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Just beneath the ceiling, a psychedelic mural by artist Dave Doman stretches along the wall opposite the bar. Sheet metal wraps along the wall, an industrial touch that balances Spedelli's antique-looking hardwood floors and bright blue chairs. This mashup of styles creates a relaxed vibe, which is in keeping with the ownership's vision of turning Spedelli's into "Salt Lake's new favorite hangout." Beyond the mellow environs and a menu crowned by humorously named pizzas, Spedelli's crew encourages patrons to linger with three flat-screen televisions, a pool table, and occasional live performances, such as rock covers performed by pizza-box puppets.

2352 S Foothill Dr
Salt Lake City,
UT
US

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 South 500 East
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

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

Voted Best Bar Grub by City Weekly, the Lumpys menu provides hearty entrees alongside appetizing, phalange-friendly fare. Grab a signature 3/4 lb. Lumpy burger layered in bacon and cheddar with a choice of side ($9) or a 12 oz. NY strip steak in a shroomy sauce served with garlicky mashy potatoes and veggies ($15). Or snack sparingly on marinara-friendly mozzarella logs with fries ($8) or saucy chipotle jalapeño poppers ($7). Those who dare can enter the garden of eating through a veggie platter piled high with broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, temptations, carrots, and cauliflower ($7).

3000 S Highland Dr
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