Happy Holidays to all S'west 'hounds!
Thought I'd pop in with word on some new (to us) places and some old favorites so any incoming ski/hounds will have some ideas.
THAI GARDEN - continues to impress, amaze and endear. Every meal is delicious, no matter what we choose. Plus they now have a favorite new beer, Squatter's IPA...lovely, coppery, 6.0 and brewed in Utah! One of the most consistent and finest eating establishments in the city if not the state.
MAZZA - I forget how delicious the food is here. Our last visit included a new addition to the appy combo, Loobia...delicious green beans stewed with tomatoes, spices and garlic. Awesome. They have our absolute favorite renditions of hummus and baba ganouj, and the tabouli ain't far behind. The missus was nice enough to share bites of her shwarma plate (excellent) and I enjoyed a hearty bowl of roasted tomato/red lentil soup.
PORCUPINE PUB & GRILL - seen it for years, never been in until last week, thanks to a 10% Rewards Network kickback. Really neat vibe and mix of customers. Nice pub menu including killer chicken wings with a Korean BBQ (yum) and Hellfire (definitely habanero) sauces in addition to the traditional Buffalo style. Full bar, but no bottled beer, which is actually a cool setup under Utah's arcane liquor laws...you can enjoy lots of draft beer (3.2%) and have your favorite shots to up the booze ante.
CHRISTOPHER'S - Hardly anyplace was open Monday night because of Christmas on Sunday. So we headed downtown for a nice dinner at the Peery Hotel. As with Porcupine, seen it for years, never been in. The hotel and restaurant spaces are lovely, and the menu was inviting.
The Crab And Anduoille-stuffed Mushroom Caps looked inviting, so we ordered those to start. They do a combo with any menu item (except the larger Filet Mignon) with a King Crab leg for $39.95. The lovely Denise ordered her combo with small filet, mine with the 12oz KC Sirloin (I'm a total filet guy, but wanted something different than the steak I would be stealing from my wife's plate). We ordered both our steaks "Pittsburgh"...the waitress didn't know what we meant, but fortunately the kitchen did. Tossed salad was nice...good blue cheese dressing, but a few pieces of romaine had started to go brown.
Steaks were very good and properly prepared. Having both Sirloin and Filet was nice with the contrasts in flavors and textures. The King Crab was excellent...huge legs, full of succulent meat. Her garlic mashed potatoes were excellent and nicely portioned, my roasted reds were skimpy and unimpressive.
When the waitress asked if we wanted dessert we said yes as we had room because our appetizer never showed up. She apologized profusely, and offered us a free one on our next visit.
Dessert was unimpressive. Bread pudding was blah, my creme brulee was grainy, though they did make an extra nice crust as I requested.
Tab before tip was about $125 (including a few beers and a couple of glasses of bubbly).
Would we go again? Only because there's a free appy in the offing. For that kind of money there are comparable steaks and better experiences to be had in town. IMNSHO, The Steak Pit at Snowbird still reigns as the number steak destination in Northern UT.
We're off tonight to THE PARIS. We swore the place off because the food was soso and the service abysmal on our last visit. But they offer a 40% kickback on Rewards Network, and I need to crank out a few last discounts for 2005 to offset the yearly fee. If the food and service are a bit better than last time it will be a good meal for a good deal.