Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Copper Onion in Salt Lake City



From the road, the only visible signage is on the glass front, which is obscured at night. 
I had errands all over Salt Lake after dropping the kids off at school. Met up with Diana at The Copper Onion for a lavishy lovely leisure lunch and we had....house-cured olives, fennel salad and herbs, $3. Can't go wrong with olives ever! Anything and everything tastes better with lemon zest.house-made focaccia, olive oil, $3. Delicious with the vino.sauteed mushrooms, fried farm egg, potato sticks, parsley, garlic, $9. I was bummed to see a tall pile of what looked like fried rice noodles instead if the "potato sticks" (come on, those are NOT potato sticks). I still loved the mushrooms, egg and garlic parsley. Diana thought it was so-so.Three glasses of red at $6 or $7 each. Why not?!pasta carbonara - house-made fettucine with egg, niman ranch smoked bacon and cream, $10. Yum!We LOVED this super-carb dish, despite Diana's (Italiano pasta-snob) reluctance for ordering pasta in Salt Lake. Delicious! It was perfectly al dente (for fresh housemade noodles): dense, eggy, cheesy, rich and flavorful.
Three sides for $10 (or $4 each)patatas bravas - fried potatoes, spicy aoli. Just look at it. The squeeze-bottle cheese squirts just didn't do it for me. So plebeian next to everything else on the table. Oh well, totally disappointing. :(beets and avocado, red onion vinaigrette. This was one of our faves. Ripe chunks of avocado were hidden beneath big chunks of sweet roasted red beets. The red onion vinaigrette was fresh and tangy. LOVE IT!griddled green beans, garlic, lemon. Oh, these were GOOD! Addicting, too. Perfectly blanched green beans, griddle seared, tossed with minced garlic and tart lemon. I could eat these all day long.  The bar was welcoming for solos. Nice and sunny.Beautiful natural light poured through the windows.Mid-meal, mid-bite, mid-gossip, suddenly realizing we were meter-parked (AH!!!), we frantically raced out to our cars with quarters. Ugh! One-hour metered parking spots are such a total high-stress inconvenience. How can one possibly fit in a dignified Girl-Talk Lunch in just one hour? How?!
The Copper Onion
(801) 355-3282
111 East Broadway, Suite 170
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Located next to the artsy movie theater between State Street and 200 East.
Brunch: Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm
Dinner: Sun-Thur 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-4pm
Afternoon Menu: 7 days/week 3pm-4pm
Official Website for The Copper Onion.



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