If you’ve been reading Kalyn’s Kitchen for a while you might have heard me talk about my large Utah family (40+ nieces and nephews and 20+ great nieces and nephews at last count!) The kids in this post belong to my sister Valerie. She lives in central Utah, so I don’t see her kids as much as I’d like, but every summer they stay a few days with Aunt Kalyn. One of our traditions is visiting Hires Hamburgers, where the food is delicious but most definitely not South Beach Diet friendly. Recently the kids were here for three days, so here are some photos of them and what we had at Hires.

This is Olivia who’s 13 and such a nice, sensible, low maintenance kind of kid. She likes to cook, and I predict she’ll grow up to be a foodie like her brother Jake.


Livvy is the only one of the kids who would touch onion rings with a ten foot pole, and she says Hires has great onion rings. All the fries and onion rings at Hires come with the famous Utah Fry Sauce.


Emma is (almost) 11 and is talented at gymnastics and dance. She’s a fashionista, and likes glitter in her wardrobe.


In 2006 when I posted a grilled cheese sandwich photo as the Cheese Sandwich Chronicles were just starting to unfold, it was actually Emma who took a bite out of the sandwich. Even at Hires where the burgers are famous, Emma and Mitch would opt for a grilled cheese.


This is Ethan, a precocious 7-year old who keeps everyone in the family amused with his interesting observations, which my brother Rand refers to as “Ethanisms.”


At Hires, Ethan went for a corn dog and fries, and to drink, Hires famous All-American root beer.


Mitchell is four and this was his first time visiting Hires. He was especially interested in the candy sucker that came with the kids meal!

(Edit) A couple of commenters have wondered what Aunt Kalyn had to eat at Hires.  For the record, I’ve eaten a lot of burgers here in my day, but this time I had one of Hires fantastic green salads with blue cheese dressings, plus an order of onion rings. I ate about half the onion rings and Livvy took the rest home and ate them for breakfast the next day!

Hires Big H (aka Hires Hamburgers)
400 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, Utah

Blogger Disclosure:

The people at Hires know that I’m a food blogger, but they’ve never given me any free meals and they had no idea I would be writing about this lunch. 

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