Our Neighborhood

Salt Lake City has grown so much over the last 20 years, and along with that growth, Salt Lake’s culinary scene has changed the perception of good food in the area. The foodie scene is definitely alive and thriving in the Wasatch Front, and We Olive will only progress that movement even further. The demographics of our great state are changing every year, as more and more people around the country relocate and discover what natives have known all along. Salt Lake, and Utah is an awesome place to grow up and raise a family. We Olive wants to be part of that evolution, and help the growth of our community. Here Owners, Stephanie Ennis and her sons Josh & Nate Garcia share their favorite things to eat, drink and do in SLC.

This is one of the things that truly makes Utah and Salt Lake a unique place to live. There is no shortage of activities no matter what kind of lifestyle you choose. Depending on the season, day of the week, time of day, and personal preferences there is something for everyone to enjoy. Trolley Square is a unique location in Salt Lake, it is part of the Historical Society, and was where all the Trolley’s in Salt Lake were housed in the mid-19th century. Walking around Trolley Square is a unique part of Utah history and has been engrained in Salt Lake as a shopping center since 1972. At Trolley Square you have a multitude of stores who have been around Salt Lake for generations. If you are looking for a gift, Cabin Fever, Payne Anthony Jewelers and Tabula Rasa have you covered. Or grab a cup of coffee at Coffee Connection and go find a book at one of the oldest independently owned book stores, Weller Book Works. Just walking around the shopping center you will find just about anything that peaks your interest, from Pottery Barn, Lulu Lemon, Google Fiber, Williams-Sonoma, to Spark Clothing.  From Trolley square you can take a short walk, drive, or hop on our light rail system Trax to downtown Salt Lake. Once downtown you can visit Temple Square, City Creek Mall, dine at one of our new blossoming restaurants or catch a show at one of our many performing arts theaters. You are also within a half hour from any of our several beautiful canyons, where depending on the season you can ski, hike, camp, fish, golf, eat, zip line, catch a show, or just stare at the stars. There is no shortage of activities in Salt Lake.

What to eat…

Josh likes to eat at Manoli’s near Liberty Park and HSL in Salt Lake, his favorite thing on the menu are the dolmathes, and the roka salad at Manoli’s, and HSL he enjoys the shishito peppers, and the General Tso style cauliflower appetizer.

Stephanie enjoys Desert Edge at Trolley Square. She likes to order the daily pasta salad, French onion soup, and their warm Italian salad.

Nathan thinks the curry, tandoori, and vindaloo from Bombay House in Sugarhouse is absolutely delicious.

What to drink…

Josh’s favorite stout of all time is at Desert Edge in Trolley Square called the Latter Day Stout, especially before catching a football game at the University of Utah. He also likes the specialty cocktails (must try their Moscow Mule) mastered at Bar X downtown, or getting a glass of red wine at the Paris Bistro in Salt Lake.

What to do…

If this is your first visit to Salt Lake you must see beautiful Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City. Their knowledgeable tour guides will give you a brief run through over our rich history in Utah, and the pioneers that settled the valley. Once in that area you are minutes away from Utah’s premier shopping center, taking tea and pulling taffy at Brigham Young’s historical downtown home, or catching a Broadway show at our brand new Eccles Theater. Grab food at Utah’s most popular Mexican Restaurant, Red Iguana. But make sure to arrive early, because the crowds can get enormous. We recommend trying their famous mole, all of them are wonderful.

Insider tips…

If you want to have a more locals experience you must visit Red Butte Gardens, and take in over 100 acres of Utah’s natural beauty. From there you are stone throw away from Utah’s state of the art Museum of Natural History. Grab a bite to eat, and a drink in the Sugarhouse neighborhood and then take a stroll through Utah’s historical Sugarhouse Park. If you really want to get out there, go up Emigration Canyon and you will see Salt Lake’s natural skyline, grab a quick snack at Ruth’s Diner, and keep heading up the canyon till you meet up with Parley’s Canyon on the way to Park City. The drive is short and easy, but incredibly beautiful and well worth it any time of year.