Salt Lake City
If you are craving authentic amazing Mexican food this is the place to go. My favorite is the El Pastor tacos or quesadillas. The combination of spice and pineapple and pork is incredible. They bring you out fresh homemade chips with a few different dipping sauces. Make sure you get the whitish green one (if you like cilantro - it's like a creamy, cilantro based sauce). It is incredible. I could practically drink it!
Salt Lake City
My husband is a big fan of dude food (is this a genre of food already? Cause if not, it should be). So he convinced me we had to try out this little sub place for manly sandwiches, that is - Philly Cheesesteak and Meatball Sandwiches. He highly recommends the atomic meatball sub with the house made jalapeño sauce. I'm not one for burn-your-mouth-off spicy and their jalapeño sauce is a perfect mix of spicy and flavorful. They also have great Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, home cooked fries, and birch beer - like root beer but with birch...I think? They have a pretty big selection for a sandwich shop which is always a plus.
Salt Lake City
This is one of my favorite "lunch with the girls" kind of places. They have a variety of yummy sandwiches and salads and a huge bakery of delicious treats. I could spend an hour just gazing through their pastry shelves. Their menu changes seasonally so go in a few times a year to try out something new!
Lone Star Taqueria
I would definitely recommend this place in the summertime as they have a great outdoor patio and it gets pretty crowded inside in the winter. They have a catch-of-the-day fish taco/burrito which is surprisingly delicious, especially since it's a Utah restaurant. If you like sour cream - and who doesn't? - I recommend asking for the pink sour cream they serve with their quesadillas. It's a seasoned sour cream that has some spices to flavor it. It's great on quesadillas and anything else you want to stuff your face with. Great price and great food! Their fresh salsa is also delicious!
Salt Lake City (various locations)
If you want the best Indian food around you have to go to Bombay House. It is definitely more on the pricey side but it is totally worth it if you are in the mood for a little splurge. We have taken our friends from India here and they say it is about as authentic as it gets. I highly recommend the garlic naan and the chicken coconut korma. If you have room for dessert try out the pistachio kulfi.
Downtown Salt Lake City
I highly recommend going for lunch. You get a ton of food and it is incredibly inexpensive. You get a yummy peanut sauce salad, jasmine rice, a spring roll, and two dishes for $8.75. I am a big fan of the yellow curry.
Yanni's Greek Express
This cute little place is absolutely delicious. Their gyros and souvlaki are my favorite. I also love the small feel of this place and the dated Greek decor. We have even spotted Yanni himself in the restaurant a few times!
Pop on Over Cafe
We had heard some great things about this fun cafe so we got a bunch of friends together and gave it a try. Most of us got the calzones and they were incredible not to mention ginormous! The owners were so fun and very interested in our opinion of the food. We loved chatting with them about the restaurant.
I know I said we don't eat at chains much but since this is a Utah based chain I will let it slide since I am just a little obsessed. No matter what type of day it is this place is always crowded. It is that good. The portions are huge so my husband and I always split a salad or a burrito. We usually split a steak salad and then I get one pork taco on the side since I love it but my husband isn't a huge fan of shredded meat.
I love taking friends to Ruth's. This is a fun trolley car turned restaurant up in Emigration Canyon. I love it because it only takes about 10 minutes to get up the canyon but you feel like you are deep in the mountains. I love going in the warmer months and sitting outside and listening to the live music. Another fun thing to do is to go before 9am and get the early bird special. SO much amazing food for just $4.99!
This place is famous for their cupcakes. They were even featured on cupcake wars but their best kept secret is their cookies! The cookies are about half the price of their cupcakes and are absolutely incredible. My favorite is the samoa cookie and the chocolate dipped toffee cookie.
Downtown & Sugarhouse
If you want an incredible waffle you need to try Bruges! They have so many incredible different waffles to try. One of my favorites is the waffle monster. They also have savory waffle sandwiches and my husband's favorite the machine gun sandwich.
I know there are a million more fabulous places so this is just a start. Please let me know what you would add to the list! I know there are a lot more places that I am dying to try once I get back to SLC for a visit.