Leger’s Deli: I’ll just have the Kitchen Sink please!

As we grow wiser with our eating habits, we might start to resist the cravings for burgers & fries and look for healthier alternatives. Deli sandwiches have become a popular option, and there are some seriously tasty choices available. There are days, however, when maybe you skimped on breakfast and you feel that you could eat the kitchen sink.

Leger's The Kitchen Sink Sandwich

Please check out the article:

Leger’s Deli: Kitchen Sink Sandwich Will Blow Your Mind!

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Top Six: Best of Salt Lake City Thai Food

Panang Curry

Panang Curry

Thai Food is something of an addiction for me. The story of me waking up in the night in a cold sweat craving Tom Yum Soup is true. The quest to visit all the Thai restaurants in the valley is not yet complete, but well under way. For those I have patronized, here are the top 6:

Number 6: Thai Garden & Noodle House

Number 5: Thai Lotus

Number 4: Thai Basil

Number 3: Tasty Thai

Number 2: Sala Thai

Number 1: Pawit’s Royale Thai

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Roasted Beet Salad with Green Leaf Lettuce, Sliced Apples and Feta Cheese

Roasted Beet Salad

Needing to bring a Salad to Sunday Dinner, I was left scrambling as the hour approached. Watching baseball and drinking a cold soda on a Sunday afternoon, seemed much more relaxing than preparing a salad.

We had some beets from Borski Farms which needed to be used. I roasted those, added it to some green leaf lettuce, threw in some sliced apples and Feta Cheese, poured on some Four Leaf Vinaigrette and indulged.

Roasted Beet Salad:

3 medium sized beets
1 head, green leaf lettuce
1 Gala apple, sliced
1 1/2 cups Feta Cheese

Drizzle beets with olive oil, salt & pepper and wrap in aluminum foil. Place in oven at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. If soft when pierced with a knife, allow to cool for a few minutes then wrap in a paper towel and rub aggressively. Skin should peel right off. Slice beets.

Chop lettuce and place in large bowl. Add sliced apples, beets and Feta Cheese. Cover with your favorite vinaigrette and enjoy.

The beets will also make a great side dish by themselves. My Sister-in-Law enjoyed the leftover beets on their own.

Tandoor: I’ll have the Tikka Masala, Coconut Korma and Naan Please

Tandoor Exterior

Indian lunch buffets have been the location of many gatherings: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, reunions, weddings, divorces, annulments and kids being expelled from school. No, these are not all the reasons that I have been to Indian lunch buffets, but good Indian food sure can make a great experience fantastic and a bad one better.

A friend wanted to meet for lunch not too long ago. I recommended Tandoor Indian Grill in Salt Lake and he said that it sounded great. As we walked in and joined the buffet line he asked, “Can you tell me what this food is, I pretty much just eat tacos?”

Tandoor Buffet

Tandoor is North & South Indian Cuisine and never having traveled to India, I can’t say for sure how “authentic” it is. What I can say is that the Chicken Tikka Masala, Channa Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Vegetable Coconut Korma, Pakora and Naan (white leavened bread) are incredibly flavorful and delicious. And that wasn’t even all the choices. They do have more options, but it is hard to try everything in one sitting.

If you order both the garlic and chile Naan, you won’t be disappointed. Get a little bowl of each sauce for dip: Tamarind, Mango Pickle and Spicy Tomato. It’s as exciting as playing with a Coca-Cola freestyle machine to see how many combinations you can make.

Garlic and Chile Naan

Garlic and Chile Naan

The dish which serves as the beacon in the light is the Vegetable Coconut Korma. It’s , smooth, creamy, rich, mildy spicy and loaded with onions, carrots, bell peppers and other delectables of which I wasn’t able to completely reverse engineer. When you have 3 helpings of this, you understand why you can’t try every dish.

Channa Masala, Vegetable Coconut Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala and Tamarind Sauce

Channa Masala, Vegetable Coconut Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala and Tamarind Sauce

Towards the end of the meal, I figured my friend to be a culinary convert to this place since he was working on two more plates after I was done.

Tandoor so far stands alone at the top of the Indian lunch buffets in Salt Lake, and there are some good lunch buffets.

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Oh I was excited for a culinary conversion.

Anna’s Restaurant: A Diamond in the Rough!

This is a repost from 2012. Today I was thinking about where I would like to eat. My mouth began to water as I thought of the Club Sandwich at Anna’s Restaurant. 

Have you ever been on a road trip where you have grown tired (and possibly ill) of only stopping at the fast food chain restaurants off the Interstate? To satisfy the next set of hunger pains, you venture into town a little further, take a back road, and come across places like, “Kurley’s Kitchen,” “The Brass Lantern,” and “The Prospector Restaurant.” Some of these restaurants can be diamonds in the rough: great prices, hometown atmosphere, and wonderful food. I have memories of places like this in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Mississippi, Tennessee and even here locally in Salt Lake City. One of those local “diamonds in the rough” is Anna’s Restaurant.

I discovered Anna’s Restaurant back in 2005. It is part truck stop, part family diner tucked into a shopping center. At the time, it was within close proximity to my home & office, leaving me no choice but to patronize the establishment about once a week. The waitress would bring out a Dr. Pepper with lime before I even asked. Life changed; I moved closer into town and my relationship with Anna’s all but died.

Last week I was driving south on 900 E. past Anna’s. A flood of memories came rushing back. I was to meet a good friend for lunch last Friday and I immediately said Anna’s when asked where we should go. How wonderful it was to walk back inside. Same decor, same menus, many of the same people. Most importantly however, same great food. Our waitress even remembered me even though it had been about 5 years.

I ordered the Anna’s Club and it did not disappoint. It’s a good helping of ham, cheddar, monterey jack, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo served on toasted bread and a side of steak fries. They must buy their produce locally grown as the tomato and lettuce both have a powerful freshness to them. The bacon is extra crispy and creates a perfect marriage with ham and cheese. The sandwich is large and I did not think that I would be able to finish. Nostalgia allowed me to pack it away.

Memory tells me that their burgers and salads are also great. Be careful of the Entrees as one time I got a lamb shank and it was terrible. Their best food is the most basic; but oh how wonderful it is. It’s makes me wonder why anyone would pass this place to eat in a chain restaurant. Now that I think of it, everyday I wonder why anyone would eat in a chain restaurant.

Anna’s Restaurant
4700 S. 900 E.
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84107

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Anna's Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Alice’s Kitchen: A Hideout worth finding!

Cross Country Platter at Alice's Kitchen

Cross Country Platter at Alice’s Kitchen

Some of the best food is the off-the-beaten-path comfort food. Alice’s Kitchen in North Salt Lake is just that. You wouldn’t have any idea it was there unless someone guided you in.

What a fun experience to write about Alice’s. Please check it out:

Alice’s Kitchen: Stick-To-Your-Rib-Grub in North Salt Lake

As always, I appreciate your honest ratings and comments.

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My Interview with Stan Robinson: “Midday with Stan.”

Innovate Photo

Back in March, I went to a conference in the rolling hills south of Nashville, Tennessee. While there, I met some ladies who said that their dad hosts a daily radio show, “Midday with Stan,” from the studios of WFCO FM in beautiful downtown Lancaster, Ohio.

Stan is a lifelong broadcaster and it was a pleasure to speak with him. You can listen to the interview here:

Midday with Stan: Jeff David

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