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Eating, Drinking and Nightlife


Utah’s cuisine is typically American with plenty of roadside diners, burger joints and home-style cooking available throughout the state. Salt Lake City holds the largest variety of restaurants with everything from pizzerias, Moroccan restaurants, steak houses and Mexican places, showing off the cuisine of America’s southern neighbour.

‘Fry sauce’ is a local speciality that you’ll find everywhere. It originated in 1950 in Salt Lake City at Arctic Circle, a fast food restaurant, and is a mixture of ketchup, mayonnaise and other secret seasonings. Imitators abound, but Arctic Circle is still around so head to one of their locations for an authentic taste.

Drinking and nightlife

Utah’s pious Mormon population has ensured there are enough relatively complex drinking laws to ensure this is a state that isn’t exactly a haven for nights out. Nevertheless, things are changing and there are now plenty of bars and clubs especially concentrated in the big cities. If you find yourself in a smaller town, you might find that places where you can get an ice cold beer are few and far between.  And remember that you must be 21 years old to consume alcohol here.

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