After much research (aka eating) and deliberation, we are excited to announce our picks for the very best Sugar House Restaurants. Searching for breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices that won’t disappoint? Look no further! Check out our list of 17 places to hit up when you’re looking for great food in the Sugar House area of SLC. You have loads of choices here, from traditional tacos to towering turkey sandwiches. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, let this list be your guide. Because life’s too short to eat bad food.
Your Guide to the Best Sugar House Restaurants
To kick off our guide to the best Sugar House restaurants, we recommend visiting Cubby’s when you’re in the mood for hearty, organic salads (not to mention burgers and sandwiches). Our top recommendations for salads are the Tri-Tip Steak Salad (a mix of romaine, roasted bell peppers, slivered almonds, scallions, dried cherries, halved tomatoes, feta cheese, seasoned tri-tip, fresh cilantro, and lemon cilantro vinaigrette) and the Wild Rice & Kale Salad (tossed with wild rice, shredded kale, slivered almonds, avocado, apples, dried cranberries, chicken, goat cheese, and balsamic lemon cilantro vinaigrette). We’re also big fans of their breakfast menu, so if you’re an early riser we recommend checking it out. Shoot us an invite and we’ll try to meet you there. #brunchdate
16. BGR Burgers Grilled Right
If a burger is what you’re after, head to BGR, one of the very best Sugar House restaurants. This trendy establishment is located just off of Wilmington Ave and is such a cozy, clean place to enjoy a meal. Plus, the menu here is so fun! You can either order from their Masterpiece Menu for a uniquely delicious burger, like the Korean BBQ or Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger OR if you’re feeling adventurous, you can create your own burger, incorporating all your favorite toppings. We think every side at BGR is great, but tend to go for their garlic fries, tater tots, or grilled asparagus. No matter which burger or sides you choose, BGR will have you coming back for more.
Spitz is one of our favorite Sugar House restaurants for Mediterranean food. The vibe in Spitz is fun and quirky, and the food is consistently good. It’s a great place to visit when you’re craving Mediterranean flavors in a fast-casual setting. The menu has a variety of options, but our top recommendation is the Street Cart Fries with “The Works”, which includes your choice of fries and protein, topped with garlic aioli, feta, onion, green pepper, tomato, olives, and pepperoncinis. We also love their Street Cart Doner and Beef/Lamb Doquitos (taquitos with a Mediterranean spin). Each dish has its fair share of garlic (you’ve been warned), and you can always expect flavor to be packed into every dish.
14. The Original Pancake House
We love love love breakfast food and The Original Pancake House offers a variety of menu options that are comforting, filling, and tasty all at the same time. Located on 2100 South, The Original Pancake House meets all of your breakfast needs. Whether you’re a sweet or savory person in the AM, you’ll find just what you’re looking for. The Original Pancake House offers all the classic breakfast foods we know, love, and crave, but elevates them to new delicious heights. We especially love the Sourdough Pancakes, the Hawaiian Pancakes, the Pecan Waffle and Nutella Crepes. Among many Sugar House restaurants, this place offers breakfast food your heart, and your stomach, desires!
13. The Dodo
The Dodo has been around for a while now, making several local’s lists of favorite Sugar House restaurants. Menu items can be hit and miss, but our favorite things to order that are consistently great include the Smoked Turkey Sandwich, Beef Stroganoff, and the off-the-menu Dirty Bird Salad. If we’re being honest, though, the thing you’re really here for is the dessert. One of our favorite spots for dessert in all of Salt Lake City, The Dodo is always a home run when it comes to heir homemade treats. The Toll House Pie, Banana Cream Cheese Pie (ask for caramel sauce), and the Caramel Coconut Coffee Cake are simply to die for.
12. SOMI Vietnamese Bistro
If you’re looking for a chic place with interesting and flavorful food and plenty of variety, book it to Somi Vietnamese Bistro! To start, we love their Avocado and Cucumber Rolls and Crispy Spring Rolls. Next, choose between pho, vermicelli, rice plates, and chef specials for your entree. We are huge fans of the Grilled Prawn Vermicelli and Sesame Chicken. Both are cooked to perfection and have just the right amount of zing. Next time you’re in the area and looking for some Asian cuisine, give Somi Vietnamese Bistro a try. We guarantee you’ll love this Sugar House restaurant!
11. Taqueria Los Lee
Taqueria Los Lee is our top recommendation for Mexican cuisine when it comes to Sugar House restaurants. Come here for inexpensive food that is unquestionably authentic and delicious. The restaurant itself is small but the food is larger than life. We recommend the housemade Gorditas, which are pancakelike pockets made from masa, stuffed with your choice of carne y papa, queso fesco, or puerco rojo, then cooked until golden and crisp. YUM. The tacos here are equally scrumptious and can be served with corn or flour tortillas. Taqueria Los Lee is the perfect spot for lunch or early dinner with friends.
10. O’Falafel Middle Eastern Cuisine
Eat healthy, eat fresh! O’Falafel is our top recommendation for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food on our Sugar House restaurants list. This local and family-owned restaurant is small and casual but offers incredible entrees and sides to satisfy all. We are huge fans of their Chicken Shawarma, Falafel, and Vegetarian Okra. The best part is, you can choose how to eat what you order: on a plate, in a wrap, in a pita, or even on a burger! The flavors are on point and the food comes out fresh and hot. You’ll definitely want to give O’Falafel a visit the next time you’re in Sugar House.
9. Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House
Our next recommendation for the best Sugar House restaurants is the beautifully upscale Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House. This SLC establishment is as grand as it is comfortable and comes with a lot of local history. But most importantly, the food is stunning in every way. We were blown away by the oysters and definitely recommend the Jalapeno Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprout Egg Rolls (it’s quite a mouthful), the Chanterelle Mushroom soup, and the homemade bread served with roasted red pepper hummus. While the entrees here are hit or miss, the small plates – which are absolutely bursting with flavor – steal the show!
8. Pho Thin
If you’re looking for a dish to warm yourself during SLC’s colder months, we recommend visiting Pho Thin for the best Vietnamese cuisine in the area. The restaurant itself is modern and cozy – perfect for a date or girls’ night out. Pho Thin offers delicious starters, like Butter Garlic Fried Wings and Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps. When you’re ready to move onto an entree, we recommend the Triple Cut of Beef Pho of Ha Noi, which is a bowl of rice noodles, housemade beef stock, rare beef, brisket, and meatballs. Each bowl of pho is complimented with a plate of sprouts, jalapenos, limes, and herbs. If you’re feeling brave, we also recommend the Extreme Cuts Pho, which includes everything plus tendons and tripe. It’s a little exotic but totally delicious and authentic. No matter what kind of bowl you get, Pho Thin will not disappoint.
7. JINYA Ramen Bar
When most folks think of Japanese cuisine, they think of sushi – but the often overlooked Japanese dish of our dreams is ramen. The ramen at JINYA Ramen Bar is flavorful, fresh, and will convince you that this place definitely deserves a spot on our Best Sugar House Restaurants List. Do yourself a favor and order JINYA’s Tonkatsu Black Ramen, complete with pork broth, pork chashu, kikurage, green onion, nori dried seaweed, garlic chips, garlic oil, fried onion, spicy sauce, and your choice of noodle. We’re also huge fans of the JINYA Bun – a steamed bun stuffed with pork chashu, cucumber, mixed baby greens, and the restaurant’s original sauce. Happy eating!
6. Finn’s Cafe
Finn’s Cafe is a hidden gem among Sugar House restaurants – literally hidden behind gorgeous greenery, wrapped all the way around the restaurant. Inside this secret garden is a cute, Scandinavian-inspired cafe run by the friendliest staff. The menu options are artisan and delicious. We recommend ordering their special of the day, guaranteed to be delicious, such as the Royal Benedict pictured above. However, if the special of the day doesn’t interest you, we also recommend the Sourdough Pancakes or the Pyttipanna, a chef’s special that has beef tidbits, diced potatoes, carrots, and onions topped with poached eggs and choice of toast. Finn’s is unique, enjoyable, and the perfect place for breakfast in Sugar House.
5. Per Noi Trattoria
While Salt Lake City is no New York or San Francisco when it comes to great Italian restaurants, we do have a handful of quality choices in town and Per Noi Trattoria is one of our very favorites! Situated on Highland Drive on the east side of Sugar House, this family-owned restaurant serves fantastic pizza, pasta, and Italian entrees. We recommend ordering one of their house-made pastas on your first visit, whether you choose lasagna, gnocchi, spaghetti, or ravioli. Buon appetito!
4. Bombay House
We are hard-core fans of Indian food, so Bombay House is a no-brainer when it comes to the Best Sugar House Restaurants. If you’ve never had a Vegetable Samosa (you’re missing out!), order those first as an appetizer. Packed with potatoes, green peas, and spices, these deep-fried pastries absolutely warm the soul. If you’re like us and fangirl over butter chicken, order the Chicken Makhani for your main. This curry-like dish is flavored with tandoori chicken, onions, garlic, tomatoes, butter, cashews, golden raisins, and all the ethnic spices. Pair it with rice and garlic naan and you might want to only eat at Bombay House for the rest of your days.
3. Ekamai Thai
Ekamai Thai is hands down the best Thai food in Sugar House and one of our very favorite Sugar House restaurants. The food, service, and environment here are all winners. When the weather permits, Ekamai has outside seating that you’ll definitely want to check out. Before you order anything else, you HAVE to get the Curry Dumplings as an appetizer. We’re not even joking when we say we lick our plates clean every time. The green curry sauce that covers these steamed pork and vegetable dumplings is to die for! When it comes to entrees, the Drunken Noodles and Khao Pad are ou top recommendations.
2. Feldman’s Deli
A long-standing restaurant on our list of the 15 best restaurants in Salt Lake City and home to some of the best sandwiches in the state of Utah, Feldman’s Deli is undoubtedly one of the very best Sugar House restaurants. Though many consider Feldman’s to belong to Millcreek, the restaurant officially sits within Sugar House boundaries. All Millcreek vs. Sugar House arguments aside, this Jewish deli cannot be missed. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, you’ll never leave unsatisfied. Get the Trisha if you’re in the mood for something with Turkey or the Sloppy Joe for the house favorite. Fries on the side are an absolute must, and if Jewish breakfast is your thing (think bagels and lox, corned beef hash and eggs) don’t miss their early morning offerings.
1. Harbor Seafood & Steak Co.
Located on the east side of Sugar House, Harbor Seafood & Steak Co., one of our very favorite Sugar House restaurants, offers locally sourced, dock-to-table east coast cuisine that is crafted with love. The food here is always fresh, overflowing with flavor, and carefully curated. Our two favorite dishes are the Maine Scallops, served with sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, corn-fava bean and prosciutto succotash, and the Wagyu Sirloin, served with the mac and cheese and roasted romanesco. Any of Harbor’s chef-recommended sides will perfectly complement the entree of your choice. Harbor Seafood & Steak Co. is sure to impress anyone you bring here, whether it’s your boss, an out-of-town friend, or your future in-laws.