A Foodie's Guide to Logan, Part 2

Among the oldest restaurants in Utah, The Bluebird dates back to 1914.
Among the oldest restaurants in Utah, The Bluebird dates back to 1914. Marsha Maxwell
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Who knew this little college town boasted authentic, mouth-watering cuisine from every corner of the globe? With a recently designated Historic Theatre District, it’s no surprise to those in the know that downtown Logan is home to a vibrant cultural scene as well as a host of international culinary delights. Here are a few of the not-to-miss haunts:

1. Angie's Restaurant

A long-standing, locals’ go-to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Angie’s is well into its third decade as a Logan institution. Served all-day, the super long breakfast menu of omelettes, scrambles and benedicts features creative standouts like the decadent Cheesecake Waffle. The lunch menu brings an ample selection of melts and chicken sandwiches as well as salads and homemade soups. Every single item is homemade including their delicious pies and cinnamon rolls as big as your head. They are famous for their Kitchen Sink, a humongous banana split served in a not-so-miniature silver sink.

2. Beehive Grill

The Jalapeno Cornbread alone is worth the trip to Beehive, which is also frequented for its unique burger creations (the Caprese and Elk are favorites), salads (the Gazpacho Chicken Spinach is choice) and Beer Cheese Soup. This is also the place to sample a comprehensive array of award-winning suds from Moab Brewery as well as homemade root beer and gelato.

3. Black Pearl

You’d think Black Pearl’s sushi was caught an hour before you begin popping it into your mouth for its freshness and superb quality, though it is priced shockingly low. The lunch specials include five pieces of mouth-watering nigiri and California roll or nine pieces of sashimi for less than $10. You’ll be hard-pressed to find tastier traditional dishes like the crispy Peking Duck or Spicy Kung Pao anywhere else outside of Asia.

4. The Bluebird

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The Bluebird is the oldest restaurant in Utah and dates back to 1914, when it operated as an ice cream and soda shop. You can still saddle up to the original dining counter at the same location that opened its doors in 1923. But its old-fashioned architecture and charm is not its only appeal. The fresh salads and sandwiches—the Monte Cristo and Turkey Croissant, especially—make for a delightful lunch and the comfort dishes on the dinner list culminate with the bacon-wrapped filet mignon. They still have items on the menu from the beginning like the minced ham sandwich (served with a secret-recipe mustard) and the shrimp, pea, and egg salad. Don’t leave without a creamy shake, ice cream sundae, or their to-die-for triple chocolate cake.

5. Cafe Sabor

A family-owned chain with a handful of locations throughout Utah and Idaho, the Logan restaurant is the star venue, situated in an old railroad station and featuring a fantastic patio under the built-in canopy where trains still idle on occasion. With its made-from-scratch guacamole, and mountainous Nachos, it’s a hot happy hour spot. Come hungry for dinner, as portions are huge, ranging from authentic Mexican favorites like Carne Asada to fusion pasta dishes and house specialty Pollo Durango, chicken and mushrooms in a Mexican tomatillo cream sauce.

6. El Toro Viejo

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It’s easy to knock back three baskets of warm chips and fresh salsa before you realize what you’re doing at El Toro Viejo. But you’d best save room for the main course, each of which is easily shared. However, if you love authentic Mexican, you’ll want to try everything on the expansive menu. From the scrumptious grilled goodness of the Tacos al Carbon to the oozing cheese of the piping hot Chili Relleno, every plate is huge and as colorful as the restaurant itself, with its vibrant orange and green walls and brightly painted chairs.

7. Firehouse Pizzeria

The flagship location of the small chain launched 16 years ago by local brothers Greg and Neal Chambers, Firehouse is beloved not only for its stone-fired, simultaneously crisp and soft pizzas and calzones, but also for its variety of oven-baked pastas and fresh sandwiches, cooked on cedar planks over the flames. All the sauces are made in-house. For foodies avoiding carbs, the salads are fresh and delicious. You’ll love the melt-in-your-mouth focaccia bread with cheese in the middle. Oh, and if you have room, the FH’zzookie—a cast iron-cooked chocolate chip cookie sundae—is a must.

8. Le Nonne

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Serving up scrumptious Northern Italian fare, including homemade pasta and an array of succulent meat and fish dishes, Le Nonne is the locals’ favorite spot for celebrating special occasions. Chef Pier Antonio Micheli grew up on the Tuscan coast and cultivated his culinary masterpieces under the guidance of his mother and grandmother ("Le Nonne," after all, translates to “the grandmothers”). These include the scrumptious Robespierre (thinly sliced steak baked with arugula and parmesan cheese) and the Ravioli Di Granchio (stuffed with Alaskan king crab and homemade ricotta cheese). The foliage-rich patio is a magical place to dive into your plate on a warm evening and listen to live jazz on Wednesdays and Fridays.

9. MayMoes

Don’t be fooled by the fact that the place shares space with a convenience store. Sporting a Cajun flare, MayMoes serves what are arguably the juiciest Angus burgers in Utah as well as an assortment of po’ boys on buns flown in fresh from New Orleans. The Blackened Chicken or Shrimp Pasta dishes in a bonafide spicy creole sauce are addicting, as well as the double fist-sized, one-of-a-kind Shrimp Grilled Cheese. The to-go breakfast of grits and eggs in a cup are also a staple for Cache Valley southern transplants.

10. Tandoori Oven

Tucked inside an unassuming gas station, this family-owned Indian restaurant is as authentic as it gets. Upon entering, your palate will instantly be tantalized by wafts of spices from the clay oven, where the Garlic Naan, Papadam (cumin-seasoned lentil wafers), and Tandoori Roti (round bread) are brought to life. The Tandoori meats are grilled to perfection and the curries and Kurma dishes bursting with what tastes like 60 delightful flavors. Even the drinks are rich, the Lassis blended with homemade yogurt and fresh fruit like mango, the tea and coffee steeped in tongue-tickling spices.

11. Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse

A group and family favorite thanks to the professional entertainment that comes with hibachi cooking, Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse is vast with the long sushi bar and regular booths separate from the hibachi tables. Sushi Rolls are fresh, creative and colorful, stuffed thickly and drizzled with a variety of spicy, savory sauces. Hugely popular for dinner, particularly during the all-you-can-eat sushi nights, Kabuki is also a lunch hot spot with daily specials ranging from Chicken Hibachi to a selected pair of specialty rolls for $8.

Written by RootsRated Media for Utah Office of Tourism.

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