A long-time Food Network favorite, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, has enthusiastically led viewers to dining gems all over the country; and Utah is no exception. We are lucky enough to have had many of our beloved local restaurants featured on the show. And now, as SLC residents and foodies, we’ve decided it’s time to put these restaurants to the test. In this guide, we’ve provided you with every single Fieri-and-Female-Foodie-approved Utah restaurant ranked in order. This is your one-way ticket to Flavortown so buckle up and enjoy the ride!
13. Hruska’s Kolaches
One of the more unique restaurants on our guide, Hruska’s Kolaches has many fun and tasty offerings. Haven’t tried a kolache before? This is a sweet or savory Czech pastry and we can’t get enough of them when we are in the mood for a casual, easy breakfast. We love their berry kolaches when looking for something on the sweet side, and their bacon, egg, cheese, and jalapeño if you are looking for something savory. Make sure to grab some of their homemade hot sauce on your way out the door!
Hruska’s Kolaches – Sugar House
$ Bakeries, Breakfast & Brunch
12. Sauce Boss
Sauce Boss is a Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives Utah restaurant with a lot of heart. Chef Julius is here to share his soul food and boy, is there a lot of soul coming through. Our favorite dish at Sauce Boss is the impossibly good fried chicken with mashed potatoes on the side. This is fried chicken done right—the chicken is wonderfully moist and coated with a perfect crunch coating. We love their buttery mashed potatoes and gravy, which transport you to the comfort foods you grew up on. This Draper restaurant is popular for a reason, and we can’t wait for you to experience it if you haven’t already.
Sauce Boss Southern Kitchen
$$ Southern, American (Traditional), Desserts
11. Tandoori Oven
Don’t let the fact that this restaurant is attached to a gas station fool you—this is some of the best Indian food in the state. Per Guy’s recommendation, we had to try their Chicken Tikka Masala. We go crazy for this creamy chicken dish that really hits the spot. Tender chicken is surrounded by a bright and savory sauce that is made to be soaked up by fluffy naan. This is a recommendation from Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives that is spot-on.
$$ Indian, Pakistani
10. Oh Mai
We think Guy was onto something when he called Oh Mai, a popular chain around the Salt Lake Valley, “the real deal”. In the summer months, we love the garlic ribeye sandwiches here. They’re some of the best sandwiches in the city, packed with tender steak, crunchy pickled carrots and cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, and a tangy vinaigrette that we dream about. In the colder months, we love to get a large bowl of their ribeye and brisket pho—it just always hits the spot.
Oh Mai Sandwich Kitchen Downtown
$ Noodles, Vietnamese
Sabores is a unique restaurant for the “adventurous, the conventional, and everything in between”. Featuring dishes from many different countries, their signature dish is Lomo Saltado, which is a traditional Peruvian stir fry. Featuring marinated tenderloin that has been cooked with tomatoes, peppers, and onions, this is a dish worth driving out of your way to try. Lomo Saltado is a Diners, Drives-Ins and Dives standout, with its tangy sauce that is unlike any we’ve tried before.
$ Latin American
8. Lone Star Taqueria
A long-time local favorite, Lone Star Taqueria is one of the best Mexican Restaurants in Salt Lake City. They’re famous for their fish tacos, which feature fish that is flaky, yet tenderly breaded and fried, pico de gallo, and their signature creamy jalapeño sauce. We also love the marinated pork tacos and chile verde burrito smothered in a killer green salsa. We’ve yet to have something that wasn’t a hit at Lone Star, which keeps us coming back time and time again.
Lone Star Taqueria
7. Papito Moe’s
Papito Moe’s is a lovely Puerto Rican restaurant that started as a successful food truck and became a Utah Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives home run. We are crazy about Guy Fieri’s recommendation to try the Gran Caribe Grub Bowl. This bowl is filling and exciting, featuring slow-roasted pork, tender shredded chicken, garlic shrimp, rice, and plantains. If you’ve never tried Puerto Rican food, you are going to love these new flavors.
$$ Puerto Rican, American (New), Caterers
Laziz is a delightful Mediterranean restaurant that always tastes fresh and leaves you feeling refreshed. They are a true success story, with multiple locations and having been on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and now we’re here to tell you the hype is real. Make sure to try the signature Laziz wrap with grilled marinated chicken and fries with a side of toum. It’s a perfect lunch order and we can’t get enough of that amazing grilled chicken. If you haven’t sampled their delectable dips, no need to try just one—try the sample dip plate, and get inspired by their insanely creamy hummus and tangy baba ghannouj.
Laziz Kitchen – Downtown
$$ Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
5. Curry Fried Chicken
Curry Fried Chicken is a Pakistani restaurant that feels like a cozy neighborhood joint and it is a must-try if you are in Salt Lake City. Guy Fieri raved about the curry fried chicken plate and we have to agree that it is bursting with delicious spice combinations. The namesake fried chicken is unlike any fried chicken in the area, featuring a brine and coating bursting with warm and intoxicating spices. The plate also includes two irresistible curries, a salad with a spicy homemade dressing, and pita bread. There’s no question that this is one of the best restaurants in Utah that has been featured on Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives.
Curry Fried Chicken
$$ Halal, Chicken Shop, Asian Fusion
4. Moochie’s Meatballs and More
Every city has its most-prized sandwiches, and if you stop by Moochie’s at lunchtime, there’s no question this a place crucial to the Salt Lake City food scene. We love the Philly Cheesesteak, drizzled with their signature jalapeño sauce. The crusty bread, tender shaved beef, and grilled peppers and onions add up to one amazing (and filling!) meal. Perfect for a casual lunch, this is a sandwich worth going out of your way for. It’s no wonder that Moochie’s was featured on DDD with a winner like this.
Moochie’s Meatballs and More! – Downtown
$$ Italian, Cheesesteaks
3. Herm’s Inn
Herm’s Inn is a popular brunch spot in Logan for good reason. You’ll want to stop by on Saturday or Sunday when they have their signature cinnamon rolls, which come recommended by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives as well. Not only are these cinnamon rolls massive, but the tender layers are covered in a dreamy cream cheese frosting and showered in cinnamon. Other local favorites include the biscuits and gravy and the cinnamon swirl pancake which we resoundingly support. The gravy on the biscuits includes sausage AND bacon, which makes it extra indulgent and delicious. We also love their crispy breakfast potatoes, which are the perfect side to any hearty breakfast.
$$ Breakfast & Brunch
2. Red Iguana
It’s no secret that here at Female Foodie, we love Red Iguana. We’re so glad Guy agrees. Many restaurants have a hard time keeping up their quality over time, but not this one. If you’ve never tried mole before, no one in town does it better. We highly recommend the Puntas de Filete a la Norteña and Enchiladas Suizas, both incredible dishes featuring two different mole sauces and packed with new, yet familiar flavors. Don’t miss out on getting a side of guacamole to top their perfectly salty and crunchy tortilla chips. There’s a reason this is a Utah institution, and we can’t wait to keep enjoying it for many more years to come.
It’s not easy to crown a restaurant as the best place in Utah featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but Arempa’s is a true sensation. We’ve tried many dishes at this popular Venezuelan restaurant, and each one leaves us thinking about it for weeks to come. Arempa’s signature dish is called an arepa, which is a knockout sandwich made with corn-based bread and topped with a variety of meats and vegetables. The arepa to get is the pabellon arepa, which is filled with tender shredded beef, fried plantains, black beans, and cheese. Their empanadas are also a favorite, featuring housemade creamy garlic and jalapeño sauces on the side. Run, don’t walk to give this Guy and Female Foodie favorite a try.