Tacqueria 27 on Foothill
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Tacqueria 27 on Foothill

University / Foothill

A beautiful neighborhood crowned by large trees and his- toric homes, the area around the University of Utah (go Utes!) and Foothill Drive provides beautiful nighttime views of the city, gardens and quick access to the Wasatch Mountains.


More than 30,000 students make the University area one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, and there’s no shortage of solid eats here. For the college experience, go underground to U staple The Pie Pizzeria (thepie.com). Aristo’s (aristosslc.com) is the spot for upscale Greek dishes, and Red Butte Café (theredbuttecafe.com) is perfect for its’ lunchtime sandwiches. Taqueria 27 (taqueria27.com) offers an extensive tequila menu for an evening margarita break. Iconic brunch spot Ruth’s Diner (ruthsdiner.com) offers a good excuse for a drive as it sits about a mile up scenic Emigration Canyon.


On gamedays, Rice-Eccles Stadium (stadium.utah.edu) becomes a sea of red as Utah Utes fans cheer on their favorite Pac-12 team. Not far away are more than 100 miles of maintained mountain ways to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (bonnevilleshorelinetrail.org), a mixed-use trail for bikers, runners and dog walkers. One of the coolest city hikes is to The Living Room (trailhead at 383 Colorow Dr.), which gets its name from the many hand-fashioned boulder couches and chairs perfect for enjoying the city view. Another favorite (and shorter) hike is to the hilltop “U” (accessed off Virginia Street, about 1400 East).


Visit the University of Utah (utah.edu), home of the Utes, the state’s flagship institution with 32,000 students. Walk through Red Butte Garden and Arboretum (redbuttegarden. org) with its’ displays of native plants and flowers in a unique desert ecosystem. Then catch some culture by taking in a play at Pioneer Theatre (pioneertheatre.org) or a musical performance at Kingsbury Hall (kingsburyhall.utah.edu). Family fun can be found at Hogle Zoo (hoglezoo.org) and This is the Place Heritage Park (thisistheplace.org) that brings to life pioneer and American-Indian history.


Baby Tuah, a teen-aged orangutan raised by the animal keepers at Hogle Zoo, predicts Super Bowl winners.