The most important part of Ruth's Diner wasn't the mile-high biscuits or the home-cooked meatloaf?it was Ruth herself. A cabaret singer and all-around character, Ruth started flipping burgers in her downtown diner in 1930. She already had a reputation as "a spirited woman whose language could make a gangster blush," but she gained an even larger following when she moved up to Emigration Canyon. There, she reopened the diner in a trolley car, and moved into an attached apartment with her beloved chihuahuas.?
Today, nearly 15 years after Ruth's passing, crowds still gather at the diner for her timeless recipes. Her macaroni and cheese was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and other favorites include the chicken dijon and a meatloaf burger sweetened with her own barbecue sauce. Ruth also loved the Pink Flamingo, a vodka-pomegranate cocktail?and some say that her ghost is fond of stopping by the bar.?
Delicious homemade food is thriving at the roadside caf?, Rocky Mountain Grill. There, chefs spend their days whipping up diner and breakfast favorites, from chicken noodle soup and fish and chips to over-easy eggs with chicken fried chicken. They hand-cut french fries and hash browns to pair with entrees, and bake up everything from savory biscuits to sweet cakes and pudding. Their true specialty is their pancakes, which they serve in spongy stacks or interlocked to make wiggly replica log cabins. On the weekends, the staff keeps their doors open 24 hours a day so diners can satisfy their comfort food cravings at all hours of the night.
In business since 1971, Johanna's Kitchen has earned a reputation for homespun cooking; ABC 4 News writer Brian Carlson described the eatery as “known for making everything from scratch”. Hot scones and house-made corned beef hash are a few breakfast favorites; later in the day, cooks broil seafood and smother breaded steaks with gravy. Pint-size portions of teddy bear pancakes or macaroni and cheese make the restaurant a family-friendly destination.