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.
With its traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, sandwiches, and salads, Hawaiian-owned Pounder's brings a delicious whiff of the Pacific to mostly landlocked north-central Utah. Its simple menu features a carnivorous cornucopia of grilled meaty treats made fresh daily. Pundits of porcine and poultry products can savor the kalua pork, a pile of pulled pork slow-cooked to luau-worthy perfection, and four different chickeny preparations, including chicken katsu, a chicken breast lightly breaded with Japanese panko and served with delectable katsu sauce for dipping. Beefy fare includes the kalbi marinated beef short ribs and the protein-packing Loco Moco, a seasoned hamburger patty smothered in a bedlam of eggs and brown gravy, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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.
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.
Monikers like “Ken’s,” “Mr. Morton’s,” and “Mr. Martinez’s” led Cityweekly to award the 2009 distinction of "best man-named salads" to Epic Casual Dining, whose gentlemanly greens top off a menu of contemporary American eats. In the kitchen, chefs spangle flatbreads with creative ingredients such as cranberry cheddar, sweet marinated onions, and Kobe skirt steak, then bake them to a golden crisp within sweltering brick ovens. Meanwhile, juicy cuts of meat and seafood sear to a succulent finish before donning herb-infused butters and savory wine reductions. The dining room’s custard-hued walls pop with vibrant abstract artwork beneath softly lit pendant lighting, and linen-dressed tabletops bestow a level on elegance during meals and a dose of comfort during after-hours games of Head's Up, Seven Up. An extensive wine list mingles with live music performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays to complement each innovative flavor.