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7 SLC Restaurants That Definitely Deserve More Hype

Salt Lake City has some amazing dining options. There are the classics (The Pie, Hires Big H), the foodie havens (Copper Onion, Eva, Pago) and the Food Network stars (Moochies, Red Iguana, Ruth's Diner). But what about the restaurants that don't fall into those categories? While some locals may know of their greatness, many Salt Lake City gems don't get quite as much attention. Let's give them a moment in the spotlight, shall we?

1. The Avenues Proper Restaurant & Publick House

This stylish gastropub (376 8th Ave, Suite C) neighbors Hatch Family Chocolates in the Avenues, and opened its doors less than one year ago. Producing small-batch artisan beers and "elevated pub fare," Avenues Proper has a lot going for it. For an example of the menu, think chicken and waffles with fried quail egg and thyme syrup. Or Wasatch porcini mushroom tortellini. Or, if you're in the mood for something snacky, you can try duck fat popcorn, pale ale potato chips or house pickles.

2. The Rose Establishment

A go-to coffee spot (235 s 400 w) for many people who work around 400 West in Downtown SLC, The Rose Establishment is also an amazing place to grab breakfast or lunch. The vibe alone is worth the stop. White subway tiles and hardwood floors give the place a great look, and the food is carefully made with quality ingredients. Try the avocado toast or personal-sized quiche for breakfast, or the Southwest veggie sandwich for lunch.

3. Michelangelo Ristorante

Overall, Michelangelo's (3005 South Highland Dr.) tends to get mixed reviews, but one thing is for sure: the gnocchi is light and fluffy, just the way it should be. Many Salt Lake City restaurants can't seem to get their gnocchi texture right — so if you're looking for a good example, head to Michelangelo's. The prices are reasonable and their other pasta and pizza are tasty as well.

4. Thai Siam

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Placed in an easy-to-miss spot on State Street, those who happen to make their way into Thai Siam (1435 South State St.) will be particularly pleased by their pineapple yellow curry, drunken noodles and coconut soup. Salt Lake City is lucky to have a lot of Thai restaurant options, but Sawadee on South Temple seems to get most of the glory. We say Thai Siam should get a boost up on the list.

5. Rich's Burgers and Grub

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For a unique and mighty tasty burger, head to Rich's Burgers downtown (30 East Broadway). In 2007, the owner moved from corporate restaurant management to running a street cart in SLC. He opened an indoor, full-scale restaurant soon after. The menu boasts more than 14 different burger creations, including the Macaroni & Cheese Burger, Coleslaw Burger, Maui BBQ Burger and intriguing Blue Banana Burger (topped with Blue cheese crumbles, sliced banana peppers and creamy ranch dill).

6. Penny Ann's Cafe

Unless you've been told about its greatness, Penny Ann's Cafe (1810 S. Main St.) is another restaurant that's easy to miss. Penny Ann's may feel like a long-standing part of the community, but this fairly new spot opened its doors in 2011, in an unassuming building on Main Street. From "Heavenly Hot Cakes" to sweet potato pie, pretty much every item on the breakfast and dessert menus is worth mentioning. 

7. Bocata

Tucked into the City Creek food court next to chains like Sbarro and McDonald's, Bocata (28 S State St.) is an amazing sandwich shop that may get overlooked because of it's location. Bocata's artisan sandwiches are made to order, with wood-fired oven breads and high-quality sandwich fillings. Try the BLT (topped with an organic egg), caprese or Cuban pork sandwich.