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Pride Restaurant Guide

This year’s Utah Pride Festival is going to be hot, sexy and off-the-hook. But all that partying and playing can build up quite an appetite. Aside from the terrific vendors and tasty food options at the festival, there’s a huge selection of queer-friendly restaurants just a short walk from the festival grounds.

Canella’s: The neighborhood hideout blends a lively bar scene at night with some of the best Italian food in the city. The family-run business is small in size, but huge in flavor.

Location: 204 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City
Menu: Moderate – $10-$20 per entrée

Christopher’s Prime Steakhouse and Grill: The Fabby Award-winning steakhouse has some of the best cuts of meat in the city. The steaks are tender, the martinis are delicious and the staff is over-the-top friendly. The restaurant is a frequent participator in QSaltLake events and is a huge supporter of the queer community.

Location: 134 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City
Menu: Fine dining – $20-$30 per entrée

Metropolitan: One of the premier fine dining locations in all of Utah. The seasonally inspired American cuisine is paired well with an outstanding wine and martini selection. The plates are beautifully prepared and the quaint location is perfect for a break from the hot goings-on.

Location: 173 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Menu: Fine dining – $20-$30 per entrée

Sage’s Café: After winning practically every dining award in Salt Lake for the absolutely fabulous selection of vegetarian food, rest assured that you’ll enjoy your meal at Sage’s.

Location: 473 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Menu: Affordable – $10-$15 per entrée

Simply Sushi: Don’t let this restaurant’s all-you-can-eat sushi layout scare you away. The flat-price sushi restaurant has some of the freshest fish and one of the widest selections in the state. Stop by for lunch or dinner.

Location: 180 W. 400 South, Salt Lake City
Menu: Lunch – $14.95, Dinner $20.95

Stoneground Pizza: This Fabby Award-winning, family-owned restaurant has so much more to offer than just some of the pest pizza in the city. Conveniently located near the festival grounds, the pizza, pasta and salad restaurant offers a cool reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the party. With a second-story view of the city the cold beer, hot wings, and delicious and creative pies can’t be beat.

Location: 249 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City
Menu: Affordable – $10-$15 per entree

Squatters Pub: The micro-brewery has some of the best beers and pub food in the state. The Fabby Award-winning restaurant also has a perfect after-pride brunch with Bloody Mary and mimosa specials. From burgers to pasta, the pub, which is only a short walk from festival grounds, has a friendly and welcoming environment. Just look for the big rainbow flags flown on the building every year.

Location: 147 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Menu: Affordable – $10-$15 per entrée

Thai Lotus: Located next to Canella’s and across the street from the festival grounds, this delectable Thai restaurant has beautifully arranged South Asian cuisine. It also sports Salt Lake’s only collection of carved fruit.

Location: 212 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City
Menu: Affordable – $8-$15 per entrée

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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