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Plum Alley & Ski Utah Serve It Up Family Style

  • The atmosphere is cozy and inviting at Plum Alley
  • A family style feast where nothing was left untouched

•Note, this blog post is written by guest blogger, Kelley Epstein, who is a finalist for the Ski Utah Foodie blogger position. Comment, engage and share this post. The Ski Utah Foodie Blogger will be announced here, this upcoming Monday at noon.

After receiving an email last week notifying me that I had been selected as one of the finalists for Ski Utah's next foodie blogger, I was immediately elated. Followed all to quickly by a bit of apprehension as the next part of the email was inviting me to a collaborative lunch interview  with the other finalists. Way to put the pressure on, Ski Utah! Not knowing what to expect I showed up to lunch today ready for anything.

First off, I have to give kudos to the Ski Utah team for picking the perfect restaurant where a handful of nervous potentials vying for the same position would immediately be put at ease. Plum Alley is a hidden gem in downtown Salt Lake. The cozy southeast Asian restaurant serves up lunch and dinner in a friendly, family style setting. The menu is small but has plenty of variety with something for everyone.

As soon as our food started showing up, everyone dug in with zero hesitation- the sure sign of a good group that likes to eat!  The steamed buns with crispy pork belly were fantastic. I can see why they have become Plum Alley's signature dish. Both the pulled pork and vegetarian ramen were some of the best I've ever had. The broths had so much depth and were so savory, it was hard not to slurp the entire bowl. But if i'm being totally honest, the highlight of the meal came in the form of the side dishes. The perfectly braised greens were slightly sweet with a just a little kick from the ginger and garlic. I'm pretty sure I monopolized the dish and ate more than my fair share. The brussels sprouts and butternut squash were roasted until the outsides caramelized and they were finished with a just a little drizzle of honey. You know a restaurant is good when the side dishes shine like these did!

While the food and service were both outstanding, it would be unfair of me not to mention the great company with which I shared lunch. Any hesitation I had about meeting with the other finalists vanished quickly. Between the Ski Utah team and the other finalists, there was no denying what a fantastic opportunity it was to sit down with a group of like minded people and talk something we're all passionate about. I know that whoever is chosen to be the next foodie blogger, they will bring passion and something special to the Ski Utah crew.

I overheard the content editor tell one of the other finalists that at Ski Utah, "we sell a good time." After today's lunch, I couldn't agree more.


46 comments

Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia)'s picture
Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) posted 1 year ago

I just tried Plum Alley for the first time this summer and LOVED it. I took my little girl with me to a lunch with our friends who were visiting from New York. I agree about them having a variety of options. We had vegetarians and people who are gluten-free (including me) eating with us and Plum Alley had loads of great things we could all enjoy. I can't wait to go back and try the Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. Sounds fantastic!

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becca posted 1 year ago

oh...i looooooove kelley's blog - mt. mama cooks - and think she'd be a great add to the ski utah family!!!! fingers crossed!

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Terry posted 1 year ago

I'm always looking for a new restaurant to try. Kelley made it sound like Plum Alley was one not to be missed. I'll definitely be going there soon. Thanks.

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chris posted 1 year ago

This blog is spot on, I agree sides are awesome at Plum. Together with sister restaurant The Copper Onion, these are the folks you want preparing you a meal in downtown SLC...And then go skiing!

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Beth posted 1 year ago

Sounds awesome. Good luck Kelley! I know you would be perfect for the job!

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Beth posted 1 year ago

Sounds awesome. Good luck Kelley! I know you would be perfect for the job!

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Trino posted 1 year ago

You had me at "steamed buns with crispy pork belly". I am sure to give them a try next time I'm downtown.

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eliza posted 1 year ago

YUM, I think I have to go to Plum Alley, sounds delicious!

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eliza c. posted 1 year ago

yummy! I want to go to Plum Alley, sounds delicious!

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Whitney Coleman posted 1 year ago

MMMMMMmmm....!!! Plum Alley sounds like just what I want after a long day of shredding. Thanks for the recommendation Kelley! I love your blog and couldn't think of a better fit than you as the Ski Utah Foodie blogger!

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Janet posted 1 year ago

I will be traveling to Salt Lake for work soon and don't know the local food scene. It's always helpful to have good and unbiased recommendations. I guess my first stop will be Plum Alley! Sounds fantastic! What else do you recommend, Kelley?

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Whitney posted 1 year ago

MMMmmmm...!! Thanks for the recommendation Kelley! Plum Valley sounds lake the perfect place to go after a long day of shredding with friends and family. I love your food blog and couldn't think of a better fit than you as the Ski Utah Foodie blogger!

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Jess posted 1 year ago

I should so not be reading posts like this when I'm STARVING! Butternut squash...carmelized...honey...sounds delectable. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Shasta Sperry posted 1 year ago

Caramelized brussel sprouts and butternut squash sounds amazing!

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Brian posted 1 year ago

A definite stop the next time we are in town.

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Susan Hansen posted 1 year ago

Great write up Kelley! thanks for sharing as I will have to try this place when I get up north! Good luck!

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Mike M posted 1 year ago

Very interesting. I can't wait to try Plum Alley out. Looks fantastic!!

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Jen posted 1 year ago

Can't wait to give Plum Alley. Sounds absolutely delicious!!

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Kim Loken posted 1 year ago

Thanks for the review Kelley. I need the recipe for The brussels sprouts and butternut squash. Perfect Thankgiving Day side. Next time Mike and I hit Salt Lake we'll be at Plum Alley. Good Luck!
No snow here in Phoenix YEA!!!!

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Kim Loken posted 1 year ago

Thanks for the review Kelley, I need the recipe for the brussels sprouts and butternut squash.
GOOD LUCK...
NO SNOW IN PHOENIX.... YEA!!!

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Susan A posted 1 year ago

sounds great - will definitely add it to my list of places to try!!

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Anna posted 1 year ago

Good reading. The food sounded yummy.Would love to go there.

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Melissa posted 1 year ago

I have heard that Plum Alley was not to be missed but after reading this post, I HAVE to go. That sounds right up my "alley." The way you described the pork got my mouth watering!

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Connie Cloward posted 1 year ago

Your write up makes me definately want to visit Plum Alley. Lunch tomorrow??
Thanks for the great write up, Kelley

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Joanna posted 1 year ago

Should not have read your comments on an empty stomach. Found myself imagining every bite. Can't wait to visit the restaurant on my next visit to SLC.

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Joanna posted 1 year ago

Should not have read your comments on an empty stomach. Found myself imagining every bite. Can't wait to visit the restaurant on my next visit to SLC.

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renee posted 1 year ago

yummy i agree with your suggestions! this place also has a great ambience! I hope i get to read more of your blogs in the near future!

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Kris posted 1 year ago

This place sounds amazing. I am so excited to tske my family there during the holidays.

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Kris posted 1 year ago

What a great article. We will be attending this restaraunt when we cime for the holidays. Thank you Kelley. I have always been a fan of your work.

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Dave W posted 1 year ago

Food sounds fantastic. Definitely a place I will try.


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