Chef Bryan Rubey has been featured on ABC-4's Good Things Utah for his Shetland salmon with mango-pineapple salsa—just one recipe that demonstrates his deft culinary touch. Before opening Flora Restaurant, Rubey helped to steer the kitchens of Via Emilia in Mobile, Alabama, and the Snowbird Resort's Arie Restaurant, where he mastered French and Italian cooking techniques such as poaching, braising, and putting miniature berets on steaks. He melds those styles with Southern and Southwestern flavors in dishes such as South Carolina-style mustard baby-back ribs with roasted-pepper polenta or housemade spinach linguine in lemon cream sauce with chicken, olives, and roasted peppers. Flora Restaurant's dessert menu is just as well thought out, with options such as lavender-scented honey cheesecake to sweeten palates.
With 10 flavors and more than 30 toppings that include fresh fruit cut and prepared anew daily, Top It ensures tongues will never be understimulated. At just $0.38 per ounce, you choose how much or how little topped non-fat frozen yogurt you want to buy. Choose from flavors such as cake batter, cappuccino, New York cheesecake, and Georgia peach, then puff up the excitement factor with toppings of strawberries, bananas, and pomegranates, or gummy bears, Oreos, and rainbow sprinkles, to name just a few potentialities. Seasonal flavors rotate with the passage of time and include occasional surprises like blue raspberry tart and mango tango sorbet. The bright interior is an ideal place to nosh, with walls of citrus yellow and green stoking already burgeoning stomach grumbles.
Gepetto's chef tosses a doughy mass high in to the air. With each flight, its circumference expands until it's ready to hold any of the pizzeria's 40 unique toppings. A brick oven bakes the specialty pies, which flaunt music-themed names such as Highway to Hell—an original or honey wheat crust covered in hot creamy sauce, fire-roasted peppers, chicken, cream cheese, fresh Serrano peppers, fiery hot Fritos, and a house-made jalapeno spice blend. Various salads and pasta entrees round out the menu of distinctive comfort foods.
Out in the dining room, groovy peace signs, old black-and-white photographs, and whimsical tchotchkes plaster the brick walls. Stringed lights twinkle above plates loaded with slices of the Buffalo Soldier pizza, baked orecchiette mac and cheese, and Mama Cass strombolis stuffed with Swiss cheese and black forest ham. Every day after the sun and moon switch out for the night shift, local musicians bust out their guitars and vocals for some rousing entertainment.
Before moving to its current location on Highland Drive, Pars Market was a source of herbs, spices, and delicacies from the other side of the globe. The shop still offers the international variety of groceries, but now it also lets shoppers dine on those ingredients right on the spot at the market's new restaurant, Pars Cuisine. The menu satisfies lunch and dinner appetites with a colorful spread of Persian specialties. Start with fried eggplant, yogurt mixed with shallots, or another appetizer. Diners can then explore a dozen different entrees, including meaty kabobs, basmati rice dishes, and khoresht fesenjoon–sautéed ground walnut with chicken cooked in a pomegranate sauce.
Though Native American deity Kokopelli holds a reputation as a mischievous trickster, Kokopellis Koffee deviates from its namesake with an atmosphere that’s laid-back and unassuming. Light filters in through skylights on the slanted ceiling of the two-story café as guests cozy up with steamy mugs in the upstairs lounge and an espresso machine whirrs and buzzes in the downstairs coffee bar. While the upper level hosts overstuffed couches and bookshelves, the casual downstairs café houses tables and a colorful chalkboard that lists drinks, sandwiches, and the latest victims of Kokopelli’s vanishing-creamer trick.