Maegan Kasteler | Nov 26, 2018

12 Eateries within Walking Distance of RootsTech

Are you coming to RootsTech in Salt Lake City? For you out-of-towners, we want to help you prepare for your stay in this lovely city. Over the next couple of months, we will be sharing some tips and tricks for navigating the city and making the most of your stay. Let’s start with where to eat!

Downtown Salt Lake City and the area surrounding the Salt Palace offers many unique dining experiences. Here are twelve places to grab a bite within walking distance of the Salt Palace—perfect for lunch.

City Creek Center and Food Court

The City Creek Shopping Center holds a variety of dining options, from grab-and-dash to full service. You are sure to find something to suit your tastes. The food court houses multiple recognizable options, including Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, Subway, Sbarro, and Wetzel's Pretzel.

Some local food court favorites include Costa Vida (imagine Subway-type customization with Mexican food), Bocata (signature flatbread sandwiches and salads), and Taste of Red Iguana (another Mexican option).

Just outside of the food court, your options are increased with restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Pizza Studio, and more.

See a full list of City Creek Center food options here.

Village Baker

This somewhat new to downtown favorite is a great place for sandwiches, salads, pizza, and some fantastic bread. Not only is this a great place for a quick lunch, but they also have some great breakfast options, including a breakfast pizza, two types of quiche, breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and more.

Some crowd favorites? Chicken cordon bleu pizza, chicken salad and provolone sandwich, mango chicken salad, and the decadent Special K Bar.

Find their full menu here.

Pretty Bird

If you are a fried chicken lover, head on over to Pretty Bird Chicken. Located on bustling Regent Street, this hip new dining experience highlights an anointed Iron Chef, Viet Pham, and his fried chicken recipe. The chef has been featured in multiple competitions on Food Network, and the resulting hot chicken restaurant is a local favorite and a "don't miss" when you visit SLC.

You won't have to flip through an 8-page menu, either—Pretty Bird's simple menu highlights the impeccable chicken.

Find the menu here.

Last Course

Do you need a sweet treat during your break? Also on Regent Street near Pretty Bird, you'll find another local favorite, Last Course. This dessert stop features sensational desserts and handmade ice cream, all brought together with local flair and ingredients.

Ice creams like breakfast cereal, cheddar apple pie, and rosemary and honey are just the start of the uniquely-flavored menu. Also featured are Foster's Banana Taco, strawberry nachos, and a few seasonal options. This is a dessert lover's paradise!

Here you can also find hot cocoa, lattes, americanos, espresso, and mocha to help you warm up if the weather is cold.

See the full menu here.

Settebello Pizzeria

This isn't a restaurant unique to Utah, but if you are looking for fresh pizza and a fun atmosphere, Settebello is the place. Located just a few steps from the south end of the Salt Palace, this classic oven-fired pizza restaurant is sure to please all pizza enthusiasts.

With all the markings of a classic pizza place, Settebello has pizzas ranging from traditional to more exotic, all made with the freshest ingredients. Explore some of their menu options here.

Temple Square Dining

Anyone who has been to Salt Lake City knows that you have to stop on Temple Square while you are in town. While this is a great area to visit with lots of historical significance, there are also quite a few dining options. There are 4 restaurants on Temple Square, ranging from quick-dine to full service. You are sure to find something for everyone.

The restaurants included on Temple Square are The Lion House Pantry (home to old-fashioned homestyle cooking), The Nauvoo Café (where you will find sandwiches, salads, and breakfast), The Garden Restaurant (located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building; offers stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley, full-service dining, and traditional American fare), and finally, The Roof Restaurant (also located in the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building; offers luxury buffet dining).

For more information and to view menus, visit their website here.

Fat Jack’s Burgers

If you want a big, juicy, Instagram-worthy burger, Fat Jack’s Burger Emporium is the place. Anyone who knows good burgers knows that the bun is vital to the success of a burger, and that is where it all begins at Fat Jack’s. Their brioche buns are the perfect vessel for their sustainably raised, GMO-free Niman Ranch Beef.

Some fan favorites include the "Mormon Burger," the "Stinky Burger," and the "Frenchy." On the side, you can enjoy classic fries, garlic fries, onion rings, and more.

To see the full menu, visit Fat Jack’s Burger Emporium website here.

Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen

If you are looking for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner option, check out Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen. Their menu features house-pressed almond milk, salads, soup, and more.

Pulp is located in the trendy Gallivan Center. This fun area of downtown also features restaurants such as Boltcutter, Good Grammar, and From Scratch. Head over in this direction, and you will find something for everyone.

See Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen's full menu here.


JB's is not unique to Utah, but it is one of the closest restaurants to the Salt Palace. This classic diner features family favorites that cover every meal. Find crowd-pleasers like omelets, stuffed French toast, BLT's, burgers, salads, country-fried steak, and pasta. Truly this is a place to please everyone.

Finish off your meal with one of JB's old-fashioned shakes, and you will be grateful you'll be spending so much time walking around the expo hall!

JB's also has a special 55+ discounted menu.

You can find JB's full menu here.

Crown Burgers

Crown Burgers is truly a Utah favorite! When you walk into Crown Burgers, you really don't quite know what to think. The restaurant is decorated with live plants, full coats of armor, and dated vinyl booths, but this is truly a hidden gem.

The menu includes everything from Greek food to a good old-fashioned American cheeseburger. Must-haves include the fries and onion rings, the Crown Burger, the rib eye steak sandwich, and a shake.

View their full menu here.

J. Dawgs

On the flip side of the burger train, you have hot dogs. And if you like a good hot dog, or even if you don't like hot dogs, you need to head over to J. Dawgs. According to their website, "We take our dawgs seriously. That means all natural meat, a homemade sauce that’s been in our family for a couple generations, and locally milled buns made fresh every single day."

J. Dawgs tops their hot dogs with their secret sauce that you will want to buy by the bottle after just one bite, and good news! You can buy it by the bottle!

Head on over, and check out their menu on their website here.

Bruges Waffles and Frites

Waffles and fries. It seems like a weird combo, but have you tried it?! This is a great place to go to get out of the box and try a new version of some classics. Order some Belgian frites (fries) with some gourmet dipping sauces, or an apple pie waffle, or one called "pig on a cloud" (a waffle with bacon, cream, and caramel drizzle.)

Really, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Or you can get creative and design your own gourmet topped waffle.

For a full menu for their location downtown (within walking distance of the Salt Palace!), visit their website here.

Other full-service restaurants more suited for dinner

These next few restaurants are full-service dining options to consider for dinner once you are done at RootsTech for the day. Most of these are within walking distance, but a few are a short drive away.

Register here for RootsTech 2019 today!

Maegan Kasteler

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