Following are capsulized versions of recommended restaurants reviewed by Al Church, Deseret News Dining Out columnist:

Gandhi's, 1615 Foothill Blvd., 581-0222. A modest restaurant that features the cuisine of India. Moderately priced vegetarian and meat dishes served with curry and fresh bread are the specialties. * * *Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, 1084 S. State, 539-1122. This recent addition to the South State area of Salt Lake City, which is fast becoming the home to some of the area's best Oriental food, specializes in Mandarin and Szechuan dishes. Seafood dishes, especially specialties like lobster in black bean sauce, are especially good. * * * 1/2

Dine' Cafe, 4616 S. 4000 West, West Valley City. 969-8641. Navajo tacos and the trademark Navajo burrito, made with fresh handmade fry bread, are the specialties of this modest eatery. Customers should also notice the wonderful Indian art that decorates the interior. * * * *

The Bluebird Cafe, 19 N. Main, Logan. 752-3155. One of Utah's historic restaurants is once again thriving under new ownership. Traditional American favorites as well as freshly made fountain treats and homemade candies are specials of the house. * * * *

The Border Cafe, 3640 Highland Drive, 277-2083. Large portions, a somewhat noisy interior, and Southwest motif and menu characterize this restaurant, which joins a growing trend toward a region of the country that is both tranquil and engaging. Specialties include mesquite broiled meats and mild roasted chili salsas. * * *

Hampton's Ford Stage Stop and Inn, 3585 Bigler Road, Collinston. 458-3301 or 257-3889. This beautifully restored two-story stone restaurant once was one of the major stage stops along the crossroads of the West. The local scenery as well as warm hospitality and hearty homemade cuisine should please just about everyone's hunger for good food and the old West. * * * 1/2

Alta Lodge, Sunday Brunch, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta. 322-4631. An exhaustive international buffet of cold and hot dishes that dazzles the palate. The experience is made even more enjoyable by the beautiful canyon setting and the relaxed pace nurtured by the staff. * * * * 1/2

El Patio, 1800 S. West Temple, 486-6863. The unique and flavorful cuisine of El Salvador is the specialty of this small eatery. Pupusas and tamales as well as the earthy horchata beverage reflect the liveliness of the cui-sine. * * * *

Impressions Restaurant, University Park Hotel, 480 Wakera Way (approx. 600 South and Foothill Blvd.) 581-1000. A hotel restaurant that breaks the stereotype of ordinary hotel dining. A lengthy menu features cuisine from the ordinary to the cosmopolitan, with attention to details and creativity. Fresh seafood specials and herb-accented sauces are especially note-worthy. * * * *

The Grilled Onion, 421 E. 400 South, 328-8700. Specialties like authentic Philly steak sandwiches, grilled onions smothering the burgers, "junkyard dogs" (chili dogs) washed down with yogurt smoothies make for an appetizing and atypical visit along the usually predictable fast-food way of Salt Lake City. * * * 1/2

The Mint Restaurant, One North Main Street (7800 S. 600 West), Midvale. 255-5533. Once a bank, this comfortable restaurant features traditional American cuisine, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, with attention to the basics. Crumpets, quiches, "banker's burger" and full-service dinners are some of the specialties. Try dining in the vault for a prosperous experience. * * * *

Bua Thai Restaurant, 925 North Highway U.S. 89, North Salt Lake. 292-5359. Expertly prepared and presented Thai cuisine with all the basics in place - curries, lemon grass, sweet basil, ginger, coconut milk, chili peppers, combined with crispy vegetables, shrimp, calamari, pork, chicken. More than 60 colorful and inventive items are served. * * * *

Nacho Mama's, 1821 Sidewinder Drive, Prospector Square, Park City. 645-8226. Inventive and colorful Southwest cuisine is the main attraction at this informal eatery. Blue corn, red roasted chilies and black beans add special touches to enchiladas, tacos, burritos and rellenos. * * * *

Washington Square Cafe, 451 S. State, first floor, City-County Building, 533-9400. Breakfast and luncheon favorites, including burgers, omelettes, sandwiches, homemade soups, pasta specials and salads, are the specialties in this renovated cafe that reflects the colorfully re-stored past of Washington Square and one of the state's landmark buildings. * * *

The Judge Cafe, 8 E. Broadway, 531-0917. One of downtown's consistent eateries has recently expanded both its space - it now has an entrance on Broadway - as well as its menu with weekend brunches. The sandwiches are still very good; for brunch try the Alley and a hot sweet roll as big as a Jazz player's shoe. * * * 1/2

Ming's Chinese Restaurant, 1330 Foothill Drive, Foothill Village, 582-1616. Local tastes are in step with the times as this modest but lively Chinese restaurant replaces an ice cream parlor with colorful and healthful Oriental specialties. Shrimp dishes and spicy Szechuan items are especially good. * * * 1/2

Archibald's Restaurant, 7800 S. 1095 West, West Jordan, 566-6940. Located in a renovated grain mill, this ambitious restaurant offers diners a taste of down-home cookin' along with trendy dishes of the Southwest. The restaurant is the cornerstone of Gardner Historic Village, shops and homes from pioneer times. * * * 1/2

Sun Bun Cafe, 878 S. 900 East, 328-1313. This cafe derives its name from a specially baked homemade bun bathed in the golden glow of grated cheese on top. Quality sandwiches, soups and other baked goods are offered in this small yet soothing eatery. * * * *

Panda Chinese Restaurant, 1701 S. State (485-3226) and 1645 W. 7800 South, West Jordan (255-0707). Mongolian barbecue is the specialty of the house. Customers select their own meat, fresh vegetable ingredients and seasonings, which are then stir-fried over a large grill. An appetizing twist to Chinese cuisine. * * *

Zaccheo's Italian Restaurant, 280 E. 800 South, 322-0815. After 15 years serving favorite Italian specialties, including deep-dish pizza and a lengthy list of pasta dishes, Zaccheo's popularity remains as secure as ever. * * *

Sagano Restaurant, 541 W. 500 South, Bountiful. 298-0808. A twin sister to the Kyoto, a Japanese restaurant that changed the way most of us eat Japanese cuisine. Wonderful teriyaki, tempura and sukiyaki, served with quality yet without kimonos and teppan yaki grills. * * * *

Moguls, 380 S. State, 359-6600. Spa cuisine for the apres-ski set, i.e., pastas, salads, French bread pizzas and sandwiches, served for avid skiers or observers of Utah's snow scene, are this lively restaurant's specialty. Homemade soups are especially good. * * *

Kitty Pappas Steak House, 2300 S. Highway 91, Bountiful. Simple steak house pleasures with little fanfare but lots of attention to the basics. Sandwiches, hamburgers, chicken-fried steak as well as homemade desserts round out the moderately priced bill of fare. * * *

Talk of the Town Restaurant, 723 E. 7200 South, Union Point Plaza, Midvale. 565-0111. Nicely prepared and presented fare with Continental touches, such as pesto, hollandaise and bordelaise sauce and fresh pasta specialties, are the engaging qualities of this suburban restaurant. Prices are moderate. * * * 1/2

Porter's Place, 24 W. Main St., Lehi. 768-8348. Western steak house fixin's, including antiques, buffalo meat, sarsaparilla and other non-alcoholic fountain drinks, are key attractions. Add a bit of history with the highlight on the eatery's namesake, Porter Rockwell, and customers are bound to get a fill of Utah cuisine and folklore. * * *