Eating Local - Supporting Provo’s Culinary Diversity
Can you remember the first time you ate at your favorite restaurant? Do you remember what you ordered? As we face an uncertain economic future, I have reflected on the influence that our favorite restaurants have had on us. They have been there for our late-night cravings, our holidays, our celebrations and our struggles, and now we have an opportunity to support them. Sometimes a new meal with new flavor can liven up our old routine, or remind us of a memory from our past. I love that during this time I have the opportunity to highlight a small handful of our local flavors! The variety of locally owned and operated businesses here in Provo are a testament to the diversity that strengthens us. Within 5 minutes, one can drive to two different restaurants with flavors from across the globe. It is this diversity that gives spice and variety to life and makes eating out in Provo fun. Our local restaurants are a big part of what makes Provo such a wonderful place to live!
Did you know?
Ivie Juice Bar was founded by a woman named Ivie, who competed in cross-country at her local college here in Utah.
All of their juice is cold pressed and bottled in glass to keep optimal nutrition. They don’t use syrups or fake sweeteners and everything is made with whole fresh real ingredients.
Yummy’s BBQ & Sushi by RC Group, LC started January 2012 as a small restaurant in front of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Sun Choi, the VP, stated “My parents have been to South Korea over 8 times in 2017 to make sure that we serve the very best to the Utah community.”
Cubby's “Cubby” and Amanda were a couple with a slight problem: They were both enthusiastic foodies, but their ideas about what makes food great were not exactly in sync. They dreamed of an eatery where Cubby could settle in with his big and hearty favorites, while she munched on a fresh, tasty salad, loaded with organic, in-season vegetables. The dream of a perfect place, one where they could both enjoy delicious, affordable food in an inviting atmosphere is what inspired the creation of their restaurant!
Lucy's Lucy is a native of Rio de Janeiro and came to the United States 25 years ago to learn English. Lucy’s passion for cooking led to her quest to create a home-style restaurant that brings the flavors of Rio de Janeiro with the “Café” environment of Rio. While she was here, Lucy also fell in love with Utah. Even though there is snow and no beaches, she was won over with the beauty of the scenic mountain ranges, the many National Parks, and the lovely old buildings. Lucy was so impressed with the downtown Provo environment that she decided this was the place for Lucy’s Brazilian Kitchen.
Rica's In case you don’t know what a pupusa is, Rica’s explains, a pupusa is a thick flatbread from El Salvador made with corn or rice flour. It is usually stuffed with one or more ingredients. These may include cheese (such as quesillo or cheese with loroco buds), chicharrón, squash, or re-fried beans. It is typically accompanied by curtido (a spicy cabbage slaw), and tomato salsa, and is traditionally eaten by hand, without the use of utensils. The exact origin of the pupusa Salvadorian.
Tandoor opened its doors to the public on July 26, 2007. Their focus is to offer traditional Indian food with a local flavor and seasonal ingredients. Their chefs create a variety of dishes, from savory clay oven-barbecued dishes to exotic curries.
Are you hungry for more?
We are officially in our third week of Takeout Bingo and are excited for a whole new set of brand new local restaurants all across Provo!
Don’t forget being entered to win prizes including gift cards are available to all who submit a Bingo!
Remember, the previous cards are still valid, so you are free to work on any and every card you wish!
Here are the rules again for anyone who missed them last time:
Get takeout/delivery/curbside from all the locations in any given row and take a pic of you enjoying the food!
Once you have a Bingo (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), send all of your pictures in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a direct message to Instagram (@provocity) or Provo City Government Facebook (@provocity) with all your pics. Be sure to attach your marked card as well!
Every Bingo you submit will be entered in a drawing to receive a Provo dinner/dessert experience on us! ($50 value).
You can enter as many Bingos as you want! (Have 5 on one card? Great! That is 5 entries for you!) A “blackout” (all spaces filled on one card) will count for 6 entries.
We will draw one winner every week!
* By submitting your pics, you agree to let us post them on the blog and/or on social media.
A new card will be released every week on my blog and on our social media accounts. Here are the links for this week’s Bingo card:
Don Chuy’s Taco Shop
Juice n’ Java
El Gallo Giro
5 Star BBQ Company
Ivie Juice Bar
La Dolce Vita
Lucy’s Brazillian Kitchen
Sushi Burrito #2
Roll with it creamery
The Coffee Shop
The Pizza Factory
Main Street Pizza
Mi Lindo Guadalajara
** Local businesses: If you would like to be featured on a future Takeout Bingo, please send a message with your business name and link to email@example.com!
As we continue to face the struggles associated with Covid-19, I would just like to thank everyone who is doing their part to stay home and stay safe while supporting local business.
Mayor Michelle Kaufusi