Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 137

Southwest Salt Lake City UTAH This vibrant capital of Utah does not immediately come to mind when looking for a craft brew or a lively bar scene, but there are actually many places for the beer enthusiast to visit within Salt Lake City. Being at the center of Utah’s metropolitan scene, Salt Lake City offers a handful of toprated nightlife establishments, such as Under Current, The Rest, and Whiskey Street. Take a tour and sit in for tastings at the Proper Brewing Company, which also provides classic barroom games like skee ball and pool, and the full-service restaurant pairs each beer gracefully with the simple menu items. Along with the booming craft brewery scene, Salt Lake City has much culture to share with visitors, from attending festivals to browsing art galleries. Fresh farmer’s markets offer bright colors and local interaction, and the surroundings of Utah’s pristine natural environment make each minute outside one to remember. For foodies, there is plenty to get excited about when visiting Salt Lake City. Current, a fish and oyster restaurant, made OpenTable’s list of 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2016. Current’s architectural combination of modern, sleek booths and large tiles, accompanied by industrial ceilings and exposed brick, make for an artistic atmosphere when dining with friends and family. For starters, try the smoked clam dip with potato chips, chives, and sour cream. Share a seafood tower, with options for parties of 4-6 or 2-3 people, that comes with oysters, shrimp, mussels, and lobster tails. Seafood in a landlocked state? This question begs to be answered by experience, and Current’s eclectic menu will make you a believer after sitting down for a meal here. FoodTraveler l Winter 2016 135