Logan, Utah isn’t a highly formal foodie town—populated by college students, farmers, and outdoor recreationists, it’s a place where simple and homegrown serves best. Tradition overrides trends. And unfussy is key. For those who love to eat well, there are some very "Logan" finds here, ranging from a hundred-year-old diner to a bustling gardeners market and more than a dozen food production facilities and everything in between. They’ve even got a signature products tour to guarantee a true taste of the Valley.
They are famous for cheese plus coffee, Pepperidge Farm cookies, Cox honey from fourth-generation bee-keepers, Lower Meats, hand-dipped chocolates and more. Other unique products on the tour include handmade soaps and lotions, pajamas, and socks.
Here we’ll list just a few of our favorite stops, and what’s so uniquely local about them.
This café is the longest operating in the state and has served as a town mainstay for more than a century, sitting in its current location since 1923. There are still items available from the original menu including teddy bear sundaes and shrimp, pea, and egg salad. They make their rolls with flour from Central Mills, which is ground in the area from locally grown grain. You’ll love the murals and old-time soda fountain. It’s still family run (closed Sundays) and, of course, family-friendly.
Logan’s Utah State University is an agricultural institution by tradition (hence the school’s mascot, the Aggie). And nowhere does this manifest in a tastier way than at the Aggie Creamery, located on campus. Like the Bluebird, the Creamery has been there for decades. And they’ve truly perfected ice cream made with milk from local dairy cows. Its high butterfat and low air content make it decadently rich and creamy. Try the current flavor offerings like Aggie Bull Tracks or Aggie Blue Mint.
The go-to town coffee shop, Ibis’ beans have gained notoriety nationwide. But there’s nothing like ducking into the cafe itself to sample the brews alongside home-baked pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch paninis. It’s an artful place with simple, sustainably sourced, and delicious food. Drop in for a quick bite to go, or settle in with a good book and stay a while.
Cache Valley Gardeners Market
This is one place where the town’s agricultural roots shine in a big way: the Gardeners Market has grown every year into quite a robust culinary (and cultural) delight. Held every Saturday from mid-May to mid-October from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., this market is a food-lover’s playground. Everything sold is grown or made within a 50-mile radius, with the produce picked just hours before it hits the stand. Come hungry and come curious to sample and learn. You can now try not only fruit and veggies, but breads, cheeses, baked goods, herbs, granola, jams, honeys, and cheeses as well.
Simply put, Crumb Brothers’ specialty European breads are ridiculously good. Like, you’ll-eat-a-whole-loaf good. And then you’ll buy another loaf to savor the next day. Their flour comes from a century-old local mill, and they carefully craft and bake their breads at a thoughtful pace. Every possible ingredient is locally sourced, and even the building uses sustainable energy sources including geothermal and solar. The only thing that could make all this any better is the sandwiches they make with their famous bread. Which is just what we recommend for lunchtime in Logan.
In a little cottage in the middle of town lies an incredible Italian restaurant owned and run by a Tuscan native. The menu is jaw-droppingly good, especially considering it’s in a small Utah town far from Northern Italy. Le Nonne features homemade gnocchi, pastas, and sauces you’ll never forget. The summer patio is particularly popular—its trees offer shade on warm evenings, and the fresh air somehow makes all the fresh pasta even more fitting.
In the early 1900s, this building started out as Herman’s Inn, a last stop-over before motorists left town and started the drive up Logan Canyon. The building was bought, restored, and transformed into a tasty and irreverent little restaurant several years ago. Now "Herm’s Inn," it feels funky and historic, serving from-scratch breakfasts and classic twists on lunch sandwiches. If you aren’t already sold, there’s a mac and cheese of the day every day, just as there should be everywhere.
Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.