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“Quaint and grungy charm”

Shooting Star Saloon
Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Dining options: Lunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch
Reviewed January 26, 2013

This place is described as the oldest or longest running bar in Utah. It's located in "downtown" Huntsville which is a rural community in northern Utah. The attraction has to be the building itself as the food and drink are nothing to write home about. Aside from soft drinks, the only alcoholic beverage served at this bar is 3.2 beer. Don't get me started on Utah's goofy liquor laws. Food choices consist of a number of different burger and or hot dog combinations that are all served with a small bag of chips. Fries are not available. The "signature" item is the Star Burger. It's a double cheese burger with a sliced hot dog ( advertised as a bratwurst or some exotic sausage) crisscrossed over the top (star shaped). Unless you are into ordinary hot dogs, skip the Star Burger and just go for a "regular" burger. All burgers are automatically served with ketchup, mustard, pickles. We were advised that we could not have it "our way." I guess the ladies who do the cooking cannot handle special requests i.e. hold the mustard. As mentioned earlier the main attraction is the vintage building and all the old knick knacks, memorabilia and scribblings on the walls and ceiling. It's a place that is worth at least a one ime visit, but it would be difficult to recommend as a place one would want to return to repeatedly.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

BEER AND BURGERS, that's all they got. I sat at the bar, where I was served by Stoker, the bartender. Enjoyable, cheap, delicious. No special orders, you are forewarned :)

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

After your umpteenth visit to the plastic, no-atmosphere, fake saloons done by all those nasty chains, why not take some time out to visit the real thing if you're ever in this part of the world. Of course, that may be the problem, Huntsville, UT, is not exactly central but winter sports and summer hiking fans around the Wasatch Range can definitely fit it in.

It's plain and simple. Bar service only, couple of draft beers, some good local bottles and you can have any menu item you like - as long as it's a burger. But hey, it's a really good burger, juicy, just the right amount of grease and a great flavor.

The bar is original, lots of weird stuff on the walls (including the previously mentioned St Bernard's head) and a ceiling covered in currency bills. Julie behind the bar was great, treated us like we were family and gave us some really interesting history of the place - now for all we knew she could have been making this up, but it didn't matter because it was so interesting.

Huntsville UT is located in a bucolic green valley behind the Wasatch range, cutting through from Ogden. If you've only ever been here for winter sports you're missing a great little slice of old America.

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

The Shooting Star Saloon is a great, old fashion, western bar, with personality plus. Everything in the building (from the dollar bills scattered across the ceiling to the moose head above the ATM) has a story. One of the signs on a wall says, "We serve Beer, Burgers, Chips, Beer. In order to save the rain forests in South America, we do not serve fries, salads, etc." And that's the truth. They have 3 burgers, chips, sodas, and beer. The star burger is worth getting. It's a heart attack waiting to happen, but worth it. No one under 21 is allow to enter, but for anyone over 21 it's worth the visit.

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

This is a great old bar! Where so many others try to recreate the saloon experience, this is the real thing, a genuine Old West saloon. Against the odds (and in Utah those odds are particularly long), this place has survived since 1879 and is a part of American history. The staff are happy to fill you in on the history of their little bar if you ask nicely and the walls are covered with all sorts of ephemera including a the stuffed head of a St. Bernard. The Starburger is possibly the unhealthiest thing I have ever eaten, but it certainly tasted good with a couple of beers. I have a photo of it that I look at whenever I need motivation to go to he gym.

Make sure you stop by if you're in the vicinity!

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