Sarah Ford | June 2, 2015

National Trust for Historic Preservation Explores Delicious Dishes at Train Depots-Turned-Restaurants

In the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s last post they invited you to take a trip to three historic train depots that have been revamped into swanky restaurants which offer both warm hospitality and meals that will make your taste buds sing. Today, they’re introducing you to three more historic train depots-turned-eateries, each with their own culinary delights. So pack your bags and get ready for an excursion to a foodie’s paradise.

Stop #1: Rio Grande Café

What would become the Rio Grande Café began as the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Station. Built in 1910, the station served passengers traveling the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and the Western Pacific Railroad for over 60 years.

In 1977, the state of Utah bought the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Station for $1 and in 1980 the Utah State Historical Society moved into the building. A few years later, the Rio Grande Café joined the Utah State Historical Society in the station and has been Utah’s “Mainline to Mexico” ever since.

Although passenger rail service ended at the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Station in 1999, the Rio Grande Café continued to be Salt Lake City’s ticket to cuisine from South of the Border. Tostadas, burritos, chile rellenos, and carnitas platters are the bill of fare, all complimented by ice cold Dos Equis and sweet margaritas.

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