Five great places for a drink and a meal

Virginia Rainey  – September 16, 2004

The Bayou. Industrial chic yet comfortable, this is a great place to dine solo at the bar. Choose from more than 150 beers and dig into a succulent garlic burger with sweet-potato fries. Live jazz is featured most nights at this modern pub ($4 temporary membership). $$; closed Sun. 645 S. State St.; 801/961-8400.

Club Bambara. A convivial buzz makes this private club ($4 temporary membership) at Bambara restaurant perfect for couples who don’t mind cuddling up close on barstools. Chef Robert Barker puts a Southern spin on the New American menu. $$$; closed Sun. 202 S. Main St.; 801/363-5454.

Ichiban Sushi & Japanese Cuisine. Belly up to the sushi bar for an intimate dining experience in this former Lutheran church. Jewel-like stained-glass windows, soaring ceilings, and sleek decor add panache to owner-chef Peggi Whiting’s menu. $$. 336 South 400 East; 801/532-7522.

Martine. The bar space in this historic brownstone may be the tiniest in town, but it’s so charming that it’s irresistible for a casual meal of Mediterranean-inspired tapas. Barstools face a gleaming old bank vault, and the food is as good as gold. $$$; no dinner Sun–Mon. 22 East 100 South; 801/363-9328.

Metropolitan. The curve of Metro’s bar invites conversation, and the bistro menu invites indulgence with a glass of bubbly. Enjoy the sidewalk scene through 9-foot windows, or take in live jazz on Saturday nights. $$$; closed Sun. 173 W. Broadway (300 South); 801/364-3472.


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