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Welcome to Salt Lake City: A Newcomer's Eating Tour

Planning a trip to Salt Lake City? Don't miss these celebrated spots for food and drink.
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Welcome to Salt Lake City

If you're thinking that Salt Lake City is just a pit stop en route to a ski vacation, you may need to work up an appetite. This city, where the median age is 30.5, is home to thriving restaurants, bars and coffeehouses, all full of Utahan flavor. You could restrict yourself to downtown Salt Lake or head just 35 minutes east to the Wasatch Mountain Range, where restaurants cook fresh food at 11,000 feet above sea level. (Photo by Doug Pulsipher)

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Quick Breakfast: Publik Kitchen

Publik Coffee has three locations, but Publik Kitchen serves their Central Ninth Espresso (juicy dark plum bleeds into rich caramel, giving way to tangy, bright tangerine notes) with breakfast options like banana toast with peanut butter or avocado toast with sea salt and pepper.
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Coffee Shop: La Barba

There's a burgeoning coffee scene in Salt Lake City, with a daunting number of roasters and quality brew destinations for a midsize city. Housed in the restaurant Finca, La Barba is an Instagrammer's dream, churning out lattes that pair perfectly with readily available doughnuts or an affogato made with local custom gelato. 
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Burger: Squatters Pub Brewery

The Black & Blue Burger at Squatters Brew Pub is a Cajun-spiced patty made from 100 percent Niman Ranch beef, and topped with melted blue cheese and local bacon. Pair it with the house Double IPA or a seasonal brew like a smoky Rauchbier. If you miss this spot while in town, plan to grab a burger at its airport location before you board the flight home.
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