By Mary Crafts-Homer
I’ve been saying this for several years, and we are now seeing it actually happening: Utah County is becoming a foodie town!
Pizzeria 712 was the first restaurant to swing these doors open and test the waters to see if Utah County was ready for trendy food with a little higher price point.
The newest venture into what I call “grittier” dining establishments is BLOCK. They have a slightly higher priced menu than the norm, with a menu that would be comfortable on Park City Main Street.
The owner of Block is creating a hip casual atmosphere where all walks of life are welcome. When Jeanette Bennett and I visited for lunch, there was a table with business people, a table of college students, a table of women out enjoying a birthday luncheon, and a family. Pretty diverse group of people. Block is joining a growing list of restaurants with a liquor license to serve expanding segments in the valley.
One of the first things that struck me was the urban atmosphere with an open kitchen and cool furnishings and fixtures. Fun!
Take note of the large wall art that resonates with their core philosophy that everyone is welcome here.
If you are going to try one thing at Block, may I recommend the burger. This is a wow burger and has all the fixings that I crave on a good gourmet burger, cooked perfectly and served with a brioche bun. Total yum!
They have a nice selection of salads, and you can add a number of proteins to take them up a notch. The kale salad is delightful. I added salmon but I wouldn’t do that next time as it was overcooked. I mentioned it to the chef, and I’m sure it will be much better next time. 😉
An absolute must is the Caramel Popcorn Panna Cotta. I’m planning a late night stop after a movie just to have this dream dessert again.
With the influx of newcomers to the valley and the growth of the IT population at the Point of the Mountain, I’m excited to see who will be the next new “grit” dining in Utah County.
Bring it on. I’m ready. Let’s find commonality and community in breaking bread together!
Until next time, remember to fill your life with scrumptious food and love.
Mary Crafts-Homer owns Culinary Crafts based in Pleasant Grove, and is a 13-time “Best of State” Caterer.