The chefs at Red Maple Chinese Cuisine craft perfectly portioned dim sum alongside Chinese specialties, and have helped earn the eatery praise in the Salt Lake Tribune. Peruse the menu before electing the sizzling house special, in which an ensemble of shrimp, scallops, chicken, beef, and pork take a bow as chefs bring down a curtain of house brown sauce ($11.95). General tso’s chicken deployed from Northern China conquers cravings with sweet and spicy flavors ($9.95), and kung pao chicken pairs vegetables with roasted peanuts, red peppers, and a spicy sauce ($8.95). Children recoup energy after shingling the roof of a couch fort by selecting entrees from the kids' menu, while adults contentedly slurp seafood soup alongside bamboo pitch ($10.95) in a spacious, gold-inlaid dining room.
Jars of Korean kimchi and delicate spheres of salmon roe dot Dahn Sushi’s kitchen, adding artful flourishes to a menu of classic Japanese cuisine. Sushi, the restaurant’s specialty, ranges from dainty duos of eel nigiri to hand rolls packed with tuna, octopus, or red snapper. Diners can belly up to the sushi bar and take notes as they watch the chefs chop, slice, and roll their creations into vibrant spreads, some of which look like friendly caterpillars. In addition to serving small groups within the scarlet dining room, Dahn's staff delivers giant platters of sushi to parties, meetings, and mermaids’ swim meets.
Crispy-charred cuts of beef, pork, and chicken come out of Hot Lake City BBQ’s slow cooker ready to be slathered in their last saucy layers of barbecue sauce. The piles of barbecue glory are then layered atop grilled buns and surrounded by their suitably royal attendants of baked beans, fries, onion rings, potato salad, or coleslaw. Chefs lovingly prepare each barbecue dish from scratch, using fresh ingredients and homemade meat patties to fashion à la carte or combo meals that diners can dig into in the restaurant’s dining room or take to-go to serve as bait for lonely grills.
When it came time for the team at Johnny Carino’s to come up with some new recipes, they began rifling through their personal cooking histories. Executive chef Chris Peitersen took his first kitchen job at a barbecue joint when he was 14, so he was primed to create italian baby back ribs. By infusing brown sugar barbecue sauce with balsamic vinegar imported from Modena, he’s given the marinade a more acidic bite than typical barbecue sauces. As the ribs slowly roast and char on an oak grill, he bastes on his creation before finishing the dish with a dusting of parmesan.
The ribs are one of Carino’s many menu items that follow the restaurants’ approach of classic Italian preparations modified by forward-thinking flavor combinations. Diners will find a Black Angus burger capped with mozzarella and fried pepperoni, or sautéed tilapia spiced with garlic and jalapeño. Other signature dishes include the 16-layer lasagna, Skilletinis that sizzle with spaghetti and a choice of meat, and tiramisu made from scratch.