Restaurants + Cocktails

Top 6 Low-Key Salt Lake Eats

9/5/2018 | Ryan Holbrook
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1. Curry Fried Chicken: The eponymous poultry at this State Street spot is absolutely legit. It’s the quintessential piece of fried chicken elevated even higher thanks to the healthy dose of curry powder that is added to every batch of batter. The result is drumsticks that are ridiculously flavorful, all piled atop heaping plates of Indian-inspired sides. Oh, and the rest of the menu, from wraps to samosas, is equally tasty. 660 S State Street, Mon. - Sat., 11:00a - 3:00p and 5:00p - 9:30p

2. Thai Chile: One of the most unassuming restaurants in the entire city, the entrance to Thai Chile is tucked away in the back of Ocean City Seafood Market. It has the furtive vibe of a speakeasy but with super authentic, mouth-watering Thai curries, and the like, instead of cocktails. 872 S State Street, Tue. - Sun., 11:00a - 7:30p

3. Grove Market & Deli: A low-profile staple of the Ballpark district, Grove Market is in the business of serving sandwiches, straight up and sans frills. Every sub consists of thick stacks of cold cuts--and equally classic accouterments--on light and airy rolls, each big enough to feed an entire batting lineup in one go. 1906 S Main St., Mon. - Sat., 10:00a - 5:00p

4. Mi Caramelito: This place absolutely nails every key-note for a taqueria. The tortillas are fresh, flavorful, and robust enough to contain mountains of expertly seasoned carne asada and al pastor without crumbling. And while tacos are central here, they’re supported by an equally stellar cast of sides and sips...elotes and agua de jamaica, to name just a couple. 1808 W 3500 S, Mon. - Sun., 9:00a - 2:00a, Sat. open 24 hrs.

5. Over The Counter: A cult favorite among those toward the southern end of Salt Lake, OTC is all about diner food done unquestionably right. A huge selection of omelets and other eggy classics make it as good a brunch spot as any, and every dish here is prepared with care and a healthy dose of cooktop grease. 2343 E 3300 S, Mon. - Sun., 6:30a - 2:00p

6. Mahider: The first authentic Ethiopian restaurant in Salt Lake, Mahider is a stellar spot, whether you want meat, veggies, or a gluten-free meal. The veggie sampler plate is a perfeclty compartmentalized selection of red lentils, sauteed cabbage, and steamed collard greens (among other things) that hits the spot every time. Bonus items: injera utensils, ceiling art, and super rad dance videos on the tube. 1465 S State Street # 7, Tues. - Sat., 11:00a - 3:00p and 5:00p - 10:00p

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