In no particular order…
#1 Mi Ranchito Grille (Mexican) – This family-owned and operated restaurant serves authentic Mexican recipes passed down from generations; definitely one not to miss. 390 E. State Rd., American Fork.
#2 Art City Trolley (American) – Located inside an authentic Trolley Car, this restaurant can serve as a conversation piece between you and your date. 256 N. Main St., Springville.
#3 Taco Amigo (Fast-food) – A community favorite in two locations, this fast-food joint has made the Utah County Health Department’s list of cleanest restaurants numerous years in a row. Here’s a tip: locals mix the fry sauce and hot sauce to make a dipping delight. 239 E. State Rd., Pleasant Grove and 1395 N. State St., Orem.
#4 Porter’s Place (Steakhouse) – Located in an old-time saloon, this restaurant is said by locals to serve the most tender steaks in Utah County. Also, try the scones; they are delicious! 24 W. Main St., Lehi.
#5 Bombay House (Indian) – This authentic Indian restaurant has won numerous awards over the past few years. A tip for the hesitant: ask your server for recommendations. 463 N. University Ave., Provo.
#6 The Valley View Room (American/breakfast) – Not enough credit is given to our food services on campus. The breakfast in the Valley View Room is excellent. If you are looking for a place to have a study/breakfast date, meet your friends here. Also, try the french toast, it’s yummy. Second floor, Sorensen Student Center.
#8 The Purple Turtle (American/ice cream) – If you’re a local, you’ve heard of a Tornado from the Purple Turtle. A Tornado is an ice-cream shake that comes in a variety of flavors. It is so large that it comes in two cups for you to share with a date—one large, and one small overflow cup. 85 E. State Rd., Pleasant Grove.
#9 The Pita Pit (Mediterranean) – This chain restaurant located in the heart of Provo features made-to-order fresh wraps and gyros. In addition, the menu caters to meat lovers and vegetarians alike. 1240 N. University Ave., Provo.
#10 Kneaders Bakery Café (European/American) – Although Kneaders is known for their fresh bread, nearly the entire menu is excellent. They serve gourmet salads, sandwiches, paninis and soup. Chicks dig it. 1990 N. State St. Orem.