More than just food as an afterthought, a visit to the Porcupine after an adventure in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon is an integral part of the day’s fun. Many locals only ski as an excuse for après-fun at the Porcupine.
What Makes it Great
The Porcupine Pub & Grille is located just west of the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon and has some extremely tasty dishes and an outstanding beer selection. The atmosphere in the restaurant is like being in a rustic cabin with a fireplace and laid-back décor. It has also been described as “urban warehouse meets mountain cabin”. In other words, casual dress is preferred. A word to any out-of-towners who will be passing through Salt Lake City for a day or two—a trip to the Porcupine is required by law.
What You’ll Remember The Porcupine is known for its homemade food and great beer—24 drafts on tap that include a fantastic assortment of local brews. Don’t fret if beer doesn’t happen to be your thing, the Porcupine also has a full selection of liquor and wine for your adult refreshment needs. The Porcupine also has new lunch and dinner specials daily, as well as one of the most tempting dessert menus in the valley. One of the most popular appetizer items (it could actually be enough for a meal) is the nacho plate. More than just an appetizer, this is a mountain of nachos smothered with diced tomatoes, olives, jalapenos, scallions, cilantro, lime, salsa, and guacamole. You’ll notice plenty of hungry eyes around the restaurant as they follow the huge mound of nachos to your table. Take a moment to bask in the nacho envy.
Who’s Going to Love It Good news for people-watchers—you can count on being surrounded by an eclectic and entertaining group of folks every time you sit down at the Porcupine. It’s a good combination of outdoor enthusiasts—skiers/snowboarders, mountain bikers, hikers, and climbers—mixed with the occasional date or businessman trying to impress a client. It’s a feel-good place with some fantastic food. During the warmer months, the patio opens and you can enjoy fresh canyon breezes while you tear into the Porcupine’s famous fish tacos and enjoy a local beer.
Parking, Trailheads, and Hours The Porcupine Pub & Grille is open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner with weekend brunches. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, and at 4:00 p.m. the menu changes to dinner. On the weekends, it opens earlier at 9:30 a.m. and features breakfast items until 3:00 p.m., and they also have lunch items available until 4:00 p.m. on the weekends. Weekend evenings get very busy, so plan on a bit of a wait to get seated. Parking is free and gets pretty packed. If the parking lot is full, park across the street to the north in the dirt area.
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