Restaurant Reviews

On the Street

Good News/Bad News

Ramen Bar has closed (It was recently voted as the 5th best ramen in Salt Lake
County. If you’re hankering, Ramen 930 is also on the same list at 45 East
Broadway). The good news: Los Tapatios Taco Grill has signed a lease for the
space, between London Belle and Whiskey Street, and will bring their tasty
birria-style taco to a block that brims with the beefy stew, including Santo Taco,
and Monarca. Word is that Los Tapatios will be open late to satiate the boozy bar
patrons on that block.


After an extensive reno, Bambara at Hotel Monaco reopens this week. The restaurant
is once again comfortable and gorgeous, and Chef Patrick LeBeau‘s new modern bistro
menu is filled with local flavors and ingredients. Bambara has always been a
trendsetter, and with this reopening, a new era begins. In the fall, the bar will reopen,
expanded, and with a dedicated entrance on 200 South.

Power Lunch is Back

Up the block, Aqua Terra has comfortably warmed into their new and stylish
home inside City Creek Center. Ascend Hospitality is the Washington-state
restaurant group that also owns Famous Dave’s BBQ. This is their fifth high-end
concept and their first in Utah. We’ve been asking them to open for lunch, and…
tada… today we got word that it has happened. Highlights include SLC Steak
Frites with bison tips, chimichurri sauce, and pickled vegetables; and Rocky
Mountain Melt: a bison patty with caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, and swiss
cheese on marbled rye. YUM! Check out the full menu.

Claypots Caribbean Grill (a business incubated at the Downtown Farmers
Market) has opened a brick-and-mortar shop in one of the most unique spaces
downtown. Walk through the door at 268 South Main Street… nope, don’t go to
Vape On Main downstairs. Don’t enter the People’s Bar upstairs… head through
the tiny bodega Market on Main. Up the ramp in the back, you’ll find Chef
and her two kids serving simple island fare at down-to-earth prices.
You’ll be pleased by the food… and the experience.

We’ve been interested in what is happening in the former Ginger Street space at
State and Broadway. Rumors of something truly unique for SLC have been
swirling. Today, Gastronomic has more details: Sayonara, from the owner of
Tradition by Liberty Park, wants to replicate the feel of a back alley Tokyo bar
with a highly themed restaurant and lounge … intriguing.

Kelly Howard has signed a lease for the Bourbon House space, in the
basement of the Walker Center. Howard owns Prohibition in Murray and plans
to call this location Repeal. A full remodel is in the works for a kitchen-focused

Wanting to spend less time at the bar, and more time at the barre? The GYM at
City Creek
is moving into the newly renovated 175 building on West Temple. It’s
easy to overlook this building, but with ample onsite parking and City Creek
onsite (our fav), we think downtown residents are going to get to know the
corner well.

Josh Jones

Joshua Jones is the director of communications and marketing at the Downtown Alliance at

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