Holladay / Murray
This family-friendly neighborhood is quickly becoming a dining hub in its own right, with exciting new establishments opening up regularly. You can also enjoy quick access to great hiking and some of Salt Lake Valley’s unique historic attractions.
Where to Eat & Drink
We probably shouldn’t say it—because it’s a closely held secret—but Tea Rose Diner has the best Thai in the valley. If you’re hankering for dolmathes and hummus, head to Couscous Mediterranean Grill . At the renovated intersection of 2300 East and Murray Holladay Blvd, Caputo’s Market & Deli has taken root, as well as bakery/coffeeshop Three Cups (385-237-3091).
Another excellent option at the intersection is Layla Mediterranean Grill. Just off the 6200 South I-215 exit, two of the valley’s esteemed culinary dining experiences reside: Tuscany Restaurant and Franck’s Restaurant. Which is the best garlic burger in Utah? Locals will heatedly argue that Cotton Bottom Inn has it. Hidden to the north of the Fashion Place Mall, seek out Prohibition a ’20s-era speakeasy behind a secret door.
Where to Play
Wheeler Historic Farm is a restoration of the turn-of-the-century dairy farm of Henry J. Wheeler. The farm offers a tour of historic houses. And on the farm you can milk a cow, visit farm animals and go on a wagon ride.
Where to Shop
Shopping is one of the biggest sports in Murray,. Fashion Place Mall (fashionplace.com) houses all the mall staples plus some more unusual shops like Lolli & Pops. And over at the hip, up-and-coming ‘hood at the corner of 2300 East and Murray Holladay Blvd., a number of new, eclectic, local businesses are sprouting up seemingly every day.
What the Locals Know
The Desert Star Playhouse (desertstar.biz) wins for silly, family-friendly dinner theater with spoofs and campy shows with names like “Nutcracker: Men in Tights” that poke fun at local culture.