9th South Delicatessen: Happiness in Corned Beef Form

A Reuben in Jersey City

A Reuben in Jersey City

Sandwiches, the ultimate portable food, can be enjoyed anywhere. But a quiet room in a quaint bungalow in Salt Lake City’s 9th & 9th neighborhood is the place to enjoy the self- proclaimed “best pastrami and corned beef in the country.” That might sound like hyperbole, but 9th South Delicatessen backs it up.

You can get the corned beef in A Reuben Is a Reuben Already and the A Reuben in Jersey City sandwiches. Go for the pastrami in W. Weinstein’s Wow Pastrami or Mt. Nebo’s Pastrami. These are not movie titles, but the massive size of the sandwiches might keep you there for the length of a movie. And the time spent with a great sandwich, side salad and sour pickle in a relaxing location could just be the best part of your day. 

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9th South Delicatessen: Finding Happiness in Corned Beef

The Hashed Corned Beef

The Hashed Corned Beef

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Saffron Valley: East India Cafe

Saffron Valley Sign

For those of you who had been to The Pagoda in the Avenues, you know that it was a great place with exquisite food. About 3 years ago, The Pagoda changed hands and the new hands couldn’t make it work. Enter Saffron Valley.

With a location in South Jordan, Saffron Valley was poised to make the leap and expand to the Avenues; bringing great food back to the Pagoda location. They bill themselves as “taking Indian cuisine to a new culinary level while still holding true to its traditional roots.”

Garlic Naan

Garlic Naan

If you are there for lunch, enjoy the delicious buffet. It’s the best of Indian home style cooking, restaurant favorites and street foods of India. Regular items include Chicken Tikka Masala, Coconut Korma and Vindaloo. There are many other dishes, all worth a taste. They first time that I had the lunch buffet, I could barely move after. Self discipline did not play a role that day.

I was invited to join them for dinner and was overwhelmed by the selection. “What will I do? I want everything” was my thinking. Thankfully Kannan, the wonderful manager at the Avenues location, helped me pick some things out. He brought reason back into the equation and he was the perfect person to do it. Having run restaurants in India, he knows the food better than most. Both his Father and Grandfather had restaurants so he grew up in the business.

Toddy Shop Fry

Toddy Shop Fry

We began with one of the “Street Food Starters.” He recommended the Toddy Shop Fry. You have your choice of fried shrimp, calamari or sardines; all in their special spiceblend. I went with fried shrimp. That delicious, plump shrimp was coated in a colorful breading; it almost glowed. There was a hint of spice but what I was most impressed with was the quality of shrimp. It made everything else that I have had (which I thought was good), lower on the scale. These were perfect for dipping in their Mint and Tamarind Chutneys.

Arriving right around the same time as the Shrimp Toddy Shop Fry was the Garlic Naan. It was thick with a crusty exterior, soft interior and a powerful but not overwhelming aroma of garlic. It was this aroma that hits you as you get out of your car. I’m sure people walking buy who were not hungry at all, would immediately find room to eat once they smelled this aroma. The Garlic Naan was delicious by itself; but even better dipped in the Tamarind Chutney.

Three-Saag Curry

Three-Saag Curry

For the entree I was torn between a selection of delicious Wraps, Dosas, Curries and Clay Oven Grilled Kabobs. With Kannan expert guidance, I chose the Three-Saag Curry with Lamb. It’s a light & delicious sauce made with mustard, swiss chard & spinach; served with steamed basmati rice.

The lamb was near perfect, okay it probably was perfect. It was incredibly tender and a beautiful medium rare. That Three-Saag Curry was smooth and coated your mouth. Anything made with butter and cream will do that. I ordered it with a spice level of medium and that was plenty hot. Either it was the delicious lamb or smooth curry sauce that made this dish hit the top of the charts; maybe it was both.

Dessert was Warm Gulab Jamun with vanilla ice cream. I wasn’t sure that I could eat any more, but just the sight of these spongy dough balls soaked in syrup was enough for me to make room. It’s like a thick, doughy scone with a lot of cream and flavor. Even the ice cream had a hint of spice.

Warm Gulab Jamun

Warm Gulab Jamun

There are some great Indian Restaurants in Salt Lake. Before eating at Saffron Valley, I thought that I had found the best Indian Food. After eating there, the bar has been raised. They are wonderful in every aspect.

If you want to try cuisines from the different regions of India, they have a buffet every Sunday that does just this. Whether regional buffet, weekday lunch buffet or a dinner with many spectacular options, I will see you there soon.

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Lucky 13: The Pigpen Burger today, and another for Tomorrow!

Lucky 13 The Pigpen Burger

Just across a dirt lot, west of Spring Mobile Ballpark, sits a bar & grill. You may not notice it if you are in a rush to a game, or on your way home from work. But once you taste the burgers, you’ll forget about going elsewhere for a game—or going to work altogether.

Lucky 13’s burgers include the bacon stinky cheeseburger, the fungus amongus, ring of fire, the nut butter burger (peanut butter on a burger, anyone?), the breath enhancer and the pigpen, among many delicious others.  Please check out the article:

LUCKY 13: A BURGER FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK, AND MORE!

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Bucket O’ Crawfish

Bucket O' Crawfish FoodMy Aunt is part of a little gang of lunch foodies. They are always excited to find new restaurants and she happily passes some suggestions on to me. One that she had heard about but had not been to was Bucket O’ Crawfish in West Valley. Just the name alone makes you crave some Cajun seasoning. I put this stuff on cereal; there is nothing like spicy cocoa puffs.

If you have ever heard of a Crab Boil or Crab Bake, it’s where they cook the crab, crawfish, sausage, potatoes, corn and other culinary delectables in a big pot, then dump it on the picnic table. You eat with your hands. It’s messy, it’s plentiful, it’s delicious. One of the reasons that I traveled to Louisiana last year was to experience the food. Would Bucket O’ Crawfish be a similar experience?

Their menu breaks it out into steps. The first being, “WHATCHA HAVN” with choices including shrimp, clams, mussels, snow crab, dungeness crab and crawfish. Step 2 is “CHOOSE YA’ FLAVOR:” Cajun, garlic butter, lemon pepper or crazy mix (all of the above). Step 3 is “SOME LIKE IT HOT:” mild, medium, hot and crazy hot. From here you can pick some sides: corn, potatoes, bread, Cajun fries, sweet potato fries, steamed rice, sausages and you can even order some extra sauce.

They bring the food out in bags and you dump it on your picnic table which is covered in plastic. We ordered shrimp, clams, mussels, snow crab and crawfish in the crazy mix flavor, spiced medium with corn, potatoes, bread, steamed rice and sausages for our sides. It sounded like a lot of food but would it be enough for 8 people?

Who is more creepy?

Who is more creepy?

The first bag of food they brought out was the crawfish. We actually passed the bag around just to inhale the aroma. It was sweet, spicy and opened up senses that you never knew you had. The mussels, shrimp, clams and snow crab arrived with the sides. It was time to throw caution to the wind and enjoy.

The food really was amazing. It had the perfect level of spice. We had fun pulling apart the crawfish and finding the meat. Everything really had a great taste to it. My absolute favorite was the sausage. It was made with alligator. Straight from the bayou, it was moist, tender and a bit sweet.

Given that this is high quality food that is mostly imported, it can be a little pricey. The other downside is that the food goes fast, and you still have room for more. Most restaurants serve a good helping of starch of carbs to help fill you up. When you spend $18 per person with tip, you hope to be a little more full. Other than that, it really was a great experience and they know how to make delicious food.

The crawfish bag still had about 2 cups of sauce in the bottom. I was thinking of what I could make with that. Yes, I probably looked weird carrying a bag of Cajun sauce out of a restaurant but that weekend, we made a delicious Gumbo.

Bucket O’ Crawfish
1980 West 3500 South
West Valley City, Utah, 84119

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Tulie Bakery: Fancy Pastries and Sanwiches

Tulie Bakery ExteriorLocated near the eclectic 9th & 9th neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Tulie Bakery is a foodie paradise. The bakery’s focus on high-quality ingredients, mixed with the skills of culinary artistry, is the recipe for some wonderful creations.

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Tulie Bakery: Fancy Pastries are Calling To You

Pain Au Chocolat

Pain Au Chocolat

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