The best of food and dining that we, unfortunately, couldn't fit in our 2012 Best of the Beehive issue.
Best New Bev Lists
Still at the cutting edge after five years in business, started offering tapas—$4.50 a piece or three for $12—in addition to their regular menu some time ago. 365 W.400 South, SLC, 801-328-4155, thetinangel.com
It’s an all-Spanish wine list, featuring madeira and port as well. What more can you ask for? 1291 S. 1100 East, SLC, 801-487-0699, fincaslc.com
Renowned dessert chef, Mary Cech, is now dessert queen of the Talisker empire. From her own mountain fastness of sweets, she supplies something like a dozen different restaurants (depending on the season) with dreamy dessert menus, plus she stocks the cases at Crave Cafe in the Waldorf with fairy-tale pastries, and mixing up gelato for the Scoops at Poolside. 2100 Frostwood Drive, Park City 435- 649-5400, parkcitywaldorfastoria.com
Best Pair of Pears:
The paucity of pears on menus is probably directly related to their fragility. These two dishes starring pears show their versatility.
1. Faustina’s Red Pear Salad with Blood Orange Vanilla Vinaigrette. Chef Billy Sotelo fuses the gentle glow of blood orange to the fruit’s gentle flavor via the brilliant bridge of pure vanilla. 454 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-746-4441, faustinaslc.com
2. Tin Angel’s Pear Crème Brulee. Chef Jerry Liedtke blankets pear slices with cream custard, then gives the tart a crunchy edge with his trusty blowtorch. 365 W.400 South, SLC, 801- 328-4155, thetinangel.com
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