Featured in Dating Advice as Editor's Choice for Date Night Restaurant

"As far as date nights go, Red Iguana is a crowd pleaser. Couples may have to speak up to hear each other at this popular dive, but they’ll be in foodie heaven once their dishes arrive."


Featured in TripTease, February 2014

"What could possibly cause people to line up for a wait in the frosty air of a Salt Lake City winter evening?  Or in the heat of summer?  Or any other day? Red Iguana's claim to "killer Mexican food" is no typical American boast.  And this fare is not classic Americanized "Mexican".  This is Mexican food, the real deal, like abuela used to make.  You know, in Mexico.  Yeah, Mexico."


3 Utah Companies Named to Fortune Inner City 100 List

By Steven Oberbeck, Salt Lake Tribune May 22, 2013 

Three Salt Lake City-area companies have been named to the 2013 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing companies in the country that have operations in central business districts.

The list, put together by Fortune magazine and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, recognizes successful companies and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in the nation’s urban communities.

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Red Iguana 2

A second Red Iguana Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City still doesn't seem like enough.

By Ted Scheffler City Weekly, February 3, 2010

The opening of Red Iguana 2 seems to have awakened dormant Red Iguana lovers, like myself, who too-rarely visited the restaurant because of those aforementioned wait times. At 11:45 a.m. on a recent Friday, there was a half-hour wait to be seated for lunch at the new Red Iguana 2. On a Monday and a Wednesday, there were 45-minute delays for dinner seating. I’m convinced that if the Cardenas family—owners of the Red Iguanas — built a half-dozen additional Red Iguana restaurants, they’d still be mobbed. And indeed, there is a third Red Iguana slated to open in the City Creek Center food court in March. So I ask, what is it about Red Iguana that makes it so damned popular?"

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Food Network Features the Red Iguana on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"


The Wolf and the Iguana: A Love Story: Los Lobos’ Louie Perez recalls the band’s experiences at the Red Iguana.

By Randy Harward City Weekly, January 22, 2009

Every Red Iguana patron has seen the jaunty cholo script on the restaurant’s Wall of Fame that reads "Los Lobos." Maybe you’re one such diner, and a fan of the band? If so, you might have zoned out over your food and imagined the band members, themselves high on the Iguana’s killer mole dishes (¡y cervezas, órale!), whipping out Sharpies and making their mark, which has become the cool nucleus of the green Red Iguana wall.

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