"Home Of Killer Mexican Food"
|"TripAdvisor is delighted to recognize Red Iguana with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence. This award, which places you in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers."
Wow, #Grateful Thank you to all our loyal customers and travelers that have shared in the Cardenas Family Legacy all these years. Lucy and I are honored and grateful to continue the tradition of quality food and sincere service that Lucy's family started.
|Does Salt Lake City have "better" restaurants than Red Iguana? Probably. It certainly has more expensive restaurants. But, at the urging of several locals, I visited one night and was treated to a server just as enthusiastic for my love of mole as I am.
She brought out samples of seven different moles -- from classic mole Negro ("the king of moles") to the elaborate red pipian (pumpkin seed mole made with dried guajillo chiles, peanuts, pepita, onions and tomatoes) -- to taste in preparation for ordering. I wound up with one of the best Mexican meals of my life. The locals had steered me right.They were so right that I went back to Red Iguana the next night.
Two nights in a row -- now that's a best place in town, all right."
Saturday April 13 10AM-10PM, Ride Free! (with donated can of food), Free Entertainment/Food at each stop! Red Iguana Stop-Jackson/Euclid (800 West & North Temple)
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"Yes, there may come a day when Red Iguana won’t win City Weekly’s Best Mexican award; that’s when pigs will fly. A perennial readers’ favorite, Red Iguana is the longtime champ in this category for its wide-ranging, always-appealing Mexican cuisine and a menu that travels from Oaxaca with its magnificent moles to Veracruz (pescado a la Veracruzana), and from Tampico’s carne asada to New Mexican chile Colorado. Amazingly, given the big crowds at Red Iguana, the servers are always smiling, professional and friendly. There’s usually a line out the door, but it’s always worth the wait.
". . . He told me these tacos may very well be the perfect taco. Well Brad, if you are reading this, while this may be my first time eating the Tacos Don Ramon, may the Virgin of Guadalupe be my witness, it will NOT be my last time. These tacos, made me want to dress up like one of the Three Amigos, and ride down North Temple on a horse singing “My Little Buttercup” at the top of my lungs. Yes in the words of the immortal Monkeys, “I’m a Believer”
"I'd be willing to bet that this is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the nation. We, and many people we know, occasionally go on special dates to Salt Lake City, so this is a place we highly, highly recommend. We like to take our children here after doing something fun in the city."
NEW!: The Wolf and the Iguana: A Love Story: Los Lobos’ Louie Perez recalls the band’s experiences at the Red Iguana.
Lake City Weekly, by Randy Harward
Every Red Iguana patron has seen the jaunty cholo script on the restaurant’s Wall of Fame that reads "Los Lobos." Maybe you’re one such diner, and a fan of the band? If so, you might have zoned out over your food and imagined the band members, themselves high on the Iguana’s killer mole dishes (¡y cervezas, órale!), whipping out Sharpies and making their mark, which has become the cool nucleus of the green Red Iguana wall.
It must be analogous to Zorro carving his trademark Z, a monument to some mythic moment in time. Alas, Los Lobos aren’t swordsmen or banditos or even mariachis. In fact, the way Louie Perez tells it, they were just another band from East Los Angeles, rolling through town when their hunger led them to the restaurant that has become Utah’s home for "Killer Mexican Food."
By Valerie Phillips, Deseret News, Nov. 3, 2009
Fans of his "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," series have likely caught the segments featuring the Utah places he visited: Ruth's Diner, the Burger Bar in Roy, Moochie's Meatballs, Lone Star Taqueria, Blue Plate Diner, Red Iguana and Pat's Barbecue.
Four of these spots are featured in Fieri's new cookbook travelogue, "More Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" (William Morrow, $19.95).
You'll find recipes for Smoked Barbecue Meatloaf from Pat's Barbecue; Eggplant Parmigiana Sandwich from Moochie's Meatballs, Carne Adovada Tacos from Lone Star Taqueria and Red Iguana's Mole Negra with Chicken.
Best Mexican 2007BEST MEXICAN- READER'S CHOICE AWARDRed Iguana
You just have to see the crowd waiting outside for a seat to know this perennial favorite doesn't disappoint its legion of fans.
Inside, the conversations are loud and the décor is bright, but it's the food that's the draw. Nachos, chili verde burritos and moles too numerous to mention are all stand-out menu items, as are the margaritas. When they're in town, Tex-Mex band Los Lobos eats there. If that isn't a recommendation, what is? 736 W. North Temple, 322-1489, RedIguana.com
Best of Utah 2006!
.BEST MEXICANRed Iguana
Singer Imogen Heap: "Music has
been a great ride for Heap,
but it's not the whole enchilada"
When British indie pop princess Imogen Heap isn't recording, writing or performing, she's thinking about bike riding, Wikipedia and Salt Lake's own Red Iguana.
Tonight's show won't be Heap's first trip to Utah. A particular Salt Lake eatery left a spicy stamp on her memory: The Red Iguana. It's such a good place!" she says. "Every time I'm in Salt Lake, I stop there. We get cabs and haul our luggage and everything; the whole crew." Salt Lake Tribune, 12/07/2006