A stalwart of the downtown dining scene and with good reason. Chef and owner Fred Moesinger’s Italian bistro has provided a solid dining destination since 1993. That longevity is testament to the cuisine and ambience that Caffe Molise serves up daily. Whether you’re after something light and simple or luxurious and rich, Molise’s rustic menu hits every spot from polenta to gnocchi. My personal favorite is the Pappardelle Al Sugo—thick ribbons of house made fresh pappardelle pasta tossed in a savory sauce of slow cooked pork and beef. And should you want a nightcap after dinner, head just a few steps down the street and hit up Moesinger’s latest venture, BTG wine bar. This sister business is a wine lover’s oasis with more than fifty options available by the glass, curated by the sommelier, Louis Koppel. Be sure to pick his brain for something extra special.
55 West 100 South, SLC
CY Noodles House
It’s not just the mix and match, build your own noodle bowl concept that’s worthy of mention—although this component of the menu alone is worth your time and hard-earned cash. More than that, what truly rocks my boat is the incendiary Szechuan cuisine at CY Noodles House. In this most magical of traditions, Sichuan peppercorns are combined with the counterbalance of chillis and garlic to create a gleefully energetic and vibrant dining experience. Spicy boiled fish is a highlight here, fizzing with Sichuan bite and spark—the heaving bowl of simmered white fish is also enough to feed a hungry group. Don’t overlook the appetizer menu either, you’ll be rewarded with interesting selections such as delicious dumplings stuffed with shrimp and chive or fabulously fun, deep-fried sesame balls filled with sweet bean paste.
3370 State Street, SLC
Goldener Hirsch Inn
One of the most unique dining destinations in Utah, and deservedly rewarded with accolades and awards, is Goldener Hirsch Inn. This Deer Valley destination restaurant and boutique hotel is modeled on the namesake original in Austria and seeks to offer a luxury mountain experience just like the European original; indeed Austrian artisans even decorated areas of the restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy some mighty fine apres ski-fresh baked pretzels paired with a local craft beer. In the the richly appointed dining room, you’ll be whisked right to the Alps with an Alpine-themed menu. Traditional dishes include staples like fondue or wiener schnitzel with sauerkraut, which are perfect enjoyed near a roaring fire in the dining room.
7570 Royal Street, Park City