Viet Pham and Bowman Brown, Forage
The dependable egg: The rest of the menu may come and go, but the shockingly delicate maple-sherried egg is sure to show up.
We’re not just saying this because we hope Viet’s going to take Salt Lake with him on his star-bound trajectory through TV chef land: There is simply no one else in Utah with the culinary imagination of Viet Pham and Bowman Brown. Bowman has the chops to let Viet follow his bliss on Iron Chef and Extreme Chef, and start new projects, while their restaurant only improves. Always daringly cutting-edge in its conception, their food has become equally breathtaking in its execution. 370 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-708-7834
Best Pastry Chef
Amber Billingsley, Vinto
Sweet surprise: Over a scoop or two of some of Utah’s best gelato and sorbetto, ask for a ladleful of Slide Ridge honey vinaigrette reduction or extra virgin olive oil and gray sea salt.
These aren’t complicated architectural creations built to impress, but sweet endings meant to delight. Italian-style butterscotch budino, molten chocolate cake and apple crostata are standards on the dessert menu, with specials like rustic berry tart with vanilla gelato appearing daily, all made by the sweet hands of Amber Billingsley. 418 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-539-9999; 900 Main St., Park City, 435-615-9990
Even for a bacon eater: The PETA breakfast sandwich appeals-—veggie sausage, pepper cheese, pesto and eggs on a toasted English muffin.
If you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and should be wearing flowers in your hair, just go with it. And maybe break your fast with a wheatgrass shot instead of OJ. Anyway, whether you’re an early morning bear or an early morning dear, your sweet or savory breakfast will make the rest of the day look better. Not that Roots doesn’t serve lunch, too, if you want to ignore the whole sunrising thing. 3474 S. 2300 East, SLC, 801-277-6499
Square Two: If you lunch at Niche, the middle may be your main square meal of the day, especially if you have the flown-in fish.
Lunch at Caffe Niche is one of the signature delights of SLC, a town with the luxuries of a big city and the pace of a small town. Basically, Niche is a small, family-run, three-times-a-day café, but chef/owner Ethan Lappe, with his mother and sister helping out, elevate this staple to big city sophistication by smoking their own salmon, using local produce, eggs and whatever else they can find and serving the results with style and flair. 779 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-433-3380