Hype Worthy – Holladay Copper

Writing about Copper Kitchen is long over due, not because it has already collected praise from the majority of food news sources, but because I beyond relish this establishment. Copper Kitchen goes beyond bringing delight into my life, it brings pure bliss. While the atmosphere, staff, and location are always lovely; the food always leaves me wanting more.

Their menu is based off classic American, heightened with fresh concepts and flavors that will leave you wanting to lick your plate. Dishes are plated beautifully, while still being free of pretentious fuss.

Over the last year I have eaten my way through the majority of their menu, and never been disappointed. However, with the exception of dessert, my last visit was the only occasion I managed to refrain from diving in long enough to snap a few photos.

For starters, the octopus is perfectly grilled without even the slightest squeak or rubbery feel in texture. Accompanied with sweet balsamic, salt of green olives, and spice from thinly sliced jalapenos it offers every aspect your taste buds seek from a single bite.

Grilled Octopus (inexpertly photographed by author)

Moving into the main course, my duck resting atop the spring pea puree was perfection. Crispy outer skin containing meat so tender chewing is barely necessary, yet so flavorful you’ll want to savor every bite. While some purées can come across as baby food, the pea purée is seasoned for adults with an element of airiness. Throw in the cumin gastrique, which adds a nice depth of earthy notes without being overly powerful, there wasn’t so much as a morsel left on the plate.

Another amateur shot by author

My better half ordered the CK burger, rare, and much like everything else it was completed with excellence. Every component from the bread to the dressed greens atop the burger has the ability to stand on their own merit. With nothing more than a single bite, I can’t quite dissect all the flavor, all I detect is seasoned perfection.

All I can say is I should have photoshopped for actual vibrant color, but no one would have believed it was real. This dish pops!

As for cocktails, I have yet to try a drink from the specials menu that hasn’t been thoughtfully refreshing. My rose mallow was deliciously whimsical, and poured in my absolute favorite cocktail glass – the 50’s style champagne glass. My only complaint with the cocktails is they tend to go down so smooth, I almost always order a second… but then again, when has a second cocktail ever been a problem.


Though I generally drink my dessert, I can vouch for the lemon panna cotta on their spring menu. Classically creamy light and lovely, I was unable to show the restraint necessary for a photo op.

This is simply one of many meals I have enjoyed at Copper Kitchen. If the weather is nice opt for patio seating for beautiful views of Mount Olympus, along with views of the trending Holladay Plaza scene. With all the great spots to try in the plaza, be sure to put Copper Kitchen on your list. It the proverbial rug that really ties the plaza together.

This was taken early spring after another wonderful meal, with our 1 year old as our special guest (girl loves pork belly & I choose to encourage that). The staff went beyond to make her feel welcome, & sustain me as a lifer!

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