- Derek Carlisle
Avenues Bistro's Second Coming
So great was the void created by last month's closure of Avenues Bistro on Third (564 E. Third Ave., 801-831-5409) that some of SLC's major culinary players banded together for a grand reopening. Fireside on Regent Chef Michael Richey took to Facebook to announce his partnership with Chef Steven Garner and Scott DeSeelhorst to gift Salt Lake with the rejuvenation of the popular restaurant. Moving at lightspeed, the new management team has turned a culinary tragedy into a holiday miracle. Of course, any change in management is a good excuse to develop a new menu—this one features standouts like lobster beignets, rabbit pot pie and housemade Ho Hos for dessert.
Special Courses Storms South Town
While it began as a humble food truck offering military-themed burgers and fries, Special Courses is now the newest Shops at South Town tenant. After claiming victory at last year's Taste for the Space contest held by the Utah Restaurant Association, Chef James Veylupek received a $50,000 prize along with a new space in the mall's dining area. Veylupek's over-the-top burgers and smothered fries in his new brick-and-mortar base couldn't have come at a better time. After a day filled with holiday consumerism, embattled shoppers are going to need some time to kick back with a Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot Burger and some Semper Fries.
Beltex Makes it Big
Local meat lovers are probably aware that Philip Grubisa and his staff at Beltex Meats (511 E. 900 South, 801-532-2641, beltexmeats.com) are nothing short of national treasures. So it's about damned time that they get some major recognition. The whole-animal butcher shop has recently been nominated by the Good Food Awards for its pork coppa and popular country paté. This particular nomination means that Beltex is on the forefront of both craft and sustainability, which has been its mission all along. We're eagerly awaiting the results of this contest, which are coming Jan. 19, 2018.
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