Ever since Barbacoa Mexican Grill opened in 1998, ordering a meal has turned into a creative pursuit. At the fingertips of everyone who walks in the door is an edible artist's palette that they draw upon as they orchestrate the creation of their dream burrito, burrito bowl, or tacos. Inspiration begins with a foundation: hand-trimmed barbacoa beef slow cooked in a chipotle paste, shredded pork with roasted pineapple and a honey glaze, or even steamed vegetables. Then a rainbow of salsas, a choice of beans, and individually monogrammed grains of rice combine to create a fully personalized meal.
Now spread throughout Utah, Barbacoa Mexican Grill has also branched out beyond its inimitable meals. It strives to establish and strengthen communities by working with local nonprofit and charitable organizations. The primary focus of the restaurants' grassroots endeavors falls on the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles and the support of underserved children—evidenced by their cooperation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.
Dave & Cranky's has only been open since 2011, but its folder of press clippings is already overflowing with positive reviews for its accessibly upscale twist on classics. The Provo Daily Herald praised the “cool ambiance and some offbeat American bistro choices, served with a dash of attitude,” and the Salt Lake City Weekly called the eatery "one of the best-kept secrets in Utah County dining," describing Dave and Cranky’s chocolate lava cake as "to die for."
While diners can sit anywhere in the hip dining room, the best seats in the house are at the bar, where they can chat with owner Dave, crack a few jokes with front-of-house maven Lindsey, and watch their food be prepared in the open kitchen. Here, head chef Kathy, balances decidedly flavorful accents—such as the sauces that swathe cuts of chicken and pork and always let you know if you’ve got something stuck on your chin—with the occasional celebration of excess. That tendency shows up in a massive plate of triple-layered cheese fries, bacon-topped meatloaf, and seasonal cheesecake.
With a stay at Ben Lomond Suites, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, you'll be centrally located in Ogden, steps from Ogden Municipal Building and Peery's Egyptian Theater. This ski hotel is within close proximity of The Junction and Ogden Utah Temple.
Make yourself at home in one of the air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Relax and take in city and mountain views from the privacy of your room. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Conveniences include phones, as well as separate sitting areas and coffee/tea makers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or make use of the other amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Ben Lomond Suites, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-out, secretarial services, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and free parking is available onsite.
The bicycle buffs at Silver Star Ski & Sport nurse neglected velocipedes back to peak performance with a full range of bicycle repairs. The crew kick-starts the basic tune-up by scrubbing stubborn mud from bike frames and evicting hitchhiking drifters from sullied reflectors. Next, wobbly wheels are trued and subjected to a rigorous polygraph test until they are back on the straight and narrow. Silver Star’s spoke specialists will also lube grinding chains, tweak the derailleur for seamless gear shifts, and bleed the brakes with leeches to render them instantly responsive once again. Silver Star completes most tune-ups on the same day and provides shuttle service for bikers who need to get on with their day.
The smell of fresh coffee fills the air inside both locations of BlueStar Juice Bar and Coffee Café, where staffers eschew corporate cups to roast their own beans into three artful coffee blends. Blenders also churn fresh fruit and veggies into juices such as the Cobra, which gives apple and carrot a mild gingery bite, or the Fruit Fusion, which combines fresh, seasonal picks.
BlueStar staff strives to create a genial atmosphere. At the café location on 2795 South 2300 East, customers can submit juice blends or sandwich recipes to add to the menu, and canine companions are welcome indoors or on the patio. Alternately, the downtown drive-thru makes for a quick refueling stop for drowsy commuters and cars that run on eco-friendly caffeine.