This post is sponsored by the Salt Lake City, UT Doubletree Hotel’s Stephen’s American Bistro. I received a meal for reviewing purposes, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.
I recently got a sitter for the night (thanks Darla), took off in a southward direction to spend a day and two evenings in Salt Lake City. I had a few meetings and events I needed to attend. This mom was looking forward to spending her first night EVER, all alone, in a hotel room. Yes, First Ever! I have always traveled with family and friends, sharing a room.
Of all the things I needed to attend while in Salt Lake City for those 36 hours, by far the most delicious thing to do was having lunch at Stephen’s American Bistro located in the Doubletree Hotel in downtown.
Over the years I have eaten at plenty of hotel restaurants but I truly enjoyed my time at Stephen’s. The dining room was elegant with its red table cloths and white napkins, only lacking a wine service setting, but since this is Utah, that much elegance is a waste. But speaking of wine, Stephen’s along with the adjoining hotel bar Bar 110 West, offer quite a nice selection of wine, beer, and spirits.
I was handed the wine menu and without regard to what I was going to eat, I ordered a crisp pinot grigio. It was more about having a nice glass of “afternoon” wine than pairing it with my meal. I was most pleased with my choice.
I talked over the menu choices with my server, as I always enjoy finding out what the staff enjoy eating most at work. Just as he was asking if I liked French onion soup, I asked about the French onion soup. Mere seconds later, it was ordered, and I continued to look the menu over. This soup is one of Chef John Watkins’ signature dishes. I see why.
Oh My! My soup appeared in an hollowed out onion, sitting on bed of rock salt, covered in formage. There is nothing quite like a French onion soup in an actual onion. The bread was a deliciously herbed crostini and the broth was perfectly seasoned with equal balance of beef and herbs. If I was alone and not working in a professional capacity, I might have picked that onion up as the soup levels lowered and just slurped down the rest!
For my entree, I ordered the Grilled Flatbread Steak Sandwich. The flank steak was cooked to a perfect medium-rare while being fully tender. The steak rested in a bed of lettuce and a near-pico de gallo like salsa. It was wrapped in a flatbead with a tasty cilantro mayo that I could have used as a dipping sauce it was go good. I truly loved the range of flavors in this sandwich.
Those close to me know I am weak and helpless before a French fry. I ate way too many of the fries that accompanied this sandwich. I couldn’t resist. They called out to me. They are hand cut, soaked in salt water and perfectly crisp on the outside. YUM. The fries alone will have me coming back!
I was utterly pleased with my lunch. The restaurant would be perfect for a romantic evening or a business lunch, both situations being easily accommodated for. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable. The full service bar is actually a sports bar, so if you want to watch the game head on over and order your drink of choice and watch on one of the many screens.
Without any hesitation, I recommend Stephen’s American Bistro (and Bar 110 West), if you’re in the area and want a classy meal for reasonable pricing prepared by a fantastic chef, then give Stephen’s a try. You won’t be disappointed. I’m already looking forward to my return visit. It truly is a restaurant that simply happens to be in a hotel.