Pleasing Provo's Palate, A Dining Guide to Provo, Utah

The BYU Creamery in Provo, UT

Satisfying the culinary tastes of a university town means making sure there's a extensive menu of dining options.

It starts with regional chains such as Five Buck Pizza, home of free, unlimited toppings or Hogi Yogi, where the partnership of sandwiches and frozen yogurt results in a satisfied stomach.

Other pit stops are steeped in local history, such as the BYU Creamery, founded in 1949 serving milk to university students. After first expanding its dairy offerings, the restaurant now offers a full lunch and casual dinner menu.

For those for whom sandwiches are a passion, The Sensuous Sandwich sells temptation by the inch (from 4" to 24"). Choose from 14 deli-style sandwiches, including The Bodacious and The Au Natural.

Authentically Mexican

No need to go south of the border as long as Las Tarascas is in town. Voted Best in the State two years running, it is touted as a Mexican restaurant where Mexicans can enjoy the true tastes of home, and Mexican food lovers can get to know the real deal. Everything is made from scratch with fresh ingredients, recapturing owner Alfonso Lopez' memories of visiting his grandparents in Michoacan, Mexico.

If one's stomach should rumble in Italian, Gloria's Little Italy has inexpensive, authentic entrees made from recipes directly from Italy. Think antipasti, appetizers, pastas, specialty dishes, salads, soup, gelati and sorbetti. Stop in the market area on the way out to take a taste of Italy home.

When it's time to splurge, go all out (and slightly out of town) to the Tree Room at Sundance Resort, 14 miles from Provo. Sundance Resort is an area purchased and developed by Robert Redford in 1969 for conservation and artistic expression. Tree Room espouses an Earth-to-table philosophy, and guests enjoy mountain cuisine while admiring Native American art from Redford's private collection. The restaurant is an AAA Four-Diamond location as well as winner of a Wine Spectator award.

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