8 months of eat­ing ad­ven­tures

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Amy Baird

Sa­vory bites: Cul­vers did not fail to im­press with the wide range of food they of­fer in ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tional mouth-wa­ter­ingly de­li­cious ham­burg­ers that they are well known for. My fa­vorite was the roast beef sand­wich. The roast beef sand­wich with per­fectly sea­soned pot roast (bet­ter than grandma’s) served with fresh mashed pota­toes and gravy. Other fa­vorites are the French fries, root beer and creamy cus­tard. Cul­ver’s is lo­cated at 943 N. 700 East in Span­ish Fork.

I still can’t get over how de­li­cious the Chicken Tikka Masala was at Stan’s. You com­bine the rich creamy tomato sauce with sa­vory spices like co­rian­der, add some chicken and serve it with steaming jas­mine rice. Don’t forget their burg­ers and chicken sand­wiches as well as va­ri­ety of sides like fries, English chips, tater tots, sweet potato fries and curly fries. And they have some pretty mean shakes like the peanut but­ter chocolate. Stan’s Drive-In is lo­cated at 248 W. Cen­ter in Salem.

Stone Drug is hon­estly a state trea­sure. I don’t know where else you can walk in and sit up to the bar on a cherry red barstool and or­der old-fash­ioned drinks and sand­wiches. The food is sim­ple and clas­sic. You can get a great burger and a shake. Don’t forget the crin­kle cut fries with a va­ri­ety of dip­ping op­tions: ketchup, fry sauce and white sauce. The best thing about it is the ladies who work there: Joyce, Lisa and Char­lene (be­tween them they have 60 years ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing the grill). Stone Drug Grill is lo­cated at 159 N. Main in Span­ish Fork.

Mr. Grill is a fam­ily-run busi­ness with hot, fresh, made-to-or­der food. The thing that makes them stand out is that they serve sand­wiches on hot scones. You can’t go wrong with a juicy burger or Philly cheeses­teak on a hot, soft scone. They also have this amaz­ing rasp­berry spicy sauce that tastes de­li­cious on a grilled chicken sand­wich (of course on a scone). And the pota­toes are sliced right in front of you and fried right up into thin, de­li­cious French fries. Don’t forget to try their ice cream. Mr. Grill is lo­cated at 788 N. 800 East in Span­ish Fork.

Sweet de­lights: Eli’s is an old-fash­ioned soda fountain lo­cated in his­toric down­town Payson. You can buy prac­ti­cally any kind of treat from ice cream to pas­tries to pie to brown­ies. With the weather chang­ing to win­ter, you can take ad­van­tage of the hot drinks Eli’s of­fers like hot co­coa or cof­fee. My per­sonal fa­vorite is the steam­ers. Eli’s is lo­cated at 7 S. Main in Payson.

Sip’N is the ul­ti­mate drink spot. You can or­der any fla­vor com­bi­na­tion you can think of. My fa­vorite was the Berry Fresh (Fresca with berries). For win­ter time, they have hot chocolate, cof­fee and cap­puc­ci­nos. And don’t forget the de­li­cious yummy treats like sugar cook­ies, brown­ies, chocolate peanut but­ter bars and cin­na­mon rolls. The Payson Sip’N is lo­cated at 865 High­way 98 and the Span­ish Fork lo­ca­tion is at 11 E. 300 South.

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