I love living in Salt Lake City! There are so many great neighborhoods that have lots of my favorite things. I've wanted to spend more time at the 9th and 9th area and we made it happen!
We got dressed up on a Saturday night and drove over in the drizzy rain. Our first stop was The Children's Hour. It's this cute little shop that started as a book shop and now they carry luxury women's clothing- kind of odd combinations. They have lots of beautiful things, most of them being above my preferred price points. I do really like their shoe selection. They have lots of shoes that I love- cute flats that are comfortable. They also carry great designers you don't usually see in SLC like Orla Kiley and Paper Crown. We browsed for a bit. Whenever we're at a place like that, I like to look at everything and tell Greg about why it's cool or special. And then he follows me around the store and says, "Do you want to buy it? Should we buy that? Do you want to have it?" It's really sweet.
Then we went next door, and visited Pago.
I listened to a podcast about the restaurant community in Salt Lake, and the guest went on and on about Pago. He said it was the first restaurant of its kind in Utah. They focus on the farm to table concept with a seasonal menu. We've tried a lot of great places in town, so I thought Pago would be a fun one to visit.
We shared an appetizer and 2 entrees. The appetizer was called BBQ beets with smoked honey, toasted grains, yogurt, and a shaved root slaw. It was pretty fun, probably my favorite thing we got. We also had a beet salad when we went to Pallet, and both were great. So I've been buying beets a bit more and pleasantly surprised. I do think they need to be paired with something creamy like yogurt or goat cheese.
For our entrees, Greg ordered the Pago burger with bacon, gouda, pickled onion, black garlic aioli, and truffle frites on the side. This was a great burger! They even cut in half for us since they we'd be sharing it (I always appreciate that). I was worried about the pickled onion, but it ended up being fabulous. A really nice acidic crunch with the rest of the warm, familiar flavors. It wasn't the best burger I've had, but it was really great.
I ordered the gnocchi with Morgan Valley Lamb Bolognese, heirloom tomato, cured egg yolk and topped with chevre. We buy gnocchi all the time at Trader Joe's but I have never had fresh gnocchi and it was really good! Very soft, little pillowy wonders that picked up the sauce really well. I had high hopes for the bolognese because I don't ever eat lamb and it sounded fancy. Maybe it's because I've upped my red sauce game in the last few years, but I thought it tasted really similar to what I make at home. That was a bit disappointing but I still really enjoyed the dish.
After dinner, we walked across the street to Dolcetti Gelato. Greg got cookie butter gelato and I had the lemon sorbet. I really like the decor there, but I think Harmon's is a much better deal for the same quality of gelato. But Dolcetti does have them beat on the ambiance.
So there we go! A fun night in a few hundred foot radius. I love our city!
P.S. I've been wanting to start writing Yelp reviews, and I finally created an account. I have about 25 reviews thus far, mostly restaurants in Salt Lake.