2016 Winners

2016 Readers' Choice Winners

Our passionate readers cast thousands of votes for what they love to eat, do and see in Utah. Browse the winners in the 20 Readers Choice categories to learn to learn what your neighbors say are the best places to enjoy the arts, chow down on burgers, raise a local brew — whether in a brewery or a coffeehouse — explore with family or escape the desert heat.

Tribune staffers have some recommendations, too. You'll find our Editors' Picks below.

Beer/Sports Bar

Salt Winner
The Bayou
1st Runner-up
Beer Bar
2nd Runner-up
The Garage

Brewery

Salt Winner
Squatters
1st Runner-up
Red Rock Brewery
2nd Runner-up
Epic Brewery

Brunch

Salt Winner
Penny Ann’s Cafe
1st Runner-up
The Park Cafe
2nd Runner-up
Tie: Market Street Grill/Eggs in the City

Burger

Salt Winner
Lucky 13
1st Runner-up
Crown Burger
2nd Runner-up
Cotton Bottom Inn

Chinese

Salt Winner
Mandarin
1st Runner-up
Charlie Chow’s Dragon Grill
2nd Runner-up
La-Cai Noodle House

Coffee

Salt Winner
Beans & Brew
1st Runner-up
Publik
2nd Runner-up
Salt Lake Roasting Co.

Downtown Nightlife

Salt Winner
Brewvies Cinema Pub
1st Runner-up
Wiseguys Comedy Club
2nd Runner-up
Whiskey Street

Family Activity

Salt Winner
Hogle Zoo
1st Runner-up
Lagoon
2nd Runner-up
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Festivals, Fairs and Parades

Salt Winner
Utah Arts Festival
1st Runner-up
Utah Pride Festival
2nd Runner-up
Sundance Film Festival

Food Truck

Salt Winner
Cupbop Korean BBQ
1st Runner-up
Waffle Love
2nd Runner-up
Chow Truck

Late Night Bites - Food served 10 pm and later

Salt Winner
Alberto’s
1st Runner-up
Porcupine Pub & Grille
2nd Runner-up
The Bayou

Locally Made Snack

Salt Winner
RubySnap
1st Runner-up
Beehive Cheese Company
2nd Runner-up
Hatch Family Chocolates

Mexican

Salt Winner
Red Iguana
1st Runner-up
Taqueria27
2nd Runner-up
Salsa Leedos

Museum

Salt Winner
Natural History Museum of Utah
1st Runner-up
The Leonardo
2nd Runner-up
Clark Planetarium

Music Venue

Salt Winner
Red Butte Garden
1st Runner-up
Usana Amphitheatre
2nd Runner-up
Tie: The Depot/The State Room

Performing Arts

Salt Winner
Ballet West
1st Runner-up
Hale Centre Theatre
2nd Runner-up
Salt Lake Acting Company

Pool/Water Park

Salt Winner
Lagoon A Beach
1st Runner-up
Seven Peaks Resort
2nd Runner-up
Crystal Hot Springs

Ski Resort

Salt Winner
Snowbird
1st Runner-up
Brighton
2nd Runner-up
Alta

Sushi

Salt Winner
Takashi
1st Runner-up
Tsunami
2nd Runner-up
Ichiban Sushu

Vegetarian/Vegan

Salt Winner
Oasis Cafe
1st Runner-up
Zest Kitchen & Bar
2nd Runner-up
Sage’s Cafe

2016 Editors' Picks

Tribune staffers also couldn't resist including some longtime favorites in our Editors’ Picks. But most of our winners are new players on the scene that you might not have tried yet — standout restaurants and businesses that deserve to become your favorites, too. From our beautiful canyons to the diverse flavors of local restaurants, staffers at The Salt Lake Tribune have selected a dozen Editors’ Picks for the first Salt Awards.

Best hike with a dog

Bowman Form in Mill Creek Canyon

Best new bookstore

Booked on 25th

Best new cheap eats

Straw Market

Best new dining atmosphere

Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar

Best new fine dining

HSL

Best new Greek restaurant

Manoli’s

Best new Indian restaurant

Everest Curry Kitchen

Best new Italian restaurant

Sicilia Mia

Best new Park City restaurant

Tupelo

Best shopping district

9th and 9th

Best theater concessions

Broadway Centre Cinemas

Most picturesque public golf course

Wasatch Mountain Golf Course, Midway