Chef Oscar Aguilar of Cotton Kitchen. Photos by Bryan Butterfield – imageandfilm.com/
Cotton Kitchen, Holladay
Recently opened, this spot quickly jumped to “must” status for me. On your first visit, you have to dive into the Lox Benedict—an explosion of flavor and a great twist on Eggs Benedict. They change the normal Benedict with a chipotle hollandaise and dijon aioli. This gives it a unique flavor that will have you coming back for more.
The Çilbir “chulburr” is something I have not had before, and now cannot live without. In a single bowl, you have herbed yogurt sauce, Aleppo chili butter, and pickled chimichurri topped with two poached eggs. This mesh of ingredients makes this plate unique and so flavorful!
3158 E 6200 S Ste B, Holladay
Mr. Charlie’s Chicken Fingers, Murray
Say hello to Alabama-style “chicken fingers.” I put it in parentheses because these are unlike any chicken fingers you have had. These are farm fresh chicken tenders grilled or fried perfectly. I started with the fried tenders with the special Mr. Charlie sauce. Each plate comes with crinkle-cut fries, buttered toast, and coleslaw. You definitely will not leave hungry.
What completely caught me off guard was how tasty the grilled version is! Typically, the healthier option of grilled chicken is not nearly as tasty as fried. However, they have solved the problem of typical dry chicken, and you end up with a tender, juicy tender. Pair the tenders with their house-made sweet tea and you might think you are in the South.
554 W 4500 S, Murray
Santo Taco, Salt Lake City
Santo Taco solves the long search for affordable authentic street tacos not served from a street cart. The flavors that jump out of their tacos are more easily tasted than explained. On your first visit, you have to try the Al Pastor, Carne Asada, and Cabeza (beef head). I know what you are thinking; beef head? But the flavor that comes out of this meat is amazing!
The in-house-made corn tortillas support all the ingredients without falling apart. If you follow my blog, you know I’m all about the sauces, or in this case, salsas. These salsa are flavorful and unique. And beyond the amazing flavor, the price point is perfect. Most tacos are $2 each.
910 S 900 W #B, Salt Lake City