This year brought new tastes to Utah County as several restaurants opened throughout the area. From new locations of Utah County favorites to fresh takes on unique cuisines, there's no doubt that our area provides a widespread plethora of dining options.
Here are 20 restaurants that opened in 2019 in Utah County:
Hruska's Kolaches serves up a secret family recipe of savory and sweet kolaches made from scratch. The American Fork shop opened in February, joining the shop in Provo and Salt Lake City.
Location: 11 W. Main St., American Fork
Original Pancake House
The Original Pancake House, which opened in February, offers a variety of breakfast foods. As our food reviewer described, the food is consistently good and reasonably priced, making it worth the crowds the often occupy the restaurant.
Location: 1674 W. Traverse Parkway, Lehi
Somtum "deliver(s) on the promise of delicious food" and "brings some much-needed dining diversity to the great Eagle Mountain area" with its variety of Thai and Lao food, according to our food reviewer. The restaurant opened in March.
Location: 1388 Eagle Mountain Blvd., Suite A, Eagle Mountain
Mozz Artisan Pizza
MOZZ Artisan Pizza, which opened in Provo in March, serves up handcrafted individual pizzas topped with locally-sourced ingredients. Give the cauliflower pizza a try, as the dish was our food reviewer's favorite.
Location: 145 N. University Ave., Provo
One of the newest donut shops in Utah County is Jack's Donuts, which opened in March. They serve a variety of unique doughnuts, including some topped with different kinds of cereal.
Location: 456 E. State St. Suite #600, American Fork
Fillings and Emulsions
Fillings and Emulsions is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The dessert shop opened in Provo in March expanding from their Salt Lake City location. Our food reviewer said that “the new Provo patisserie both satisfied my sweet tooth and pleased all of our Fillings and Emulsions.”
However, along with the sweets menu, they also have a bakery menu with savory options like the Cuban Sandwich Pie.
Location: 326 W. Center St., Provo
According to the restaurants's website, Ombu is the first Korean BBQ all-you-can-eat experience in Utah. It opened in Orem in the spring.
Location: 147 N. State St., Orem
Twisted Sugar is a drink shop that has everything from sodas, lemonades and energy drinks, as well as smoothies, cookies and Dole Whips. They opened their first Utah County location in Saratoga Springs at the end of May.
Location: 250 E. Crossroads Blvd., Saratoga Springs
Lovebirds Hot Chicken
Started by the people behind Waffle Love, Lovebirds is a take on Nashville hot chicken. Opening in April, the restaurant has a very simple menu. Dishes include fried chicken sandwiches on toasted, house made brioche buns, with different topping options, along with sides of slaws and fries.
Location: 4801 N. University Ave., Suite 860, Provo
Padeli’s Street Greek
Padeli's opened in Lehi in May and offers a variety of gyros, bowls and wraps.
Location: 2975 Club House Drive, Lehi
According to our food reviewer, Blue Poblano offers Provo the fancy tacos it never knew it needed. She describes each bite as high quality and the overall presentation restaurant-quality.
Years ago, the establishment was housed in downtown Provo, then moved locations up to Salt Lake, and then closed that location to move back to this new spot in Provo this year.
Location: 1831 N. State St., Provo
Swamp City Eats
Swamp City Eats opened in May inside Platinum Sports and Music Memorabilia. The menu includes a few fun treats, including Swamp Tacos, Nachos, Pretzel Bites, Cucumber Hummus Boats, Quesadillas and Fruit Kabobs.
Location: 273 W. Center St., Provo
You’ve probably had shaved ice, but probably not like you can get at Vampire Penguin. As our food reviewer described, “Think colorful snowballs topped with marshmallows and sprinkles and fruit and syrups. Think shaved ice, but with ice cream flavors and the smooth consistency of snow.
Vampire Penguin opened in American Fork in June.
Location: 356 N. 750 West, American Fork
Haku Ramen House
According to our food reviewer, "Haku Ramen is a few-frills kind of eatery that I find myself particularly attracted to. I’ve opined in previous reviews that I make it a point to find restaurants that dedicate their menus to a few items. Haku Ramen House pulls this off effortlessly, serving four kinds of ramen with a handful of appetizers." It opened in June.
Location: 101 N. State St., Suite 104, American Fork
For fine Italian dining in Utah County, you can head to Salt, which opened in June in Provo. Our food reviewer said, “Amazing bruschetta, perfectly cooked steak and a to-die-for cheesecake? Yep, we’ll definitely be coming back to Salt.”
Location: 223 W. Center St., Provo
For real ice cream in fun flavors, Bruster’s opened in Provo in July. They serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice, sherbert and sorbet in a variety of flavors.
Location: 2244 University Parkway, Provo
Maple Mountain Bar and Grill
The Maple Mountain Bar and Grill serves a lunch and dinner menu for those 21 and up. The restaurant opened in Spanish Fork in June. The menu includes more than typical “bar food” with burgers, wings, salads, tacos, steaks, pork chop and an array of appetizers including fried pickles and calamari.
Location: 2000 N. 300 West, Spanish Fork
Adding to Utah County’s love of kolaches, Kolache Krave opened in September in Pleasant Grove. They serve both sweet and savory kolaches in unique flavors.
Location: 1926 W. Pleasant Grove Blvd., Pleasant Grove
The Japanese style ramen noodle restaurant opened its first Utah County location in Orem in November and a second location opened Christmas Eve in American Fork.
Locations: 206 E. University Parkway, Orem; 466 N. 900 West, American Fork
Formerly known as Rocky Mountain Drive Inn, JJ Burger opened on Dec. 16. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, seafood, scones and ice cream.
Location: 40 N. 400 West, Provo