Fly-by-foodie

Back 40 Ranch House Grill

Alright, it has to be said: the Back 40’s patio has one of the most amazing views in the valley. I am seriously in love with this gem of a location. What once was a not so great, run down bar, is now one of the most popular places in town to get great eats and libations. The menu is fresh, up-to-date and loaded with something for everyone.

I started with the Iceberg Wedge, which included cherry tomatoes, bacon, avocado, garlic croutons, a hard-boiled egg and blue cheese crumbles. I love a good wedge salad in the summertime: simple flavors, great presentation and absolutely refreshing. It was the perfect way to start my dining experience. There is just something about crisp bacon and blue cheese that makes everything so much better. Try it, you’ll love it.

Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of tacos. It doesn’t matter what kind, I love them all. So, for my entree I ordered the shrimp tacos with sweet cabbage, lime avocado salsa, pico de gallo and drunken bacon beans on the side. To me, shrimp tacos are all of the tastes of summer wrapped up in a delicious corn tortilla. The shrimp were perfectly cooked and were complimented by the tantalizing lime avocado salsa. Topped with onion, tomato and cilantro — with these tacos, summer is officially here!

I adore the fact that I can get a great meal and an adult beverage without breaking the bank here in the valley. Plus, let’s face it, the view from the patio is insane. While dining on the patio and enjoying the breathtaking views of the unspoiled North Fields and majestic Mt. Timpanogos, I was reminded how extraordinarily fortunate we are to live in this valley.

If you’re looking for an incredible dining experience, hit up the Back 40 for some delicious fare this summer. My recommendation is to arrive early for easy seating or later in the evening to enjoy the sunset. And don’t rush your experience: order a cocktail, take in the view and relish a fabulous meal on the best patio in the valley. Bon appetit!