porcupine-2-of-4A friend recently turned me on to The Porcupine, a pub located right at the mouth of Big Cottonwood (right down the road from the famous corner 7-11).  With delicious lunch and dinner options, great wine and beer choices, and a location that couldn't be more convenient, the Porcupine is a great place to come in out of the cold.porcupine-1-of-41 porcupine-4-of-41When I stopped in for a bowl of their famous chicken noodle soup (creamy, spicy, and delicious), I got to talk briefly with owner Bryan O'Meara.  He told me that in addition to the after-ski crowd, many of The Porcupine's regulars lived right in the neighborhood, or worked in its business park.  The place has the feel of a cozy, yet polished, lodge - perfect for a meal with friends after a long day on the hill or at the office.porcupine-3-of-4Details: 3698 E Fort Union Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121. (801) 942-5555. Open 7 days a week serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. ( MON-FRI 11AM-11PM: SAT 9:30AM TO 11PM & SUN 9:30 TO 10PM)