Alamexo Cantina Closing Its Doors

After 18 months, Alamexo Cantina, the sister project of Matt Lake’s Alamexo downtown, is shutting its doors. I am personally very sad about this, since I admire Matt’s passion to create a neighborhood gathering place and his devotion to innovative dishes, and scratch cooking using only the best ingredients. Sadly, it seemed like the Cantina could never gain the traction necessary to succeed.

Their announcement, posted to Instagram, says in part: “With the months of upcoming construction that will surround our restaurant and the tight margin that all restauranteurs operate on, we can no longer continue on in this space. We have made every accommodation to insure the jobs of our staff members, who are like family, and they will all be joining us at our location on 268 South State.”

RIP, Alamexo Cantina.

 

Alton Brown/Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

A photo of chocolate chip cookies stacked on top of each other next to a glass of milk

You really just can’t go wrong with any chocolate chip cookie recipe. Crispy, thin and crunchy, or thick and bready, I’ll take all comers. But that said, my favorite chocolate chip cookies are those that have a crispy exterior and are dense, rich, sweet and salty.

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SLC Eatery

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There’s something really cool happening in an old stucco’d building at 10th South and Main Street. The building that houses newly-opened SLC Eatery was formerly a rock shop. Apparently you could go in and buy rocks of all shapes and sizes, in varying colors, and from pretty basic to very fancy. Who knew.

The building is situated right between a motel and a used car dealership, in a (what should I call it) unique part of town for a restaurant. The area is slowly filling in with dining and drinking options, such as Proper Burger, Tinwell, and Fisher Brewery, but there is a way to go before this area is thought of as a culinary stronghold in SLC. At the restaurant there isn’t much in the way of parking (just plan to park on the street) and the restaurant’s website isn’t even done yet. Yet this quirky little spot has managed to generate more buzz in the few short weeks it’s been open that just about any other restaurant in my recent memory. And for good reason, because co-chefs and business partners Paul Chamberlain and Logan Crew are putting out some of the most unique, boundary-pushing food that we’ve seen in the city since the going-away of Forage. And did I mention they have a dim sum cart?

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Santo Tacos

Santo Tacos sits in a nondescript building with strip-mall vibes. It’s in an odd part of town: north of the fair park, and right off the 1000 North exit of I-15. If you’re not looking for it, you’d likely miss it, camouflaged in with the barber shop, smoke shop, and quick stop convenience store.

The interior is light and bright, and is set up quick-service style. Signs point diners to the various locations along the line to order (“tacos order here,” “nachos order here,” etc.). The staff is busy, grilling various meats and building orders. Their menu states “tortillas recien hechas” (fresh-made tortillas), and that isn’t just lip-service: one employee stays busy full-time making the masa, putting it into the tortilla press, and bagging up for service.

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Rosemary Mustard Pork Tenderloin

Pork is the unsung hero of the protein world. It’s inexpensive, delicious, and accessible. I’ve been following a low-carb diet for the past six months or so, and have utilized Carolyn Ketchum’s cookbook Easy Keto Dinners for the majority of my meals. They are easy to prepare and delicious, and even if you’re not doing the keto thing, but still want to cut some carbs, this cookbook is a great resource. The following recipe is adapted from her book.

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Seabird Bar Now Open In Draper

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“Bar” and “Draper” aren’t two words you’ll usually hear in the same sentence. But Josh Rosenthal, founder of La Barba Coffee, has made it a bit more common now.

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Laziz Kitchen Triple D Watch Party

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Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity of Laziz Kitchen

As you may have seen on social media, Guy Fieri and his hit show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” recently passed through Utah, stopping at Hruska’s Kolaches, Proper Burger, and Laziz Kitchen. The Laziz episode airs Friday February 8th, and Laziz is hosting a party to celebrate. Tickets are $45.

From their Facebook Event page:

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Valentine’s Day Dining

Hoof & Vine is offering a dinner for two for $100, which includes a starter to share, salad course, a steak flight featuring a 44 Farms bavette, C.A.B. tenderloin, and Piedmontese top sirloin. Dessert is a chocolate caramel tart. Optional wine pairing is $50 per guest. Give them a call at (801) 569-4645 or online at hoofandvine.com

Tin Angel is offering a four course dinner, with one of the courses served in the dark. This special menu will run 2/14-2/16 and is $50 per person and $25 for a four-course specialty wine and cocktail pairing.

Pago is offering an $85 per person tasting menu, with an optional $40 wine pairing. Tax and gratuity not included. See menu below.

pago vday 2019

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Park City Restaurants Open Doors to FIS World Championship Attendees

The FIS World Championship series is the largest snow-sports related event to happen in Utah since the 2002 Winter Olympics. The series runs from 2/1 through 2/10, and during this time several Park City restaurants are offering specials and other accommodations.

EBS LOUNGE AT DEER VALLEY RESORT

Edgar’s Beer and Spirits Lounge at Deer Valley Resort will be celebrating the World Championships with extended hours and live music Feb. 6-9. Enjoy delicious appetizers with draft and bottled beers, fine wines and cocktails from 2:30 – 10 p.m.  Live music will be performed by Mike Rogers from 2:30 – 6 p.m. and Morgan and McCune from 6 – 10 p.m.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Delivery Throwdown

 

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From L-R: Crumbl, Chip, and Goodly

“Ok, I’m going to go curl up in a corner and die,” I said to my wife. We had just consumed the equivalent of a VW Beetle, but in cookies. And that was just the cookie from Goodly. We had two more to go. And we did it all for you, dear reader. You see, there’s been a surge of late-night cookie delivery businesses in Salt Lake City. Yes, you read that right: you can now order cookies without even leaving your couch, and they will be delivered to your door within an hour, piping hot and ready for you to drown your sorrows in a warm pile of butter, sugar, and chocolate.

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