SALT LAKE CITY — More than 45 restaurants in Salt Lake City are opening their doors and menus to give locals a chance to sample their cuisine.
From Sept. 15-Oct. 1, participating restaurants — which include cuisine varying from Mexican to Lebanese in settings from casual to upscale — are offering $5 or $10 two-item lunches and $15, $25 or $35 three-item dinners in addition to their regular menus as part of the 15th annual Dine O’Round.
“Dine O' Round is a fun way for restaurant-goers to ‘dig in’ to new dining locations and/or return to favorites,” according to the event’s website.
No registration is necessary, and you can take advantage of the deals at as many restaurants as you want during the two-week period.
With so many restaurants to choose from, where to begin? Here’s a look at some of the participating eateries that are offering unique dishes or a bang for the buck.
Tony Caputo’s: Get a half Caputo sandwich and a salted chocolate chip cookie. The cookies are made in-house using a rotating selection of single origin chocolates, according to Caputo’s website. The half Caputo alone regularly costs $5, so the Dine O’Round deal gives you a taste of the restaurant’s artisan chocolate for free.
Bocata: This artisan sandwich and salad shop is offering a half Bocata sandwich with a side salad or soup for $5, which regularly costs $7.50. Bocata sandwiches come in varying flavors from the Caprese with fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil to barbecue chicken with beer marinated chicken breast, house-made barbecue sauce, beehive cheddar and crispy shallots.
Carnegie’s Public House: Located in the Peery Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Carnegie’s Public House is offering three special menu items as part of the Dine O’Round. Get crispy fish tacos, a barbecue bacon burger or wood-fired calzone for $10. With lunch entrees generally running up to $14, the Dine O’Round is a chance to get a bit of a discount and try a new menu item.
Fat Jack’s Burger Emporium: Fat Jack’s handcrafted burgers aren’t your everyday burger. With menu toppings varying from ham and brie to kimchi to funeral potatoes, Fat Jack’s offers some unique fare, and guests can get an appetizer and burger for $10 during the Dine O’Round.
Settebello: Settebello seeks to make “the most authentic” Napoli pizza possible, and many of the products that go into making the pizzas are from Italy, according to the restaurant’s website. As part of the Dine O’Round, guests can get an insalata, or salad, with a classic Margherita pizza and gelato for $15.
Bourbon House: Billed as having a “craft kitchen,” Bourbon House’s regular menu offers a variety of items from carnitas tacos to macaroni and cheese. For the Dine O’Round, save about $10 on a three-item meal that includes a choice of baked jalapeno peppers or deviled eggs, roasted chicken or shrimp and grits and dessert. Guests must be 21 or older to dine here.
Cannellas: Get a four-course meal for $25 per person at Cannellas. The Italian restaurant will offer bruschetta or caprese, soup or salad, half chicken Piccata milanese and gelato or cake for the Dine O’Round.
Gracie’s: This gastropub located on West Temple is offering soup or a side salad, a choice between Baja shrimp or blackened salmon with chocolate lava cake or the daily special, which ends up saving you a few dollars compared to regular prices. Guests must be 21 or older to dine here.
HSL: For anyone who’s participated in the Dine O’Round in the past, HSL offers a new experience as it is the restaurant’s first time participating. A spinoff restaurant from Park City’s Handle, HSL also serves American cuisine and for the Dine O’Round is offering a choice of cauliflower or kale salad with pan-roasted grouper, fried chicken breast or hearth-roasted green beans and whiskey caramel pudding for dessert.
Rib and Chop House: If you’re wanting a Dine O’Round experience with choices, Rib and Chop House may be the place for you. For the restaurant’s first year participating in the event, guests can choose a soup or salad to pair with a 6 oz. filet mignon, 1 lbs. baby back ribs or barbecue or fried shrimp. For dessert, choose between creme brulee, satin pie, apple cobbler, chocolate brownie sundae, pecan meltaway or cheesecake with blueberry, raspberry or strawberry topping.