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Midvale

In the Middle of Everything

That’s right, Midvale City is smack dab inbetween downtown Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains. On top of location, location, location, the city boasts a "Ski Corridor," (aka Fort Union Boulevard), which is lined with over a thousand value-based hotel rooms, as well as restaurants,bars, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and more. The Ski Corridor provides a direct bus route to Solitude and Brighton—which is especially nice since most of the Corridor's hotels sell Ski City Super Passes with included ski-bus fare.

Aside from the conveniences of the Ski Corridor, Midvale also has a charming Olde World brewery and a unique food scene. What was founded asa mining and agriculture encampment by early pioneers has blossomed into a friendly little city. Midvale’s Old Town might be recognizable tobaseball movie buffs, as parts of The Sandlot were filmed here. Go check it out, and enjoy all that Midvale City has to offer.

Skiers wait on a ski busUTA Bus - Photo: Jay Beyer


Eat & Drink

Celebrated for its Czech-style beer and hearty Eastern European fare, Bohemian Brewery is a Midvale City favorite. The microbrewery makes “Old Skool Brews” according the the German Beer Purity law: only four ingredients allowed: malted barley, hops, yeast, and water. The beers are perfectly refreshing and pristinely balanced. Hoppers Grill & Brewery is another local spot for pub fare and well-executed Utah beers. Try the Oh My Hefeweizen and a few appetizers after a ski day. Although it’s in a relaxed setting, Epic Casual Dining serves fine dishes that flex with culinary finesse.


A Cherny Bock Beer at Bohemian BreweryBohmemian Brewery - Photo: Austen Diamond

Glass hang from the ceiling at Bohemian Brewery Bohemian Brewery - Photo: Austen Diamond

Meat lovers flock to Joe Morley’s BBQ for smoked meats and delicious sauces. Check out the new neighborhood addition Moochie’s Meatballs, where the subs will make you sing, “That’s amore!” The all-beef Chicago-style hot dogs at Johnniebeefs have people coming from all over the valley. And the drive-in Hire’s Big H serves irresistible French fries and delicious burgers right to your car window. For hearty, diner-style breakfasts, swing by the Midvale staple Midvale Mining Co Restaurant. Or if you’re in the mood for pizza, check out the award-winning The Pie Pizzeria Midvale.

Chicago Dogs from Johnniebeefs in Fort Union Johnniebeefs - Photo: Stuart Melling

There are a number of ethnic restaurants in Midvale City to sate any appetite or desire. Mekong Cafe Thai Seafood is a favorite for curries, seafood, and more. Thai Spice dishes up classic Thai fare. Not only does Chabaar offer traditional Thai fare, they're also a rarity in serving breakfast, which is a local favorite. The smells upon entering Ganesh Indian Cuisine are as intoxicating as the food is tasty. Royal South Sea is the place for large portions of traditional Chinese food. And you can slurp your day away with the Vietnamese soup at Pho 33.

Have a beverage at one of a few comfortable dive bars in Midvale City, including the cheap-drink haven Cheers to You Midvale and the no-frills Three-Alarm Saloon.

Shop

Find all the outdoorsman gear you could possibly want at Camperworld Utah. Over at Rack and Road, equip your all-road vehicle with the bike racks, cargo boxes, and carrying equipment you need to make your Utah adventure comfortable and adventuresome. There are also several specialty shops for sports, which include Strings & Things Racquet Sports (tennis and such), Aquaholics (swimming stuff), and Salt City Brew Supply (because beer is a sport, right?). Also indulge in a shopping spree at one of the many big-box retailers selling all manner of wares and goods along Fort Union and Union Park.

Play

You’ll want to poke around the iconic Old Town, which conjures a nostalgic, small-town vibe. Try to find the old-fashioned pharmacy, Vincent Drug, where The Sandlot was filmed, although the business has been closed for more than a decade.

The Midvale Arts Council puts on a number of theatrical performances at the Midvale Performing Arts Center, which range from classic plays to concerts to art shows. Quick Wits Comedy is home to one of Utah’s best improv troupes—always a good time with lots of laughs. And Midvale Main Street Theatre hosts family-friendly stage productions. The annual Harvest Days is Midvale City’s annual extravaganza and has been celebrated since 1938. There’s a 5K run/walk, a car show, a children’s parade, and many more activities.

Enjoy sunshine and respite at one of Midvale City’s spacious parks, Union Park or Midvale City Park. When the weather is dreary, just go bowl at Big City Bowl, where you’ll get plenty of practice doing your celebration shimmy after you knock down the pins. Another place for shimmy-ing is Onyx Pole and Fitness, where you can learn the fine art of pole dancing.


The interior of Big City BowlBig City Bowl - Photo: Luke Isom

Stay

If you’re the city that’s in the middle of everything, of course you're going to have plenty of places to sleep. When you stay in Midvale, one thing is certain: you have quick access to all the perks of Ski City. Hotels on the upper crust of the spectrum include Staybridge Suites Midvale, Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City South - Midvale, Homewood Suites by Hilton Midvale, and Best Western Plus Midvale Inn. For a great night with fewer amenities that won’t kill your pocketbook, check out the Super 8 Motel MidvaleDiscovery Inn, and Motel 6 Salt Lake City South - Midvale. 


The exterior of the Super 8 MotelLuke Isom

Hidden Gems

The Barber School is one of only a few schools in the United States that trains students in the classic methods of barbering. Student not only learn here, but they practice, too—and they'll be happy to practice on you. Cuts are a mere $5, and the counter is stocked with old-school shave gels, foams, and the like.

A student cuts a boys hair at Midvale Barber School Austen Diamond

 

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Words: Austen Diamond