Little known fact: Utah Valley is an amazing place for Foodies (or those with a particular interest in food, which is most of us, right?). We have so many local and unique restaurants, food from an array of different cultures, and even food that has received national attention and won awards. Check out our list of non-chain restaurants that originated in Utah Valley! Only the best made the list, meaning only those restaurants with a 4-5 star rating on Google reviews and Yelp!

4-5 Star American Food Restaurants

Since the United States is a melting pot of cultures, American food can include a variety of things, so we have a long list of amazing restaurants in Utah Valley to try. We included all the classics from burgers to  BBQ to sandwiches, and even added a few culturally American things, such as Southern food and Native American cuisine. And yes, we even included pizza because the restaurants listed put their own American spin on each one!

North Valley

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Six Sisters Deli in Eagle Mountain
    • They serve up the best sandwiches on this side of Utah Lake! You can't go wrong with any of their hot sandwiches and they even have gluten-free options!
  • Village Pizza in Eagle Mountain
    • A favorite among locals, this pizza place is tasty and for lunch they offer a buffet, so you can eat to your heart's content!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Chubby's in Saratoga Springs & Pleasant Grove
    • If you're from Utah Valley, you've been to or at least heard of Chubby's! They claim to make the best burgers in the valley, and we won't argue with that!
  • Sean's Smokehouse BBQ & Grill in Saratoga Springs
    • All of their sides are made from scratch everyday! But don't stop there--they all pair perfectly with the drool-worthy meat, such as ribs and brisket!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • SLAB Pizza in Lehi
    • Choose between Premium, Super Premium, or Super Duper Premium at this popular pizza spot! They have something for everyone, including gluten-free!
  • One Man Band in Lehi & Spanish Fork
    • Craving breakfast foods? Stop by here any time of the day to get your fix of scones and honey butter or pancakes and omelettes!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Blues Street BBQ in American Fork
    • Everything on the menu is so good, you'll want to get a little of everything. However, be sure to make room for the BBQ nachos. They are y-u-m.
  • Rocky Mountain Wingshak in American Fork
    • With 15 different sauces for your wings, this place is definitely the best wing spot in the valley! Get your wings buffalo style, sweet style, or sour style.

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • JCW's in American Fork
    • Not your typical fast food burger joint, JCW's gives you food that actually looks like the advertised pictures! They serve up gourmet burgers and thick shakes.
  • Tangie's Cafe in American Fork
    • This iconic American Fork cafe serves up some amazing breakfast! Order their massive pancakes or scones or plates full of cheesy eggs and bacon!
  • Firebird Pizza & Pasta in Pleasant Grove
    • At Firebird's, they let you be a part of the cooking process--you can build your own pizza and pasta! This is a tasty place to eat at for a girls' night out!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Purple Turtle in Pleasant Grove
    • For over 50 years, this place has been making locals smile with its delicious burgers, tater tots and fry sauce, and, most of all, their amazing shakes!
  • Paul's Place Sandwich Shop in Pleasant Grove
    • The small-town feel of this place draws people in and keeps them coming. While there, try their reuben or grilled cheese!
  • The Holy Grill in Pleasant Grove
    • With award-winning BBQ, this Pleasant Grove favorite is a must-stop for any and all meat lovers. Their brisket and pulled pork are especially scrumptious!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • The Smoking Apple in Lindon
    • Another amazing BBQ place, The Smoking Apple boasts some pretty amazing dipping sauce, so make sure you eat it with everything!

Central Valley

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Foundry Grill at Sundance
    • This fine dining restaurant provides those in the mountains an exquisite culinary experience. Dine outside and try the filet mignon or a bison burger!
  • The Tree Room at Sundance
    • Make your way up to the mountains for an amazing fine dining experience here. Some choice food options include pepper steak, sirloin steak, and crab.

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Communal in Provo 
    • Communal is a fine dining place where you can eat around a large table with all your friends and family, "Sunday dinner" style. Come for brunch or dinner! 
  • DP Cheesesteaks in Provo, American Fork, & Lehi
    • This is one of the only places in Utah that has authentic Philly cheesesteaks! If you are ever craving one or want to try one for the first time, go here!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Sensuous Sandwich in Provo
    • At this provocative sandwich place, the menu items, such as "The Tantalizer" and "The Enticer," describe perfectly how their food will make your senses feel.
  • Molly's in Provo
    • Molly's is a great lunch spot, and that is the only time it is open! Come for some tasty grub, such as their Hawaiian haystacks (a popular Utah food).

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Good Thyme in Provo
    • This eclectic American restaurant serves something new--and healthy--every day! Their food and atmosphere are vibrant and fresh.
  • Broke Eatery in Provo
    • Here, you can get a variety of foods, including the daily special which changes every day. Come at night and see a show with your fancy dinner.

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • CHOM Burger in Provo
    • CHOM burger is an upper scale burger joint. The menu includes a variety of burgers and crispy fries. You can get sweet potato fries, regular, or a mix!
  • Burgers Supreme in Provo
    • This Utah County classic restaurant has been around for a long time and for good reason! They have famous shakes and a variety of supreme burgers!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Block Restaurant in Provo
    • Block is a fine dining farm-to-table experience, with locally sourced ingredients. Don't miss their weekend brunches with brioche french toast or eggs benedict!
  • J Dawgs in Provo
    • The Provo location right beside BYU is the original J Dawgs. Come here for the absolute best hot dogs in town, and do not forget their sweet special sauce!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Guru's Cafe in Provo
    • This upscale cafe offers a delicious breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner, with a little something for everyone. Don't skip dessert, try the Skookie!
  • Cafe 300 Generation Two in Provo
    • This is a wonderful place for any meal, and they are conscious of dietary restrictions, too, including items such as gluten-free pancakes!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Brick Oven Pizza in Provo
    • Brick Oven Pizza is a great place for family gatherings! Don't settle for one slice, but instead opt for the buffet and try a little bit of everything!
  • The Great Steak Grill in Provo
    • This local grill, formerly known as The Great Steak Sandwich Co, is one of the best around! They are known for their steak sandwiches and burgers.

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • 180 Tacos & Global Street Eats in Provo
    • This place sounds like it shouldn't be labeled "American food," but the menu is so diverse, from Asian to Mexican tacos, that it won't fit in any other category!
  • Ripple's Drive-In in Provo
    • Ripple's is an iconic fast food restaurant in Provo. Try their chicken strips and their hand-breaded onion rings and mushrooms!

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Black Sheep Cafe in Provo
    • This unique restaurant is hands down the best Native American restaurant in Utah County. Try their Navajo tacos or their burgers with a twist!
  • Red Deli in Provo
    • This place is great because the food, but also because it is a local deli that delivers! The sandwiches are hot and tasty, served with crisp veggies or fries.

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Tommy's Burgers in Provo
    • Another classic burger joint, this place adds a twist by offering "Texas style" burgers and hot dogs! Basically, you can add chili, bacon, and all the fixin's.
  • Station 22 Cafe in Provo
    • This restaurant has cool vibes and decor. They also serve deliciously crafted sodas and some great grub, with a southern flair. Try their fried cooking dough!

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Good Move Cafe in Provo
    • Come here and get a board game to play with your meal! They manage to provide a great time, while also serving some great food and snacks!
  • The Wall in Provo
    • Skip the lines at the food-court style Cougareat next time you visit BYU and go downstairs to The Wall instead. Their guacamole bacon burger is amazing!

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • La Jolla Groves in Provo
    • As one of the best fine dining experiences in Utah Valley, this restaurant will please your taste buds, as well as elevate your soul.
  • Five Star BBQ Company in Orem & Provo
    • This BBQ catering company is one that you'll want for your next summer BBQ around the pool. Their specialty is slow-cooked beef brisket.

A Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Pizzeria Seven Twelve in Orem
    • With gluten-free options, this locally-sourced restaurant uses only the finest ingredients. Come for lunch or dinner and stay for dessert!
  • Joe's Cafe in Orem
    • When you eat at Joe's, you don't just get great food (especially the Southern breakfast!), but you also get Southern hospitality from the sweet owner, Joe!

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Bam Bam's BBQ in Orem
    • Come and enjoy some of the best BBQ in town! They cater, they have a food truck, and they sell merchandise with their logo!
  • Bailey's Restaurant & Patio in Orem
    • This small ma and pa restaurant is a must stop for anyone craving a good sandwich! They are also known for their pickled eggs--try them!
  • Ernie's Sports Deli in Orem
    • Home of the Champ, the Home Run, and the Slam Dunk, this themed sandwich stop is a great place to go after playing sports or to watch them!

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Smokehouse BBQ & Burgers in Orem
    • The South can't have all the bragging rights on BBQ, especially since we have this place! Get messy eating ribs with delicious sauce as well as other classics!
  • Callie's Cafe in Orem
    • Enjoy a good American meal, any time of the day. The chef is expert at the grill, and the prices are unbeatable for the quality of food you get.

South Valley

  • Zub's Pizza & Subs in Springville & Provo
    • This is the best sandwich and pizza spot in Springville and they conveniently cater, too! When you visit, ask them how they got their name!
  • Art City Trolley in Springville
    • After re-purposing an abandoned trolley car, a local family created a restaurant in "Art City," serving up the best chicken sandwiches and wings in Utah Valley!

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Strap Tank Brewery in Springville
    • This place has a really cool vibe to it. Of course, they are known for their craft beers, but the atmosphere and the variety of food are outstanding, too!
  • Side Car Cafe in Springville
    • This place serves Strap Tank's beer and is nearby, but they also have their own unique menu. They make their burgers out of brisket steak, so try one of those!
  • Magleby's in Springville
    • With award-winning chocolate cake, you won't want to skip dessert at this fine dining restaurant! For your entree, we recommend the prime rib or salmon!
  • Glade's Drive Inn in Spanish Fork
    • This is a fun, local burger joint with a really friendly staff. The food is really good, and the shakes are amazing!

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Barry's Parkview Drive-In in Spanish Fork
    • More than just burgers, Barry's also offers famous footlong hotdogs, cut in half, grilled, and placed in a grilled bun. Finish up with a dipped ice cream cone!
  • Little Acorn in Spanish Fork
    • Order a burger or sandwich with wholesome homemade bread and a milkshake. For a healthier route, try one of Little Acorn's fresh fruit shakes.  
  • Two Jack's Pizza in Spanish Fork, Provo, & Springville
    • Call ahead, walk right in, or order delivery at this popular pizza joint. They also serve a tasty and filling lasagna and amazing cheese sticks!

Foodie Guide to Utah Valley: American Food

  • Dalton's Steakhouse in Payson 
    • The daily specials here will keep you coming! The best steak on this side of Utah Lake is served here, along with delicious soups and custom burgers.
  • Santa Queen Drive-In in Santaquin
    • Santa Queen has all of the classics under one roof: burgers, fries, fish and chips, and sandwiches. Make sure you also try a yummy shake!
  • Hot Rod Diner in Santaquin
    • Stepping into this diner is like stepping back into the 50s! The atmosphere is fun and family-friendly and the homestyle food is up to par!

In Utah Valley we have a lot of great places to eat, for locals and visitors alike. It's not all American food though, so stay tuned for our next Foodie blogs about Asian, European, and Latin American cuisines, as well as desserts!

Did we miss any of your all-American favorites? Did you discover anything new you want to try? Let us know and then go out there and let your taste buds explore Utah Valley!

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