1. The Bluebird Restaurant, Logan
The Bluebird opened in 1923. You can still enjoy your meal at the original lunch counter. 19 N. Main Street, Logan.
2. Hires Big H, Salt Lake City
Don Hales founded Big H in 1959. Visit today and you’ll find photos of the company’s early days posted in the dining room. 425 S. 700 E., Salt Lake City
3. The Original Iceberg Drive Inn
George Lamar Sorenson built the original Iceberg Drive Inn location in Millcreek in 1959. It was an immediate hit, with 5-cent ice cream cones and sodas. 3906 S. 900 E., Salt Lake City.
4. Idle Isle Cafe, Brigham City
Since 1921. If you grew up in Brigham City, you probably remember choosing a treat from their candy counter. 24 S. Main Street, Brigham City.
5. Lamb’s Grill
Lamb’s is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the state. It’s been in business since 1919, and in its current location on Main Street since 1939. 169 Main Street, Salt Lake City.
6. Lion House Pantry, Salt Lake City
The Lion House was built in 1856 and served as Brigham Young’s residence. The building has been historically maintained ever since. 63 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City
7. Little Wonder Cafe, Richfield
Open since 1929, Richfield’s Little Wonder Cafe is full of local history. 101 N. Main Street, Richfield.
8. Mom’s Cafe, Salina
Mom’s Cafe has been open for 76 years, and it still has its old-fashioned lunch counter. 10 E. Main Street, Salina.
9. The Pie Pizzeria - Underground, Salt Lake City
You’ll find the original Pie Pizzeria right across the street from the University of Utah campus. Its history is written on the walls in the form of graffiti and messages left by customers over the last 2 ½ decades. 1320 E. 200 S., Salt Lake City
10. Porter’s Place, Lehi
Porter’s Place is located in a building built in 1915. It’s dedicated to the history of Porter Rockwell, and is full of mementos from Utah’s state history, including the beehive clock from the Hotel Utah. 24 W. Main Street, Lehi
11. Ray’s Tavern, Green River
Open since 1943. 25 S. Broadway, Green River.
12. The Roof Restaurant, Salt Lake City
The original Roof Restaurant was located in the Hotel Utah. Now you’ll find it at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. 15 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City.
13. Ruth’s Diner
Ruth’s has been in business for 86 years. Ruth was a saucy, independent woman who started business in 1930 a rough area of Salt Lake. When her building was demolished, she dragged an old trolley car into Emigration Canyon and set up shop there. Patrons still sit in the trolley car for their meals (and also in other areas of the restaurant, which has since been built onto several times. 4160 E. Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City.
14. Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville
Utah’s oldest operating bar, Shooting Star Saloon also makes delicious burgers. 7350 E. 200 S., Huntsville.
15. Thunderbird Restaurant, Mount Carmel Junction
Thunderbird Restaurant was built in 1940, and its sign has an amusing history. Jack Morrison, the restaurant’s owner, didn’t have room on the sign for the word “homemade”, so he wrote, “Ho-Made” instead. At the time, the word, “Ho” didn’t have the same meaning as it does today. US-89, Mount Carmel Junction.