The Red Iguana

Every big city has a few well-established restaurants where the locals love to eat. These are places that aren’t fancy or trendy, but which have outstanding food that people come back for time and again. In Salt Lake City the restaurant I’ve loved the most for the longest would have to be the Red Iguana. Known as “the home of killer Mexican food” and open since 1985, the Red Iguana is a Utah tradition.

I went there recently with Vanessa from She Craves, another Salt Lake City food blogger. It was during the Sundance Film Festival, but that wasn’t the reason people were lined up on the sidewalk to get into the place. The Red Iguana is always crowded for three reasons, great food, large servings, and cheap prices. Sounds like a recipe for restaurant success.


The R. I. is probably most known for mole, but Vanessa and I already knew what we wanted. We both had a delicious dinner and each had enough left over for another meal, and for only about $20.00 total for the two dinners. I’m still a bit shy about taking photos in restaurants, and we were seated in a crowded area, so these photos may not do it justice, but this was a delicious meal.


Vanessa chose Chilaquiles, which the menu describes as “deep fried corn tortilla strips simmered in red chile sauce, scrambled with chorizo and egg, then topped with cotija cheese, served with refried beans.”I ordered Chile Verde, described as “tender select cubed pork cooked in our green chile and tomatillo sauce.” I passed on the rice and ordered mine with beans only. When it came I said to Vanessa, “How am I going to get a good photo of this?” but it was delicious

The Red Iguana
736 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(801) 322-1489
Open Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm;
Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm

Blogger Disclosure:

I know the owners at The Red Iguana and they do know that I’m a food blogger, but we paid for the meal and they have no idea I’m writing this post about the restaurant. 

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