Amy wrote in with a fun question. She wants in on some cool locales for patio dining in the Salt Lake and Provo/Orem areas. While we’re at it, let’s not discount anything north of SLC. Or anywhere for dining al fresco in Utah.
We already expressed our affection for Ruth’s. And we hear good things about the new Dodo location (where L’Avenue used to be on 2100 South). We think Tin Angel is great for summer nights—don’t forget to order an Italian soda—and the Sundance Deli seems pretty ideal as far as escapes go.
Here are a very select few of our other favorites:
Trio: A little crowded with longer-than-usual waits once summer rolls into town, we still enjoy butternut squash ravioli three times as much underneath this cafe’s cool awning. Let the bustle add to the appeal at the downtown location. 680 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City
Silverfork Lodge: Canyon dining at its Utah best: affordable fare, breath-taking views, high-quality cuisine and an authentic rustic appeal. 11332 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton
Gepettos: No, it isn’t spacious. No, it isn’t incredibly charming. But somehow, we love to eat our cream cheese-topped pizza under the stars or summer rain clouds on this atrium-like patio. Get there early for semi-private dining. 2340 E. Murray-Holladay Road, Holladay
Lonestar Taqueria: Grab some super-good fish tacos and drinks with pals at this low-frills local’s favorite. You’ll like the colorful chairs, salsa bar and station-wagon-as-outdoor-decor. We like a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously, even if it’s smack-dab on a semi-busy road. 2265 Fort Union Boulevard, Cottonwood Heights
Fresco: Salt Lake’s cutest Italian cafe gets even cuter when you dine on its brick-paved courtyard. Treat yourself to Fresco’s A+ menu and enchanting atmosphere at least once this summer. At least. 1513 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City
Now it’s your turn. Add on, please….