Ugh, that smog is nasty! It gets nasty in the Denver Metro (how can it not?) too, but the Denver Metro is more than twice the size of the Salt Lake Metro. The smog is also not as pronounced as that. I guess that is what happens when you are on the West side of the range with the jet stream coming out of the West.
HWD's, there are definitely places to grub in Utah, no doubt. When you get away from a lot of the usual fair and get into more ethnic foods, it becomes harder to find. I'm sure there are decent representative places around. I don't know how there couldn't be in a city that size.