A few weeks ago, Jon Humes was hanging out with a couple of friends, Ronnie Irizarry and Landon Pinchin – and around midnight they got hungry.
The three were appalled by the limited late-night food options in Salt Lake City. They talked about what they would order and eat, if they could.
Now they and other Salt Lakers can.
The three friends recently launched Feed Me, a late-night ghost kitchen that serves comfort food from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday through Sunday.
The three men, in just a month and a half, managed to fill out all the business paperwork, land in the last available space of ComCom Kitchen, a commercial kitchen that caters to startup projects and ghost kitchens, and test more than 30 dishes. before settling on 15 for the menu.
A typical night shift begins at 2 p.m., when Humes arrives to begin prep work. Once the food trucks that use the ComCom leave for their dinners, the commissary is largely empty. That’s when Irizarry and Pinchin arrive, and the three focus on making food – which they hand out to delivery drivers or sell directly to people who come by ComCom (at 67 W. 1700 South in Salt Lake City ) in the middle of the night.
On Feed Me’s opening weekend, Humes said, the three were busier than expected. They filled over 120 orders over a few nights – confirming what they first noticed about the lack of good late-night food in Salt Lake City that isn’t a chain restaurant.
“I think before COVID there was kind of a push,” Humes said. “Restaurants were starting to push back those late hours. But I think people were afraid to take risks after COVID.
Feed Me’s aesthetic is tongue-in-cheek, with a bit of a Deadhead vibe. Humes said many of their customers had just returned from bars and nightclubs, but a number of them were working shifts – in bars and restaurants or hospitals – or suffering from insomnia and were just hungry.
“We all come from a restaurant background,” Humes said, “so we really tried to create a menu that was simple to execute. We use two pieces of equipment: a fryer and a grill. We start with just basic ingredients and build From there, we kind of went for the Taco Bell effect – 30 ingredients, used 27 different ways.
However — and no offense to Taco Bell fans — Feed Me uses ingredients like premium cheeses and fresh vegetables and herbs, and makes its sauces from scratch.
“For our mac and cheese, we load it up with six different spices,” Humes said. “It has a great flavor, because we use shredded cheese and cheese sauce, so it’s just super cheesy.”
Their chicken fillets are hand breaded and dipped in a buttermilk batter – and can be paired with a number of sauces, including ranch, barbecue, honey mustard and Feed Me’s signature sauce, called ” wet sauce”, a spicy version of the fry. sauce. The same sauce is used on their Dank Burger, served on a brioche bun with cheese, tomato slices, shredded lettuce and grilled onions.
Feed Me also makes desserts you probably can’t get outside of the middle of a state fair, including fried Oreos and Twinkies, and breakfast granola bars that use marshmallow cereal. sweet, not just crispy rice.
Burgers and fried foods — chicken tenders, Oreos and Twinkies — are the most popular dishes right now, Humes said. The next step, he said, is to start a healthy menu, to balance fried foods.
“We will have salads, pita and beetroot hummus,” he said. “We will also add elot [Mexican-style corn on the cob] and fried Korean dogs. And, of course, everything will be loaded with toppings. So it will be elevated, it will be available late at night, and it will be fine.
feed mebased at ComCom Kitchen, 67 W. 1700 South, www.sendmemunchies.com, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday to Sunday. Orders placed until 3 am will still be fulfilled.
Other late night dining options
Arempa’s Venezuelan cuisine • 350 S. State St., Salt Lake City, 385-301-8905, arempas.com • A longtime hangout for those who literally can’t stand 1am fast food. similar to burgers), Arempa also has a respectable vegan menu that includes bowls, salads, and plant-based arepas and empanadas. • Night hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Pie hole • 344 S. State St., Salt Lake City, 801-359-HOLE (4653), pieholeutah.com • Two doors down from Arempa’s, Pie Hole serves large slices of traditional pizzas, including a basic cheese slice and pepperoni, as well as a pie specialty of the day. You can also create your own pizza starting with many different sauces, including a vegan roux. The delivery system is no frills, with slices served on paper plates making them easy to make, which can come in handy as the small dining area can fill up quickly. • Night hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Purgatory Bar • 62 E. 700 South, Salt Lake City, 801-596-2294, purgatorybar.com • Purgatory has some of the most varied and upscale options for vegans looking for late-night food, including fries with vegan cheese, Japanese curry rice, a vegan burger and Japanese potato croquettes. There are also dishes for omnivores, including several kinds of loaded fries and gourmet burgers. • Night hours: 4 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.
White Horse Spirits & Food • 325 S. Main St, Salt Lake City, 801-363-0137, www.whitehorseslc.com • White Horse offers one of the only late-night fine dining options, with elevated bar snacks like fried stuffed olives, confit duck wings and charcuterie as well as fresh fish and shellfish, salads and wagyu steaks. • Night hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Monday to Sunday; food orders can be placed until 00:45