Bars in East Central

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For more than 30 years, Green Street has been dishing out a full menu of beer-hall staples while invigorating ears with live entertainment five nights a week. During warm months, customers can lounge on Green Street's palatial garden patio while noshing on palate-pleasing appetizers such as sweet potato fries ($4.99), artichoke dip ($7.29), or the Combo Mombo—a platter of chicken wings, potato skins, southwestern egg rolls, and battered fried mushrooms ($9.99) easily shared among friends or devoured by one huge toddler. An onslaught of entrees includes the blackened-salmon caesar salad, which parades across the palate led by an 8-ounce filet ($9.49), or the chili verde burrito ($7.99) served as a special on Tuesdays, sating beginning of the week tortilla-entrapped cravings. An Angus bacon cheeseburger ($7.99) and a half-rack of grilled, barbecued baby-back ribs ($12.99) round out meat-centric menu options.

602 S 500 E
Salt Lake City,
UT
US

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.

481 E South Temple
Salt Lake City,
UT
US

In an edgy, alloy-flanked space that earned the title of Best Pool Joint in Utah, Fats Grill's staff slings a menu of fresh burgers, wings, and American fare served alongside a slew of exhilarating entertainment. During lunch or dinner, protein-packed patties bundled in toasty sheepherder rolls don a range of tempting toppings alongside a warm helping of fries. Spicy jalapeños, cheddar-jack cheese, wing sauce, and barbecue sauce ignite the bacon-topped meat morsel of the TNT burger, and the hearty high rise of the Triple Decker piles three patties skyward to allow buns to draw complex cartography of tabletop trails. For dinner, couples or R&B trios that lost their baritones can split an appetizer of wings draped in sauce or zesty seasonings, and soft drinks, juice, and coffee maximize hydration. Duos conclude chew-a-thons with shared desserts such as cheesecake from the local Glaus French Pastry Shoppe or a root-beer float.

2182 S Highland Dr.
Salt Lake City,
UT
US

As Utah's first LEED-certified restaurant, Bistro 222 is every bit as innovative as the building that surrounds it. This innovation starts with the contemporary American menu, which puts a fresh spin on the iconic cuisine of California's Wine County. Signature dishes include chophouse steaks, house-made pastas, and freshly caught halibut, trout, and salmon.

Paired with a glass from the restaurant's well-curated wine list, the food makes for an impressive meal. But the dining room is just as impressive as the food. Its floor-to-ceiling glass windows look out onto historic Main Street, and its high-backed booths make meals more comfortable for members of the Utah Jazz. In addition to the main dining room, guests can also seek seating on the sun-dappled patio, or in the seclusion of the restaurant's private dining areas.

222 S Main St
Salt Lake City,
UT
US

Murphy's Bar and Grill combines the homey menu of an Irish pub with the nighttime hours of a neighborhood bar, remaining open until 1 a.m. seven nights a week. The bartenders pass the evenings serving drafts and bottles of domestic and imported beers, although they also pour more potent tipples from the stock of single-malt scotches and triple-distilled waters. To accompany these drinks, the cooks carefully forge a menu of hearty comfort foods that includes Reubens with kosher corned beef, beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips, and flame-grilled burgers.

160 S Main St
Salt Lake City,
UT
US

Wielding knives and sword-like skewers, the servers at Texas de Brazil seem prepared for impromptu duels. However, they only brandish the blades to replenish dinner plates, slicing meat from their spears at the behest of each table. The cuts of steak, lamb, and brazilian sausage are all slow roasted over an open flame in traditional churrascaria fashion—a technique that stems from the campfire meals of Brazilian gauchos, and one that fed the family behind Texas de Brazil during their life in Porto Alegre. In an effort to bring the South American style to the States, they established their first restaurant in Texas, thereby merging down-home charm with Brazilian spice.

Today, Texas de Brazil has expanded to several award-winning locations across the country. Despite the lofty ceilings and chandeliers that characterize their venues, the staff remains rooted in ranchers' habits. They conscientiously grill and season their meat, bake brazilian cheese bread in-house, and pass classic cocktails and loaner saddles over the bar for cowboys who consider chairs unnatural. To complement savory bites, guests can browse more than 50 gourmet sides at the salad bar—a compendium of soups, vegetables, and appetizers such as imported cheeses. They can also ask the resident wine specialist for recommendations on suitable pairings from the cellar.

50 S Main St
Salt Lake City,
UT
US