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Keith Johnson, Deseret News
Sous chef Joe DiMeo, left, and line cook Ben Delgado prepare for lunch at Pago in 2010 in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake restaurant was named the 2018 Best Restaurant in Utah by Salt Lake magazine.

SALT LAKE CITY — If you're one of those people who can never decide where to go out to eat, Salt Lake magazine just made the choice a little easier.

On Tuesday night, Salt Lake magazine announced the 2018 Dining Awards at the Dining Awards event at the Falls Event Center in Salt Lake's Trolley Square.

“Evaluating restaurants used to be pretty simple — take the food on the plate, the way it was served and the ambiance in which it was served, add it up and you could express your opinion in a number of stars,” according to a Salt Lake magazine press release on the awards. “But as our understanding of cuisine has broadened to include issues of ethical sourcing, environmental sensitivity, politics and cultural authenticity, the question of which are the best restaurants has become more complicated and subjective than ever."

This year's winners are a mixture of hot new spots, and older, more established restaurants.

Popular spots such as Table X, HSL and Firewood ranked among the best dining spots in the state.

In addition to announcing the 2018 Dining Awards winners, the event also honored the magazine's seven "Hall of Fame" establishments: Aristo's, Log Haven, Red Iguana, Mazza, Takashi, Squatters Pub Brewery and Hell's Backbone Grill.

Here are the award winners for the evening in alphabetical order.

The Readers’ Choice Awards highlighted various restaurants along the Wasatch Front. HSL made the list as Best Restaurant in Salt Lake City, with Park City’s Silver Star Cafe, Provo’s Communal and Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder taking Best Restaurant in each of their markets.

Pago, which is located in Salt Lake City, won the award for best restaurant in Utah among readers choices.

The other award winners included:

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And then there are those well-established places that seem to never go wrong, which all won awards under the hall-of-fame category.

The award also honored restaurateurs who helped expand the local culinary scene, the magazine giving them the “Blue Plate Award.”

  • Randall Curtis — Harbor Seafood & Steak
  • Jorge Fierro — Frida Bistro
  • Fred Moessinger — By The Glass
  • Francis Fecteau — Libation
  • Moudi Sbeity & Derek Kitchen — Laziz Kitchen
  • Omar Abou-Ismail — Rawtopia
  • Evan Lewandowski — Ruth Lewandowski Wines