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The Provo Food Scene

It wasn’t that long ago that there weren’t great options for eating out in Provo.  If you didn’t want to trek up to Sundance, you were pretty much stuck with the P-town institutions.  Thankfully, things have gotten a lot better.  Now there are enough truly good restaurants, you can mix them up and never run out of places to eat.

Note: we include a few places technically in Orem because they’re close enough to contribute to the ‘scene’ and worth the drive, even if you’re not already up there.

This list can serve as a guide for anyone who finds themselves in Provo, looking for a place to eat.  We’ve broken out our favorites by category, roughly the most recommended first.  So start at the top and work your way down!

Tops

  • Communal – consistently the best place to eat in Provo
  • 712 – best in Orem and ties for first, depending on the mood
  • Black Sheep – delicious, upscale Navajo cuisine never misses
  • Shoga – best sushi in Utah Valley, go here to get your fix

Like for lunch

  • Aubergine – favorite spot for healthy lunch
  • India Palace – lunch buffet, dinners, and groups, Center St in Provo

Cheap ‘n good

  • Bras(s)as – best street tacos in Provo, load up at the salsa bar

Nice for a change

  • Thai Village – our most frequent take out spot, good lunch special
  • Station 22 – southern comfort food when you’re downtown
  • Slab – only pizza we go for in Provo, good gluten free crust
  • Masa – whole ingredient latin american, furthest north in Orem
  • PhoPlus – good on a cold day, also have bahn mi sandwiches

Worth an honorable mention

  • Hruska’s – kolaches are the best breakfast downtown, sells out by 11am
  • Cubby’s – burgers, sandwiches, salads, for when the kids want Chick-fil-a
  • Cup Bop – glad they settled down so I can get Korean food truck any time
  • Thai Ruby – nice little sit down, close to campus, best Pad Thai in town
  • Cafe Rio – everybody needs to try the Pork Salad, whole family likes it
  • Molly’s – nicer cafeteria style, pretty much on here for Tomato Basil Pie
  • Foundry Grill – rustic, chic, fun place to take out-of-towners
  • Tree Room – really good, a little too nice for most occasions
  • Koohinoor – Indian lunch special, Center St. in Orem
  • Dolce Amelia – soft server gelato is worth a stop
  • Mountain West Burrito – grab n go whole ingredient bazookas
  • JDawgs – good once a year, everything you could want in a dog

Good with a group

  • Bombay House – long time Provo, share around or get take-out
  • Gloria’s – authentic Italian, something to please everyone
  • Tucanos – kids love it, Brazilian grill, fun to take people who’ve never been

Lament for restaurants lost…

  • Blue Pablano – I’ll never find taco Shangri-la again
  • Dew – dumplings got me through my third pregnancy
  • Rooster – still dream of red curry pulled pork sandwhiches and yellow curry coconut chicken noodle soup