Going Local: The Copper Onion

The “Going Local” blog series at VIP Limousine has covered a lot of local hot spots in Salt Lake City and other nearby areas in Utah and across the Wasatch Front, but it has been missing a local favorite in downtown for a long time. Today, however, we look to remedy such an oversight with our most recent write-up on area restaurants.

Tucked away on the first floor amidst a myriad of tall buildings, The Copper Onion is nonetheless the gateway to a world of delicious food, whether you sit inside or outside. Photo credit: Lisa Dang
Tucked away on the first floor amidst a myriad of tall buildings, The Copper Onion is nonetheless the gateway to a world of delicious food. Photo credit: Lisa Dang

The Copper Onion is nestled inside of the striking Broadway Theatre complex near Gallivan Plaza and the business district in Salt Lake, now known as “The Blocks,” with easy access from the Utah Transit Authority Blue and Green lines and nearby thoroughfares and freeways. It appears to be relatively unassuming at first glance from the street, but this gem packs a powerful American culinary punch near the heart of the city. The atmosphere at the Copper Onion is clearly modern and clean, with a busy yet somehow simultaneously, and thus paradoxically, collected vibe that lends itself to the casual and business crowds with aplomb. Whether seated indoors or out, service is friendly and efficient and it’s a supremely comfortable experience.

Being an American restaurant, there is no excuse for not getting the basics right, and this is one area where The Copper Onion clearly excels. A house burger with basic ingredients is turned up to 11 with a few small but powerful signature twists. It is easily one of Salt Lake’s best, and messiest, burgers available. We also like how there is a reasonable amount of customization allowed on a variety of menu items, such as being able to swap sides and proteins, to adapt to different tastes.

Another winning entree is the pasta carbonara, which comes finished with bacon, because why not? It’s a delicious bowl of great food which is also very satisfying for quite some time after, as the portion sizes here are not overwhelming, but also not too large for timely consumption or overeating.

Being that The Copper Onion is close to a lot of businesses, one of its most attractive features is a quick service. Executives cannot waste a lot of time during working hours, so it is imperative that what time they do spend out of the office is done so in an effective manner. The Copper Onion’s overall pace of service is perfect for this, with the right balance of quality and speed. Of course, if you so wish to take some extra time, it will allow for further savoring of the menu and the atmosphere.

In the mood for a quick drink at the bar? Or do you want to watch the chefs in action? Or both at the same time? The Copper Onion says "Yes!" Photo credit: Gastronomic SLC
In the mood for a quick drink at the bar? Or do you want to watch the chefs in action? Or both? The Copper Onion says “Yes!” Photo credit: Gastronomic SLC

If you’re still hungry, The Copper Onion also has a brief list of excellent dessert options suiting a variety of tastes. For lunch, this includes a cobbler, pudding, tart, and a daily special ice cream flavor made in house. On select days, they have their brunch menu available with delicious breakfast items and other unique options not available during lunch and dinner.

The Copper Onion is definitely a hit spot in Salt Lake City which is a great fit for a wide variety of occasions, whether just for a quick lunch or an extended fun night out. We at VIP Limousine definitely recommend this establishment be put on your Utah culinary map and experience their food, drink, and ambiance.

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