Santa Monica Pizza and Pasta Co serves up hearty Italian classics. Beyond the signature pizzas and pastas, diners can also dig into impressively-sized calzones, gooey chicken parmesan sandwiches, and baskets filled with warm garlic breadsticks. They even go above and beyond with their drinks, brewing their own iced tea on the premises. And picky, pint-sized appetites won't be disappointed either?the kid's menu includes homemade mac and cheese instead of the typical boxed stuff.
Union Station stands out as a monument to the city’s railroading past, offering a wealth of history at the three museums housed within its Spanish Colonial Revival walls. Traverse the early days of transcontinental transportation in the Utah State Railroad Museum, examining the interactive and pictorial displays illustrating the construction of the first railroad before whistling authentic tramp tunes in the climb-inside-able rail cars outside. Old-timey gunslingers may saunter into the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, viewing a treasure trove of historic firearms such as shotguns, cannons and the first spit-wad shooters. The Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum feeds automobile addictions with a collection of vehicular time capsules, from a 1901 single-cylinder Oldsmobile to a 1930 16-cylinder Cadillac.
From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on every day except Sunday, Naan N Curry serves bottomless portions of Indian staples?tandoori chicken, okra curry, and mango pudding, among others. It's all part of their lunch buffet, a much better way of celebrating the middle of the day than a fireworks display no one can quite make out. Of course, diners can also stop by at dinnertime, when they'll feast on the same delicately spiced dishes a la carte, along with delicacies from Pakistan and the Middle East.
Wiseguys Comedy fills Salt Lake City’s state-mandated laugh quota with its rotating schedule of local and national joke handlers. Upcoming appearances include rising comic Spencer King performing an atypical set of irreverent musings at Ogden on February 25 and 26. Equally all-ages-appropriate joke spinner Steve Soelberg, "not Kevin Bacon," steps up to the mic at Trolley Square on March 3, making audiences guffaw as hard as dentists’ trifecta of nitrous oxide, gum-tickling mouth feathers, and insistence on doing old Steve Martin routines during a fluoride treatment. Wiseguys recommends checking the comics out on YouTube to get a flavor for their acts before catching a show.