Reasons you didn’t already know to head over to West Valley City:

Pho Green Papaya 
For good Vietnamese food, try Pho Green Papaya. For dessert, order the che ba mau (sweet beans with ice and coconut milk). 2000 W. 3500 South, 801-886-1548, greenpapayautah.com

West Valley Billiards 
An arcade/pool hall/sports bar combo with good breakfast and a friendly crowd. But the best reason to go is the burgers. 4669 W. 3500 South, 801-968-0826

Moda Bella and 20/20
Moda Bella sells high-end women’s clothes, but if you’re short on cash visit another of the Valley Fair Mall’s local boutiques 20/20 where every dress is less than $20. Valley Fair Mall, 801-969-6211, shopvalleyfairmall.com

Redwood Drive-In
Drive-in theaters are a dying breed, but this one keeps it real with double features nightly, March through November. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a radio and date. Kids five and under get in free. 3688 S. Redwood Road, 801-973-7088

Saigon Plaza
The name’s Vietnamese, but this shopping center hosts a mix of local ethnic businesses, including the popular Pho Saigon Noodle House and grocers Tenochtitlan Market and Rani India Bazaar (1830 W. 3500 South, 801-746-7684). A new $3 million Saigon Plaza II has been approved for construction just to the west. 

AA Callister
Even Salt Lake’s “cowboys” make the trip to Callister, where you’ll find western decor, riding gear, hats, ropes, and boots for men, women and kids. 3615 S. Redwood Road, 801-973-7058, callisters.com

The Westerner
Finally, a nightclub where you won’t hear the same tired top 40, because it’s all country. Grab a drink, ride the mechanical bull and learn to line dance. Cowgirls get in free every Friday night. 3360 S. Redwood Road, 801-972-5447, westernerslc.com

Ab’s Drive-In
Locals love Ab’s for the shakes and Fat Boy (two patty) burger. It’s also the most convenient place to grab a meal before a big concert at USANA Amphitheatre. 4591 S. 5600 West, 801-968-2130, absdrivein.com

Bucket O’ Crawfish
At this west side seafood haven, you can choose your crustacean—from crawfish to Dungeness crab—and how you want it cooked. Wash it all down with a cold beer. 1980 W. 3500 South, 801-419-0900, bucketocrawfish.com

Rocking the Oquirrhs

West Valley City's sprawl allows for big entertainment venues. The Maverik Center was the hockey arena for the 2002 Olympics, and Hale Centre Theatre has won Best of State awards for the past seven years. But to truly experience the beauty (yes, beauty) West Valley City offers, you need to head a little further west to USANA Amphitheatre. Located in the city’s southwest corner, USANA opened in 2003 and fits 20,000 people in both assigned seating and a grassy hill (don’t forget the blanket). It’s also the country’s greenest amphitheater, encouraging recycling and boasting a separate parking area for registered carpoolers. 

The Black Keys play for the the valley’s hipsters on May 2. The Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, maverikcenter.com

The Sound of Music shows at the city's top theater from June 6–Aug. 4. Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, halecentre.org

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band roll into town July 11. USANA Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, usana-amp.com

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