Food and Drink

Erin Alberty
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Utah Hell's Backbone Grill, other popular restaurants at risk of closing

Illustration of salad ingredients forming a frowny face on a plate.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Some of Utah's most popular eateries are fighting to stay afloat as they struggle to emerge from the pandemic.

  • Several other culinary mainstays have already closed.

Utah's non-alcoholic cocktails are more grown-up than you think

A cocktail sits on a blue napkin and contains a round ice cube and a Luxardo cherry and orange peel.

A juicy Luxardo cherry bobs on the surface of a non-alcoholic Nightcap Old Fashioned at Curious. Photo: Erin Alberty/Axios

I finally made my way to Curiosity, Salt Lake City's new non-alcoholic bar and bottle shop, which opened in May at 145 E. 900 South.

  • Those of you who know me realize that the phrase "zero proof" is not exactly my siren song.
  • But the place was hopping on a Thursday night, and I can't resist a crowd!

The best taquerias in Utah County

Red Tacos' birria tacos and consomé. Photo courtesy of Red Tacos

Utah County tends to get roasted by residents living in Salt Lake County for its lack of nightlife and small-town vibes. And believe me — sometimes it's justified.

Yes, but: One thing Salt Lakers can't knock is Utah County's overlooked food scene, particularly when it comes to Mexican food.

Food Fight: Our favorite boba tea shops in Salt Lake City

Illustration of a utahraptor getting pied in the face.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Grab a fistful of tapioca, because we're having another food fight!

  • This time our favorite boba drinks are going head to head.

Yes, you can find a great lobster roll in Salt Lake City

A lobster roll with tater tots.

Colossal Lobster's Connecticut roll. Photo: Kim Bojórquez/Axios

Salt Lake City may be more than 600 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, but that doesn't mean you can't find a great lobster roll in town.

State of play: I visited Colossal Lobster this week after a friend recommended it. It's located inside HallPass food hall at The Gateway.

Three foods to try at the Utah State Fair

A carnival food vendor advertises Flamin' Cheetos Corndogs.

A food vendor at the Utah State Fair. Photo: Erin Alberty/Axios

It's that time of year! We are ready for turkey legs, ears of corn buried under a rainbow of flavor selections and the weird deep-fried stuff.

Here are three foods to try at the Utah State Fair:

Erin Alberty
Aug 18, 2022 - News

Utah's heat wave is scorching veggie gardens as food prices soar

Tomato plants under shade structures in a field grow more lush than plants without shade.

Tomatoes at Utah State University get a layer of shade. Now they just need a fan and some frozen cocktails with little umbrellas in them. Photo: Courtesy Dan Drost/Utah State University

Utah's record-breaking heat means home gardeners and other growers are seeing shockingly feeble — and late — crops this year.

Why it matters: With temperatures trending higher over time, Utahns will probably have to permanently change how they grow their food.

Erin Alberty
Aug 3, 2022 - News

Pomegranates in a Salt Lake City garden? It can happen!

Young pomegranates hang on a bush.

It's not a demogorgon! Photo: Erin Alberty/Axios

Who's ready to fast-forward to fall? I am, and here's my first clue it'll be a good'un.

State of play: About 20 little pomegranates are growing in my yard!

  • I mentioned several weeks ago that my shrub was flowering well and might be a worthy addition to your garden.
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