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When hunger pangs hit, sometimes you feel like branching out and trying something beyond your usual burger and fries or other classic American fare. You might crave a savory meat dish from Peru, a heavenly plate of curry from India or a freshly baked Parisian-style pastry.
Whatever suits you, Utah Valley probably has it.
With over 900 restaurants, including 28 different international food cultures, you can find just about anything you’re looking for in Utah County when you want something outside of standard American cuisine. Here is just a small sample of the cultural cuisine you will find in the valley.
Savor the finest flavors of Indian cuisine at Bombay House
When you crave that rich spice aroma that Indian cuisine provides, look no further than Bombay House in Provo. Take your pick of chicken, lamb, seafood, and vegetarian options (be sure to try the curry!) and order a side of their garlicky naan to soak up every delicious bite.
The only possible downside to dining at Bombay House is that its unparalleled cuisine perpetually draws a crowd – so get there early! Even a little wait will be worth it.
“If I was on death row and sentenced to the electric chair, my last meal would be Chicken Makhani with Bombay House Garlic Naan,” wrote one Yelp reviewer.
Treat yourself to delicious Peruvian cuisine at Nazca Grill
One look at the menu will surely make your mouth water, but the Peruvian cuisine at Nazca Grill in American Fork is even better than it looks. Try the lomo saltado (stir-fried beef), pollo a la brasa (grilled chicken), papa a la Huancaina (Huancayo-style potatoes), or ceviche (seafood dish) and you’ll definitely come back for more.
Cook Your Own Korean BBQ Meat from Yummy
Talk about a place that lives up to its name! Yummy’s Korean BBQ is Utah’s first and only all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue and sushi restaurant. Authentic Korean cuisine includes homemade sauces and ingredients sourced directly from South Korea as well as the region.
Their meats are cut by hand on site, the sauces are homemade and the sides are cooked fresh daily. You can either order the meat cooked or have it yourself at your table, which adds a bit of extra fun to the experience. As for what to order, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu – but reviews say to try the kimchi, spicy beef bulgogi or one of their sushi rolls.
Take a healthy bite of Mediterranean cuisine at Aubergine Kitchen
For the fifth year in a row, the Mediterranean diet topped US News and World Report’s list of the best diets. So if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, maybe it’s time to see what all the fuss is about.
When you’re craving something lighter and healthier (without sacrificing flavor and satisfaction), head to Eggplant Kitchen in Orem, Lehi, or American Fork. With the motto “eat better, feel different”, you know you’ll be leaving with no regrets. The menu offers fresh bowls full of protein, vegetables and fruit, as well as a selection of starters, main courses and smoothies. The only things you won’t find are refined sugars, preservatives, canned foods, GMOs, or deep fryers. Be sure to try their cheese bread!
Taste Argentinian cuisine at La Brioche Bakery
Described as a “casual, unassuming hole in the wall that serves delicious Argentinian fare at a great value” by a Yelp reviewer, La Brioche Bakery is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch or dinner and be sure to try some of their most popular dishes: milanesa sandwiches, lomito argentino, choripan, pizzas and their famous empanadas.
The owners go out of their way to ensure that every bite makes you want to come back. If you’re feeling lucky, stay after closing time and you could win their leftover bakery raffle.
Try the Kro-Nuts at the French bakery La Petite de Bianca
Once you’ve tried one of the many delicious options above, it’s time for the best part: dessert. Bianca’s Little French Bakery is another one to add to your Utah Valley bucket list if you’re in the market for a sweet treat. Although their menu offers a full range of tasty morsels, their greatest treats are their Kro-Nuts. (In case you’ve been out of the puff pastry loop since 2013, it’s a cross between a donut and a croissant. You can’t really go wrong with this combo.) Try one in every flavor – strawberry , dulce de leche, Nutella, lemon or Bavarian cream.
It’s one of the few bakeries you’ll find that’s open until 10 p.m. on weekends, so you won’t have to wait until morning for that fix of Kro-Nut!
Come back for a few seconds
This list is just a small portion of cultural cuisine options you can explore for your next lunch or dinner. No doubt you’ll want to return to the places listed above, but be sure to check out the other diverse dining options in the Utah Valley.