With Pleasant Grove being one of the most established communities in Utah County, it's no surprise that its restaurants are as well, with true institutions dotting the city.
But are they up to snuff? Or do the new challengers outpace the old?
Here are the top 10 restaurants in Pleasant Grove, based on reviews and ratings from Yelp.
-- Kurt Hanson, Daily Herald
10. Purple Turtle
This list starts with one of the most iconic restaurants of Pleasant Grove. The purple building is recognizable to almost anyone as are their fantastic strawberry shakes and delicious burgers.
Location: 85 E. State Road, Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “Every time I visit Purple Turtle I'm never disappointed. I had the Mile High burger with Bacon today. I had the rings and both were great. Generally I have the Taco Salad but went off the tracks today for a burger and rings. Well done Purple Turtle.” – Kenneth R.
9. Los 2 Compadres
You can’t beat the hole in the wall Mexican joints. You just can’t. Los 2 Compadres has some of the best Mexican food in the county, with fantastic street tacos and excellent al pastor.
Location: 330 E. State Road, Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “You know how Shakira says her hips don't lie? Well, that's basically the jist here except these tacos don't lie. Did that make sense? No. But the sentiment still stands.” – Rebekah H.
8. R&R BBQ
R&R BBQ restaurants have practically been taking over Utah County, and it’s easy to see why with tender brisket and smoky pulled pork.
Location: 1977 W. Pleasant Grove Blvd., Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “After serving a mission in Texas I always crave GOOD bbq and this is the best I've been able to find in Utah county! It's always crowded so maybe they could do with a little more seating, but when the food is good, what do ya do? The tacos are really tasty and unique and I love their classic brisket sandwich! The garlic mashers are super good as well!”— Macall J.
7. Pho No. 1
Pho is a soul-warming Vietnamese soup dish with herbs, seasonings and lots of flavor, especially if you head to Pho No. 1 in Pleasant Grove. People constantly rave about the delicious options, including their noodle dishes.
Location: 426 E. State St., Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “We love this local place. The best Pho we have had in Utah County. In addition to great Pho, I highly recommend try the V1. It is a delightful combination of pork, lettuce, nuts, shrimp, cucumber, noodles and a tangy dressing (served on the side). I like to have them substitute more lettuce for the noodles to keep it low carb. This is my favorite dish here.” – Ben H.
6. Thai House Cuisine
Whether you’re in the mood for Pad Thai, Massaman Curry or even just a few spring rolls, Thai House Cuisine’s fare is a real cut above the rest of the Thai offerings.
Location: 55 E. Center St., Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “I love these guys. I probably come at least 3 times a month. Staff is always extremely friendly. I really love the beef waterfall. I've never had a bad experience at this place. Perfect staff, awesome food, great price.” – Olivia W.
5. Firebird Pizza and Pasta
Firebird Pizza is the definition of an institutional restaurant. This small business is one of the most popular places in town, with fantastic pizza and pasta. You better love carbs to truly love Firebird Pizza and Pasta.
Location: 340 S. Main St., Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “This place gives me the feels. Whether it's because it's because it's a tradition to come here with my parents every time they're in town, or because it's a little quaint small business, or that the food is freaking delicious, it makes me happy every time I come.” – Chelsea C.
4. Paul’s Place Sandwich Shop
In the sea of sandwich shops, from Subway to Jimmy John’s and every Gandolfo’s in between, it’s nice to see a small business doing so well delivering such quality selections. The slogan is “heaven between bread” and it sure lives up to it.
Location: 981 W. State St., Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “I was so pleasantly surprised by this sandwich shop! I have eaten at a lot of sandwich places, many of which are average at best. That is not the case at Paul's. The atmosphere is wonderful, and the staff are some of the nicest I've ever encountered. I was very warmly greeted by the cashier, and she gave me some great menu recommendations.” – Lauren A.
3. The Holy Grill
If the Holy Grail was the end-all be-all treasure of the Crusade legends, the Holy Grill is the greatest find of Pleasant Grove BBQ. The award-winning BBQ restaurant has fantastic smoked brisket, delicious burgers and some of the best ribs you can find.
Location: 322 E. State St., Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “OK I really like this place it's nothing fancy but the food is one of the best barbecues places I love the brisket and the chicken it's a little bit pricey but well worth it the atmosphere in the dining area is nothing to be proud of with the cook you could tell he loves his craft. Try this place out if you're in the mood for barbecue. “ – Tim H.
2. Cravings Bistro
Who said grilled cheese sandwiches are only for kids? Cravings bistro makes fantastic grilled cheese sandwiches their game, with such treasures as the ABC, with apple and bacon, and the TBA, with turkey, bacon and avocado.
Location: 25 W. Center St., Pleasant Grove
Yelp review: “"Whatever you do, do it well!" - That's exactly what Cravings Bistro is doing. Their menu may be full of grilled cheese sandwiches, but they are killing it! Their sandwiches are in no way boring. They take grilled cheese to the next level, aka: Adult grilled cheese. I love the absurd flavor combinations they put together: the "ABC" with apple and bacon, the "Grilled Mac n' cheese" with pot roast, or "The Gourmet" with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and feta. I like that it's bizarre, beautiful, and luscious food.” – Shay D.
1. Chubby’s Café
You’ll feel ready to be rolled out just like the mascot for Chubby’s after one of their massive, yet satisfying burgers. With quality meats and bevy of selections, it’s not hard to see why this the best restaurant in Pleasant Grove.
Location: 336 S. Main St., Pleasant Grove
Yelp Review: “Do yourself a favor and indulge in the jalapeño bacon ranch burger or chicken sandwich. You'll thank yourself for it. They're perfectly matched with the beer battered fries. If you're feeling health-conscious, their salads are extremely satisfying too. (Coming from a meat and potatoes type of water). They're always consistent and satisfying.” – Kory D.