Valerie Phillips: Utah restaurants are garnished with top Dining Awards

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27 2008 12:00 a.m. MST

Salt Lake City Magazine presented its sixth annual Dining Awards Feb. 19. The ceremony, held at the Grand America, is akin to the Academy Awards for Utah restaurants.
There were cheers, tears, a few standing ovations and even a Cuba Gooding Jr.-type acceptance speech by Ponpawit Numnuan of Pawit's Royale Thai Cuisine. The exuberant restaurateur was determined to get in the last word, despite the the orchestra playing and the audience applauding to signal that his five ... 10 ... or was it 15? minutes were up.
There were a few new categories this year, including a Hall-of-Fame designation for restaurants that consistently win year after year. Mazza and Red Iguana were inducted. The top restaurant in Salt Lake City also won for best Italian: Cucina Toscana.
The magazine also invited readers to cast their vote for a favorite restaurant, and Bombay House was the top choice.
The March issue of the magazine will feature all the winners, for those who want to know more about why they were chosen. Here's the list. How many have you visited?
Best Ambience: Log Haven
Best American Fine Dining: Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City
Best Bakery: Crumb Brothers Bakery in Logan
Best Bartender: Jerry Zoulek, Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
Best Breakfast: Ruth's Diner in Emigration Canyon
Best Brewpub: Red Rock Brewing Company
Best Brunch in Salt Lake City: Garden Cafe at the Grand America
Best Comfort Food: Gateway Grille in Kamas
Best Undiscovered, Canyons: Spin City in Heber City
Best Chinese: Szechuan Garden
Best Fusion: Shabu in Park City
Best Indian: Himalayan Kitchen
Best Italian: Cucina Toscana
Best Restaurant in Salt Lake City: Cucina Toscana
Best Japanese: Takashi
Best Lunch in Park City: Cafe Terigo
Best Lunch in Salt Lake City: Cafe Trio Downtown
Best Mexican: Tarahumara in Midway
Best Middle Eastern: Reef's Kitchen in Park City
Best Quick Eats: Greek Souvlaki No. 1
Best Southeast Asian: Pawit's Royale Thai Cuisine
Best Steakhouse: Prime Steakhouse & Piano Bar in Park City
Best Discovery: Tin Angel
Best Wine List: Monsoon Thai Bistro
Best Restaurant Design: Metropolitan Restaurant
Best Chef: Greg Neville of Lugano and Pine
Best Pastry Chef: Stephanie Krizman of Windy Ridge Bakery in Park City
Best New Restaurant: Settebello Pizzeria
Best Restaurant in Park City: Chez Betty in Park City
Golden Spoon for Hospitality: Chez Betty In Park City
Best Restaurant for the Wasatch Back: Tree Room at Sundance Resort
Best Restaurant for Northern Utah: Hamilton's Steak & Seafood in Logan
Best Restaurant for Southern Utah: Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder
Food & Wine Education Award: Christi Paulsen of Slow Food Utah
Community Award: Blind Dog and Deep Blue Seafood in Park City
Lifetime Achievement Award: Julie Wilson of Deer Valley Resort
Hall of Fame: Mazza and Red Iguana
Reader's Choice Award: Bombay House

E-mail: vphillips@desnews.com

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