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There’s a little bit of everything in the Holladay and Murray neighborhoods, from eclectic local eateries to hotels for any budget to quick and easy access to the mountains. This neighborhood is quickly gaining recognition among locals for its rapidly evolving dining scene and neighborhood aesthetic. Come be a part of the evolution.

EAT & DRINK

We probably shouldn’t say it—because it’s a tightly kept secret—but Tea Rose Diner has the best Thai in the valley. If you’re hankering for dolmathes and hummus, head to the Murray favorite Couscous Mediterranean Grill. While shopping at Fashion Place Mall, be sure to pop in and grab an Elephino or other hand-crafted, locally made beer and pub grub at Red Rock Fashion Place. Murray’s hottest option for nightlife is Huka Bar & Grill, where scantily clad bombshells fulfill your smoking desires.

In Holladay, several pockets of worthwhile eating establishments have popped up. At the hip intersection of 2300 East and Murray Holladay Blvd, Caputo’s Market & Deli has taken root, as well as the bakery/coffee shop Three Cups. Other excellent options at the intersection include Layla Mediterranean Grill and Taqueria 27.

Just off the 6200 South I-215 exit, two of the valley’s esteemed culinary dining experiences reside: Tuscany Restaurant and Franck’s Restaurant. You won't be disappointed in either. It’s hard to say exactly which is the best garlic burger in all of Utah, but many a canyon local will heatedly argue that Cotton Bottom Inn has it. 

Taking its name from the Johnny Cash tune, Bar Named Sue is a little bit country and a little bit city. The live music, bar games, and tap beer make it a worthy stop. Cruzrs Saloon is the place where you step off your hog to sip on some cold American lagers with your leather-clad compadres.

SHOP

Shopping is one of the biggest sports in Murray, with the Fashion Place Mall and a number of shops spilling out around it. And over at the hip, up-and-coming ‘hood at the corner of 2300 East and Murray Holladay Blvd., a number of new, eclectic, local businesses are sprouting up seemingly every day.


PLAY

Wheeler Historic Farm is a restoration of the turn-of-the-century dairy farm of Henry J. Wheeler. The farm offers demonstrations and exhibits with information on activities and a calendar of events, including a historic houses tour, milking cows, visiting animals, riding a wagon, and more. 

Another great sunny day option for getting the family out of the hotel room is the expansive Murray Park. If you’re feeling like enjoying the great indoors on a Saturday, scrounge up enough change for an hour or two’s worth of fun at Nickel Mania, where you can play classic arcade games for cents.

Holladay provides incredible access to wilderness in two of the area’s most iconic hikes. A strenuous, all-day affair, Mt. Olympus is a bucket list hike for the area. Bring your dog along on the hike to Neffs Canyon; if you push through to the field at the top, you'll be rewarded by a 360 view of stunning peaks and, in the fall, golden aspens.

STAY

The Crystal Inn can be seen while traveling toward the Cottonwood Canyons on I-215. Stay here for a comfortable bed and hot breakfast. Other options include several off of I-15: Baymont Inn & Suites Murray/Salt Lake City, Fairfield Inn & Suites Salt Lake City South, and Hampton Inn Salt Lake City/Murray.

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Words: Austen Diamond