When visiting Utah, one would assume there is probably not a slurry of authentic Mexican restaurants around. Especially any that cannot be considered a franchise or chain restaurant. Well think again. Utah has a great array of Mexican food restaurants that are as authentic as you can find.
736 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
If you have ever visited the Salt Lake City area, you have probably heard of The Red Iguana. One of Utah’s most popular Mexican food restaurants around. Winning countless awards for their authentic Mexican cuisine, Red Iguana would have to go on my list of three favorites.
The Red Iguana is mostly known for their assortment of moles. Though their mole menu changes to fit the season, no matter what season you visit you are certainly apt to find a delicious mole. One of my favorite moles at The Red Iguana would have to be the Mole Poblano. Rich and spicy with Poblano peppers, peanuts, sesame seeds, bananas, and of course….chocolate! Order it with chicken and fresh tortillas and you will devour it in minutes. This, I assure you. If you are not craving a mole, The Red Iguana has many other delicious Mexican dishes. They have anything ranging from enchiladas, to tacos, to seafood entrees.
The only drawback to this establishment is the wait. On a Friday or Saturday night you could find yourself waiting for over an hour. With limited space and seating inside the building, majority of waits are conducted outside. This means in the winter you better pack a heavy coat. Is it worth the long wait? I think so, but best you find out for yourself.
The Blue Iguana
165 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
One would think that The Blue Iguana in Salt Lake City is related to and similar to The Red Iguana. You would be wrong. These two Mexican restaurants could not be more different. While the Red Iguana is known for their signature moles, the Blue Iguana is known for classic American style Mexican cuisine and their assortment of cocktails. The Blue Iguana is much larger than Red Iguana and can seat almost double the amount of patrons. On a Friday or Saturday night you will still find yourself waiting a considerable amount of time to be seated, but just as the Red Iguana, Blue is worth every bit of that wait.
My favorite dish here would have to be their enchiladas. Either chicken or just plain cheese; they are delicious. Smothered in cheese and their original recipe enchilada sauce, you cannot go wrong. If you are not craving enchiladas, try their Chorizo and Potato Tacos. They are to die for. Spicy Chorizo sausage, smooth potatoes, and an array of spices kick up tacos to a new level. Their service staff is always friendly and their strawberry margaritas are always good for seconds and thirds.
2310 South Kiesel Avenue
Ogden, Utah 84401
Though located rather far from the downtown Salt Lake City area, Sonora Grill is one of a kind. Located up north in Ogden, about 40 minutes from Salt Lake City, you will find authentic and spicy cuisine. Sonora is a more elegant Mexican food restaurant and the atmosphere is more that of Santa Fe then Cabo. Their cuisine, however, is a spicy flare of Mexican and Southwestern.
If ever you are visiting Sonora Grill, I highly suggest you start out with one of their signature margaritas. After all, margaritas are part of the Mexican dining experience, right? My favorite dish from Sonora Grill would have to be their fajitas. Not just any fajitas, but their Beef Alambres. Served up with fresh tortillas, sour cream, guacamole, fresh pico de gallo, beef tenderloin, and Anaheim chilies. This packs a pungent flavor and a kick of spices. Request the chef to make it extra spicy and have a fun night.
There you have it. Three delicious and authentic Mexican restaurants in the heart of Utah. If you are visiting Utah, try to check out at least one of them. If you live here in Utah, try all three. If there are others you love that I have not listed, comment with them. I am always ready for a new adventure, especially when it comes to my all-time-favorite…Mexican food.
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