This Utah diner is a complete experience. The second oldest restaurant in Utah is celebrating its ninety-third year in business. Ruth, who passed away in 1989, started as a cabaret singer around 1912 to 1916 and created the Diner in downtown Salt Lake City in 1930.

In 1949 she had to reopen the Diner at a new location after the downtown location building was demolished. Ruth bought a Salt Lake City Trolley car and moved it up Emigration Canyon.

You'll find Ruth's Diner on a list of "The Most Famous Restaurants in Every State," "America's Best Classic Diners," and so many more. Ruth's Diner needs to be a stop when you're in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. According to their website, Ruth was quite the firecracker. She wasn't one to follow the law, "During the '50s and '60s, Ruth's became a familiar stop for the fraternity boys looking for a cold beer and some local color. IDs weren't carefully checked since Ruth didn't think any more of that law than she did the new smoking ordinances. 'They can enforce their own laws!'"

Today, Tracy and Erik Nelson own the restaurant and continue Ruth's legacy. If you're ever there, look at the pictures on the wall to get a real sense of what the Diner was like when Ruth was around.

At Ruth's Diner, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So, no matter when you're in town, stop by Ruth's. They are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Ruth's Diner

Ruth's Diner: 4160 E Emigration Canyon Rd,
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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