To keep things short, I visited The Copper Onion twice around 2012 or 2013. First with my mom and again with a group of friends with fair expectations for a worthwhile meal. I remember enjoying the food the first time around, but on the second occasion not so much. We waited for over an hour for our table so by the time our food arrived I was absolutely famished. I had taken my server’s recommendation and ordered a pasta dish with a tomato-based sauce. I remember being very underwhelmed and (obviously) a little short changed because it took until 2016 for me to return.
I continued to hear such incredible things throughout the years and, finally, I came to terms with the fact that The Copper Onion was worth a second or even third do-over. Tonight, my friend Emily and I enjoyed an absolutely delectable evening full of incredible food that’s definitely worth writing home for (or at least blogging).Tomato Days!). It was simple but exactly what we had hoped for- something fresh, flavorful, and appetizing. After polishing off the remains of this dish, a staff member dropped off a plate of what was to be the BEST part of our entire dining experience . . .
In fairness not only to The Copper Onion as an establishment but to Salt Lake City diners, The Copper Onion is worth a Saturday night meal and most especially when you indulge in a bowl of their beef stroganoff with house made pappardelle. Having worked in the restaurant industry for several years, I understand that “off nights” are a real thing, and as a rule of thumb, try to give places that have made a name for themselves two or three chances. Other menu items I’ll look forward to trying next time include the Copper Onion burger, the pasta carbonara, and the Ballard farm griddled pork chop.The Copper Onion (111 Broadway #170, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.355.3282)