"Once upon a time a bearded man had a dream, a dream to make the best chicken wings on the planet," begins the Wing Nutz story. That man spent years experimenting with sauces and techniques, and many would agree that he achieved that dream with his wings?which are crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and coated in sauces such as apricot teriyaki and southern honey barbecue.
At various Wing Nutz franchises, chefs follow his same wing recipe, using cage- and hormone-free meat that is never frozen, and then baking, never frying, the wings. They also whip up fall-off-the-bone hog wings (better known as pork ribs, eaten wing-style) and lighter options, such as smoked salmon wraps and salads. The restaurant's own line of brews, Nut Job Beers, stands ready cool mouths set aflame by one of the spicier sauces.
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).
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.
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.
The downtown gastropub boasts an extensive menu of reimagined pub fare. Start with a Scotch egg ($4), hard-boiled then wrapped in a garlic sausage before being doused with breading and fried. Or opt for an order of the pub poppers ($3), almond-stuffed medjool dates swaddled in strips of delicious bacon. Unstoppable appetites pause at the prosciutto burger ($12), and herbivorous eaters nosh the black-bean chipotle veggie burger ($11) with a side of fresh-cut-daily fries coated with garlic (add $2). Large plates, such as the slow-simmered chili verde with braised pork and green chilies ($8) or the Alaskan halibut and chips ($16) make gastro-pub elitists grovel. Hand-tossed pizzas (starting at $10) and fresh salads (starting at $5) complete the eclectic menu.
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.