Fiddling With My Food!

Enjoying your food is FUNdamental!

The Side Track Cafe in Heber City, Utah

Located on the corner of 1st South and Main Street in Heber City, Utah, is a delightful little eatery that you must visit!

It’s called the Side Track Cafe.  Established in an old house from Heber’s pioneer era, the cafe is reminiscent of bygone days.  The food is not!  You can get healthy nutritional shakes as well as home crafted meals.
It’s fun to eat there and I highly recommend the J-9 Burger, impregnated with fresh garlic.  It comes smothered in mushrooms and covered in melted bleu cheese.   The J-9 lands in the top two burgers of my life!
This burger is named for the proprietor, Janine (get it J – Nine?)  A  spunky little gal who is worth a stop, just to meet.  We asked to meet her and she came out of the kitchen to spend the next half hour with us.  We swapped recipes, told stories, took photos and enjoyed a wonderful meal.  Food should be an experience and at the Side Track it surely is.
I’ve always admired the way Sweetie can mix it up with folks entirely different from herself.  In Janine she met her match.  The two of them had little in common except food, but that didn’t stop her from learning about Janine’s Italian father and Gangster uncles or her Filipina mother (who “looks like Anette Funicello.)  That combination of Italian and Filipino cuisine traditions is evident in the adventuresome variety and creative blend of Janine’s food and flair.

July 14, 2011 Posted by | Beef | Leave a comment

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

I guess I just had to try it. Sean Hannity talks Ruth’s Chris up so much. And you know what, they do serve a pretty darn good steak. I comes too hot to eat and stays hot for the entire meal. In the long run that is good and they do serve as good a steak as I’ve eaten. I’d say about 10% better than any I’ve had, but at twice the price. Do the math, I did, and I don’t expect to go back. It’s kind of like the old 80/20 rule. 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort, to get the other 20% of the results you seek, you need to put in the other 80% of effort. In most cases it just isn’t worth it and neither is Ruth’s Chris.

July 31, 2008 Posted by | Beef | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mom’s Cafe


About sixty miles short of the West end of Interstate 70 lies the sleepy little town of Salina, Utah.  If you take the Salina exit from the freeway and pass the gas stations, convenience stores, and fast food joints, where most travelers stop, and drive on into town to Mom’s Cafe, you’ll give yourself a culinary reason to rejoice!


Mom’s Cafe has been serving homey, delicious meals since 1926.  Caroline Jensen “Mom”, shows up to run the place every day.  Caroline can’t possibly have been the original 1926 Mom, she’s much too young.  

Chicken Fried Steak

 I first heard about Mom’s from Robert Fulghum in his book, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down It.  He claimed Mom’s had the second best Chicken Fried Steak in the World.  The best being from a cafe in Payette, Idaho.  I went to Payette for the express purpose of eating the best, but that cafe had gone out of business.

Whether it is by attrition or just plain great food, Mom’s Chicken Fried Steak appears to have qualified as THE BEST.  Regardless, it is the best I’ve ever enjoyed.  Caroline says the secret is grilling, rather that deep frying the steak.  I promise you, there is more to the secret than that.  It is delicious!

I will continue my quest for the best Chicken Fried Steak on earth.  If I ever find one better than Mom’s, I’ll be sure a let you know.  In the mean time, if you’re ever  in Central Utah, don’t miss Mom’s.

My travelling companions both had Mom’s Salmon, which I sampled.  I was jealous I hadn’t ordered that.  You don’t get better Salmon in the best seafood restaurants.  Moist, tender, flaky and seasoned perfectly.

Don’t miss Mom’s pies for dessert!  I’d like to have sampled every one!  I chose her Blueberry Sour Cream pie and was wowed by both the crust and the filling.  Some of the best pie I’ve ever enjoyed!

In today’s world of pre-prepared, even manufactured food, there’s nothing like good old, from scratch, home cooking.

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February 29, 2008 Posted by | Beef, Dessert, Fish | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment