Restaurant Guide–Nevada

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

 

Carson City

Basil–311 N. Carson St. (Thai) Closed Sat lunch & Sun.  Good ratings, but some reviewers say the food is sweet (it would be a good idea to ask for any orders to be “Thai style” so it would be less sweet). (4-12-17)

La Santaneca–316 E. Winnie Ln. (Salvadoran) Open Daily.  Good food at good prices. (4-12-17)

Pho Country–2495 N. Carson St. (Vietnamese) Open daily 10:30 am to 9 pm.  Some reviewers say it compares to restaurants in large cities. (4-12-17)

The Lady Tamales–933 Woodside Dr. (Mexican) Closed Mon (closes at 7pm Tue-Sat; 4 pm on Sun).  Authentic Mexican food that (from the photos) looks like it has the full flavor of Mexican chiles and ingredients. (4-12-17)

Villa Basque Deli–730 Basque Way (Basque) Open Mon-Sat (breakfast & lunch only).  This is a deli–more casual and less expensive than the Basque dinner and all-you-can-eat restaurants. Chorizo is recommended. (4-12-17)

Dayton

Gold Canyon Cafe–160 N. Main St. (Hawaiian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon). This is a restaurant in an old west town owned by Hawaiians who serve their home state cuisine along with some other items such as hamburgers. Most reviewers seem to be pleased by the food (regardless of which type they choose). The restaurant is set off of US 50 and not visible from the highway, but it’s in “downtown” Dayton (easy to find). I’m not sure about the hours but I wrote down what Yelp says. (4-12-17)

Elko

Star Hotel–246 Silver St. (Basque) Closed Sun and Sat lunch.  Some like it, and some say go to Martin Hotel in Winnemucca (that is, if you are planning to travel to Winnemucca).  6 course appetizer here is good. (10-29-15)

Gardnerville

J T Basque Bar–1426 US 395 N (Basque) Closed Sun.  Some say this is the best in NV, but I think it is not for everybody ($$$ for one entree and all the side dishes you can eat, and includes a bottle of wine). Some describe it as a “multi-course family style meal.” Steak or steak sandwich is the entree most often recommended. (4-12-17)

Las Vegas

Dong Ting Spring–4850 W. Flamingo Rd. (Chinese) Open daily (open until 10 pm).  Authentic Hunan style. One of the specialties is steamed fish with spicy red chiles. Spicy wild mushroom hot pot is very good. Some dishes are very oily (as is common with authentic Sichuan/Hunan food). (2-6-19)

Food Express–2003 S. Decatur Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily (open late night).  Authentic Cantonese style. A favorite with locals for everyday food at good prices. (2-6-19)

Lindo Michoacan–2655 E. Desert Inn Rd. (Mexican) Open Daily (open late night).  One of Gil’s highest rated gourmet Mexican restaurants in the U.S.  Carnitas a la Coca Cola, chuletas estilo Amador Castillo, ceviche de camaron, novillo al cognac. (2-6-19)

Lotus of Siam–620 E. Flamingo Rd. (Thai) Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily.  One of the best Thai rests. in the U.S. (by almost unanimous opinion).  Specializes in Isan (northeast) Thai food. Nam kao tod (sausage with rice) is the most recommended dish. Restaurant is so famous it has its own Internet abbreviation “LOS.” (2-6-19)

Momofuku–3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Japanese & Korean) Open daily 11 am to 11 pm.  Good reviews for a well regarded restaurant. It looks expensive for a normal meal, but not so much that it prohibits most people from going. Many say this is some of the best food they have ever eaten. (2-6-19)

Osaka–4205 W. Sahara Ave. (Japanese) Open Daily (open late night).  This is some of the best Japanese food I have had anywhere, and the sushi is comparable to Seattle. (2-6-19)

Sam Woo BBQ–4215 Spring Mountain Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily (open late night).  Mixed reviews (I think it’s because some people do not understand authentic Chinese cuisine, but I also think there are some problems with the service).  I would go here if I couldn’t go to Food Express. (2-6-19)

Settebello–9350 W. Sahara Ave. (Italian) Open Daily.  Authentic Italian style margherita pizza. (2-6-19)

Shang Artisan Noodle–4983 W. Flamingo Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Hand pulled noodles are the reason many come here, but overall it is known as one of the top Chinese restaurants in the city. (2-6-19)

Yardbird–3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Southern) Open Daily.  Reviewers say you get the same kind of food you would find in Atlanta or Charleston. Fried chicken is the most recommended dish. (2-6-19)

Pahrump

My Thai–5020 Pahrump Valley Blvd. (Thai).  Seems to be the best rest. in Pahrump.  Reviewers say if you want food Thai style, ask for it to be more spicy and less sweet then the menu version. (11-15-15)

Reno

101 Taiwanese–400 W. 5th St. (Taiwanese) Open Daily.  One of the authentic Chinese rests. in Reno. Food is Taiwanese style. Spicy beef noodle soup seems to be the most popular item. (4-12-17)

Bazaar European Deli–3652 S. Virginia St. (Russian) Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.  This is a Russian grocery store with a deli inside where you can get sandwiches and other typical everyday Russian food. Blinchiki (crepes), Russian potato salad, borscht, and salami sandwich are among the most popular items (and of course most people order the desserts). (4-12-17)

Jia’s Wok–477 E. Plumb Ln. (Chinese).  Spicy food (Sichuan style). Food seems good and authentic, but Yelp has more than the normal number of bad reviews (so form your own opinion about whether to try it). (4-12-17)

Louis’ Basque Corner–301 E. 4th St. (Basque) Open daily except Sun lunch & Mon lunch.  This restaurant seems to focus more on everyday Basque food than the restaurants specializing in steaks and high end meals. Many say the food is European style, and many items are quite different than are normal in American restaurants. The price looks reasonable also. (4-12-17)

Naan & Kabab–2740 S. Virginia St. (Persian) Open Daily.  Has dishes which are a little different from most Middle Eastern restaurants, such as chicken and saffron pasta or koobedah kabab. (4-12-17)

Thali–148 West St. (Indian) Open Fri-Mon 5pm to 9 pm only.  Vegetarian Indian food that has very good reviews. Some describe the food more specifically as Himalayan/Nepalese style. (4-12-17)

Sparks

Carillos Cocina–415 S. Rock Blvd. (Mexican) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Very high ratings for its basic home style Mexican food (tacos, burritos, etc.).  Chile relleno is said to be very good. (4-12-17)

Sawasdee Thai–2855 N. McCarran Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Authentic food with good flavors (pays attention to using the correct Thai herbs and ingredients). (4-12-17)

Spring Creek

China Garden–263 Spring Valley Pkwy. (Chinese).  It’s supposed to have better food than the Chinese in Elko. Chinese food is American style. (Located 5 mi. SE of Elko). (4-12-17)

Wells

China Town–765 S. Humboldt Ave. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Most recommended Chinese on I-80 in NV. Mostly American style but has some items I might consider to be traditional Chinese. (4-12-17)

Winnemucca

Martin Hotel–94 W. Railroad St. (Basque) Open Daily.  Lamb chops, split pea soup, Basque style beans.  Steaks and lamb look pricey but it would be less so if you want to skip the main dish and get side dishes and a sandwich (chorizo sandwich is available on the lunch menu). (11-15-15)

The Griddle–450 W. Winnemucca Blvd. (American) Open daily (breakfast and lunch only).  Diner with good reviews (especially for breakfast). (11-15-15)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Las Vegas)

Chowhound (Reno)

Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Las Vegas)

Zomato (Las Vegas)

Restaurant Guide–Utah

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Boulder

Burr Trail Grill–10 N. Hwy 12 (Organic) Open daily except Mon evening.  Organic food–everything is grown in their garden (but they do have meat dishes). Thai style burger is popular. Seems to be more casual than Hell’s Backbone (this is mainly a sandwich place). (4-19-17)

Hell’s Backbone–20 N. Hwy 12 (Southwest) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5:00 pm). Local & sustainable. Expensive, but people say you are paying for chefs who know what they are doing and prepare dishes the right way. (4-19-17)

Brigham City

Hua Guan–903 S. Main St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Authentic food, and even the Americanized dishes are made somewhat authentic so that they have a Chinese flavor. Chicken cilantro soup is an example of authentic dishes. (4-19-17)

Maddox–1900 S. Hwy 89 (Steakhouse) Open Tue-Sat (open until 9:30 pm).  Primarily a steak place. Yeast rolls with raspberry butter, chicken, homemade pies are very good. They raise their own beef and brew their own root beer. Very large restaurant (and people apparently drive from SLC to eat here). (4-19-17)

Clearfield

Argentine Corner–442 N. Main St. (Argentinian) Closed Sun.  Reviewers indicate it is not exactly like being in Argentina but it is close. Has empenadas and plate dinners. Food is made fresh so you have to wait for it. (3-8-19)

Haru Ramen–1266 S. Legend Hills Dr. (Japanese) Closed Sun.  Ramen is said to be very good. Miso ramen is said by some to be the best. (3-8-19)

High Hat Diner–1147 N. Main St. (Mexican) Closed Mon.  Breakfast is popular. Mexican food with green chile is popular (breakfast with green chile is popular as well). (3-8-19)

Pho Banh–1286 S. Legend Hills Dr. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say this is the best Vietnamese in Davis County, which isn’t saying a whole lot, but they say the food is legit. Serves pho, banh mi, and a few other dishes such as rice plates with toppings such as Korean beef or vegan lemongrass tofu. (3-8-19)

Heber

Snake Creek Grill–650 W. 100 S. (American) Open Wed-Sun (dinner only).  Corn cakes with sweet pepper cream & shrimp, mac & cheese. (4-19-17)

Kanab

Rocking V–97 W. Center St. (Southwest) Closed Tue & Wed.  Food supposedly is as good as in San Francisco or New York.  Veggie enchilada is popular (also serves meat dishes). Fish tacos and key lime pie are good. (4-19-17)

Layton

Black Bear Diner–310 E. Gentile St. (Diner) Open daily 6 am to 10 pm.  Most reviews are for breakfast. They say the pancakes are some of the best ever (baked items such as chicken pot pie, bear claws, etc. are said to be good). This is part of a chain, but still said to be one of the best breakfasts. (3-8-19)

Little Taste of Britain–768 W 1425 N (British) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun). Reviewers say the fish and chips are spot on. Pea soup is also recommended. The weird thing is that Hug-Hes Cafe is also supposed to have good fish and chips, and Sill’s Cafe is supposed to have good scones (both of these are also in Layton). The scones, though, appear to be a Utah version that resembles a sopapilla, and bears little relation to the English ones. In any case, though, there does seem to be some good British food in this town. (3-8-19)

99 Thai Fusion–768 W 1425 N (Thai) Open daily (opens at 1:30 on Sun).  Reviews are good. Curry is recommended (they also have some less common dishes such as papaya salad). (3-8-19)

Logan

Bluebird–19 N. Main St. (American) Closed Sun.  I’m not sure if people really go here for the food or for the quirkiness and novelty of it. It is a restaurant owned by Asian people who serve American food, but they have some Asian dishes such as sweet and sour chicken. One of the most popular American items (and supposedly extremely good) is the strawberry chicken (grilled chicken with a strawberry glaze). Also the desserts are very popular (especially the mud pie). Has a candy store inside the restaurant, and many people come just for this. (2-15-19)

Tandoori Oven–720 E. 1000 N. (Indian) Closed Sun.  Indian restaurant inside a gas station–people say the food is solid. They especially like that the spice level is straightforward–it you ask for spicy they will make it spicy. (2-15-19)

Thai House–51 W. 200 S. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3:30 to 4:30 pm).  Thai food that impresses people from other cities, and which gets very good reviews. (2-15-19)

Midvale

Makisu–7777 S. State St. (Japanese) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Mostly a sushi restaurant, but has a number of traditional dishes (ramen, yakisoba, etc). It does not appear to be world class Japanese food, but serves good and healthy food. (2-15-19)

Moab

Arches Thai–60 N. 100 W. (Thai) Closed Tue.  Authentic and very good Thai, but prices are about double what they would be at most Thai restaurants. Curry is recommended (but all dishes appear to be good). (4-19-17)

Miguel’s Baja Grill–51 N. Main St. (Mexican).  Open daily (dinner only).  Fish tacos were good (in fact, some of the best I have had). However, the beans, rice, and salsa were somewhat bland. (4-19-17)

Singha Thai–92 E. Center St. (Thai).  More Americanized than Bangkok House, but customers can ask for food “Thai style” and order some off-the-menu dishes that are very authentic. Note: Bangkok Thai is still open but Arches Thai now has better reviews. (4-19-17)

Note: Desert Bistro is consistently cited as the best restaurant in town. When I was in Moab I went to the restaurant and saw that it was definitely a “fine dining” experience that was out of my budget range for that particular night.

Monticello

Peace Tree Juice Cafe–516 N. Main St. (Juice Bar) Open daily 7 am to 10 pm.  Breakfast, lunch, smoothies. Specialties are panini and salads. (4-19-17)

Ogden

Aroy D Thai–1167 W. 12th St. (Thai) Closed Sun & Mon.  Mostly good reviews. It seems to be the best Thai food in northern Utah (north of SLC). (2-10-19)

Hanamaru–357 E. 37th St. (Japanese) Closed Sun-Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 5:30 pm).  Udon, katsu curry, ramen, shabu shabu, sushi.  Mostly everyday Japanese food done very well at good prices. Note: was closed during Jan & Feb 2019 (perhaps the chef goes to Japan periodically?) (2-10-19)

Rosa’s Cafe–2660 Washington Blvd. (Mexican) Breakfast & lunch Tue-Sun; dinner Fri & Sat.  Enchiladas, burritos, etc. are covered with chile verde and/or chile colorado (some indicate that the chile verde is better). One reviewer says this is El Paso style, and he knows because he is from El Paso. (2-10-19)

Orem

Bangkok Grill–934 N. State St. (Thai) Closed Sun.  A restaurant for “picky eaters” (such as ones who have been to Thailand). Curries and noodle dishes are recommended (some curries are spicier than others, so you might want to order based on what spiciness you want). (4-19-17)

Chef Gao–820 E. 800 N. (Chinese) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Has authentic Sichuan style food. This started as a branch of the now apparently closed Chef Gao in Midvale (which had a reputation of having the most authentic and best Chinese food in Utah). I am not sure if this restaurant is quite that good, but reviews are excellent and it does offer authentic food.  (2-15-19)

Great China–1632 S. State St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Mostly American style dishes, but it has pan fried noodles (and is a place Chinese people can go and find something they consider to be authentic). Reviews did not give very many details, though. If you get Americanized food they say it is cheaper than the other places. (4-19-17)

Jasmine Thai Lao–430 W. 800 N. (Lao) Closed Sun.  Reviewers have mixed reactions to the Thai food, but like the Lao dishes (such as laap). Reviewers stated that the pad thai is the best in the valley (but maybe Bangkok Grill, which opened in 2017, is better now). (4-19-17)

Park City

Adolph’s–1500 Kearns Blvd. (Swiss) Open daily (dinner only).  This is a European style restaurant with Swiss specialties. Multi course dinner, but many times the other courses are as good or better than the main one. Expensive, but may be worth it for your special occasion dinner. Check the reviews, though, because some are disappointed with the food. (2-10-19)

Baja Cantina–1284 Lowell Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Santa Fe chicken enchiladas, flautas, tacos are good. Some describe the food as bland (this was my experience in Moab–another Utah tourist destination). However, there seems to be enough to make it worth a trip if you are in PC. (2-10-19)

Bangkok Thai–605 Main St. (Thai) Dinner only (open daily).  A good choice to get good food at a reasonable price in PC (not an easy thing to accomplish). Most say the food is good but the service is bad. It helps to get a reservation (this will make the service better for you). (2-10-19)

Fletcher’s–562 Main St. (New American) Open daily (dinner only).  Good choice for your upscale, special occasion experience. Steak, chicken, mussels, ribs, lamb shank, and probably several other entrees are all very good. Everyone raved about the biscuits and jam (served with all meals). I’m listing this restaurant because people say it is worth the price. (2-10-19)

Kuchu Shabu–1612 W. Ute Blvd. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Has shabu shabu, poke, hot pot, pho, etc. People complain about high prices and small portions, but have a high opinion about the food. (2-10-19)

Szechwan–1612 Ute Blvd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  This is a place that is inexpensive (by PC standards), has good service (waiters are not snooty), and you don’t need reservations. It also has good food, but it’s mostly Americanized. The lunch specials are about $10 (with American style dishes). There are some “authentic” dishes on the dinner menu (twice cook pork, etc.) but they are more expensive. This does not sound great, but it sounds good for PC. (2-10-19)

Price

Farlaino’s Cafe–87 W. Main St. (American) Open 7 am to 7 pm (closed Sun).  It is not totally American–it has some Italian dishes including Italian sausage that people say is great for lunch or breakfast (Groovin Gourmet on Chowhound recommends the Italian sausage sandwich for lunch).  Pancakes are recommended for breakfast or burgers for lunch. (2-10-19)

Provo

Bombay House–463 N. University Ave. (Indian) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Probably the best Indian restaurant in a several-state area. Less spicy than most Indian restaurants, but you can get it spicier if you ask. Not a buffet–dishes are individually cooked.  (Additional locations in SLC). (2-10-19)

Communal–102 N. University Ave. (New American) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2:30 pm to 5 pm).  Seasonal and locally sourced food. Tends to be upscale and expensive, but portions are big (and they encourage people to share). People say the butterscotch pudding is not to be missed. Do not come here if you like high fat and sodium content (I think because of this some reviewers say the food is bland). However, because of the prices I would say take care in what you order. (2-10-19)

Green Panda–3220 N. University Ave. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Owned by Taiwanese people, but much of the menu is American style (skip this and get the Taiwanese food). A large number of vegetarian dishes (popular with Taiwanese people). Good dumplings and pot stickers (they call this the dim sum menu). I think the authentic dishes are limited but good (according to reviews). (2-10-19)

Hruska’s Kolaches–434 W. Center St. (Bakery) Open 6:30 am until they run out of kolaches–usually about 11:30 am (closed Sun). Breakfast kolaches are popular (sausage, egg, etc.). Fruit kolaches are also very good. (2-10-19)

Koko Lunchbox–1175 N. Canyon Rd. (Korean) Open 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (closed Sun).  Authentic Korean–because of this it has better reviews than many other Asian restaurants in the Provo area (in fact I think it has the best reviews on Yelp). Some say it is as good as the food trucks in other cities, but here you can eat it in a restaurant setting. (2-10-19)

Molly’s–753 W. Columbia Ln. (American) Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Fri only.  It is said to be home style food, and food you would find at a cafeteria but served restaurant style. Some reviewers recommend ordering something simple (more complicated dishes like meat loaf lack spicing). (2-10-19)

Saint George

Durango–245 Red Cliffs Dr. (Mexican) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say it is better than Cafe Rio. Has green enchiladas, so I think it is worth a try. (4-19-17)

Honolulu Grill–706 E. 700 S. (Hawaiian) Closed Sun.  Good value, and good Hawaiian style food. Katsu chicken, kalua pork, macaroni salad are good. (4-19-17)

Viva Chicken–1183 E. 100 S. (Peruvian) Closed Sun.  Has a large menu with probably anything you would want (including plantains and arroz chaufa). Chicken dishes are all recommended, but especially the rotisserie chicken. (4-19-17)

Salt Lake City

All Chay–1264 W. 500 N. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon (and closed from 2 pm to 5 pm).  Vegetarian Vietnamese food that is so good it is the number one restaurant on Yelp in SLC.  All the flavors are authentically Asian. (5-9-17)

Bruges Waffles & Frites–336 W. 300 S. (Belgian) Open daily except Sun. night.  Popular for breakfast (serves several types of Belgian waffles).  Sandwiches, frites, and desserts are popular.  Also in Provo and Draper. (5-9-17)

Cafe Anh Hong–1465 S. State St. (Chinese) Open daily (open until 9:30 pm).  Many say this is the best authentic Chinese in SLC. Has dim sum. (5-9-17)

Dim Sum House–1158 S. State St. (Chinese) Open daily 10:30 am to 11:00 pm).  Dim sum served all day. Serves congee and some menu items. Everything is authentic. (5-9-17)

Feldman’s Deli–2005 E. 2700 S. (Deli) Lunch Tue-Sat; dinner Thu-Sat.  Jewish deli with very good reviews. Reuben is apparently the most popular item, but this restaurant also offers a number of items that are difficult to find just about anywhere in the West. (5-9-17)

Golden Dragon–1716 S. State St. (Chinese) Open daily (open until 9:30 pm).  Dim sum and authentic menu items, but the emphasis seems to be on the latter. (5-9-17)

Ikigai–67 W. 100 S. St. (Japanese) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Tue-Sat.  Izakaya style Japanese food. Some of it is Asian fusion, but seems to have some authentic dishes also (and reviewers say all are delicious). (5-9-17)

Kobe–3947 Wasatch Blvd. (Japanese) Open daily except Sun lunch (closed from 2 to 5 pm Mon-Fri).  Known for it ramen (many say it compares with Tosh’s and it’s easier to get a table). Also has other menu items. (5-9-17)

Market Street Grill–48 W. Market St. (American) Open daily (open until 9 pm).  I was impressed by their fish specials, consisting of fresh fish flown in daily. (5-9-17)

Nauvoo Cafe–15 E. South Temple St. (American) Closed Sun.  Owned by the LDS Church and open to the public. Home style cooking served cafeteria style. Some say this is better than Lion House on the same block, but both have similar food. No coffee or tea is served, but they have decaf Coke. Turkey pot pie is the most recommended dish here (pot pie is also the most popular dish at Lion House, but the big thing at Lion House is the rolls). Some food may be bland and/or salty (like a typical cafeteria). (5-9-17)

Oh Mai–3425 S. State St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Specializes in pho and banh mi, but has a varied menu. Offers vegetarian pho, and uses no MSG in the food. I think it looks interesting, and probably compares favorable to restaurants in larger cities. (5-9-17)

Red Iguana–736 W. North Temple St. (Mexican) Open daily (open until 10 pm most evenings).  Has 7 types of mole. (5-9-17)

Settebello–260 S. 200 W. (Pizza) Open Daily.  “Almost” authentic Neapolitan pizza (but they say it’s about the best you are going to find in Utah or a lot of other places).  (5-9-17)

Thai Garden–868 E. 900 S. (Thai) Open Daily except Sun lunch.  Groovin’ Gourmet says it’s better than Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas–red curry with pumpkin is recommended. Spice level is not authentic. (5-9-17)

The Med–420 E. 3300 S. (Persian) Open Daily.  Persian & Turkish cuisine. There are several comments saying the food is not authentic, but Persian food is so good I think it might still be worth a try. (5-9-17)

Tortas Y Jugos El Morelense–2470 S. Redwood Rd. (Mexican) Closed Mon; lunch only on Sun.  Recommended place for authentic Mexican street food. (5-9-17)

Tosh’s Ramen–1465 S. State St. (Japanese) Closed Sun & Mon.  Many say it is the best ramen in SLC, but is inconsistent (one visit could be great and another not so much). Take your pick between this and Kobe (also Tonkatsu is good). (5-9-17)

South Salt Lake

Afghan Kitchen–3142 Main St. (Afghan) Closed Mon.  Traditional Afghan food, which is a combination of Middle Eastern and Indian (based on some of the dishes that are available). (5-9-17)

Spanish Fork

Los 2 Potrillos–146 S. Main St. (Mexican).  Authentic south of the border style food.  Specializes in fish tacos (owner is from So. Cal. and has connections to get fresh fish).  Also has enchiladas suizas and other menu items. (2-10-19)

Springville

Art City Trolley–256 N. Main St. (American) Closed Sun.  This restaurant has somewhat of a cult following–you sit in a real trolley car and eat diner food (but people say it is very good). Apparently there is a dining room next door if the trolley is overcrowded (which it frequently seems to be). People recommend hamburgers, mac & cheese, quesadilla, Philly sandwich. (2-10-19)

Sundance

Tree Room–8841 N. Alpine Loop (American) Open Tue-Sat (dinner only).  Robert Redford’s 5 star restaurant.  Fine dining and expensive, and it seems to be a place that everyone enjoys. (4-19-17)

Torrey

Cafe Diablo–599 W. Main St. (Southwest) Open daily until 10 pm (some sources say it closes in winter).  Pork ribs with chipotle glaze, pecan crusted chicken, home made ice cream (chocolate bomb). Maybe out of the price range for this list, though. (4-19-17)

Capitol Reef Inn–360 W. Main St. (American) Open daily 7 am to 9 pm.  Seems to be more New American than traditional American (lemon-hickory chicken is one of the specialties). Probably a good choice for people who want good food at good prices and can pass up the “big name” restaurant in town. (4-19-17)

Vernal

Antica Forma–251 E. Main St. (Pizza) Closed Sun.  Gourmet pizza made with fresh mozzarella and interesting toppings. (2-10-19)

West Jordan

BFF Turon–8860 S. Redwood Rd. (Filipino) Closed Sun.  Like most ethnic restaurants in Utah, the real comparison to make is with restaurants in other states. Reviewers say this restaurant stands the test very well. Turon is their specialty, but there is a large list of dishes with excellent reviews. (2-15-19)

West Valley City

Red Maple Chinese–2882 W. 4700 S. (Chinese) Open Daily.  One of the best dim sum restaurants in SLC, if not the best (reviewers say it tastes fresh). Also has a Chinese menu of other dishes. (5-9-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Utah)

City-Data (SLC Restaurants)

City-Data (What/Where to Eat on Utah Road Trip)

Trip Advisor (Park City)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Utah)

Zomato (Salt Lake City)

 

Restaurant Guide–San Francisco

Restaurant Guide Main Index


California

Los Angeles | Orange County | San Bernardino/Riverside | San Diego


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Alameda

Phnom Penh–1514 Webster St. (Cambodian) Closed Sun.  People say the food here is excellent. The only thing is that it is different from Thai food in that it relies more on the freshness of the food and subtle flavors rather than spices, etc. Asian crepe is one of many interesting looking items (this is similar to the Vietnamese banh xeo). (3-5-19)

Berkeley

Imm Thai Street Food–2068 University Ave. (Thai) Open daily until 10 pm.  I honestly do not know how authentic it is, but from the photos it looks very visually appealing, and reviewers say it is very good. The is probably about a 45 minute wait to get a table much of the time. (3-5-19)

Kiraku–2566 Telegraph Ave. (Japanese) Closed Mon (dinner only). Japanese tapas restaurant with a wide variety of dishes. Advice from reviewers is to order anything that looks interesting (it is all good). Not a sushi place– this is an Izakaya restaurant (but they have sushi also). There is a $15 minimum to eat here (or $30 if you make a reservation). It seems to be worth it for the type of Japanese food that it is hard to find in the U.S. Wait (without a reservation) can be up to 2 hrs. on weekends. (3-5-19)

Udupi Palace–1903 University Ave. (Indian) Open daily 11:30 am to 10 pm. South Indian vegetarian. Thali is good (I really liked the former Seattle location–I recommend thali sampler plate). Dosa is also very popular. (3-5-19)

Burlingame

Copenhagen–1216 Burlingame Ave. (Danish) Closed Mon & Tue evening (serves breakfast daily).  Some say it’s as close to true Danish as you can get in the U.S.  Pastries, sandwiches, Danish meatballs. (4-7-17)

Mokutanya–1155 California Dr. (Japanese) Open Daily.  A destination Japanese restaurant that is not terribly expensive, but has enthusiastic fans for its hard to find authentic and delicious dishes. Black garlic ramen is one of the specialties (this is an izakaya restaurant–not primarily a sushi one). (This seems to be a place to come with friends–they give you individual rooms for each table). (4-7-17)

Cupertino

Joy Luck–10911 N. Wolfe Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Cantonese style. Good congee. Dim sum. Reviewers say food is good & authentic. Note: apparently the authentic food is in Joy Luck Place inside Joy Luck Palace.  (Next best to Chinatown). (12-12-18)

Yayoi–20682 Homestead Rd. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Japanese Teishoku restaurant (several small dishes served with steamed rice). Has very good reviews. Udon and katsu are popular items. Also in Palo Alto. (12-12-18)

Daly City

Chibog–2055 Gellert Blvd. (Filipino) Closed Mon.  Reviews are not as good as Boracay Garden in South San Francisco, but there seems to be plenty here that is very flavorful (it would be best to read on-line reviews to see what they recommend). Probably cheaper than Boracay also. (3-5-19)

Mahar Yangon–6318 Mission St. (Burmese) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Reviewers let you know that this is not the best Burmese food in the Bay Area, but they like many aspects of it including the price. Also it is a mom and pop place so you can probably get them to explain the food if you have never had it before. (3-5-19)

Foster City

Joy–1489 Beach Park Blvd. (Taiwanese) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Has a “secret” Chinese menu which is a favorite with Chowhounds (it’s actually written on cards on the wall). The regular menu is Hong Kong, Sichuanese and Taiwanese. Reviews in late 2018 and 2019 indicate that it is now “uneven.” Part of the problem is that the landlord raised the rent and they can no longer afford to serve the cheap dishes (such as Taiwanese pancakes). They do say, though, that they have authentic Taiwanese food. (3-5-19)

Fremont

De Afghanan–37405 Fremont Blvd. (Afghan) Open Daily.  An excellent place to try authentic Afghan food. However it is a very casual place that mostly serves kabobs. It is the variety of kabobs and the side dishes served that make it much more interesting than the average kabob restaurant. (4-7-17)

Line Thai–3964 Washington Blvd. (Thai) Open Daily.  Opened in 2017, and many had been anxiously awaiting it. Reviewers say the curry is spot on, but the pad thai is really the special dish here (because they do it right and so many other restaurants do not). (4-7-17)

Half Moon Bay

Barbara’s Fishtrap–281 Capistrano Rd. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Clam chowder, fish & chips. (4-7-17)

Los Altos

Estrellita–971 N. San Antonio Rd. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun lunch (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Mostly a pretty standard Mexican restaurant, but the best dishes on the menu are Yucatan and Oaxaca style. This seems to be one of the best “sit-down” Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area. (12-12-18)

Noodle Talk Home Cuisine–4546 El Camino Real (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 2:15 to 5:30 pm).  Authentic Hunan cuisine, but I think the “home cuisine” means that it is casual, inexpensive, and is more home style food than “banquet style.” (12-12-18)

Millbrae

Ben Tre–219 El Camino Real (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  This is a “homestyle” Vietnamese restaurant that reminds Vietnamese people of home. It is not a special occasion restaurant and they do not have any special dishes–just ones that show you what people in Vietnam eat on a daily basis (and for this it is a good choice). (4-7-17)

Hong Kong Flower Lounge–51 Millbrae Ave. (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Seems to be the No. 1 place in the Bay Area for dim sum (rec. by Chowhound). (4-7-17)

Milpitas

Banana Leaf–182 Ranch Dr. (Malaysian) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  I think this is the place to go for Malaysian in the Bay Area (has the best reviews). Mango chicken is popular, and my experience in Seattle indicates that this may be a good bet. (12-12-18)

Chili Garden–210 Barber Ct. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Hunan style (said to be one of 2 authentic Hunan rests. in the Bay Area–the other Hunan rest. was in Sunnyvale but is now closed-one that recently opened in Los Altos may also be authentic).  House special Chili Garden beef, sour cabbage bamboo pork (ask for Chinese menu). (12-12-18)

Noodle Hut–1810 Milmont Dr. (Cambodian) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Noodle dishes are recommended (particularly the Phnom Penh noodles). Some say they are disappointed with the noodle soup, but love the noodle plates. (12-12-18)

Mountain View

Caspian–1910 El Camino Real (Persian) Open daily except Sun evening.  Reviewers say the quality is good and they make good use of herbs and spices for a very nice flavor. (12-12-18)

Chef Zhao Bistro–400 Moffett Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon (and closed from 2:00 to 5:00pm).  Chef Zhao appeared on the Yan Can Cook show and prepared a couple of notable dishes–fish and ma po tofu (both of which have good reviews at the restaurant and appear to be authentic). Reviewers also recommend Lanzhou beef noodle soup, chili chicken, and dan dan noodles (and say the Sichuan boiled fish is very good). (12-12-18)

Oakland

Champa Garden–2102 8th Ave. (Lao) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  To me everything looks good, and reviews seem to support it. Lao Tae has better reviews, but it seems to have fewer items and has different hours. I would say take your pick (Champa Garden looks less expensive and more home style). (3-5-19)

Da Nang Quan–615 E. 12th St. (Vietnamese) Open 9 am to 8 pm (closed Thu). One of the best places for authentic Vietnamese (although Oakland has a large concentration of similar restaurants). Bun Bo Hue and banh xeo are specialties, but has a number of hard to find dishes. Specializes in central Vietnamese cuisine (Hue style). (3-5-19)

Doña Tomas–5004 Telegraph Ave. (Mexican) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Upscale Mexican–moles are popular. (3-5-19)

FOB Kitchen–5179 Telegraph Ave. (Filipino) Dinner only Wed-Fri; lunch only Sat & Sun.  Several things stand out here including the variety of dishes they serve, how good it looks visually from the photos, and the reviews it gets (other Filipino restaurants in the Bay Area also have a large variety of dishes though). I think this is one of the places that is worth seeking out. (3-5-19)

Lao Tae–6516 Moraga Ave. (Lao) Dinner only (open daily).  Food seems to be very flavorful and uniformly good. Lao sausage and crispy pork belly are particularly popular. (3-5-19)

New Gold Medal–389 8th St. (Chinese) Open daily (open late night).  Very authentic Cantonese food. Seems to have good food, but I get the impression that the staff expects you to know what you are ordering and some end up with items they do not like. Dry style chow fun is recommended. Has an extremely large menu (as most authentic Cantonese restaurants do). Serves food without MSG if you order it that way. (3-5-19)

Phnom Penh House–3912 MacArthur Blvd. (Cambodian) Closed Sun.  It is billed as Cambodian, but actually has Thai and Lao dishes as well. Cambodian food seems to be good, but many people order the other items because they are more familiar with them (and say they are very good as well). (3-5-19)

Shan Dong–328 10th St. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Mandarin/northern Chinese. Handmade noodles, dan dan noodles, dumplings. One of the favorite Chinese places of locals. (3-5-19)

Richmond

Orchid Bowl–3288 Pierce St. (Chinese).  Cantonese. Varied menu, lots of unusual things, but is relatively cheap. Rec. by KK (on Chowhound). (4-7-17)

San Francisco

Beijing–1801 Alemany Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Beijing style.  Reviewers say it’s the most authentic Beijing style rest. in SF.  Beijing street pancakes, beef noodle soup, dumplings are recommended. (1-27-16)

Borobudur–700 Post St. (Indonesian) Open Daily.  Home style Indonesian food.  Small rest.  Rendang is authentic.  One of the top Indonesian rests. in the U.S.

Bund Shanghai–640 Jackson St. (Chinese).  Shanghai style.  Very good.

Burma Superstar–4348 California St. (Burmese) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it is authentic.  Samosa soup, tea leaf salad, chicken tofu kabat, pork curry.  (Also in Alameda–1345 Park St.)

Hon’s Wun Tun House–648 Kearney St. (Chinese) Open 9:30 am to 7:00 pm (closed Sun).  Authentic Hong Kong style noodle house (one of the few really authentic places in Chinatown).  Serves many versions of wun tun (wonton) soup–all of them seem to be good. (1-27-16)

Katana-Ya–422 Geary St. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Real Japanese ramen. One of the best in the U.S. (better than anything in LA). (4-7-17)

Kui Shin Bo–22 Peace Plaza (Japanese) Closed Mon.  Home style Japanese. Fresh fish specials are good. Mainly a lunch place (good prices for lunch). (4-7-17)

Mandalay–4348 California St. (Burmese) Closed Tue.  Not only is this a hard to find cuisine, but the restaurant gets excellent reviews. Tea leaf salad, sauteed green beans, chicken in garlic sauce. Reviewers say it is Burmese-Chinese, so Burma Superstar might be more authentic. Reviewers are particularly disappointed with the tea leaf salad, but like the curry chicken, fish soup, singapore noodles, balada, mango chicken, mango salad, and others. (4-7-17)

Muracci’s Japanese Curry–307 Kearney St. (Japanese) Lunch only (closed Sun).  It is actually open until 7 pm Mon-Thu, but some reviewers say they frequently run out of their best dishes earlier than this.  I think this is probably one of the things that makes it good (everything is fresh and things are not prepared in large quantities).  The specialty here is Japanese curry, which many people get with chicken katsu.  The menu seems to be fairly limited but something really worth trying if you are a fan of Japanese food. (1-12-16)

New Hong Kong Menu–667 Commercial St. (Chinese) Open 5 pm to 9 pm daily.  Authentic Cantonese home style food.  Wintermelon soup, salty fish & pork.  Popular with Chinese people (not touristy). (1-12-16)

Plaj–333 Fulton St. (Swedish) Open daily (dinner only).  Expensive and maybe dress up, but it’s a good chance to try a full menu of Swedish food (there are not many in the U.S.). (4-7-17)

Shanghai Dumpling King–3319 Balboa St. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Best XLB in SF, and maybe the U.S.  Small place–cash only. (1-12-16)

Taste of Formosa–2428 Clement St. (Taiwanese) Closed Tue.  Authentic Taiwanese food.  Even the Taiwanese people say not all of it is good, but get green scallion pancakes, braised pork over rice (add the egg), dumplings, homemade sausage. (1-27-16)

Ton Kiang–5821 Geary Blvd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Dim sum served all day.  One of the most popular dim sum places in SF.  There is lots of competition, so it’s hard to say which one is best.  If you come here try the Shanghai meat dumpling, mushrooms and shrimp, ha gao, onion pancakes, egg custard tarts. (1-12-16)

Yank Sing–101 Spear St. (Chinese) Open daily (lunch only).  In the running for best dim sum in SF.  XLB is excellent also.  100 varieties of dim sum.  Down side is that it is expensive, even for San Francisco. (1-12-16)

San Jose

ASJ–1698 Hostetter Rd. (Taiwanese) Open Daily.  Prob. best Taiwanese street food in Bay Area.  Most people like beef noodle soup, but other items are good also. Cash only. (12-12-18)

Khaosan Thai–2062 Curtner Ave. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Very good reviews. Has northern style sausage, papaya salad, and other dishes from the north (but I believe it has southern Thai dishes as well). (12-12-18)

Popular Bakery–1636 Alum Rock Ave. (Bakery) 7am to 6 pm Mon-Fri; 7 to 5 on Sat.  Portuguese bakery. Egg tarts, queijadas, meringue are popular. Rec. by Doug in Mesa (from Chowhound). (12-12-18)

Santouka Ramen–675 Saratoga Ave. (Japanese) Open daily to 8:30 pm.  Maybe the best authentic Japanese ramen in the U.S., but some reviewers say it is good but not exactly like it is in Japan. Cash only. (12-12-18)

Zeni–1320 Saratoga Ave. (Ethiopian) Closed Mon.  Apparently the best Ethiopian in the Bay Area. Vegetarian combo plate gets the best reviews. (12-12-18)

San Rafael

Yet Wah–1238 4th St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Reviewers say this is the best Chinese food in Marin County (if you don’t want to cross the bridge into San Francisco).  Has some authentic items on the menu. (1-27-16)

Santa Clara

Din Tai Fung–2855 Stevens Creek Blvd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Shanghai style dumpling restaurant with Xiao Long Bao. Good reviews compared to several similar restaurants. (12-12-18)

Orenchi Ramen–3540 Homestead Rd. (Japanese) Open daily (closed from 1:30 to 6:00 pm).  Ramen restaurant that is particularly noted for its good broth, and some describe it as solid but not particularly the best in the Bay Area. Tonkatsu is recommended. Patrons say it is not uncommon to have a 30 min. wait to get into the restaurant. (12-12-18)

South San Francisco

Boracay Garden–269 El Camino Real (Filipino) Closed Mon.  This seems to be the best and most authentic Filipino restaurant in the Bay Area. It is more expensive than some of the others, but most dishes seem to be in the $15 range (not bad for the Bay Area). Also an advantage here is less greasy food and a very clean restaurant and restrooms. (3-5-19)

Sunnyvale

Chelokababi–1236 S. Wolfe Rd. (Persian) Open Daily.  Good food, but more expensive than it might be in other cities (also seems to have more menu choices). (12-12-18)

Saravanaa Bhavan–1305 S. Mary Ave. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5:00 pm).  South Indian/Sri Lankan vegetarian restaurant. Some say this is the best South Indian rest. in the U.S. (there is also one in New York). Dosa, rasmalai. Serves thali. (12-12-18)

Shanghai Flavor Shop–888 Old San Francisco Rd. (Chinese) Closed Mon & Tue (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Sheng jian bao is the must try dish (like XLB but with a thicker dough that has been pan fried). (12-12-18)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (San Francisco)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (San Francisco)

Zomato (San Francisco)