Utah County is home to several restaurants and businesses with extremely similar menus and products. And somehow, both companies have managed to thrive in each case.
Even with the similarities, most people have a preference about which is better. What do you think?
Betos and Rancheritos
Looking for fast, cheap Mexican fast food that isn't a huge chain restaurant? Both Betos and Rancheritos offers that option, along with menus that are practically mirror images of each other.
Serving up classic Americanized Mexican food in large portion sizes, the two restaurants are favorites of many college students and longtime locals.
The two are reportedly owned by the same family or group, which likely explains the commonalities between their breakfast burritos.
Cafe Rio and Costa Vida
If you are a fan of Tex-Mex fare in Utah County, chances are you have been to either Cafe Rio or Costa Vida (or proabably both).
Cafe Rio originally opened in 1997 in St. George. They serve items including salads, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and nachos, with a variety of meat options for each, like sweet pork, steak, shredded beef or chicken.
Costa Vida’s menu looks very similar, with fresh Tex-Mex burritos, tacos, salads, nachos, quesadillas and enchiladas. Costa Vida opened its first location in Layton in 2003.
Some differences include protein options, along with Cafe Rio topping their salads with cilantro and offering the option of white or wheat flour tortillas.
Chip and Crumbl
Utah County is not short on options for freshly baked cookie deliveries. While there are several out there that have recently popped up, we see Chip and Crumbl as the prominent options in the area.
Both companies offer warm, large, homemade cookies for delivery or pickup. Each has its own secret recipe for classic chocolate chip cookies, which is always on both menus. Chip focuses more on simplicity, offering only their original chocolate chip cookie along with a flavor of the month. Crumbl, on the other hand, offers several new cookie flavors on a weekly basis, along with their original.
Costco and Sam's Club
Costco and Sam’s Club have much more in common than their member’s only warehouse style. They also have great food courts that serve similar menus.
Both food courts have items in common, including pizza, frozen yogurt, berry sundaes, Polish and beef dogs, churros and chicken Caesar salads.
Each has items that are not on the other warehouse store’s menu. Costco also serves a Chicken Bake, Hot Turkey Provolone Sandwich, BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich, Berry Smoothie, Gelato, Chili and Latté/Mocha Freeze.
Sam’s Club, on the other hand, serves a Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Pretzel, Yogurt Parfait and Icee.
DoTerra and Young Living Essential Oils
Many Utah County residents love essential oils, which is great because two of the largest essential oil companies are headquartered in the area.
DoTerra was founded in 2008 as a way to share therapeutic-grade essential oils around the world through a direct sales model. The company now has more than 1,000 employees and is headquartered in Pleasant Grove. They sell a wide variety of oils, blends and other products.
Young Living Essential Oils was founded in 1993 by D. Gary and Mary Young. The company is headquartered in Lehi and has farms around the world. They sell essential oils and other products through a direct sales model.
Sodalicious and Swig
One of the biggest trends in Utah eating is soda shops where you can get a “dirty” drink. Two of the most popular soda shops in Utah County are Swig and Sodalicious.
Swig opened in 2010 in St. George and has since opened locations across the state, including four in Utah County. At Swig, you can choose from a wide variety of Dirty Sodas or Dirty Shots, and you can pick up one of their Classic Sugar Cookies with Pink Frosting.
Sodalicious opened in 2013, and has a menu of mixed drinks with clever names like “Happy Valley,” “What She’s Having,” “NCMO,” and “Just Friends.” They also serve a wide variety of cookies, including a sugar cookie with their original pink frosting.
Tucano's and Rodizio Grill
If meat — and lots of it — is more your style, you’ve probably been to either Tucano’s Brazillian Grill or Rodizio Grill. Both serve menu of Brazillian-style meats and foods brought directly to your table for selection.
At Tucanos, the meats include a variety of beef options, like top sirloin, garlic parmesan beef or beef tender, as well as pork, poultry and seafood options. They also serve grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables and you meal comes with a salad festival.
Rodizio Grill’s menu includes beef items like top sirloin, and tri-tip sirloin steak, beef tender, as well as poultry, pork, lamb and seafood items. They also served fresh grilled pineapple and a variety of salads at the salad bar.
Zaxby's and Chick-fil-A
If chicken-based chain restaurants are your thing, there are two similar restaurants in Utah County — Chick-fil-A and Zaxby’s.
Zaxby’s opened its first location in Athens, Georgia in 1990. Its first Utah County location opened in Lehi in October 2014. The restaurant serves several chicken offerings including chicken salads, chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders. They also serve several kinds of wings.
Chick-fil-A is a nationwide chain that also originated in Georgia that also serves a wide menu of chicken dishes, including chicken salads, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders and chicken nuggets. They also serve a breakfast menu.