Raising the bar

Four favorite rib-sticking bar bites

Call them tapas, appetizers or snacks, a tasty bite with your summertime beer or cocktail at your favorite watering hole can really make a night or afternoon out, complete with great memories of the gastronomic kind. Here’s a quartet of bar bites that will whet your whistle without emptying your wallet.

SteamedBun_subheadSteamed Bun $5
Under Current
Known for its craft cocktails, with its bites menu coming from the shared kitchen with Current Fish & Oyster, Under Current offers refined bar food that keeps patrons coming back for more. Try one of the pillowy steamed buns filled with your choice of luscious soy-sake roasted pork belly, kicky fried chicken or hoisin-glazed mushrooms paired with a handcrafted drink for an evening to remember.
Under Current
279 S. 300 East, SLC


FriedMorm_subheadFried Mormon Funeral Potatoes $8
The Garage on Beck
Available in original, fiery or veggie versions, The Garage takes this Mormon funeral staple and turns it on its head. Rounds of shredded potatoes, loads of cheddar cheese and crunchy bacon are rolled in cornflake crust before being baptized in hot oil. The fiery offering contains fresh habañero verde while the veggie choice swaps out bacon for sautéed vegetables. All are served with Utah-worthy ranch dressing for dipping.
Garage on Beck
1199 Beck St., SLC


Eggs_subheadDeviled Eggs $8
Whiskey Street
What signals a summertime party better than deviled eggs? Head over to Whiskey Street for a rendition with plenty of kick and class. Creamy pimento cheese yolks are dressed with crispy double-smoked bacon, pickled mustard seed for tang, and then sprinkled with bourbon-smoked paprika and fresh chive. It’s a rich and decadent bar bite perfect for sharing and pairing with a whiskey, wine or beer.
Whiskey Street
323 S. Main, SLC


Dip_subheadQueso Dip $6
East Liberty Tap House
Soak up the 9th and 9th scene on the patio at East Liberty Tap House this summer while noshing on hot and melty queso dip made with white cheddar cheese and studded with Serrano chiles. Make a meal of it for just $4 more by loading it up with ancho pulled pork and a creamy avocado purée, plus accompanying tortilla chips.
East Liberty Tap House
850 E. 900 South, SLC

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