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Pig & a Jelly Jar in Ogden

Also: J. Wong's Thai & Chinese Bistro, Moochie's Meatballs in Lehi

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Pig Out
Lovers of Pig & a Jelly Jar (401 E. 900 South, 385-202-7366, PigAndAJellyJar.com) and owner/chef Amy Britt's fresh, hearty, from-scratch, stick-to-the-ribs cooking will soon have more Pig to love. Before you can say, "fried green tomatoes," you'll be able to load up in Ogden on tasty specialties like chicken & waffles, biscuits with sausage gravy, fried pickles, ham hash, pulled-pork salad and such. This spring, Britt will be opening a new Pig & a Jelly Jar restaurant on Ogden's historic 25th Street, featuring classic American food and drink. Stay tuned to Food Matters for details.

Wong in the New
On Chinese New Year's Day, families typically share a feast rich in tradition that seeks to bring balance, luck and wealth in the New Year. The Wong family—owners of J. Wong's Thai & Chinese Bistro (163 W. 200 South, 801-350-0888, JWongUtah.com)—invites the community to celebrate the Year of the Sheep and Chinese New Year at their restaurant on Saturday, Feb. 21 and again on Friday, Feb. 27, as they host a traditional lion dance performed by Sil Lum Kung Fu Kwoon. The performances will begin at 7 p.m., and J. Wong's will also offer special Chinese New Year dishes such as whole red snapper in Chinese garlic sauce and slow-roasted pork with longevity lo mein noodles. Fun fact: Feb. 19, 2015 on the Gregorian calendar marks the beginning of the 4713th Chinese lunar year.

More Moochie's
Moochie's Meatballs & More! continues its culinary conquest of Utah with the grand opening on Monday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m. of a new Moochie's shop in Lehi. As with the original Salt Lake City (232 E. 800 South, 801-596-1350) and newer Midvale (7725 S. State, 801-562-1500) locations, Moochie's in Lehi features authentic, City of Brotherly Love-style Philly cheesesteaks along with excellent meatball subs, pasta dishes, grinders, hoagies, salads, chicken & eggplant parmigiana, and much more. The Lehi Moochie's Meatballs and More! is located at 380 N. 850 East (801-766-8855). Visit their website at MoochiesMeatballs.com.

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