6 great Northern Utah, Salt Lake restaurants featured on popular food shows
Customers line up to eat at Burger Bar in Roy, home of the signature Big Ben Burger. The restaurant has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.”
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6 great Utah restaurants featured on popular food TV shows

The locals aren’t the only ones who know Utah has some great restaurants. Thanks to a few popular TV shows, people across the country have gotten a glimpse of some of the best eats in Utah. 

But in case you’ve missed a few episodes of “Man v. Food Nation” or “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City and Northern Utah that have been featured on TV. 

Have you eaten at any of these TV-famous Utah restaurants? Tell us about your visit in the comments.

Burger Bar — “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

When “Triple D” host Guy Fieri visits the classic drive-in burger joint, he tastes the Big Ben burger and loves it. Fieri says the family-run restaurant is “doing it right.”

Where: 5291 S. 1900 West, Roy

Episode: Season 3, episode 13

Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars with 183 reviews

Review: “The burgers are gigantic, but what makes them so good is the combination of the deliciously fresh baked bun and the locally sourced meat. Or maybe it’s the massive pile of perfectly crispy fries and fry sauce that comes with most burgers. Or perhaps it’s the delicious variety of shakes? Likely, it is all of it!” — Miriam P. 

Bruges, Waffles & Frites — “Man v. Food Nation”

“Man v. Food Nation” host Adam Richman took a trip to Salt Lake City for a Season 2 episode and stopped at Bruges Waffles and Frites. Richman tasted one of the restaurants’ traditional Belgian waffles and said it was “unlike any waffle I’ve ever had.”

Where: 336 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Episode: Season 2, episode 22

Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars with 597 reviews

Review: “I don’t know what kind of magic they did to their batter, but it is absolutely delicious. I didn’t know a waffle could have a flavor like that. I cant even describe it.” — Jake M. 

Moochie’s Meatballs — “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

In the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” episode featuring Moochie’s Meatballs, Fieri says the meatball sub will ”knock your head off” and also recommends the Philly-style cheesesteak. 

Where: 232 E. 800 South, Salt Lake City

Episode: Season 4, episode 11

Yelp Rating: 4 stars with 454 reviews

Review: “I really liked Moochie’s. Fair prices and good ole’ heart-stopping food. The cheesesteaks are good and fresh cooked for you because of the amount of business they do. You don’t have to wait too long for your meal, and it comes out hot.” — Cory H. 

Pat’s Barbecue — “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

Fieri cooked up some barbecue with “pitmaster” Pat Barber who he called a “culinary gangster” because of the restaurant’s delicious pulled pork, burnt ends and brisket — all of which Barber smokes for up to 10 hours. 

Where: 155 W. Commonwealth Ave., Salt Lake City

Episode: Season 5, episode 7

Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars with 311 reviews

Review: “Pat’s BBQ is an experience you cannot pass up! The smell as you enter will confirm in advance that you have found the best food ever. I have tried the ribs, pulled pork, the brisket, all of it is the best BBQ I have EVER eaten. Soooo flavorful.” — Jason C. 

Kobe Japanese Cuisine — “Man v. Food Nation”

Richman took on the Hellfire Challenge — Spoiler alert: It features some seriously spicy sushi — at Kobe Japanese Cuisine and said it was among the hottest challenges he’s ever done. “I am in much pain,” he said. 

Where: 3947 Wasatch Blvd., Salt Lake City

Episode: Season 2, episode 22

Yelp Rating: 4 stars with 285 reviews

Review: “The fish is the best quality around the valley and the ramen has layers of flavor. From sushi to ramen to all the traditional cuisine it hits the spot for all things Japanese food.” — Nancy C. 

Red Iguana — “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

When Fieri took a trip to one of Salt Lake City’s most popular restaurants, he helped owner Lucy Cardenas whip up the Mexican restaurant’s famous mole negro — one of several types of mole it dishes out. “That’s some fantastic mole,” Fieri said. “You get the heat and the sweet.” 

Where: 736 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City

Episode: Season 4, episode 7

Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars with 2,258 reviews

Review: Vaulting itself into not only my favorite Mexican restaurant anywhere but one of my favorite restaurants…period, this place is a must go to! With 8 sometimes 9 different kinds of Mole and a free sampler … this restaurant has elevated Mexican food to new heights.” — Jonathan B.


Have you eaten at any of these TV-famous Utah restaurants? Tell us about your visit in the comments. 

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