Captain Len’s sailboat set his life on a new course. One of his crew members caught a salmon and, on the spot, Len mixed together an improvised yet surprisingly tasty rub for the fish. As he’s sailed the world, Captain Len has added more recipes and techniques to his culinary repertoire, readying him to open Capt. Lens City Barbecue. The menu revolves around a full range of barbecued meats, including smoked chicken, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and texas beef brisket, which the restaurant’s staff smokes for up to 14 hours.
Waffles both sweet and savory kick off the menu at Num Num Confiteria, where chefs top each golden grid with eggs and bacon, or combinations of whipped cream and cookie crumbles. The kitchen's repertoire also includes burgers on white or multigrain bread, fried from lean beef or turkey as well as paninis and herb-marinated greek chicken. The menu offers plentiful vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options as well. Num Num also keeps cookies and ice cream on hand for dessert, and packs freshly blended smoothies with protein and leafy greens.
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.
Whipped cream tops each shakes at State Street Grill, an Americana-obsessed restaurant. Chefs put the classic accessories on their vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry shakes after serving housemade fries and specialty burgers made from ground-beef patties that are always fresh and never frozen. Texas burgers come with jalapeños and pepper-jack cheese, and Boston burgers feature classic sautéed mushrooms, onions, pastrami, and cheese. Beyond their core burger and shake offerings, the eatery's kitchen team prepares a kids' menu with corn dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and sliders, the food most likely to be thrown at 90 miles per hour during a baseball game.
Claiming a slew of awards, including Best Chicken Dinner by the Orange County Register, El Pollo Loco fills stomachs on the go with a menu of flavorful poultry inspired by Mexico's kitchens. Enjoy the rich tastes of a four-piece combo—including breasts and wings marinated in herbs, spices, and citrus juices—entouraged by two sides from an expansive selection, including spanish rice, BBQ black beans, corn cobbettes, and mac 'n' cheese ($8.99). For a more portable lunch during parkour breaks from the office, wrap your chicken in the warm tortilla blanket of a twice-grilled burrito ($5.99). El Pollo Loco's innovative salsa bar tickles tongues with fresh varieties of avocado, chipotle, and pico de gallo.
The wing slingers at Rocky Mountain Wingshak toss chicken in 13 different taste-bud-beguiling sauces, crafting traditional buffalo-style palate pleasers. Couples, friends, or batmen and robins begin the gustatory journey by choosing a sauce to adorn a basket of 20 wings. Like romance novels, the signature sauces come in two basic genres: buffalo and sweet. Flavors, ranging from mild to the scorching XX, include pineapple barbecue and teriyaki that sweet talk palates, and more complex combinations such as garlic pepper or lemon pepper fuse piquant notes with punches of spice. Swigs of soda cool mouths between bites, and dishes of ranch and blue cheese add pep to dipped fries or crunchy tater tots.