Update: We’ve added hours and some website links. 9/1/2014
Attending Comic Con is hard work. Gamers, Cosplayers, Geeks, and Nerds all need food to keep running. There are food courts in the Salt Palace, as well as nearby malls (Gateway and Gallivan), but these are our among our favorite places to visit for breaks at Comic Con. All are within a couple blocks of the Salt Palace and offer some wonderful food.
Olive Garden is a well known national Italian food chain. They are always an excellent place for lunch or for dinner. They also have the distinction of being incredibly close to the Salt Palace. Located at 77 West and 200 South, they are across the street from the South East corner of the Salt Palace (the main entrance for Comic Con).
My daughter loves their lasagna. I usually just order the all you can eat soup and salad for myself. They have a lot of selection, however, so anyone who enjoys good Italian food will be able to find something they like.
Open Thursday 11 am to 10 pm, Friday 11 am to 11 pm, and Saturday 11 am to 11 pm. When we inquired about specials for SLCC attendees they pointed out their website. For a limited time, buy one entree, take one and get a Redbox movie, $12.99
Feeling like something German? Siegfried’s is the local favorite for German food. They have several varieties of wurst (sausage), schnitzel, and pastrami. They even have a little shop with imported goods. If you haven’t tried great German food, love the taste and need more, or are just feeling a little adventurous after a day of adventuring, check out Siegried’s.
They are located on 200 South near Main Street, on the north side of the street.
Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9 am to 9 pm.
My family and I love sushi. We don’t often splurge on the luxury, but when we do there is only one place we go. Simply Sushi has an incredible selection of sushi, including raw and cooked. Although they have other items on the menu, when we go in we get the all-you-can eat sushi.
Along with the sushi, the all-you-can eat includes miso soup, edimame, cucumber salad, and seaweed salad, if you ask for them. Pricing is very reasonable, if you enjoy sushi as much as we do. They have special pricing before 4 pm, with a slightly more limited menu. Some of our family favorites include the King Kong roll, upside-down shrimp, and the cucumber salad, all of which are available any time.
Simply Sushi is located South of the Salt Palace on the corner of 400 south and 200 west. Open Thursday 11:30 to 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 9:30 pm.
North Temple Deli
If you are looking for a healthy sandwich, North Temple Deli is a great choice. They make handmade sandwiches (and shakes) with a wide variety of meats, breads, and toppings. My family and I drop by regularly for some of the best sandwiches in in the area.
They are located on North Temple and 3rd West, about 2 blocks from the west entrance to the Salt Palace. We’ve received conflicting information on hours. From their website they have Thursday and Friday 11 to 8 pm, Saturday 12 to 8 pm. We’ll get updates if we can.
Among the best burger places in Utah is the family owned chain, Crown Burgers. Having won several awards from various sources over the years, they have been a favorite in the area since 1978. My wife and I have been stopping at Crown Burgers since we first got married over 21 years ago.
Among our favorite, their onion rings, gyro plate, and the signature Crown Burger. The Crown Burger is a ¼ lb cheeseburger topped with a massive amount of juicy pastrami. When we have friends visit from out of state, this is one place we visit constantly.
Crown Burger is also located on North Temple and 3rd West, about 2 blocks north of the west entrance to the Salt Palace. However, there are also several other locations throughout the valley.
Hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am to 10:30 pm. A benefit is they have event parking.
Rich’s Burgers ‘n Grub
From recommendations from other SLCC goers, we tried Rich’s today. The burgers were nummy! But be prepared for a leisure lunch, they cook the food while you wait. Hours are Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 10 pm. Rich’s Burgers ‘n Grub has sidewalk seating or indoors.
Salt Lake City is home of many incredible restaurants. While visiting Comic Con, make sure to enjoy some of the best food in the area. Bon Appetit!
In terms of budget, we rank from lowest cost to most expensive based on our usual choices (individual results will vary):
- Crown Burger
- North Temple Deli
- Olive Garden
- Simply Sushi