Going Local: Pallet

You can see the roots of Pallet and its namesake in the old creamery building where it's based. Photo credit: cityhomecollective.com
You can see the roots of Pallet and its namesake in the old creamery building where it’s based. Photo credit: cityhomecollective.com

One very cool thing about downtown Salt Lake City is all of the repurposed buildings. It’s in Utah nature to preserve history, physical and intangible, and put it to good use. Much of this surrounds the restaurant industry, making use of what was once used for food…and is now used for food again. This is the case with Pallet, a high-end American bistro near The Gateway Mall near the heart of the city. It is easily accessible just off of I-15 or the TRAX Blue Line at the Planetarium station.

The establishment was founded in Salt Lake’s first creamery, which was built over 100 years ago to ship out milk and other dairy products. With high ceilings, big windows, and recycled wood and metal, it maintains the industrial feel of old, while the chic, dim lighting and custom furnishings carry it into the current century. As a result, the ambiance of the compact dining room is warm and friendly, with a laid-back and cool vibe. Some of the tables have communal place-settings so the patrons and groups of patrons can interact with one another. The restaurant’s name is also no accident, as this creamery used wooden pallets to move and ship out products.

Old, meet new. New, meet old. Become one at Pallet. Photo credit: cityweekly.net
Old, meet new. New, meet old. Become one at Pallet. Photo credit: cityweekly.net

The word-play on the name is not just clever, it also comes to life on the plates at Pallet. Their menu is a fun collection of classics and some modern twists. A great starter is the “Full Board,” a combination of charcuterie, cheese, and vegetables which will delight all at the table with local, regional, and unique varieties. Appetizers include large classic meatballs. And then there are the entrees.

Ever wanted to try scallops without going to the seaside? Pallet has you covered! Photo credit: www.theslcfoodie.com
Ever wanted to try scallops without going to the seaside? Pallet has you covered! Photo credit: www.theslcfoodie.com

These mainly have protein as the star of the dish, and Pallet’s variety doesn’t disappoint. Seafood lovers are treated to either a delicious bass or a dish of scallops. There’s also chicken, boar, elk, lamb ribs, and–most uniquely–zabuton, a cut off the chuck which is full of surprises and can only be found in certain places around the United States. In particular, the boar is a fun plate, with a bit of a Southwestern/Mexican twist; the zabuton steak is an almost indescribable experience on its own. Theoretically, this cut should be chewy and undesirable, but paired with potatoes and a delicious light sauce, it melts away like the great cuts.

The "zabuton" steak cut gets its name from the flat Japanese sitting pillow. It definitely tastes better. Photo credit: yelp.com
The “zabuton” steak cut gets its name from the flat Japanese sitting pillow. It definitely tastes better. Photo credit: yelp.com

Having been in SLC for 5 years and having already garnered a lot of local praise, Pallet looks to be a great mainstay in the restaurant scene. Whether for lunch or dinner, casual or formal, we at VIP Limousine definitely recommend whetting one’s palate at Pallet.

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