There’s got to be a morning after; here’s where to survive it
The festive holiday season can be challenging, with its endless happy hours, (or better still—complimentary bar), calorific delights and late nights. Such sips and social onslaught can leave one bedraggled, so it’s important to know ahead of time where to turn for the “hair of the dog” when the almighty hangover strikes with vengeance.
Garage on Beck
The Mormon funeral potatoes, “baptized in hot oil,” warrant border crossings in droves, hence, the constant line-up of vintage Harleys out front. Saloon-style decor contrasts with North Salt Lake’s industrial backdrop, veiled by an inviting, tree-lined patio. Leave room for swoon-worthy Southern fried chicken, jalapeño poppers, and the Cowboy Burger. Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink omelets satisfy egg lovers, while mouth-watering tacos ($1 on Tuesdays) are anything but diminutive!
1199 Beck St., SLC
Blake’s Food Truck
Daily gourmet slider specials at Blake’s provide the ultimate greasy gratification, while sweet teeth will delight in the hot buttery scones. And, who needs a table or chair when you can dine as you dash? Tempting fellow pedestrians with your grease-scented trail is the second-best experience to actual noshing on a Blake’s creation. Watch as they about-face and follow their nose to the source. Blake’s Facebook page lists daily locations to plan your rejuvenation accordingly.
East Liberty Tap House
Anesthetized minds will appreciate ELTH’s easy-to-recall hours (12-12), seven days. Its brats and burgers are well worth the midday wait as are the craft beers and cocktails. Settle in for the day (and night) at a cozy table or bar seat inside, or dress for cooler climes and huddle around the patio fire pits, elk chili in hand, while gnawing on cheddarwurst corn-dog nuggets.
850 E. 900 South, SLC
Rye Diner & Drinks
Tucking into anything booze-laden or deep-fried before midday seems wayward, which is why the breakfast bowl (salty pork belly, kimchi and egg), and shoyu-fried chicken and waffles are a panacea for the weary. Soft-as-silk egg scrambles (in four variations) can be gobbled up in the blink of an eye, so consider a double serving of the eggs (house taters and toast are included). Order La Barba’s freshly made coffee and you’re primed for another all-nighter at neighboring Urban Lounge.
239 S. 500 East
Industrial décor, urban art and eclectic music dispel preconceived notions of the typical kebab joint, so pull up a pew and indulge in a cleansing craft ale, cocktail or sangria while you wait for your gyro. Go-to dishes include the breakfast and street cart wraps, “doquitos,” sweet potato fries and the crispy garbanzo beans with olives.
35 E. 300 South, SLC
1201 E. Wilmington Ave., SLC
The Park Café
The snaking daily queues here are testament to the delicious bounty of Park Café’s ample-size comfort food, served at a lightning pace. Choose a staple like the Michigan Hash, Shooter’s Sandwich, French Toast Foolishness or Pancake Sandwich, and then admire the table collectibles and artwork. It’s rowdy, so fragile types should request an al fresco table, or opt take-out service and wander across the street to Liberty Park and to nibble and observe the resident birdlife. Weekends are uber busy, so rise and shine early.
604 E. 1300 South, SLC
The breakfast burrito is an obvious (but solid) choice, while those with more exotic taste buds will lean toward the Twisted Ceviche—big eye tuna, watermelon and shiso. And, who could possibly pass on the Mini Shepherd’s Pie or grilled pancetta sandwich? Well-priced weekend brunching (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) includes obligatory mimosas and bloody marys. Arrive early as the vast space that once was a 19th-century boiler room fills quickly.
32 E Exchange Place, SLC