Utah’s Bargain Bites

Ted Scheffler, restaurant critic and Dining Editor for the Salt Lake City Weekly, talks bargain restaurants.

Braza Express

147 South Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Phone: 801-359-8009


Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Southern Brazil recipes and traditions both old and new. Braza Express is a type of restaurant called a Churrascaria serving meats over an open fire. Inspired by cooking from both his uncle and grandmother, owner J.R., follows his family’s meticulous methods and use of spices to create an authentic and inexpensive Brazilian experience for everyone.

Red Maple Chinese Restaurant

3361 South Redwood Road

West Valley, UT 84119

Phone: 801-747-2888


Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Tarts, dumplings, won-tons, pot stickers and more; the complete Hong Kong-style dim sum. Red Maple has something for everyone to enjoy. Known for its Szechuan style, a spicy kind of cooking, each dish has its own taste with levels of spiciness made according to guest preferences. Every bite is worth your buck.

Pat’s BBQ

155 West Commonwealth Avenue

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Phone: 801-484-5963


Monday- Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Voted best BBQ in 2009 and featured on the Food Network earlier this year, City Weekly Staff says Pat’s BBQ is as close to Texas as you’re going to get without stepping out of the “801.” Owner, Pat Barber, brings to Utah what he says is a lost American art form of true barbecue, smoked meats. Loved for its homemade cornbread, southern comfort food, and not to mention live blues music, Pat’s is the perfect place for a steal of deal.

Lorena’s Mexican Restaurant

2477 South 800 West

Woods Cross, UT 84087

Phone: 801-295-2441


Monday- Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Lorena’s is loved by Utahns for its authentic Mexican cuisine. Smothered burritos served hot to the table and prices you can’t resist. The perfect getaway for Mexican food lovers.

Himalayan Kitchen

73 East 400 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone: 801-328-2077


Monday- Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


Popular cooking methods of the Indian culture brought to our very own Salt Lake City. Himalayan Kitchen uses a unique charcoal clay oven called a tandoor to bake, roast and grill. Tandoori specialties baked to perfection and all for a great deal.

To see more reviews by Ted Scheffler, pick up the latest City Weekly or go to www.cityweekly.net.

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