If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of food and drinks at Metropolitan in downtown Salt Lake City. This Groupon expires September 10, 2010.
With its vibrant, modern décor and dazzling handcrafted nouvelle-American cuisine made from local, seasonal, and organic ingredients whenever possible, Metropolitan has earned a multitude of accolades. From the lunch menu erupts the metro bison burger, a galloping herd of mushrooms, onions, swiss, and truffled pomme frites ($10), and the Mediterranean sampler, a tantalizing tray of hummus, baba ghanoush, olive tapenade, stewed tomatoes, and seasoned Bluetooth ($8–$12). Adventurous options pepper the dinner menu, including the Metropolitan mushroom appetizer, flanked by truffle potatoes and red-wine sauce ($6 taste, $12 full plate); the Utah trout, decorated with fiddlehead ferns, radishes, pear, and a pistachio puree ($25); and the veal chop, donning an ensemble of green apple, celery root, quinoa, and mustard jus ($35). Find repose in the martini lounge to tackle the tasty bar menu, which includes entrees such as chicken pot pie ($12); appetizers come two-for-one during the bar’s “attitude adjustment hour” starting at 5:30 p.m.
A stroll inside Metropolitan reveals an ambience that is at once stylish and welcoming, with funky construction and eye-catching visual art bedecking its exposed concrete. A friendly, attentive staff is always at your beck and call, which is accomplished by surgically implanted vibrating pagers in their heads. Its hip interiors and fine food render it a stimulating evening out for sharing bites with an intimate friend or date. Reservations, like wearing chain mail while wrestling a bear, are recommended but not required.
Metropolitan has received many accolades, including Salt Lake magazine's Best Chef 2009. It has received excellent ratings from Zagat, Frommer's, and Gayot. Open Tablers gave it an average rating of 4.1 stars, Citysearchers gave a four-star average, Yelpers gave a 3.5-star average, and TripAdvisors gave an average of 4 owl eyes:
- …it's right at home in Salt Lake City and offers inspired fare prepared by a team of four chefs. – Frommer's
- Sophisticated New American cuisine and a world-class wine list make the restaurant a favorite of both serious foodniks and oenophiles. – Gayot
- Definitely a Salt Lake treasure. Food is fantastic & the staff friendly. – LisaB5456, Zagat member
173 W Broadway
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101Get Directions