2003 Dining Guide

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Fat Cats

FatCats is more than just good food. It’s a complete entertainment experience for every member of your family.

Sure, there is the great Pizza Factory food, complete with a salad bar that is one of the best in the entire valley, but FatCats is more about the experience. There is something for everyone. From the 20-lane Thunder Alley bowling experience to High Score Mania to the Kid’s Zone, there is no reason to go anywhere else for your evening of fun.

Thunder Alley bowling is non-stop fun with music, black lights and a laser show that makes the party come alive. And all of your food can be delivered to you at the lanes, straight from the Pizza Factory kitchen. Or if you feel more like a hamburger and fries, try something from the Striker’s Grill.

When your bowling game is over, take a stroll to High Score Mania (the arcade) and watch the entire family clamor for tokens and games. The arcade is complete with progressive games, enabling you to earn tickets and get prizes. There are also games specifically designed for children, as well as a complete selection of arcade games that appeal to adults.

The Kid’s Zone also makes it possible for mom and dad to enjoy dinner while allowing the younger children to play in an indoor playground. It has tubes and other play equipment that will keep your children occupied and entertained.

FatCats is also perfect for a date or just hanging out with friends. Because all the fun is located in one spot, transportation is easy and the fun is endless.

And, with all of this, you get the fine cuisine of FatCats’ very own Pizza Factory, which area residents have come to know and trust as some of the best food in the valley.

All of this makes FatCats truly a place for the entire family.

1200 N. University Ave., Provo (across from Provo High), (801) 373-1863

 

The Chef’s Table

The Chef’s Table offers the finest dining in Utah County, featuring the handcrafted creations of Chef Kent Andersen and his capable staff. Nestled on the brow of the Provo-Orem hill, The Chef’s Table commands spectacular views of the valley from its luxurious dining rooms. The Chef’s Table has been rated “Excellent” by the Zagat Survey and recently was voted Best Fine Dining, Best Business Lunch, Most Romantic Restaurant, Best New Restaurant, Best Kept Secret, Best Desserts, Best Salads, and Best Place to Splurge in the 2002 People’s Choice Awards.

The menus at the Chef’s Table rotate to reflect the bounty of the season and the region. Menu offerings include spectacular appetizers, homemade soups of the season, house salads and a variety of entree salads, entrees of beef, chicken, duck, fish, pork, handmade pastas and handcrafted dessert creations.

Popular entrees at The Chef’s Table include the Macadamia Nut-Crusted Halibut, the Pepper Beef Tenderloin and the Prosciutto Wrapped Breast of Chicken, the Pan-Seared Duck and the Oven Roasted Pork Loin.

Chef Kent and his staff are delighted to create additional meals to meet vegetarian requests and special dietary needs.

The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch selections range in price from $7 to $14. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner selections range in price from $13 to $24.

The Chef’s Table is closed to the public on Saturday afternoons during lunch service to accommodate private parties, wedding celebrations and family reunions.

Chef’s Table has a private dining room for business luncheons and dinners and private parties. The private dining room is complete with audio visual equipment. The Chef’s Table also offers full-service off-site catering.

2005 S. State, Orem/Provo hill, (801) 235-9111

 

Bombay House Cuisine of India

With authentic Indian spices, aroma, atmosphere and food, Bombay House brings the taste of India to Provo.

Consistently rated as a top restaurant in the area, the Indian food offers something for everyone. Whether your taste includes a craving for spicy, curried chicken or a vegetarian plate, the food will make any occasion wonderful. With menu selections such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Kurma and Shrimp Tandoori, there is something for every taste.

Top off the experience with one of the famous dessert dishes and it’s no wonder the restaurant was named City Weekly’s Best of Utah Reader’s Poll Award for theBest Indian Restaurant winner in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. It also  won the Utah Valley Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Restaurant.

So for a little bit of Bombay in your backyard, visit the Bombay House.

463 N. University Ave., Provo, (801) 373-6677

1615 S. Foothill Dr., SLC, (801) 581-0222

 

Bajio

Now you can experience a fresh taste of the Mexican countryside right here in Provo. The Bajio is a beautiful region located in central Mexico. With tall mountains and lush valleys this fertile area provides some of the most dramatic countryside in Mexico. The Bajio is known throughout Mexico for three passions: celebration, conversation, and cuisine. Fresh herbs and spices are the key to the distinct flavor boasted by this region’s unique recipes.

From huge, smothered burritos and stuffed quesadillas to amazing salads and fresh salsas, you’ll see why Bajio is the new best reason to come to the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo.

4801 N. University Ave., Provo, (801) 224-6668

 

Whispering Springs Smokehouse Grill

Come to the Whispering Springs Smokehouse Grill for a mouth-watering meal. Relax and enjoy the inspiring view of the ducks and swans gliding across the pond. Savor the exquisite hand-prepared organic dishes made from our own garden. Choose from a variety of wild game meats, chicken or beef entrees. Treat yourself to our special lavender lemonade and delight in our healthy desserts.

We extend a welcome for all to come to the farm and experience the peace and spirit here. Come to the Visitor’s Center and be nurtured by caring staff and taught about the uplifting and healing powers of the Young Living essential oils and supplements.

Young Family Living Farm, the world’s largest herb for distillation of essential oils, is world famous for distilling the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils from organic herbs. The herbs are grown on uncontaminated land, free from chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. The farm is also irrigated with pure mountain and spring water.

Bring the family and walk through the herb garden, play at the children’s western town, have a horse-drawn wagon adventure, and see our exotic animal zoo. Visit our greenhouses and tour the distillery.

We are here to serve you. Our winter hours in the Visitor’s Center are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m..

Young Living Family Farm, Mona, (801) 465-5550

 

Buona Vita Italiano

Now entering its second year in Provo, Buona Vita is rapidly gaining in popularity. It was recently voted one of the top 10 restaurants in Utah County and received their second-consecutive Best Italian award at their Los Angeles location.

Chef Allan Galeano and a friendly staff present an authentic menu including excellent salads, a variety of pastas and sauces, thin crust Italian pizzas, delicious raviolies and a selection of chicken and seafood. All entrees are featured with fresh baked bread, olive oil and basalmic vinegar. There is a kids menu and banquet room available. Buona Vita invites you to enjoy memorable dining. Portions are generous, so come hungry.

98 W. Center St., Provo, (across from Nu Skin), (801) 377-4522

 

Allie’s at Provo Marriott

Inside Utah County’s finest hotel is the area’s best dining at Allie’s American Grille.

All buffets include a beverage of your choice. We have a wonderful liquor and wine menu. We serve our “coast to coast” bread baskets to each guest during the meal, which consists of San Francisco sour dough, our local Honey Cranberry Wheat and New York flat bread. We have excellent food and outstanding service. We provide a very nice “chef’s table” for parties of up to 15 people, which is in a private, secluded room.

We also have a private dining room for reservations of up to 30 people. Both rooms have a very nice atmosphere and are perfect for any gathering.

101 W. 100 North, Provo, (801) 377-4700

 

Los Hermanos

Recently named “Best Mexican Restaurant” in both the Provo Daily Herald and the Utah Valley Magazine  surveys, Los Hermanos has been a Utah County favorite for more than 20 years.

Renowned for their delicious recipes, beautiful atmosphere, and excellent service, Los Hermanos is also a favorite place for parties, banquets and wedding dinners.

Try the fajitas, combination dinners, seafood entrees, and signature specialty drinks.

You won’t be disappointed.

16 W. Center, Provo, (801) 375-5732

395 N. State, Lindon, (801) 785-1715

 

Magleby’s

Magleby’s is such a local favorite that it’s easy to think it’s been around forever. But actually it was only 1982 when David “Doc” and Lenore Parkinson began to preside over the restaurant set back by the river in a medical office park. The setting is particularly appropriate since Doc is a dentist from the Washington, D.C., area who quit after 25 years of filling teeth for the restaurant business.

Food-wise, a lot has happened in Provo in the last 20 years.

“Our customers have been very loyal,” he says.

Why? Doc attributes it to quality and consistency.

First of all, Magleby’s feels like home. One wall is dedicated to pictures of Parkinson offspring and friends with Gary Price bronzes, oil paintings, and potted plants. Doc is usually at the front greeting customers like friends, while Lenore is in the kitchen compounding the desserts including her famous “ugly” apple pie, a gigantic dome-shaped affair stuffed with more than two dozen apples.

And, the food is always delicious from steaks and roast beef to specialty chicken and fish dishes. The lunch buffet will please any palate. Magleby’s Restaurant has been and still is a place to come for fine dining.

So stop by today for the finest dining our area has to offer.

Village Green, 1675 North 200 West, Provo, (801) 374-6249

 

China Lily

For the best Chinese food in Utah County there’s only one choice — China Lily.

The China Lily serves exquisite szechuan Mandrin entrees that include traditional and specialty dishes. With over 80 menu items, you are sure to find something delicious the next time you visit. And Monday through Thursday after 8:30 p.m., get dinner with soup and egg rolls.

China Lily is located in the beautiful Shops at the Riverwoods in the Provo Riverbottoms. Liquor license on site.

4801 N. University Ave., #820, Provo, (801) 434-8881

 

Macaroni Grill

Romano’s Macaroni Grill offers the warmth of a genuine smile and the aroma of Italian favorites. Macaroni Grill is not just about serving great meals, it is about providing a place where everyone feels comfortable enjoying food in the company of family and friends.

Chefs prepare Italian specialties including steaks, seafood and pizza. Italian music and gladiolas add to the casual atmosphere.

Carryout available.

4801 N. University, Provo, (801) 765-1688

 

Chiyaan Navajo Taco

A real American meal — the authentic Navajo Taco with “real” Navajo Fry Bread. You’ve had them at local fairs, restaurants, fast food locations and even school lunch, yet, why not try a Navajo Taco at its finest.

We don’t mean “scones” here — we have the authentic, light, fluffy and golden Navajo Fry Bread that you can see and taste the difference. Chiyaan Navajo Taco is made with the right ingredients and prepared in the traditional manner.

Navajo Fry Bread is enjoyed by thousands on the Rez and brought to the Wasatch Front by Chiyaan Navajo Taco. The word Chiyaan means “food” in Navajo. We are the original and authentic — a real American meal.

27 N. 100 West, Provo, (801) 375-2999

 

La Casita

Enjoy all the flavor of old Mexico with a delicious meal from La Casita Mexican Restaurant, located in Springville and Orem. You will find luncheons and dinners moderately spiced and moderately priced. They specialize in authentic Mexican dishes tempered to the American taste.

The atmosphere is relaxed, but undeniably warm. Bring your family and friends to La Casita Mexican Restaurant for a uniquely different dining pleasure. Their menu offers some of your old favorites such as tacos, enchiladas, tamales, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, chimichangas and Spanish rice as well as special combination dinners. People of all ages are sure to enjoy the featured Mexican specialties. Take-out service is always available. A mariachi band plays at the Orem store every Friday, and the restaurant has its liquor license.

Remember, for the finest in authentic Mexican cuisine served in a casual setting fit for the entire family, drop in soon to La Casita Mexican Restaurant. You will be pleased with their creative approach to Mexican cooking and their friendly, gracious service. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week for your convenience. Stop in soon for a real tasty treat.

333 N. Main St., Springville, (801) 489-9543

70 N. Geneva Rd., Orem, (801) 434-8878

 

Tucanos

Come to Tucanos Brazilian Grill, where a dining experience rich in flavor and heritage awaits you.

The Brazilian tradition of grilling, or Churrasco (shoe-HAS-ko), is a fusion of South American and European cultures. From its birth in the Pampas or grasslands of Brazil, to the sparkling beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Tucanos now extends this festive tradition to you.

At Tucanos, meats and vegetables are carefully selected to ensure that only the freshest cuisine is served. Our meats are tastefully seasoned and then cooked on skewers over open-flame grills. The skewers are then brought to your table where sizzling portions are then sliced right onto your plate. You may choose as many different flavors and cuts as you prefer. Your server will provide you with a Tucanos Cue, which is used to direct your server. When placed on your table, the green side indicates to the entree servers that you wish to have more selections brought right to your plate. If you wish to pause, or if you are finished with your entree service, simply turn the Tucanos Cue over to the red side.

A fresh and abundant Salad Festival accompanies all Tucanos entree meals. (The Salad Festival may be ordered separately.)

Tucanos is a most delicious cultural exchange. Our Brazilian grilled cuisine is served in a fun, festive setting. No other dining experience can compare. In this hemisphere, anyway. Come today and enjoy with us the Tucanos tradition.

4801 N. University Ave., The Shops at Riverwoods., Provo, (801) 224-4774

 

Magleby’s Fresh

Are you tired of the same old restaurant food?

Would you like something nice but don’t want to pay a lot?

Would you enjoy something quick, but not fast food?

The owners of local favorite Magleby’s have created such a place.

At Magleby’s Fresh, for under $10 you can select from the most delicious entrees in town. Magleby’s Fresh offers the same great tastes locals have come to crave from the original restaurant, but at take-out prices. It’s a flavor that must be experienced to be appreciated. And the amount of growth the restaurant has enjoyed already shows that the appreciation from customers is there. People enjoy fine-dining combined with the convenience offered from the Magleby’s Fresh location nearest to them.

And because of the popularity of the restaurant, we are adding locations to better serve the entire valley. Besides the creation of our store in Spanish Fork, which serves many in the southern part of the valley, we are also opening a new location in Draper. The Draper location will bring this original Utah Valley taste to north county families, but also to people living in Salt Lake County.

3362 N. University Avenue, Provo, (801) 852-8620

310 N. Main St., Spanish Fork, (801) 798-8700

12300 S. and Minuteman Dr., Draper

 

Porter’s Place

Just like the man the restaurant pays homage to, the steaks at Porter’s Place are larger than life. Visitors get a feel for the Old West when they visit this destination spot in downtown Lehi. From the decor to the attitude, there is an old-fashioned festivity evident in the way the Place looks and feels.

Porter’s Place, which was named after Utah legend Porter Rockwell, serves unique buffalo burgers made from real buffalo. For city folks who like the taste of beef, the Porterhouse T-Bone and Top Sirloin steaks are specialties that Salt Lake City residents have been making the drive for  for years.

Come and take a peek through the doors at Porter’s Place. You’ll come back again and again.

24 W. Main St., Lehi, (801) 768-8348

 

LuckyBuns

“Come in and get Lucky.” Treat your tastebuds to the freshest, tastiest burger in Utah. LuckyBuns is the fresh approach, preparing what you want, as you order it. All LuckyBurgers feature fresh Angus beef, Colby/jack cheese, tomatoes, crisp lettuce and special recipe LuckySauce. All these delicious flavors are surrounded by Buns, which are baked fresh every morning. The absolute freshest fries are sliced and fried to golden perfection to compliment your burger.

Garden fresh LuckySalads are hand tossed and mixed with an incredible Ginger Sesame dressing that may be the most “crave-able” creation in the valley. LuckyBuns boasts a Lucky Creamery as well. Guests can create ice cream treats by choosing a variety of premium homemade flavors. Watch as their “cream weavers” mix your choice of topping to create a personal “Ice Dream.”

LuckyBuns’ inviting atmosphere, marvelous view, friendly people and sensational fresh tastes will have you returning to “Get Lucky” again and again.

495 W. University Pkwy, Orem, (801) 426-6850

 

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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