A giant owl sculpture guards the front entrance of Roll Up Crepes, a brick façade painted with woodland scenery. Inside, another tree takes up residence in the middle of the dining room, its branches extending across the ceiling. Though containing no twigs or leaves, the menu is as eclectic as the decor, with crepes stuffed with savory and sweet ingredients that include pulled pork in barbecue sauce and berry cheesecake. After a brief stay in a panini press, the rolled-up treats are served with sides of potato chips or ice cream. The staff also carts bite-size crepes to weddings, corporate events, and chain-gang reunions. Roll Up Crepes keeps late hours, staying open until 1 a.m. and hosting open-mic nights and monthly concerts from local artists.
In business since 1971, Johanna's Kitchen has earned a reputation for homespun cooking; ABC 4 News writer Brian Carlson described the eatery as “known for making everything from scratch”. Hot scones and house-made corned beef hash are a few breakfast favorites; later in the day, cooks broil seafood and smother breaded steaks with gravy. Pint-size portions of teddy bear pancakes or macaroni and cheese make the restaurant a family-friendly destination.
Annie Defa learned a lot in her 10 years in the coffee-shop industry, including how to select the choicest beans from among thousands. She puts this knack into action on a weekly basis, consulting with her local roaster to supply the shop with the aromatic blends she brews into steaming mugs or transforms into specialty drinks. She and her crew also bake up croissants, cookies, and muffins fresh each morning. In the summertime, an outdoor patio supplements the café’s intimate indoor space, and free WiFi ensures that clients stay up-to-date with emails, news, and the latest styles of cappuccino-foam mustaches.
A symphony of clinking glasses and joyful laughter reverberates off the green mountain slopes, where ski lifts dangle listlessly in a state of suspended hesitation. Awash in the perfume of fresh herbs and flowers from surrounding pots, the alpine air envelops guests partaking in upscale European and American fare on the patio of Kimi's Mountainside Bistro. Nestled in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Kimi's entertains the eyes as well as the stomach, serving up views of the surrounding ski slopes and mountainous terrain reminiscent of the natural habitat of a wild salad fork.
Within the bistro’s bustling kitchen, chef Matt Anderson silences yodeling appetites with an eclectic array of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch fare. His selections are inspired by travels throughout the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, and the American West. His kitchen staff chops, grills, and bakes flavorful ingredients such as Himalayan pink salt, hickory-smoked bacon, and fresh mozzarella into refined dishes whisked out of the kitchen by seasoned servers. As alfresco eaters bask in the smoky redolence wafting from the patio’s fire pits and outdoor grill, indoor visitors break bread amid exposed wood beams and soft lighting that offer a cozy but elegant retreat from the elements and dessert-stealing mountain bunnies.
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.
Mike and Erica had always wanted to open their own restaurant. The husband and wife team?both of whom had experience opening restaurants for others?would frequently discuss their dream of making something for their family during fishing trips, but it wasn't until a vacant space caught their eye in February 2004 that the duo bought a two-person chef's hat, and brought Citris Grill to life.
Today, the couple's efforts are written across the pages of their sprawling menus, with many items available in petite or hearty portions, which span from breakfast to dinner and bring together culinary influences from across the globe. Their chefs turn ingredients, many of which come from local suppliers and food conjurers, into wood-fired pizzas, house-made soups, Asian cuisine, and a grilled cheese of the day. The scents of this eclectic mix of eats waft through the casual dining space, where visitors sip local beers.
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