Nestled within a red-brick family home built in 1893, Smedley Manor slow-cooks meat in the original onsite smokehouse, where flavorful tendrils of smoke ascend from flame-kissed cherry and apple wood. Barbecue masters conduct a daily 14-hour meat-preparation process to yield tender morsels for menu items such as the cheese-filled beef-brisket quesadillas ($5.99) served with sour cream and house-made salsa. Bites of pork ribs ($13.99/half rack; $19.99/full) fall right off the bone without coaxing or court orders and come with homestyle sides such as baked macaroni and cheese. Toothsome rib meat also finds its way into sandwiches ($8.99) assembled from locally made bread and enhanced with sausage and coleslaw and a choice of sauce such as honey barbecue or raspberry chipotle. Swigs of Shock Top ($5) or Mug root beer ($2.25) wash it all down. Smedley Manor's historic interior transports visitors to the 19th century via rich hardwood floors, a Utah-marble fireplace, and napkins made from Mark Twain's trademark white suits.
The SugarHouse Barbeque Company's owner, Bill Smithers, recommends the cherry-smoked chicken wings or the carolina pulled pork. Regardless of what diners choose, they'll enjoy the truly southern environment Bill has cultivated at his barbecue restaurant—a warm family-friendly atmosphere permeated by a sense of respect for the food, diners, and servers. Skilled barbecue chefs send out dishes from a menu of dry-rubbed Memphis-style specialties that let the meat shine through the seasoning, whether it's turkey breast, chicken and ribs, or beef brisket. The platters all come respectfully dressed in a choice of four sauces: the signature sauce is sweet and mild, whereas the hot sauce gets its fire from a healthy dose of cayenne, the mustard sauce's unusual bouquet adds depth to smoked meats, and finally, the carolina pig sauce is made from a traditional recipe that uses cider vinegar and a special blend of spices. To cap meals off, diners can choose from a menu of southern specialty desserts that include classics such as pecan pie, bread pudding, and lightly battered wraparound porches.
From the fresh trout caught in local waters to the piles of splintered logs, the chefs at The Wild Grape Bistro keep their kitchen fully stocked to craft New Western dishes that earned a Zagat-rating of good to very good and the title of Best Salt Lake City Restaurant from Salt Lake Magazine readers in 2010. The eatery?s talented chefs try to use locally made and sustainable ingredients as much as possible when slathering homemade steak sauce on Colorado bison burgers and tossing linguine noodles with grilled shrimp and heirloom tomatoes. Pork chops and elk patties take on rustic flavors while cooking atop the wood-burning grill or inside the authentic smoker.
The d?cor straddles a similar line between modern and rustic. Rough brick surfaces hold pieces of art and long green banquettes rest beside polished wooden tables. Post meal, diners can move to the copper-hued, V-shaped bar to sip some of their carefully chosen wines or imitate migrating geese.
The cooks at Sammy’s reinvent American diner classics by piling 1/3-pound beef patties with unusual ingredients and blending numerous varieties of pie into gourmet milk shakes. Burger behemoths include Ben's Big Belly Burger, with a meaty base that hides beneath swiss cheese, grilled onions, grilled pineapple, guacamole, teriyaki sauce, and mayonnaise. Other treats include the Hey Nikki You're So Fine grilled-chicken sandwich and the Something About Mary, a black-bean patty caught in a farcical love hexagon of sautéed onions, pepper jack, pico de gallo, avocado, lettuce, and tomato.
In addition to concocting signature pie shakes in flavors such as mint Oreo and four different types of cheesecake, the team at Sammy's blends smoothies, regular shakes and malts, and cupcake shakes in flavors such as spiced carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting. Alongside the reformed diner fare, Sammy's regularly serves up live music events and a hip, relaxed atmosphere.
Nevaeh Medical Spa's medical director, Sandy Peters, is a board-certified nurse practitioner with a masters degree in acute care, a credential she's put to use as a nurse in the United States Army. Sandy spent 14 months overseas, tending to soldiers during the current war effort. Upon her return, she took something she realized in the military?that there's a connection between healthcare and self-esteem?and turned it into a practice. Namely, her thriving med spa.
At the spa, Sandy and her team ply patients with a variety of confidence-boosting treatments. Velashape sessions, for instance, slim circumferences with non-invasive radio-frequency waves and beams of infrared light. Botox and other beauty injections, on the other hand, smooth wrinkles and fine lines. The team also offers laser hair removal, skin tightening, and host of skincare products from brands such as Obagi.
Lacquered tables lit by sunlight from expansive windows gleam in Rice's modern dining room. Spicy aromas waft in from the kitchen, foretelling the arrival of entrees that blend the culinary traditions of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Some of these flavors meld within the dishes themselves: combining grilled steak, asparagus, and eel sauce, the Cowboy sushi roll melts away boundaries between East and West, much like a blast furnace full of old compasses. But chefs also cook traditional Asian recipes, such as a Thai curry with coconut milk or Japanese udon noodles with tempura shrimp. And they're accommodating of other diets, too. Several vegetarian dishes incorporate soy chicken substitute, whose tender texture pleased the writer of a 2009 In This Week review.