We’ve been in Deer Valley for over two months, the state is be-Utah-ful. Deer Valley is a short drive from Salt Lake City. We spent the afternoon exploring one of this city’s highlights, The Gateway in SLC. The Gateway is a beautiful open-air commercial and residential complex in downtown Salt Lake City. We grabbed lunch at HallPass, picked up some gourmet bites at The Store and explored art at Dreamscapes. We are excited to tell you about The Gateway in SLC.
The Gateway in SLC
We wanted to take a break from skiing at Deer Valley and explore The Gateway. The Gateway was established in 2002. This isn’t an ordinary mall. The Gateway features beautiful outdoor space, more formal and casual dining, shopping, entertainment, art installations and creative office space. Community-driven events also take place at The Gateway.
Where to Go at The Gateway in SLC: HallPass
We started with a stroll through the outdoor space to HallPass. You can’t miss Utah’s original food hall. This upscale, fast dining experience is a one of a kind experience.
This innovative food hall features eight incubator kitchens with something for everyone from fried chicken to lobster rolls to spring rolls. Diners can choose from SkinnyFATS, Blaze of Thunder, CodSpeed, Graffti Bao and/or Colossal Lobster. We skipped cocktails because we went for lunch, check out Beer Zombies Draft Room for signature cocktails, lots of wine and beer.
We ordered the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich and side of Mac & Cheese from Blaze of Thunder. This sandwich can be HOT! We even signed a waiver after we ordered the After Burner, made with the reaper pepper (one of the hottest peppers in the world! We tried it so you don’t have too- it’s spicy even for our Indian palettes. It’s delicious, but after a few bites, we wish we dialed back the Spice-O-Meter to Hot, not Hotter Than Your Ex.
We also ordered Szechuan Chicken Dumplings and Vietnamese Spring Rolls. All of the dishes were delicious and where else can you sit down and feast on upscale, flavorful southern favorites and Asian cuisine? Only at Hall Pass.
Seating is available indoors or outdoors. We have been keeping all of our dining outdoors over the past year. HallPass is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00AM to 2:00PM and 5PM to 11PM. On Sundays, this food hall is open 11:00AM to 10:00PM. Brunch is available on weekends.
After lunch, we headed to The Store, a locally owned and independent specialty grocery store. The Store stocks many local products in Utah since 1968. We got a variety of Mexican foods and styled a fiesta at home. We started with chips, salsa and spicy queso.
Then we reheated The Store’s chicken burritos and enchiladas.
I love it when you call me Margarita. A dinner at home isn’t complete without some cocktails. With Vena’s Fizz House, all you need is your favorite spirit. Mix, shake and refrigerate. It’s as easy at that. With these mixers, you can be your own bartender at home.
This is where dreamscapes are made. One of our favorite pre-Covid activities in NYC was exploring immersive experiences. We were excited to explore Dreamscapes, Salt Lake City’s Immersive Art Experience. Dreamscapes just reopened on February 5th. This immersive experience is a colorful labyrinth to play, explore and dream. It’s great for adults and kids and we highly recommend a visit to explore the colorful art exhibits. You’ll need to purchase tickets in advance, social distance and wear masks. Dreamscapes is open Thursday to Sunday from 12:00PM to 9:30PM. It takes about an hour to walk through the exhibits. Tickets are timed and cost $15.00 for General Admission and $12.00 for seniors, children, military and healthcare workers.
We had an amazing time exploring The Gateway in SLC. We recommend walking through the outdoor arts, grabbing some bites from HallPass or The Store and exploring the art at Dreamscapes. This year, make sure to visit The Gateway in SLC.
It’s always good to be back in Salt Lake City.Jimmer Fredette