With summer winding down and kids getting ready for school, you must be making sure you’ve done everything on your summer checklist. Go to the pool? Check. Go for a hike? Check. Eat fresh watermelon? Not checked off yet?
Watermelon just screams summer. What would picnics and barbecues be without them?
With Saturday being National Watermelon Day, it’s time to treat yourself to watermelon in as many ways as possible.
Here are some restaurants in Utah County where you can enjoy watermelon in many unique ways.
— By Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Sweet’s Hawaiian Grill: Watermelon Otai
Otai is a drink native to Tonga, and is a blend of coconut milk, water and fruit juice. In this case, that’s watermelon. If you want some true island chill, grab a glass of watermelon otai from Sweet’s, along with some teriyaki chicken.
Location: 711 Columbia Lane, Provo
Sodalicious: Watermelon-flavored sodas
Why have plain old Sprite when you can have watermelon-flavored Sprite? Never tried it? Well, you’re missing out. You can add watermelon flavoring to any soda offered at Sodalicious, to bring a hint of summer to every sip.
30 W. 300 North, Provo
602 E. 600 North, Provo
162 W. Center St., Orem
800 W. University Parkway, Orem
152 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd., Pleasant Grove
241 W. Main St., American Fork
Tucanos: Fruit Salad
Yes, there are probably dozens of places that serve fruit salad with watermelon chunks mixed in. But Tucanos stands out because not only do they serve fruit salad, they also just serve slices of watermelon. It’s a nice way to ease into the mountain of skewered meat to come.
Location: 545 E. University Parkway, Orem
Pop N’ Sweets: Watermelon Candies
The sugary grit, the gummy texture and the sour flavor; it all just takes you back to childhood, right? Pop N’ Sweets, a supplier of many domestic and international candies, has many gummy watermelon candy varieties to keep your sweet tooth and watermelon cravings satisfied.
Location: 356 N. 750 West, American Fork
Mora Iced Creamery: Watermelon Sorbet
For a refreshing summer boost on a warm day, head to Mora Iced Creamery where you can get a scoop of Watermelon Sorbet.
Location: 541 E. University Parkway, Orem
Bahama Bucks: Watermelon Snow-Cone
Bahama Bucks is a great summer spot to cool down, with more than 60 flavors, including watermelon.
Location: 2265 N. University Parkway, Provo
Fruta Crush: Watermelon Smoothie
Fruta Crush, which has a menu of Mexican treats, also sells smoothies in a variety of flavors, including watermelon.
Location: 198 W. Center St., Provo
Pizzeria 712: Watermelon Arugula Salad
You can get your watermelon served with greens at Pizzeria 712. Their Watermelon Salad comes with arugula, watermelon, lime mint vinaigrette, Aleppo pepper and pistachio.
Location: 320 S. State St., Orem