When it came time for the team at Johnny Carino’s to come up with some new recipes, they began rifling through their personal cooking histories. Executive chef Chris Peitersen took his first kitchen job at a barbecue joint when he was 14, so he was primed to create italian baby back ribs. By infusing brown sugar barbecue sauce with balsamic vinegar imported from Modena, he’s given the marinade a more acidic bite than typical barbecue sauces. As the ribs slowly roast and char on an oak grill, he bastes on his creation before finishing the dish with a dusting of parmesan.
The ribs are one of Carino’s many menu items that follow the restaurants’ approach of classic Italian preparations modified by forward-thinking flavor combinations. Diners will find a Black Angus burger capped with mozzarella and fried pepperoni, or sautéed tilapia spiced with garlic and jalapeño. Other signature dishes include the 16-layer lasagna, Skilletinis that sizzle with spaghetti and a choice of meat, and tiramisu made from scratch.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
India Fusion restaurant offers authentic Indian cuisine in a colorful and lively setting. The menu offers sizzling kebabs, fresh from the tandoor ($13.99–$14.99), and golden pillows of naan ($1.99¬–$3.49) to sop up sauces and flip over halfway through the night for that refreshing cool underside. Vegetarian options include mattar paneer (homemade cheese in a spiced curry sauce with peas, $10.99) and those flaky pods of pure pea-potato perfection, samosas, for $3.99. The ever-popular buffet runs $8.99 for lunch and $12.99 for dinner. A list of "domestic fusion" options say a friendly "hello" to cumin newbies with mac and cheese ($4.99), chicken fingers ($4.99), and an assortment of Indian-inspired wraps served with fries ($6.99–$7.99). But above all these dishes lies India Fusion's list of nine curries—each one bursts with the aromatic flavors of ginger, garlic, coconut, onion and more ($10.99-$15.99). Tender cuts of chicken, lamb, and beef, which all taste like they were born in the sauce and nursed to maturity on bottles of vindaloo, korma, and ticca massala.
All Star Fun Centers lights up the entertainment centers in visitors' brains with arcade games and cosmic bowling. The alleys at each of All Star's locations flood their lanes with glowing lights for cosmic bowling during weekend evenings, and they also provide regular league opportunities for children, adults, and seniors. Visitors to the Sandy and Tooele locations can engage in futuristic score-settling with bouts of laser tag. The West Jordan location offers a full bar and grill that hosts weekly events such as Texas Hold 'em and karaoke, and a bar and grill is also available at the Tooele location, featuring flat-screen televisions that broadcast sports games or heated arguments between news hosts and sentient teleprompters.
No stranger to molten cheese, Back East Cheesesteaks gilds classic philly cheesesteaks with Cheez Whiz and more than 15 savory toppings. Steamed and toasted rolls cradle slices of chicken or beef that have been seared on a flattop grill. Cooks pile on provolone or processed cheese and a variety of inventive ingredients, including pizza sauce, spicy jalapeños, or mushrooms shaped like Sylvester Stallone. This rainbow of toppings echoes the multicolored pendant lights hanging from the ceiling, which cast a warm glow on the checkerboard-tiled floor.