• 20 January 2011
In honor of the Altitude Design Summit taking place this week, I want to share some of my favorite stops in Salt Lake City. And speaking of ALT, I'm super excited to be attending again this year...it will be more relaxing to be just an attendee and not worry about speaking on a panel this time. Although, admittedly it will be strange to be stranded downtown and not have the chance to visit friends I miss so much. Anyway, I'd love to know if any of you will be in attendance...let me know if you are!
Favorite Eats + Treats
Franks Pazzo Vita - This is where men like to lunch; it's downhome Italian cooking at its best. Everything is homemade and the portions are large. A bit off the beaten path, it's truly a hidden gem.
City Greek Express- The best little gyro ever. Order the gyro (traditional) and Greek Salad for the optimum experience. The location is random, but if you don't mind feeling like you might be on the wrong side of town, you're good to go.
Fresco Italian Cafe - a tiny restaurant tucked away in a residential neighborhood that is very romantic. We ate there every year on our anniversary. Great memories and great food!
Blue Star Juice + Coffee - the fresh-squeezed juice and housemade breakfast sandwiches presented quite the temptation for me--I could've eaten there every morning. Try the Sharon Jones and Breakfast Quickie :)
Les Madeleines - this is both a favorite "eat" and "treat". My favorite treats are the Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwich and the Meyer Lemon Tar. My favorite savory item is probably the Wagyu Burger--usually burgers don't do much for me, but this one is stellar. And it's on brioche :) Don't forget to try the Lavendar Lemonade too!
Tin Angel Cafe - Funky lunch spot with great food. Good location too.
Dolcetti Gelato - The owner says it's the only gelateria in Utah that doesn't use gels. I'm sure that's why I like it so much better than anywhere else. The last time we were in (a few months ago), they had a killer batch of pistachio gelato. "They" say you can judge how great a gelateria is based on their pistachio...
Antelope Island - technically not in SLC, but pretty close. I love Antelope Island--it's a beautiful oasis and unlike anything I've seen. It feels very remote despite the fact that it's 35 minutes from downtown.
Sundance Catalog Outlet - Aaahhh...the birthplace of my Tolix chair set :) While you don't see many Tolix chairs there anymore, you do see many other fantastic French-industrial-esque pieces. It's a must-stop in my book!
Decades - Best vintage shopping in SLC. And if you have small feet (i.e. size 6 or under), then you're in luck. I've spotted vintage Salvatore Ferragamo heels there for just $30. City Greek Express, mentioned above, is across the street so hit them both at the same time.
Koo de Ker - Affordable fashion in a funky neighborhood. Plus, Kyong, the owner, is a doll and is fun to chat with while you shop! Be sure to stop by Hip & Humble next door too.
Cactus & Tropicals - Who knew plant shopping could be so therapeutic? It's really quite an experience. You walk in...the air is warm and humid...classical music is playing...and the sound of water falling calms you. I loved updating my terrarium here.
Roots - The place to look up when you want to send flowers to someone with modern style. Occasionally they have great home accessories too.
Xpedx - This is the mother of all xpedx stores. Truly. They "test" out product here and therefore the selection is incredible. Great prices too.
image 1 via Strassenreise / image 2 - via Anna Jones Photography / image 4 - Stephanie Brubaker