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What to Devour in the Beehive State: Utah’s Most-Iconic Dishes

By: Jenn Rice

Snowcapped mountains, gorgeous lakes, and Southern Utah’s epic National Parks make the Beehive State a unique place to visit. Here are some of its most-captivating dishes and drinks. 

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Utah’s Best Bites

There’s more to Utah than apres-ski fare. Whether pickle pie, a Bear Lake raspberry shake, honey-lavender Cheddar or the best cup of single-origin coffee around, lots of signature foods beckon in the Beehive State.

 

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Crown Burger

Crown Burgers, a local Utah fast food chain established in 1978, is consistently rated one of the best places in the country for a burger. The famous Crown Burger is a charbroiled quarter-pound patty topped with Thousand Island dressing, lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and cured pastrami. Though there are many other burgers on the menu, this juicy, meat-on-meat option is worth the hype.

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Navajo Tacos

With influence from Southeastern Utah’s Navajo Indian tribe, Navajo tacos are a popular dish throughout the state. Instead of a tortilla, the base of the tacos is fry bread, rather than a tortilla. Black Sheep at Epic Brewing in Salt Lake City features a Navajo taco piled with juicy beef brisket, black bean chili, Monterey Jack cheese, cream, onion, radish, ranchero sauce, cilantro-lime rice, and pinto beans.

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Funeral Potatoes

As morbid as they sound, funeral potatoes are a strong and storied part of Utah’s food culture. The surprisingly tasty conflake-crusted casserole gets its name from its popularity as a post-funeral side dish. Garage on Beck in Salt Lake City revamps Funeral Potatoes as balls of Idaho potatoes, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, bacon and scallions in a cornflake crust, all "€œbaptized in hot oil."

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