For the Bryan family, barbecue sauce is in their blood. Their tradition of award-winning barbecue began over a century ago, in 1910, when Elias Bryan's family faithfully followed him from Cincinnati to Dallas, where he opened the original Bryan's Barbeque. The restaurant established a firm following, which led Elias’ son, William, to open his own restaurant. It was there that the third-generation Bryan, William "Sonny" Jennings Bryan Jr., learned how to properly smoke brisket and concoct tangy, spicy sauces. In 1958, on February 13—the exact same date on which Elias and William opened their eateries—Sonny served the first rack of ribs in his newly opened Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse.
The small chain now shares its spin on traditional Texas barbecue across Utah and Dallas. Sonny Bryan's original barbecue sauce spices up its savory pulled meats and ribs, which have been devoured by U.S. presidents, famous entertainers, sports legends, and A-list animated Disney characters alike. Sonny's seasoned chefs also cater heaps of fresh brisket and smoked chicken to parties and events.
Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse has been on the culinary radar since 1989, snapping up awards and publicity from People magazine, Food Network, the Travel Channel, and The Barbecue Bible. The modest barbecue joints have also earned some highbrow epicurean chops through a 2006 Zagat rating and a 2000 James Beard Foundation award for Culinary Excellence and Achievement.
Come to Cracker Barrel to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Cracker Barrel. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Cracker Barrel is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Cracker Barrel.
Call Cracker Barrel for catering if you have a big event coming up.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Cracker Barrel's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
The friendly staff at Cracker Barrel are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Cracker Barrel.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Cracker Barrel is all about.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Chili's, home of American comfort food.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Chili's will leave you happy and full.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Chili's for a group meal.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Chili's.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Chili's also offers catering.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Chili's and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Chili's' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Chili's.
When American food comes to mind, Chili's should be your first choice.
Make your way over to Chili's and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
Ready to roll? Head out for some exceptional sushi at Sushi Monster, and enjoy top-rated rolls that everyone's raving about.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this sushi spot — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Sushi Monster.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Sushi Monster's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Sushi Monster.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the sushi spot.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Sushi Monster's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Sushi Monster is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of West Valley City.
With so many delicious flavors wrapped up into one unique dish, Sushi Monster is surely a sushi-lover's paradise.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Buffalo Wild Wings in West Valley City.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Buffalo Wild Wings provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Buffalo Wild Wings, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Buffalo Wild Wings' free wifi.
Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the restaurant.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Or, take your food to go.
At Buffalo Wild Wings, you can safely park just around the corner.
Buffalo Wild Wings is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
The menu at Buffalo Wild Wings is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
For freshly prepared burgers with a flavorful twist, visit Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this burger joint offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
This burger joint is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this burger joint.
At Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Your hunt for the perfect burger is over. Head on over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for delicious quality you just can't beat.
Try a burger at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers if you're looking for a meal that's easy and delicious.
Utah is not necessarily known for its culinary contributions, but it does have at least one intriguing dish that can also be hard to find, even at Salt Lake City restaurants. Mormon funeral potatoes—or, more simply, funeral potatoes—are many a Utahn’s most comforting comfort food, despite the name. And for that, they deserve a closer look.
“Funeral,” Really?Mormon funeral potatoes got their name for their ubiquitous presence on the buffet table at many post-interment luncheons. In fact, Mormon Share’s guide to planning a funeral meal lists the potatoes second on the menu, after the ham. And even though the potatoes can be found at almost any social gathering, they’ve retained the somewhat morbid moniker.
In fact, the dish is so loved by Utah residents that the 2002 Winter Olympics commemorated funeral potatoes in a souvenir food pin.
So Good You Might DieMormon funeral potatoes are basically a casserole and therefore just as easy to put together.
Start with frozen hash browns or, in a pinch, cubed potatoes.Add the following: cheddar cheese, onions, sour cream, and some kind of “cream of” soup (preferably chicken, mushroom, or celery).Mix well and pour into a casserole dish.Top with pats of butter and corn flakes or crushed potato chips for crunch.Bake until golden.Besides being easy to make, funeral potatoes highlight one trait of traditional Utah cooking, which focuses on a somewhat midcentury American value of feeding many mouths on the cheap: put several processed or canned foods together to make something new—and delicious. Many home cooks put their own spin on the recipe by adding peas, ham, or broccoli.
Where to Get SomeLike gelatin molds and Rice Krispies, Mormon funeral potatoes are a dish usually served at home. However, a handful of restaurants serve an interesting take on the Utah staple, including two Salt Lake restaurants:
Garage on Beck in Salt Lake City fries them in nuggets, having added bacon and, if you want them spicy, fresh habaneros.Sandy, Utah’s Hoof & Vine serves a creamy spoonful of the traditional potatoes with each entree.In Indianapolis, Spoke & Steele crafts a version with pickled scallions and mushroom crème—perhaps a bit fancier than good ol’ Campbell’s.Photo: A dish of funeral potatoes by GreenGlass1972 under public domain