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Salt Lake City

Quick Bites: Padelis Greek Street Food

Located in the center of SLC, Padelis, is the perfect place to grab a quick and delicious bite to eat.

Padelis Street Greek
30 Broadway, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
padelisstreetgreek.com

I’m addicted to street food. Quick to order, simple and easy food that you can get on the go. Unfortunately it always feels like it’s 30 degrees outside, so it’s hard to find an excuse to leave your apartment – let alone stand around outside eating lunch. Luckily, one of my favorite street foods has found itself indoors.

 

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Taco Taco in SLC: Naked #TacoTuesday

Situated in downtown SLC is Taco Taco, a modern taqueria that is beautifully balancing authenticity with modern “millenary cuisine.”

Taco Taco
208 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
tacotaco.com

 

 

 

I am a street food junkie and lucky for me once a week, every week, we devote the day to tacos. After grabbing a beerita and some chips & salsa I settled in and got ready to feast.

Authentic and best served naked, these tacos are served to your table sans toppings – just a healthy heaping portion of whatever filling you ordered. As a meat lover and taco purist, it is refreshing to see this Mexican street food served traditionally and authentically.

However, for gringas like myself, they have provided a generous topping bar that, I am ready to say, is hands down the best in Utah. Filled with house made caramelized onions, shredded cabbage, pickled red onions, pickled jalapeños and carrots, limes, cucumbers, and of course white onions and cilantro, their topping bar also includes a selection of fresh salsas/sauces for you to top your tacos – six of them, to be exact.

 

 

 

 

 

The chicken chili verde is a house favorite, so first I ordered that. However, I decided today, like every day, would be a cheat day… so I ordered every taco on the menu, nachos al pastor, and a margarita (for digestion, obviously) then quickly got to work. The meat and zucchini blossom taco is good enough to eat sans toppings, but I was not about to pass up the chance to creatively stuff my face and to make a long story short – I put everything on everything. Tacos also come with a side of tortilla chips that are perfect for scooping up anything that may have jumped out of your taco. 

    

The big surprise here was the zucchini blossom. It tasted fresh and creamy and as a meat lover who is super non-accommodating to my vegetarian friends, I didn’t feel like I was missing a thing. This taco should be named “king taco” for vegetarians because it packs incredible flavor and (honestly) potato tacos are not cutting it. I topped it with mild pico, cabbage, caramelized onions, and a very spicy white sauce that turned out to be spicy crema. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, meat lovers and vegetarians alike.

My hands down favorite was the al pastor taco. Prior to overfilling it with all the toppings, I tasted the meat and this was so perfect naked I could cry. It had the most flavor and the meat was cooked to perfection. It was tender and juicy and at home in the corn taco shell.

The special, which was a mahi mahi beer battered taco with a cabbage slaw, paired well with the lime margarita and didn’t need a thing from the toppings bar. Their daily specials, which are primarily seafood, provide variety for the one person in the group who is doing a stupid diet so it’s fish taco Tuesday for them.

Taco Taco is easily the quiet assassin of all taco restaurants in Salt Lake, delivering a clear message to taco importers. From their laid back atmosphere to their done-up toppings bar they are definitely not to be missed. If you like good inexpensive food grab your friend who’s always down to get tacos and get there.

#TapasTuesday: Under Current in Salt Lake City

There is a time after lunch and before dinner that I like to call the golden hour. In this time, I allow myself to have a small meal before dinner. In Spain they call it tapas, in the U.S we say appetizers, and in doctors offices, they call it making your way to diabetes. However, there is nothing I love more than having a small refreshing “snack” on days where I know I’ll be having a late dinner. Luckily Under Current has exactly what I need with a short food menu and a very long, very well planned drink menu.

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Wiener Wednesday at Beer Bar in Downtown Salt Lake City

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Beer Bar is a beer garden style restaurant located in Downtown Salt Lake. It’s unique to Utah with an extensive beer selection and access to the bar next door, Bar-X. Both locations are owned by the same family so step next door where you can pick up specialty cocktails that I promise are some of the best in Utah. Like many restaurants in the SLC, they use locally sourced ingredients to build their menu, which is a beautiful thing. Modern Family star Ty Burrell is a co-owner, and that may have made it cool to go there the first time, but you quickly realize that’s not their selling point.

 

Beer Bar
161 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 8411
http://www.beerbarslc.com

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It is the classiest sports bar I’ve ever been to, I’ve never seen such nice Beer Coasters at a beer bar before! I didn’t manage to get a picture of them but they were personized for the bar and gave a really nice touch. They have an insane amount of beers on tap, many of them from local breweries. I started my lunch off with, what else, beer. I’m not the biggest fan of beer but on a warm day, this was the best decision I could have made. I had the Beer X, made at the Bohemian Brewery in Utah. The bartender recommends it for those who drink lite beer and are not usually beer drinkers.

Now to what matters- Wiener Wednesday! The first sausage I had was the Louisiana Hot. It’s a spicy Cajun sausage that I covered in Beer Bar 2
caramelized onions and spicy peppers. I love spicy, and this was spicy. Since they use local products, like buns from Eva’s Bakery, I knew the flavors would melt together in perfect harmony. The perfectly smoked sausage with its crispy outer shell sat in a pillowy bun and it was a beautiful combination. I also ordered a side of double-dipped fries and garlic aioli. While the fries may be some of the best you’ll ever eat, they are not the star. The aioli sauce selection is enough to make you have a full blown panic attack when trying to choose just one. I went with garlic because I am utterly addicted to garlic, and I will never give that up, never. Utahn’s often dip their fries into something call fry sauce, I think it’s a game to see how long until your heart gives out, but that’s for another day. I couldn’t just stop at one sausage.

Beer Bar 1Next up was the Lamb and Herb covered in sauerkraut and chimichurri. This one was by far my favorite. It had such amazing flavor packed into each bite that my taste buds were going crazy in a good way. On this sausage, the perfectly pickled sauerkraut and the perfectly tangy chimichurri, and the hot mustard were all divine.

Beer Bar, in my opinion, is one of the best places to go for a late lunch on weekdays. Service is fast, and they have a pretty unique menu. They have communal dining tables, like something you might encounter in a high school cafeteria for hipsters, in addition to more traditional seating. Again, the classiest sports bar beer garden you’ll ever go to.

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