Kendra’s guidebook

Kendra
Kendra’s guidebook

Food scene

Best brunch spot in the city! You'll get recommendations for other spots that are tasty...but no place has biscuits as fluffy, flakey, and scrumptious as Sweet Lake. If you're trying to dine-in on a weekend, getting on the virtual waiting list on Yelp is highly recommended.
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Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade
54 W 1700 S
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Best brunch spot in the city! You'll get recommendations for other spots that are tasty...but no place has biscuits as fluffy, flakey, and scrumptious as Sweet Lake. If you're trying to dine-in on a weekend, getting on the virtual waiting list on Yelp is highly recommended.
As texpats (Texan expatriots lol), we love a good kolache. This is the only kolache place we've found west of Texas that tastes like home. So delicous!
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Hruska's Kolaches
2030 South 900 East
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As texpats (Texan expatriots lol), we love a good kolache. This is the only kolache place we've found west of Texas that tastes like home. So delicous!
Underground pizza? Yes please! This is a SLC favorite. There’s another location that’s easier to get to on 1300 S as well.
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The Pie Pizzeria - Underground
1320 East 200 South
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Underground pizza? Yes please! This is a SLC favorite. There’s another location that’s easier to get to on 1300 S as well.
This place will warm your belly and heart when there is a chill in the air. Super close to our space. The Curry Ramen is not to be missed. If you like hotpot, the other side of this restaurant is a tasty shabu shabu place.
Tonkotsu Ramen Bar
1898 W 3500 S
This place will warm your belly and heart when there is a chill in the air. Super close to our space. The Curry Ramen is not to be missed. If you like hotpot, the other side of this restaurant is a tasty shabu shabu place.
This is a great farm to table, local fare spot for a nice dinner. We did a prix fixie Thanksgiving here last year and LOVED it.
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Provisions
3364 S 2300 E
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This is a great farm to table, local fare spot for a nice dinner. We did a prix fixie Thanksgiving here last year and LOVED it.
The staff at Stun Cube are so friendly! They are always willing to substitute extra kimchi for salad. Yummy and quick take-out option after a day out and about.
Stun Cube
2732 South State Street
The staff at Stun Cube are so friendly! They are always willing to substitute extra kimchi for salad. Yummy and quick take-out option after a day out and about.
Helllllo, date night! The food plus ambiance plus memories keep Caffe Molise at the top of my list.
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Caffé Molise
404 West 100 South
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Helllllo, date night! The food plus ambiance plus memories keep Caffe Molise at the top of my list.
Great little diner in a historic trolley car founded by Ruth Evans, an extremely independent woman and former cabaret singer (1912-1916). Its changed hands a couple times since her passing in 1989 but her spirit is clearly still there. I'm particularly fond of the patio they added a few years back and the location right at the mouth of Emigration Canyon.
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Ruth's Diner
4160 Emigration Canyon Road
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Great little diner in a historic trolley car founded by Ruth Evans, an extremely independent woman and former cabaret singer (1912-1916). Its changed hands a couple times since her passing in 1989 but her spirit is clearly still there. I'm particularly fond of the patio they added a few years back and the location right at the mouth of Emigration Canyon.
Kendra is obsessed with The Bagel Project's lox. Great for on-the-go food on your way for a day of enjoying Utah's great outdoors.
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The Bagel Project
779 500 E
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Kendra is obsessed with The Bagel Project's lox. Great for on-the-go food on your way for a day of enjoying Utah's great outdoors.
I love this spot for healthy, local food. They also have cute SLC merchandise that isn’t too touristy.
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Root'd Cafe
2577 Bengal Boulevard
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I love this spot for healthy, local food. They also have cute SLC merchandise that isn’t too touristy.
Best Mediterranean food in town, hands down.
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Laziz Kitchen
912 Jefferson St W
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Best Mediterranean food in town, hands down.
Delicious food and super close to our space
Elements at 35th
Delicious food and super close to our space
If you love crepes, this place is hidden gem. Sweet or savory, its entirely up to you.
Greenhouse Effect
3231 900 E
If you love crepes, this place is hidden gem. Sweet or savory, its entirely up to you.
Best sushi in SLC, no question. If you’re hoping to avoid the price tag or downtown, Sapa or Fat Fish are close seconds.
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Takashi
18 West Market Street
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Best sushi in SLC, no question. If you’re hoping to avoid the price tag or downtown, Sapa or Fat Fish are close seconds.
Just as tasty as the downtown original with WAY better parking and access.
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Pretty Bird Hot Chicken
675 East 2100 South
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Just as tasty as the downtown original with WAY better parking and access.
As Texan, I consider myself a taco connoisseur. The birria tacos here are A M A Z I N G!
La Casa Del Tamal
2843 South 5600 West
As Texan, I consider myself a taco connoisseur. The birria tacos here are A M A Z I N G!

Everything Else

This is part farmers market, part local artisan market. If you're here early on a Saturday morning, you just might run into us =). Outdoor April-Oct, Indoor Nov-March.
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Downtown Farmers' Market
300 W 300 S
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This is part farmers market, part local artisan market. If you're here early on a Saturday morning, you just might run into us =). Outdoor April-Oct, Indoor Nov-March.
How often do you find drive-in movie theatre?!? New-ish releases with a vintage feel. Opens mid-spring and closes late fall.
Redwood Drive-in Theatre and Swap Meet
3688 South Redwood Road
How often do you find drive-in movie theatre?!? New-ish releases with a vintage feel. Opens mid-spring and closes late fall.
This is a great place to find local makers and artisans work.
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Salt & Honey Market
111 S Rio Grande St
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This is a great place to find local makers and artisans work.
I’d never been to a nicklecade place until I moved to SLC. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out!
Nickel Mania
6051 South State St
I’d never been to a nicklecade place until I moved to SLC. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out!
This is a great spot to get a furry friend fix and a snack in SLC!
Tinker's Cat Café
302 East 900 South
This is a great spot to get a furry friend fix and a snack in SLC!
This is our favorite live music spot...unique bands and an intimate feel.
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The State Room
638 S State St
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This is our favorite live music spot...unique bands and an intimate feel.
If you have an event or just feel like treating yourself to a straight-razor shave, this is the spot. Make your appointment early, they are usually booked for same-day and even sometimes, same-week appointments.
The Salt Lake Barber Company
10 East 800 South
If you have an event or just feel like treating yourself to a straight-razor shave, this is the spot. Make your appointment early, they are usually booked for same-day and even sometimes, same-week appointments.
Trolley Square has pop-up holiday markets, quirky SLC shops, a Whole Foods Market, a book store, Pottery Barn and several nearby places to eat.
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Trolley Square
602 South 700 East
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Trolley Square has pop-up holiday markets, quirky SLC shops, a Whole Foods Market, a book store, Pottery Barn and several nearby places to eat.
The Gateway is home to the weekend Urban Flea Market, Dreamscapes, seasonal pop up shops, the Discovery Children’s Museum, and tons of tasty places to eat.
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The Gateway
400 West 100 South
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The Gateway is home to the weekend Urban Flea Market, Dreamscapes, seasonal pop up shops, the Discovery Children’s Museum, and tons of tasty places to eat.
If you are interested in genealogy, this place is for you! It is a near endless repository of genealogy resources, both historic and human!
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Family History Library
35 N West Temple
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If you are interested in genealogy, this place is for you! It is a near endless repository of genealogy resources, both historic and human!

Sightseeing

Regardless of your spiritual practice, Temple Square is a unique local site...especially if you're visiting during the winter holidays for their lighting display (day after Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve).
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Temple Square
50 N Temple
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Regardless of your spiritual practice, Temple Square is a unique local site...especially if you're visiting during the winter holidays for their lighting display (day after Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve).
UPDATE WINTER 2021: Dreamscapes at the Gateway has closed but a little birdie says it will re-open in a larger space in 2022. Stay tuned! This immersive art experience is AMAZING. If you don't think you like art, try this. Dreamscapes never disappoints.
Dreamscapes SLC - Utah Arts Alliance
110 S Rio Grande St
UPDATE WINTER 2021: Dreamscapes at the Gateway has closed but a little birdie says it will re-open in a larger space in 2022. Stay tuned! This immersive art experience is AMAZING. If you don't think you like art, try this. Dreamscapes never disappoints.
This is a great hike for non-hikers - quick, easy to find, and relatively kid-friendly. Great view of the Salt Lake valley for not too much effort.
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Ensign Peak
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This is a great hike for non-hikers - quick, easy to find, and relatively kid-friendly. Great view of the Salt Lake valley for not too much effort.
This spot is a geological and archaeological phenomenon. Their website says it better than me..."the Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock located on the Homestead property." Reservations are required but you can often find discounted admission in the usual places.
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Homestead Crater Mineral Dome
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This spot is a geological and archaeological phenomenon. Their website says it better than me..."the Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock located on the Homestead property." Reservations are required but you can often find discounted admission in the usual places.
We love this botanical garden so much we are members! Gorgeous and educational =) All of their events are great but if you get a chance to catch their summer concerts, do it!
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Red Butte Garden
300 Wakara Way
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We love this botanical garden so much we are members! Gorgeous and educational =) All of their events are great but if you get a chance to catch their summer concerts, do it!
This is our favorite local hiking spot. Whenever our social media savvy family come to visit, they post plenty of shots from these hikes. Pretty wide variety of hikes with some more/less appropriate for young children. No dogs due to watershed restrictions.
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Little Cottonwood Canyon
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This is our favorite local hiking spot. Whenever our social media savvy family come to visit, they post plenty of shots from these hikes. Pretty wide variety of hikes with some more/less appropriate for young children. No dogs due to watershed restrictions.
This is a funky garden with a unique history, maintained by the local neighborhood. If you go to check it out, you might miss it because it's just through the gate.
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Gilgal Sculpture Garden
749 East 500 South
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This is a funky garden with a unique history, maintained by the local neighborhood. If you go to check it out, you might miss it because it's just through the gate.

Neighborhoods

9th and 9th is a fun area full of tasty food and unique shops...definitely a local spot. If you are in town for their festival (2nd Saturday after Labor Day), plan to check it out.
9th Avenue
9th and 9th is a fun area full of tasty food and unique shops...definitely a local spot. If you are in town for their festival (2nd Saturday after Labor Day), plan to check it out.
Sugar House is likely the neighborhood your friends told you to check out while you're visiting our fair city. Trendy and fun with tons to do. Street parking is easy compared to major metropolitan areas but can be tricky for Salt Lake. Find a spot and venture out on foot, its worth it.
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Sugar House
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Sugar House is likely the neighborhood your friends told you to check out while you're visiting our fair city. Trendy and fun with tons to do. Street parking is easy compared to major metropolitan areas but can be tricky for Salt Lake. Find a spot and venture out on foot, its worth it.
This is a great neighborhood that feels far less “city” but is just over 15 minutes away.
Cottonwood Heights
This is a great neighborhood that feels far less “city” but is just over 15 minutes away.

21+

1920's theme restaurant and bar with some serious ambiance. Solid brunch spot, unique cocktails, and local draft beer. Evening entertainment including live music and burlesque.
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Prohibition
151 6100 S
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1920's theme restaurant and bar with some serious ambiance. Solid brunch spot, unique cocktails, and local draft beer. Evening entertainment including live music and burlesque.
While the shop is not 21+, this is a funky store that specializes in booze accessories including vintage glassware, artisanal mixers, and specialty tools.
Boozetique & E3 Modern
315 Broadway
While the shop is not 21+, this is a funky store that specializes in booze accessories including vintage glassware, artisanal mixers, and specialty tools.
Great selection of local craft beer and above average food.
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Purgatory Bar
62 East 700 South
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Great selection of local craft beer and above average food.
This is my favorite burger place in town! Dive bar, roadhouse kinda feel Make sure you have a valid government issued ID.
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Lucky 13
135 West 1300 South
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This is my favorite burger place in town! Dive bar, roadhouse kinda feel Make sure you have a valid government issued ID.
This is another awesome drinks and food establishment. The “shotgun” style of the space reminds me of NYC or Baltimore.
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Whiskey Street Cocktails & Dining
323 Main St
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This is another awesome drinks and food establishment. The “shotgun” style of the space reminds me of NYC or Baltimore.
If you're a fan of country music, dancing (line or partnered), or maybe a mechanical bull, check out this spot. Free line dancing lessons 7-9 Wednesdays and Fridays. Swing dancing lessons after that. Cheap cover. Friendly staff.
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Westerner Club
3360 South Redwood Road
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If you're a fan of country music, dancing (line or partnered), or maybe a mechanical bull, check out this spot. Free line dancing lessons 7-9 Wednesdays and Fridays. Swing dancing lessons after that. Cheap cover. Friendly staff.

City/town information

If you're coming to SLC, you are probably already familiar with Park City =) World-class skiing, Sundance Film Festival, and my favorite vinegar/oil shop (Mountain Towne Olive Oil)...what's not to love?
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Park City
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If you're coming to SLC, you are probably already familiar with Park City =) World-class skiing, Sundance Film Festival, and my favorite vinegar/oil shop (Mountain Towne Olive Oil)...what's not to love?
Provo has a rich history and one of my favorite used book stores, Pioneer Books!
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Provo
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Provo has a rich history and one of my favorite used book stores, Pioneer Books!

Day Trips (about a hour drive)

This is all my favorite things outside of SLC but within an hour drive
Fun and family friendly waterfalls under an hour away. Grab an ice cream cone or pack a picnic lunch for the Upper Falls picnic area.
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Bridal Veil Falls
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Fun and family friendly waterfalls under an hour away. Grab an ice cream cone or pack a picnic lunch for the Upper Falls picnic area.
I could spend all day at Good Move Cafe. They have 1200+ games that are helpfully organized by things like number of players and how long to complete the game.
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Good Move Cafe
1 E Center St
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I could spend all day at Good Move Cafe. They have 1200+ games that are helpfully organized by things like number of players and how long to complete the game.
This is my favorite used bookstore in the state. Large selection of rare and Utahn books.
Pioneer Book
450 Center Street
This is my favorite used bookstore in the state. Large selection of rare and Utahn books.
How many places can you find Navajo food? However many, this one is my favorite. Reservations encouraged.
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Black Sheep Cafe
19 North University Avenue
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How many places can you find Navajo food? However many, this one is my favorite. Reservations encouraged.
Amazing 200ft stained glass art installation depicting the origin and growth of human knowledge
Bingham Gallery (Roots of Knowledge) at Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway
Amazing 200ft stained glass art installation depicting the origin and growth of human knowledge
Very cool caves. Attendance is limited for preservation so secure your passes early.
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Timpanogos Cave National Monument
2038 Alpine Loop Rd
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Very cool caves. Attendance is limited for preservation so secure your passes early.