salty lemonade if you are feeling a little risky.
Note(s): The service can be lacking and the atmosphere is so-so, but the food is good!
Out of all of the burger chains, I think Smashburger is my favorite out of all of them. I got a Beehive burger and some smashfries and was extremely pleased. It just hit the spot in all of the right ways.
The burger was a little bit sweet from the honey bbq sauce and had haystack onion rings on top with some applewood smoked bacon inbetween. Yum-O! The smashfries were tossed in olive oil with garlic and rosemary. The burger and fries were a little too oily for my liking, but hey well worth it. I'll just exercise the excess oil off.
I'd go to this place for a fast burger anytime.