My wife and I are moving to Salt Lake City in August. After enjoying the plentiful resonably-priced gourmet food offerings in Seattle for the last 5 years, I would like to try to continue to eat well (& within my price range) in Zion. I am wondering if anyone out there can recommend great lunch spots (i.e. places where I can eat a meal-sized entree, crepe, sandwich, etc. and leave for under $10) I don't need atmosphere as long as the food is great. I'd look for a place that uses top-shelf ingredients in a creative way.
I have previously been to SLC only once, for four days earlier this month. Not really knowing the scene at all we tried the following places:
1) Koko Kitchen (quite good)
2) Fiddler's Elbow
3) Barbacoa (a chain - 3 tacos for $9 - not as cheap as it should have been)
4) Wasatch Brewery (the best food of the 3 microbreweries I tried - the trout was quite good)
5) Desert Edge Brewery
6) Noodles & Company (actually very good and intersting food for a chain restaurant - and only $5.55 per entree)
7) Avenues Bakery (I only had deserts, but the place looked nice and affordable for Lunch - out of my everyday price range for dinner)
8) Tony Caputo's (I read some great things about this place in Salt Lake Magazine but my Caputo's bread was merely OK and the meat was sliced ridiculously thickly)
9) Ruth's Diner (Quite nice - though only the burgers fit in my "affordable" range)
So, while Koko Kitchen and Ruth's Diner were good (places I can imagine wanting to revisit several times while I live there) - and the Avenues Bakery looks promising for lunch - I was not really Wow-ed by any of the food I had while there. And in fact the biggest suprise I had was the unexpected quality level of Noodles & Company.
So my question is this: For $10, is there any better place to eat than Noodles & Company in Salt Lake City?
I promise to try each one of your suggestions.