My Cuisine Wishlist for Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City continues to broaden its culinary chops, offering a wide variety of cuisines from around the globe. However, we still have a ways to go. Often we only have one or two restaurants offering a particular cuisine, and to use baseball parlance, I’d love to see us have a deeper bench. In no particular order, here’s my list of cuisines I would like to see in the city.


We desperately need a solid Cuban food restaurant. And I’m not just talking about the sandwich. We need a place that offers ceviche, plantains, yucca fries, empanadas, vaca frita, and roasted pork. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a solid Cuban sandwich, head over to Beltex Meats early on Saturday mornings to pick up one of their Cubans. They only make a small amount of these sandwiches on Saturdays, and always sell out. And it’s no wonder they are so popular, since the sandwich features their in-house smoked ham, roast mojo pork loin, house-brined pickles, Weber’s mustard, Swiss cheese, fennel marmalade, and Red Bicycle bread. It’s the best Cuban I’ve tasted anywhere.

Beltex Meats November 2016
Prepping the Cubans at Beltex

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New Food Trucks hit SLC

Que bueno! Salt Lake City is apparently getting a couple new food trucks.

Stephanie from Frida Bistro is one of the owners of the Cuban Mobile truck.

According to a tweet from the newly created @cubanmobileslut Twitter account, things are happening quickly and they should be hitting the streets within the next few weeks. Follow their Twitter account to stay on top of the news and to find their locations. This is great news, since Salt Lake is in desperate need of Cuban food.

Also, there’s a new sushi truck cruising the streets called Cruzin Sushi. Judging by their tweets, they’ve mostly been hanging out at Gallivan, RC Willey, and Ocean Beauty.

So nice to see more food trucks. Hopefully the trend continues, and hopefully Salt Lake gets something figured out regarding the trucks. Seems like the Chowtruck has been spending much more time outside of Salt Lake City proper because of the difficulty they’ve had in operating within the city.