UTAH (ABC4) – There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a restaurant you’ve been frequenting for a while appear on national television – especially if that restaurant is right here in Utah.
If you’ve ever watched the Food Network, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives should ring a bell. Guy Fieri – the show’s energetic host – visited 1,300 restaurants, including 30 in Utah.
Burger Bar (5291 south 1900 west Roy)
This burger restaurant has been around since 1956 and has been serving burgers, shakes, fresh fries and onion rings to its customers for decades. Burger Bar has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives as well as Food Network’s Triple D Nation.
Southern Cooking Boss Sauce (877 E 12300 S #203, Draper)
Coined as the best soul food in Utah, this place was featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives on August 8, 2021. The menu has a fairly simple twist but stays true to southern cooking basics. Customers can choose from fried chicken, catfish, pork chops (blackened or fried) as well as the many sides on offer; collard greens, candied yams, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes and gravy, and more.
Santo Taco (910900W, Salt Lake City)
With multiple locations in Utah, this taqueria serves nachos, tacos, quesadillas, flautas, burritos, mulitas and more. Santo Taco has been open since 2019, and the couple credit their vegetarian children for inspiring them to learn how to make new dishes for different palates. Owners Claudia and Alfonso have been featured on Taco’s, Tots and Chops of Diner, Drive-ins and Dives.
Papito Moe’s (7786 South 5600 West Suite 101, West Jordan)
Mofongo, carne frita, empanadillas – this local Cree Puerto Rican restaurant. Featured in Diner Drive-ins and the Dives Traditional Twist episode, Papito Moes owns a Brick and Mortar restaurant as well as a food truck.
Arempa’s (350 South State St., Salt Lake City)
Featured in the Sandwiches and Spice episode, this Venezuelan gem has two locations – one in Salt Lake City and one in Orem. This place serves arepas, which are round corn pancakes that are grilled and eaten almost daily in some South American countries, as well as empanadas, cachapa, and patacon. You don’t know these dishes? Looks like you might have to check them out!
May Moes (981 S Main St Ste 170, Logan)
Transplanted to Louisiana, Jason Davis left the mortgage business to open this southern Cajun barbecue in Logan. Guy Fieri visited this location on Season 31 of Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives. MayMoe’s specialties include Blackened Chicken Pasta and the “decadent” Marrow Butter Burger.
Sabores (255 Main St #300, Logan)
Offering dishes from around the world, Sabores has been featured in the Diner episode, Drive-Ins and Dives From Beef to Bao. Whether you’re craving pad thai, butter chicken, or a peanut butter burger, there’s something for everyone at this inclusive restaurant.
The Pie Dump (20W 1400S, Garland)
The Pie Dump has been open for nearly a century. This neighborhood staple has its famous hot rolls and gravy, freshly made donuts, breakfast and lunch. Their steakhouse is also open the third Saturday of each month.
Tandori oven (720 E 1000 N, Logan)
Located next to a gas station, Tandori Oven is a North Indian joint where everything is cooked from scratch, including their chicken tikka masala – which Guy Fieri tried in the episode Mom and Dad.
Los Primos (880 S. Main St., Logan)
This place offers authentic Salvadoran food and Mexican food. Los Primos specializes in pupusas, a kind of stuffed tortilla that Guy describes as “tamale meets tortilla.” Los Primos was featured in the Lots of Latin episode.
Herm’s Inn (1435 Canyon Road, Logan)
Maybe it was the upside-down grilled cheese that drew Guy to this place. Herm and his wife built Herm’s Inn in the early 1900’s – it was the last chance to refuel outside the mouth of the canyon. The building was restored in 2012, giving it a new but classic look. Herm’s was featured in the Savory with a Side of Sweet episode.
Purgatory (62 East 700 South, Salt Lake City)
Featured in the episode Whole Lotta Comfort, this place fuses Asian and American flavors to elevate bar food. From the curry fries to the Japanese curry rice to the 9 burgers and sandwiches available, Guy says, “It’s something you’ll never find in any other restaurant.
Laziz Kitchen (912 Jefferson St W, Salt Lake City)
This Lebanese spot began with owners selling homemade hummus to colleagues and friends – eventually opening its first location in November 2016. They were featured in the episode Round the World Roundup.
Hruska Kolaches (2030 South 900 East, Salt Lake City)
Hruska’s Kolaches is a Utah family bakery started by 3 Texan siblings. With a secret recipe from their grandmother, they prepare everything fresh from scratch every day. They were featured in two episodes of Diner, Drive-ins and Dives; Takeaways: Global Comes Local and Handy Helpings.
Proper Burger Company (865 Main Street, Salt Lake City)
As seen in the episode Handy Helpings, this casual burger joint offers multiple burger options as well as beers, cocktails, shakes, and even vegan shakes. One of their featured burgers is the Rarebit burger which features Rarebit sauce which is infused with their house beer and two kinds of cheese and then draped over a double stacked burger.
Finn’s Cafe (1624 1100E, Salt Lake City)
This Scandinavian-influenced American restaurant is tucked away in Sugarhouse and was featured in the Cultural Twist episode.
Curry Pizza (2927 South 5600 West D, West Valley City)
The owners have offered a variation of 15 curry sauce creations for pizza and now serve 20 different variations of the genre on naan pizza dough. Guy says this place is full of depth and flavor and new textures.
Pat’s BBQ (155 West Commonwealth Ave., Salt Lake City)
Guy Fieri has returned not once, not twice, but three times to show viewers some of Salt Lake City’s best barbecues. Pat’s offers award-winning ribs, pulled pork, chicken, burnt ends and other southern comfort food.
Lone Star Taqueria (2265 E Fort Union Blvd, Salt Lake City)
Another place that featured three times on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives where Guy raved about the shrimp burrito, calling it “nothing but fun”. This place has been open since 1994 and serves Mexican food meant to make you feel like you’re south of the border.
Moochies Meatballs and More (232 E 800 South, Salt Lake City)
Philadelphia native Joanna Rendi moved to Salt Lake City and wasn’t happy with the quality of the sandwich shops around — Moochies Meatballs enters stage left. Guy says the meatball sub will “knock your head off”.
Oh Mai Vietnamese Sandwich (6093 S Highland Dr, Salt Lake City)
With seven locations across Utah, Oh Mai was born out of the hopes and dreams of a family eager to carry on and share their mother’s gift of creating mouth-watering masterpieces with fresh, wholesome homemade flavors. This restaurant was featured in the episode International Family Style and the episode Amazing Asian.
Silver Star Cafe (1825 Three Kings Drive, Park City)
This award-winning restaurant has been open since 2010 and offers a musical dinner show every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This spot, which overlooks the Park City Golf Club, has been featured three times on Food Network.
Sammy’s Bistro (1890 Bonanza Dr, Park City)
Guy made three stops at this restaurant to try the gourmet products available at affordable prices. He marveled at the creativity behind some of the dishes created by Sam Harris who grew up in Park City and started in the restaurant business as a teenager.
Sheet metal roof grille (9284 S 700 E, Sandy)
Pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, burgers – the Tin Roof Grill serves up a bit of everything. On Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy started with the croquettes stuffed with gooey cheddar cheese and succulent pieces of smoky Canadian bacon.
Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery (357 S Main St, Salt Lake City)
Chicken Parmigiano is one of Maxwell’s most popular items. This place serves east coast style pizzas, wings and cheesesteaks. They were featured in the From Meatballs to Lollipops episode.
Ruth’s Diner is nearly 90 years old and is also home to “bad boy biscuit maker” Ines Monreal, who has made nearly 3 million cookies. In the episode Places You Sent Me, Guy enjoyed the chewy cookies.