Archive of the tags: casual

Restaurant: GR Kitchen, Midvale, UT

Restaurant: GR Kitchen
Web Site: http://eatgrkitchen.com
Address: 702 Union Park Ave, Midvale, UT
Phone: 801-352-7406

Chipotle concept with greek food. Bowl or pita, pick a protein, pick toppings, etc. But, its greek food not fake Mexican, and the quality was very high. Server steered me toward a kale salad which was awesome. Went there on business based on Yelp reviews, and were disappointed that its really a fast food atmosphere, but the the food was very good and it ended up being OK because it wasn’t crowded. It was a very good value/quality point, would eat there again if I didn’t need table service.

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Restaurant: Gracies, SLC

Address: 326 West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 819-7565
Website: http://www.graciesslc.com

Just here for drinks with colleagues.  Kind of big, large outdoor seating area, tables with umbrellas, indoor space and very large bar.  Upstairs an outside deck, inside bar, outside bar, more seating, TVs.  Parts of it had a sports bar vibe, but overall a casual impression.

Don’t think I can blame the place for this, but Salt Lake City needs to figure out how to have bars.  Its great you can actually get a drink now, but there’s still something weird in how they ask you “an ounce or an ounce and a half”.  Makes for a very tiny martini, which explains why it had multiple twists and olives in it.

Super bonus for live jazz on Monday night.  Could hear it coming up the street as they were in the outdoor area (a very nice night for sitting out).  4 or 5 guys blowing standards, but were pretty good and it made for great atmosphere when sitting outside.

Restaurant: Chango’s, Austin

City: Austin, Texas
Location: 3023 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705
Phone: 512.480.TACO
Website: changos.com

Second time back to this place, which we found just by accident last year looking for something local (non-national chain) for lunch. We wondered if it was as good as we remembered it, and it more than exceeded expecations.

Chango’s is a small casual place near the college section of Austin specializing in Tex-Mex food. The place is clean, fast, and makes great food. Lunch was probably 8 bucks or less for a large burrito and a taco (I wanted to try the Shrimp taco, which was new or a special I think). They give you a lot of food, it’s prepared fresh, and it is really good. You tell them how spicy you want the food, and there are a selection of hot sauces to adjust as needed. One caution, what they consider “mild” is what I would consider “medium”. This is an adjustment anyone from the east coast needs to make when visiting Texas and the southwest!

Chango’s sits right on the road and parking is easy. They also have free wireless Internet access for someone that wants to sit there for a while. Gets crowded around lunch, but outside the lunch rush its usually easy to claim a table for a while.

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(Original date; August 2004)

Restaurant: Rumbi Island Grill, Murray, UT

Restaurant: Rumbi Island Grill
Web Site: rumbi.com
Address:  5269 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Phone:  (801) 266-5700

Note quite a cafeteria, not quite a restaurant.  It’s fast food-ish, where you order at the front, they hand you a number, you sit down, and they bring you your food when its done.   Decorated in a “beach bum” style, with fake grass huts, surfboards, etc.

Was a good choice, I was jonesing for fish tacos, and they’re were sloppy but good.  Some kind of coconut/mango salsa on it, nicely done fish, but dripped a lot of juice.  Not very expensive, I think lunch was about $12 with a drink.  I’d go back for a quick lunch that wasn’t the normal burger thing.  Oh, they did burgers too.  Didn’t try them.