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- 81%Local Culture
- 71%Family Travelers
- 61%Budget Travelers
- 61%Adventure Travelers
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- Red IguanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 10Aug 10, 2014
Born, raised and still life in Southern California yet the favorite Mexican restaurant of the entire family is in Utah. Crazy! Anyways, it's amazing, We make it a point to enjoy a couple times a year. . My favorite dish ever was their spicy mango enchilada. No matter when you arrive, rain or blazing hot sun, expect to wait a long time for a table. It's that good!
Service is quick and friendly once there is finally room for you. It's crowded and noisy... jovial decor and upbeat music (80's punk last time we were in- strange for the atmosphere but somehow perfect)
It's a run down building with a crowded parking lot. Valets are usually available to park for you, if you prefer.
(We've found plenty of choices for picky kids, vegetarians, those who only eat spicy and those who can't tolerate any heat... It great for all)Recommended for:
- Red IguanaAug 28, 2012
The Red Iguana is a local Mexican food staple - known for its fantastic moles and other quality Mexican food, and for its great vibe. This original location is not in the most desirable part of town, but that adds to the charm. For a very unique Mexican food experience (at least for Salt Lake), this is a must.
- Red IguanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Aug 10, 2014
Great Mexican food in Salt lake City? Isn't that an oxymoron?
(Not Oxyclean, Billy Mays fans [RIP]! But Oxymoron!)
Yes, normally that would be the case. But not at Red Iguana!
This is the real deal! Ay Carumba!
Where else can you find 7 different Mole sauces and their associated special dishes? (That's Moh-Lay, not something you find digging a hole in the woods) It is hard to find good Mole sauce in most common "Mexican" restaurants anywhere, so to find a place that specializes in 7 different ones, is a blessing!
And this isn't just your run of the mill Mole Enchilada! No Gringo, these dishes are chicken, pork, even turkey smothered with rich Mole sauce.
We got a sampler of the 7 different Moles, and tasted them all with the salsa chips we were served at the outset. Each one, a different color, each one, different ingredients, each one with its own unique taste!
We decided on Turkey Mole Poblano, and Mole Negro con Pollo. They both came out with the meat drowning lovingly in a full plate of thick sauce. A side of beans and rice and several flour tortillas were also served with each main plate.
Fantastic food! Rich savory flavors! Filling!
Before the Mole orgasm, we started with Hongos Al Ajillo, or large button mushrooms sauteed in butter, white wine, garlic, and red chili flakes! Delicioso!
The Margaritas were also good, served upscale with orange liquer and brandy with your choice of Tequila, instead of the normal lime juice and triple sec.
This place physically looks like a dive, with tacky neon lights outside, bumper stickers all over, and building construction that seemed to add on additions several times, winding back from the entrance like a drug dealers tunnel under the California border with Mexico.
We got a small little private room, with just 2 seats. You could call it romantic, but I think we got it out of respect, as we could have passed for 2 from the Mob moving in to claim SLC for the Gambino family, or maybe as 2 undercover cops trying to vet out the reach of the SInaloa cartel.
Service was excellent, with regular check ins, helpful information, and timely deliveries and takeaways.
Yes, this is perhaps a little more expensive than your local dive burrito joint or Taqueria. But if you really like an authentic flavor of Mole dishes, you will not find anything comparable between the Wasatch and Sierra Nevada mountains.
- Red IguanaFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Love the bright vibrant colors, the authentic music (contemporary Latin music- no Rachera music either phew!) the food selection is varied and also true to it's inspiration- good place- but be warned there is a long waited to be seated and a long wait to be served but it you enjoy the atmosphere aren't in too much of a rush and the conversation is good at your table you won't be sorry - the food is superb.