Peach City Ice Cream
306 North Main St.
Brigham City, UT
Utah isn’t exactly known for its culinary innovation.
I mean, sure, I’ve had some great Mexican at the Red Iguana in Salt Lake City. I enjoyed the heck out of the pizza at Red Rock Brewery. Devoured a decent burrito at Moab Brewery. Got a pretty awesome burger at Crown Burgers.
But when you think of Utah, does one specific food come to mind?
In fact, when Zagat did their celebrated 50 sandwiches in 50 states expose, every state was able to lay claim to some iconic must-try specialty, whether the Italian beef in Illinois or the “Hot Brown” in Kentucky or the lobster roll in Maine.
So which sandwich did Zagat pick for Utah you might wonder?
French fry sauce.
Yeah. It’s a condiment.
Not a sandwich.
The best recommendation the foodie folks at Zagat could come up with is to try french fry sauce at Artic Circle, a sprawling Western fast food chain that serves burgers and fish sandwiches.
Peach City Ice Cream is that kind of place.
A local drive-in with booth, counter, and car service that’s been catering to generations of locals since 1937 — and young families with rambunctious kids smearing ice cream all over their faces.
But I wasn’t there for dessert.
I was hungry.
I decided to order the pastrami burger with that Utah-famous fry sauce, a side of onion rings and a “fresh lime” – a local soft drink made of…
…you guessed it…
…fresh squeezed limes.
But my waitress never brought my “fresh lime.” Just Brigham City tap water.
And the burger was one of the most dried-out, over-cooked slabs of beef I’ve ever attempted to consume.
A terrible burger.
Just look at this picture. You can taste the dry just looking at it?!
If a burger is not drippy and juicy, it is not worth eating.
The pastrami was okay. But when isn’t pastrami okay?
Alright. So I know you are dying to know what this mysterious Utah fry sauce is all about, right?
Are you ready?
So fry sauce is basically ketchup and mayo mixed together.
Otherwise known in the other 49 states as Thousand Island dressing.
That’s it. A condiment of ketchup and mayo is the only unique creation anyone in the Beehive State has ever dreamed up.
Maybe these Mormons should reconsider taking up drinking and get those creative juices flowing a bit more.
All I can say is, Utah, you can do better than this.
Rating: Wouldn’t Wear Shirt if You Paid Me.