As Voltaire pointed out, “Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” Here are some of Utah Valley’s best restaurants – sure to be a pleasure.

Best Breakfast

Hruska’s Kolaches. This quaint, little storefront is right on Center Street in Provo, conveniently located near my favorite used bookstore, Pioneer Books. Their kolaches are inexpensive, fresh all day, and the perfect breakfast for meeting friends or grabbing something on the go. My favorites are the savory meat-filled kolaches.

Runner Up: Magleby’s. Bacon. Bacon. Maple-flavored bacon. This is a classic Provo eatery, great for enjoying a sit-down breakfast with family.

Best Thai

Spicy Thai. This is the best Thai food in the entire valley, and they have a lot of competition. My personal favorite dishes are Yellow Pumpkin Curry with chicken and Pad Thai. The restaurant is comfortable and the service is always quick and friendly.

Best Quick and Cheap Eat

Sensuous Sandwich. I spent less than $3, was totally full, and it was delicious. I got the spicy something or other with cream cheese. Bueno.

(Runner up: NuSkin Cafe- pretty good, pretty cheap. I recommend the enchiladas. And the one egg meal for breakfast.)

Best Burger

So Provo is pretty saturated with burger joints and far be it from me to claim to have the expertise on which is best, but while I think In-N-Out is hard to beat Five Guys and Smashburger give a pretty good fight.

Best Grill Food

They mostly just have sliders, but I don’t really think of it as a burger joint… Marley’s. (Otherwise known as the Harley Davidson Grill) SO good. Love it. The original location is in Timponogos, but a new location opened at the Riverwoods Mall in Provo. Both are fantastic, but if you want to buy a Harley to go with your slider.

Best Classy Restaurant

Communal. I absolutely loved everything I ate here. Very classy, very good service, very good environment, and pretty expensive. But if you’re looking for something legitimately nice in Provo, this is it. I have never had anything here that I didn’t love. I’ve often tried to recreate my meals from there at home- usually not even coming close to the original, which confirms my suspicion that they use magic in the kitchen.

So, there they are. What are some of your favorite Utah Valley restaurants?

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