My good friend, Tal, was visiting me from Israel. He's quite the foodie. In fact, he writes for a this burger blog in Israel and prides himself on his burger-eating expertise. I needed to impress him with the most delicious food Salt Lake City had to offer, so I took him to Eva's.
Eva's (Eva) is located in downtown Salt Lake City, right next to a few other favorites; Whiskey Street, Cheers 2 U, and the new boujee spot in town, White Horse.
The ambiance in Eva's is the ideal place for an impressive first date. Warm wood floors, candle-lit lighting, and tight, cozy space creating a deliciously romantic feeling.
I, of course, immediately ordered a glass of red once I sat down. I went for a medium-bodied italo pietrantonj, which resulted as the perfect choice to accompany the rich food that was about to come.
The dinner style at Eva is an assortment of small shared plates, or tapas. This is my favorite style of eating because you get to try a taste of everything!
We ordered seven dishes for four people. The brussel sprouts, grilled asparagus, steak bruschetta, spinach potato gnocchi, diavola pizza, meat and cheese plate, and lamb and pork meatballs.
Everything was mouth-wateringly amazing. However, if I were to go back I would not order the cheese plate, the pizza, or the meatballs. While these items were fine, I feel like there wasn't anything particularly special about them. Whenever I eat a dish, I think to myself, "can I make this at home or get this somewhere else?" If the answer is yes, I probably won't order it again because it's clearly not too difficult to re-make. However, if the dish is irreplaceable, then a restaurant will definitely have me coming back for more. If you're a die-hard meat and cheese fan, go for it! For me though, I knew I could easily make this same assortment at home, whereas the gnocchi would be tough to replicate.
The winners: The steak bruschetta and spinach potato gnocchi were the favorites for the night. The steak bruschetta came out thinly sliced, rare, and atop two slices of foccacia bread covered with arugula, lemon, parmesan, and an amazing garlic aioli. The spinach potato gnocchi was covered in a white wine cream sauce that was so mouth-watering I almost ordered an extra side of the sauce. (probably the truffle-oil in the white sauce - I'm a huge fan).
Along with these dishes, the next favorites in line were the brussel sprouts and grilled asparagus.
If you're in Salt Lake City, whether just visiting or local, definitely put Eva at the top of your list if you love good food.
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