Utah has no shortage of great restaurants, from hole-in-the-wall diners to fancy fine-dining spots. But if you have guests coming from out of town, you might want to take them to some restaurants that really represent some iconic Utah trait. Here are some suggestions.
1. The Viking Yurt, Park City
For a truly unique experience, take your out-of-town friends to the Viking Yurt in Park City. The evening starts with a sleigh ride up to the yurt, then commences with hot glogg and a six-course meal, served Viking-style. Get reservations early. 1345 Lowell Avenue, Park City.
2. Red Iguana, Salt Lake City
Visitors from the East Coast probably don't get the opportunity to enjoy authentic Mexican food very often. Red Iguana has some of the best mole sauce you'll find anywhere in the West, and its friendly, casual vibe make it a perfect place for relaxing with friends. 736 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City.
3. Cafe Diablo, Torrey
Utah is definitely home to tons of rattlesnakes, and your guests might feel like they've had the ultimate Utah experience when they dine on the rattlesnake cakes at Cafe Diablo. The sunset views here are to die for, too. 599 Main Street, Torrey.
4. The Tree Room, Sundance
The Tree Room at Sundance has the Old West atmosphere, surrounded by the spectacular alpine scenery of the resort. Robert Redford's resort restaurant is a Utah icon with great food and a cozy setting. 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance.
5. Maddox Ranch House, Brigham City
Show your guests some of Utah's best hospitality at Maddox Ranch House. This place is famous for its fried chicken and equally famous for its homemade rolls. 1900 S Highway 89, Brigham City.
6. Hires Big H, Salt Lake City
Every visitor to Utah should at least try fry sauce, and they may as well do it while eating one of Utah's most iconic burgers —
the Big H. The original location of Hires Big H has been around since 1959, and the burgers, fries, and shakes are all fabulous. 425 S. 700 E., Salt Lake City.
7. Hell's Backbone Grill, Boulder
For a fun day trip, take your guests for a drive along the Hell's Backbone Scenic Byway and across Hell's Backbone Bridge. Then, stop in at Hell's Backbone Grill for fresh, farm-to-table fare that's always winning every imaginable award. 20 N. Highway 12, Boulder.
8. Log Haven, Millcreek Canyon
For a cozy, intimate dinner in a gorgeous canyon setting, Log Haven is the place to take your guests. Its fireplace keeps you cozy and the dinner menu will make your taste buds happy. 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road.
9. The Roof Restaurant, Salt Lake City
If your visitors are Mormon, they'll love the temple views. If they're not Mormon, they've likely heard a lot of stereotypes and rumors and have some questions. The view of both the LDS temple and the city is amazing, and the buffet is surprisingly upscale. 15 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City.
10. The Bluebird, Logan
The Bluebird is one of Utah's oldest, and most charming restaurants. It's been serving customers at its counter and cozy booths since 1914. If you want to give your friends a sense of Utah's history, this is the place to go. 19 N. Main Street, Logan.
11. Squatters Pub, Salt Lake City
Your friends have heard that they can't get a drink in Utah, and you're about to prove them wrong. Squatters offers up some award-winning craft beer and excellent pub food in a warm, casual setting in downtown Salt Lake. 147 West Broadway, Salt Lake City.