Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Miss Them More Than They Miss Me

Confession: I miss some of my favorite eating places in Utah as much as I miss some of my favorite people in Utah. I know that sounds shallow, but if you understood how much I love food, you'd know that was a sincere and lavish compliment to the people I love there.

Another confession: I had a secret desire to eat at all of my favorite places in the 55 hours I spent there last week. I guess I knew it wasn't practical, but still--I had hope. In a perfect world, I would have eaten my favorite dishes at the following places and then rolled on to the plane, blissfully bountifully bloated.

One of my first stops would be Cafe Trio and I would order the Garlic Chicken Pizza. And a house salad. And the Spaghetti Pomodoro. And I would draw on the paper tablecloth with my pen while I waited.

At Greek Souvlaki, I would order the Chicken Pita with white and red sauce, along with their divine lemon rice and a big Diet Dr. Pepper.

I would have made my way to Thai Siam for a lunch special with yellow curry. Or green curry. Or Massaman curry. Or all three. Because, you know, I'm only in town for a little bit.

I would only order water to drink at Tsunami, because I would need room in my tummy for the 21 Sunshine Rolls I would order. One for every month I've been gone. It's symbolic. I don't expect you to understand.

I would cleanse my palate with some Split Pea Soup from The Soup Kitchen and 24 breadsticks.

I'd make my way to Thaifoon and have some Mango Chicken and some Evil Jungle Princess.

At Morelia, I would nibble my pebble ice and wait anxiously for my Chile Verde and Bean Burrito. And I would savor the pickled beet garnish on the plate and eat yours if you don't want it.

I would sit in a vinyl booth at El Farol and order a giant platter of Bean Dip, because it's the best. And then I would order a pint of refried beans to carry on to the plane with me.

I didn't think I would miss Spaghetti Factory, but I do. I would order a Manager's Special--half meat sauce and half myzthra cheese.

How could I leave without a trip to Ab's drive thru for a Blackberry Banana shake? I couldn't. And while I'm at it, I'd order some onion rings. With fry sauce.

And then I would wonder if the fry sauce at Arctic Circle still tastes the same, so I would have to find out for myself. With a large side of fries.

I would end things on a light note and visit Yogurt Stop. I would concoct Christian's favorite and fill my cup with vanilla yogurt topped with hot fudge, cookie dough, Oreos, and Andes mints. (Srsly.) (Although, rumor has it that I'm going to have a new favorite yogurt place in town.)

If you live in Utah, will you please eat at one or all of these places? And tell them it's from me? Please, oh, please?

20 comments:

Kami said...

Wait a minute...You can't have my pickled beet! ;)

I made myzithra tonight at home again, it's the best. Next time you are here, let's do Morelia or Tsunami. YUM!

Becky said...

For you, anything!

Soul-Fusion said...

Some attorneys from my firm just finished a month long trial in SLC and I chastised each of them for not asking for my advice on where to eat while they were there.
As for me, I have a layover in SLC this Sunday but my favorite isn't on your list - Red Iguana. So looking forward to that meal :)

Leca said...

That is EXACTLY what I do when I visit Utah. I was there for so long when I go back all I want to do is eat and remember. My hubby and I decided we could fit it all into a long weekend. We ended up doubling up on a few meals. I was chugging salsa on our way to the airport. I was so stuffed and yet so very happy. I love Utah food. We just don't have very good mexican food in Wisconsin.

The Coolest Allen Family said...

When Brett and I lived in Colorado whenever we would come for a visit we would basically just graze the whole time we were here. I also love the managers favorite at Spaghetti Factory with half meat sauce and half myzithra. I get it everytime!

Now I am hungry!

I'm A. said...

Morelia for lunch it is. Yay! And possibly Spag Fac for dinner if I can convince the hubby. I'm pregnant. I do what I want.

Veeda said...

I will head over to Morelia just for you because I've never been there before . . . and pickled beets sound amazing.

Christy said...

Cool, I'm going to visit this post often till I have tried all of your favorite things in all of your favorite places.

I loved everything you recommended on my visit to your new home town so I know I will never be disappointed. You have excellent taste!

Kelly S. said...

Wow! I'm impressed. I feel a food coma coming on just from reading this post. No wonder you didn't finish your strawberry shortcake. And on that same note, I guess I don't mind your germs too much because I ate it for a midnight snack. And I must try Greek Souvlaki!! Thanks for the suggestions!

Sarah said...

Yum. I have tried some of these places, but can't wait to try the rest.

PS - love your son's how-to! Way too funny.

Dawn Mayer said...

yum...I always drool when I think about a Cafe Rio salad with chicken...yum. I wish they would deliver to Portland.

tiburon said...

Consider it done.

Next time...

Kellybee said...

It's almost eleven o'clock here, and you are making me very hungry. I should just go to bed, but I can't because it is finally quiet and I am finally all by myself. Can I add a recommendation? Next time you are in town, we should go to the Porcupine Grill and have a house salad...spinach, mandarin oranges, red onions and their house balsamic vinegarette dressing. It's yummy. And they have the biggest plate of nachos that you've ever seen. Nachos sound so good right now. I really do need to go to bed.

Dolled Up Girl said...

wow, i want to try all of these places. yum! i stopped going to cafe trio because they got rid of my favorite pizza. :(

MiaKatia said...

I am actually going to Utah this summer! (or so I think although I haven't bought tickest yet...) I will bookmark this and she what I can hit.

Angie said...

Can you believe that I've eaten at only two of those places?! The Spaghetti Factory and Arctic Circle - not even the best of bunch. I'm going to use this as a list of places I have to try.

Miranda said...

I need you to know that I understand your love for food completely. My husband and I recently visited Belligham, WA which is where we lived the first two years we were married. We ate ourselves completely sick trying to go to all of the places we had loved when we lived there. It was kind of disgusting, but mostly awesome.

Omgirl said...

You have just listed some of my very favorite places! Greek Souvlaki? Check. Thai Siam? Double check. Tsunami? Konichiwa! Soup kitchen, is it still around? I thought it closed. But best of all, Cafe Trio....I will eat the entire menu for you next time I go.

Erin O. said...

Evil Jungle Princess FTW!

alex dumas said...

I probably shouldn't read posts like this one when I'm hungry. Which is usually. Now I just want to eat. A lot.

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