According to Zagat, every state has its own specialty dishes, but it's often the unique regional sandwiches you find all around the U.S. that best embody the spirit of each community and its local cuisine. Zagat recognized Arctic Circle’s halibut sandwich—along with its fries and famous fry sauce—in its 50 States, 50 Sandwiches list.
“It is a great honor for us to be named among the best by Zagat,” says Kasey Christensen, VP of purchasing and menu development. “We always strive to use top-quality ingredients, which is why we use only 100 percent real halibut from Alaska. We do not use any fillers or imitation seafood, and every piece is hand cut.”
Zagat’s summary of why they chose Arctic Circle’s sandwich stated, “Utah doesn't have a ton of culinary claims to fame, but its most beloved condiment, Fry Sauce, was apparently invented at Arctic Circle restaurant in 1948. The sauce is essentially just a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise (known elsewhere as ‘golf sauce’), but the restaurant claims to have a secret recipe on lockdown (and it's available for purchase in bottles). While the chain is now regional, eating a halibut sandwich and fries with fry sauce is still a uniquely Utah experience.”