No stranger to molten cheese, Back East Cheesesteaks gilds classic philly cheesesteaks with Cheez Whiz and more than 15 savory toppings. Steamed and toasted rolls cradle slices of chicken or beef that have been seared on a flattop grill. Cooks pile on provolone or processed cheese and a variety of inventive ingredients, including pizza sauce, spicy jalapeños, or mushrooms shaped like Sylvester Stallone. This rainbow of toppings echoes the multicolored pendant lights hanging from the ceiling, which cast a warm glow on the checkerboard-tiled floor.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisanal breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, ranging from the prime-rib mushroom and swiss to the classic italian, which dons black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistline can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the pork cuban, baja chicken, and veggie caprese. Quiznos' sub sliders offer petite versions of sub fare and flaunt supreme aerodynamics when shot out of T-shirt cannons and into mouths. A selection of flatbreads, soups, and salads rounds out Quiznos' varied menu.
The delivery man is a frequent visitor at Ganesh Indian Restaurant, a restaurant recommended by Salt Lake City Weekly. That's because the spot's chefs frequently place orders for herbs and spices that are specially shipped from India. They use those fragrant ingredients to craft Northern and Southern Indian cuisine that ranges from tandoori platters to savory onion-chili uttapam pancakes and thali-style meals served with various sauces and sides. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are abundant.
East Coast–style cheesesteak sandwiches are a rare find this far west of the Mississippi. At Salt City Cheesesteaks, diners sate cravings for cheese-smothered beef without soaking their T-bones in melted cheddar. Besides the classic provolone cheese, sandwich iterations bear habanero or american, or instead of steak, chicken or pulled pork. Diners enjoy their meal in a clean, modern space with gray checkerboard floors, exposed brick, and red accents.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
The outside of Itto Sushi exists in Utah, but the interior is something straight out of Japan. A few well-placed decorative items?including Japanese paintings?add to the atmosphere, but the true journey across the Pacific comes through the food. The chefs prepare traditional Japanese cuisine, from sushi to bento boxes with the likes of salmon, chicken, and veggie tempura. More than a dozen specialty sushi rolls anchor the menu, including salmon crunch with panko shrimp, cucumber, and jalapeno pepper. To complement the food, waiters pour imported beer and sake, served both hot and anti-hot, also known as cold.