Top Eateries: Utah Valley vol. 1
180 Tacos [university ave, provo. cheap- but not as cheap as del taco.]
For the very brief time that I worked with a different company this year, my co-workers raved about this place. For good reason too. I'm not from Southern California so I don't know the beauty of an authentic street taco but I do know the absolute deliciousness that comes from 180 Tacos Buffalo Chicken taco. They have an array of different tacos with different ethnic backgrounds. I know, it sounds weird but they do it perfectly. Also, when you go, make sure you grab a few of their green mints because they taste like an island getaway.
Pizzeria 712 [state, orem. moderately expensive- appropriate for a nice dinner out or if you are feeling spendy.]
You might lose all respect for me & dismiss me as not a credible food source, but in most cases, I don't like pizza. Regardless, my husband does so we gave Pizzeria 712 after our friends recommended it. If you choose your restaurants with ambiance in mind, this place is perfectly decorated- low lighting, brick oven exposed- it really is a dream. The food is awesome too. Normally appetizers are sort of a waste of money, in my opinion but I am so glad that we decided to put that mentally aside to try their braised short rib. Absolutely phenomenal. Their pizza also stole my cold-pizza-avoiding heart. Thin crust, homemade sauce, fresh topping. It's definitely not a little ceasers pizza that has been sitting in the warmer for six days. (The speck, soppressata, garlic tomato, mozzarella pizza had been our favorite.)
Wallabys Smokehouse [center street, orem. middle of the road pricing, comparable pricing to cafe rio- I assume we all know that menu by heart.]
If I could choose my food pyramid without any repercussions, my entire menu would entail mashed potatoes. With that said, I harshly judge BBQ joints on their potatoes. While in high school, the boy I was dating at the time introduced me to Walllaby's smashers. They are perfect. In fact, I shouldn't be admitting this to the world, but you bet when I have two sides I get two sides of their potatoes. On top of that, their pulled pork is delicious & they have an array of sauces to choose from. You can burn your face off with some or go my route with their sweeter BBQ sauces. It's my jam.
*Honorable BBQ mentions go to Bam Bams BBQ [state, orem] & 5 Star BBQ [geneva, orem] Both are awesome but you know, Wallaby's has superior mashed potatoes. The sauce is better at 5 Star & the pulled pork at Bam Bams is the best I've ever had.
Chubby's [state, pleasant grove. cheap burger joint.]
My palate is probably for a 6 year old but I'm all about that chicken nugget & french fry life. No burgers in my house. (I have a complex with bread, normally.) Chubby's is a one of my favorite local diners. Their chicken strips are on point but really the star of the show tend to be their beer-battered fries. They are wonderful.
Ernies [center street, orem. cheap, cheap breakfast.]
Get the middle weight. Just do it. Cheese, eggs, sausage. Their breakfast sandwiches are awesome & cheap. I like good service like the next girl but Ernie's service is awesome. The staff there is always laid back & pleasant. If I could buy each & every one of you a breakfast sandwich from Ernies, I would.
Cubby's [state, provo. you know, regular pricing like cafe rio.]
This is a good place to take your man to get a fatty, steak sandwich. McKay is credible & he loves their sandwiches but I prefer their salad. Not because I am trying to deprive myself of actual human food but because their tri-tip salad is the bomb. It's sweet enough that it nearly tricks you into thinking it's not filled with greens & hardy enough with the steak pieces. Plus, their sweet potato fries are the best around.
I think there will need to be a part two & a dessert edition of this series. So until next time, tell me your favorites!