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I’ve been visiting the neighborhood food pubs a bit more lately, and I think cities should do more to cultivate this kind of establishment purely for the potential of dating. To take Bistro Localz (1850 E. 9400 Sud, 801-432-7604, localzbistro.com) for example. It hasn’t even been open for a year, but it has become an authentic snapshot of the East Sandy vibe. This cozy, family-friendly place – with a full wine, beer and cocktail menu and a decently sized patio with lovely views of our Wasatch Mountains – won me over even though they spell the locals with a “z”.

I’ve written about how finding restaurants often becomes an excuse to get my family together and discover a new place, and my first trip to Localz was one of those occasions. Now that the temperatures are dropping three digits alfresco dining has become much more enjoyable, so we have opted for patio seating. I could understand how some might see the location of the bistro in the Little Cottonwood Mall as a detriment to their patio experience, but it’s also much closer to the mountains than expected. The proximity to our majestic peaks does a lot to focus on one of the best features of our state.

Being a kid-friendly place that also supplies parents with alcohol is a great way to bring people in, but stocking your menu with a gallery of Southern comfort food will only help. I guess that’s the seed Localz planted in my brain after writing about opening it late last year; I am and always will be a fan of southern cuisine. I started with the jambalaya ($ 18) and my wife had the miso glazed salmon ($ 20), which was the special of the day. My kid leans heavily on a phase of mac and cheese, so she was happy with the Lil Shredderz menu that featured the sun and moon from her culinary world.

The jambalaya was suitably packed with a mixture of grilled shrimp, chicken and sliced ​​Tooele sausage. Although the waiter warned me it was on the spicier side of the menu, I thought it was mid-range on my own spice spectrum, but that didn’t deter the meal as a whole . It’s exactly what you want when you order a bowl of jambalaya – a bunch of grilled meats tossed in a delicious bed of basmati rice. If it’s around lunchtime, you can also get this jambalaya in a wrap ($ 15), which is a fantastic idea – jambalaya burritos have to be more of a thing.

My wife’s miso salmon was probably the best dish of the evening when it comes to build and execution. It was served over creamy white cheddar grits with braised greens and hit every note he wanted. As I mentioned, this was a special dish, but it looks like the blackened ahi ($ 22) from the regular menu. My daughter was also very keen on her mac and cheese, which I found quite tasty myself, although I had to work to convince her to share it with me.

I also wanted to try the shrimp and the oatmeal – there are two kinds! – so I went back for a late lunch. You have the option of opting for New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp and grits ($ 18) or Low Country shrimp and grits ($ 18). Each has their strengths, including the Gigantic Shrimp, but I think Low Country Shrimp and Oatmeal is the way to go. The barbecue version went a bit heavy on the salt and cayenne pepper mix, which surpassed the simplicity of these flavorful shrimp and creamy, cheesy groats. The Low Country version increases the earthy, sticky quality I love about shrimp and oatmeal with the addition of mushrooms, onions, and a little bacon.

Like any self-respecting gastropub, Localz also offers a selection of starters and desserts for the greediest with their drinks. Poutine ($ 10) is always welcome, as the fried cheese curds dipped in gravy is truly a gift from God, and the bacon-wrapped barbecue shrimp ($ 16) play a big part in the fruit game of restaurant sea. I was also a fan of the fish tacos ($ 11), which are street-taco style with a good seared mahi, pickled cabbage, and a creamy avocado sauce. If you’re after something sweet, just grab the Bread Pudding ($ 7) without thinking about it – it’s a huge slab of sweet, mushy goodness swimming in caramel. I know the bread pudding is a bit basic, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious.

To conclude my experience at Localz, I must say that it is a place with a lot of heart and a menu that communicates this affection to its guests. I enjoy the places where I can go with my wife and child and relax with great food and drink, and that’s exactly what Localz has to offer.

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