My husband and I took our 2 sons to Utah for skiing. We stayed in Salt Lake and rented a car for the 30 minute drive up to Alta. Great skiing!
However, after a long day on the slopes, where to eat? Where to drink?
Bambara, in the Hotel Monaco, is fine, but they have a tendency to serve "tall" food with lots of sauces and their wine list is either pedestrian, on the low end, or wildly over-priced. Excellent salads that had my 11-year-old begging for another bite of apple/walnut/radicchio!
Metropolitan is very good, but they seem to have lost a step since last year. Still they have a nice wine list and manage to turn out very good food that is adventurous without being prissy. We liked the buffalo a lot!
But where you NEED to go is...The Wild Grape. They serve excellent wines by the glass as well as bottles. The arugula salads rocked...with a yummy blue cheese fritter and poached pears slices. We loved the venison, the rack of lamb and artic char. And if you think you've had way too many half-baked-chocolate-cake things with squiggles of sauce on the plate....well, think again. This one had ZING! Literally. A "mole" sauce with hot pepper accompanied by a piece of peppery brittle made it jump. But the best part may have been the squiggles of salty, peppery caramel sauce. YUM.
I had a glass of Yalumba Late-harvest Viognier with some apple-cardamon cobbler, a very happy pairing!
Fellow Chowhounds, listen up! There are lots of restaurants that don't deserve to be in business. The Wild Grape deserves to be wildly successful. I don't live in Salt Lake City, but if I did, I'd beat a path to their door...and often!
BYT, it is on South Temple in an old building, shared with an outlet of Einstein's Bagels.