Salt Lake City is loaded with unique little local restaurants with a style and taste all their own, plus a world-class microbrewery scene that has developed a cult following. Ruth’s Diner is a locally owned Salt Lake City legend located in Emigration Canyon about 6.5 miles from downtown. Road runners and road bikers love to stop by Ruth’s following an outdoorsy excursion for heaping portions of delicious, old-fashioned food. Prices aren’t bad—although we wouldn’t call it dirt cheap, either. Breakfast (recommended) will run between $6 and $12; expect to spend $12-$19 for dinner entrees.
For a post-ride cerveza and authentic Mexican cuisine, it’s tough to beat Lone Star Taqueria. About 15 miles from downtown, Lone Star is quick and easy from the Cottonwoods, and the drive is totally worth it. Its authentic Mexican tacos are easy on the gut and light on the food coma—perfect for post-workout refueling. Prices are reasonable; expect to spend about $15 for a meal and a beer.
Blue Plate Diner has become legendary in the Salt Lake Valley for generous portions and mind-blowing flavor. The atmosphere is pure ‘50s diner, and the menu is full of breakfast and dinner classics and delicious all-American comfort food, with affordable prices ($6-$9 for breakfast and $9 to $12 for dinner).