Eating Vegan in Salt Lake City – Where to Go

Eating Vegan in Salt Lake City – Where to Go

 

Finding a vegan restaurant in Salt Lake City is easy; the difficult part is deciding which one you will choose. Dining out as a vegan hasn’t always been so easy in the past. While traveling with my extended family to a reunion in Iowa, I was delighted to see a menu offering a “veggie burger”.  My delight quickly turned to disappointment when discovering that their veggie burger was just a beef patty with a single leaf of iceberg lettuce on top. It wasn’t unusual for a waitress to suggest the “Chef’s Salad” as a suitable meal, which included egg, ham, cheese, and topped with a creamy dressing. After requesting eliminating them, it left you with iceberg lettuce with a slice of tomato. Many people simply didn’t understand what vegans ate. Traveling for business or on vacation, meant packing your own food.

Times have certainly changed. Eating a vegan diet, whether it is for medical reasons, food allergies, environmental concerns, or compassion for animals, offers a wide variety of food to eat. Whether you reside in Salt Lake City, or are visiting for business or vacation, the first thing to do is pick up a free copy of the Utah Vegan Guide, which is updated annually by UARC. Typically these booklets can be found at local restaurants.

 

Utah.vegan.guide

This year, the guide has expanded beyond Salt Lake City, covering restaurants from as far north as Logan to as far south as Kanab and St. George, and includes many cities in between. They list restaurants which are 100% vegan, as well as others who offer vegan options on their regular menus.

 

 

The following are just a few of my favorites in no particular order. To be fair, for those that are not mentioned below, there are still more vegan restaurants that I haven’t eaten at yet.

 

Seasons Plant Based Bistro located at 1370 S State Street in Salt Lake City. It offers French and Italian cuisine, with a selection of local and imported beer and wine. On our first visit, the waitress inquired about any food allergies, and pointed out appropriate options from their menu. During our second visit, a few months later, the same waitress not only recognized us, but remembered my wife’s mushroom allergy. The food and service is wonderful.

 

Vegan Bowl located at 8672 S Redwood Road in West Jordan. It offers vegan versions of all your Vietnamese favorites including, ramen stir-fry, egg rolls, banh mi, noodle salads, rice bowls, pho, flan, and drinks, including shakes. Service is very quick.

 

Lil’ Lotus located at 2223 South Highland Drive in Salt Lake City. It offers vegan breakfast burritos, Navajo tacos, mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, and sliders. The food is very flavorful.

 

The Pie Pizzeria has several locations including Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Midvale, South Jordan and Ogden. This traditional pizzeria often makes it on the Best Pizza lists. They offer Follow Your Heart vegan cheese and other vegan options on their regular menu, in addition to a different specialty pizza each month. Their menu also includes Gluten free options.

 

Monkey Wrench is located at 53 E Gallivan Avenue in Salt Lake City. This vegan ice cream shop makes their ice cream in small batches and offers 16 flavors. They serve it in a cup, a cone, with a brownie, or as sundae or a banana split. Take a pint home with you. They also sell coffee, hot chocolate and vegan pastries.

 

Boltcutter  is located at 57 Gallivan Avenue, Salt Lake City. They offer vegan versions of Mexican classics such as street tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, as well as craft libations. Be sure to try their Buffalo cauliflower and nachos.

 

Buds is located at 509 E 300 South in Salt Lake City. They offer vegan sub sandwiches and salads, including the Pesto, Buffalo, Cheese Steak, Barbacoa. They have a walk-up window to order and pick up your food.  There is no indoor seating, although there is an outdoor patio with picnic bench seating, when the weather is nice. They are great sandwiches to take on the go, and be sure to try their zucchini chocolate chip cookies.

 

Passion Flour is located at 165 E 900 South in Salt Lake City. They offer authentic French pastries, tartines, crepes, sandwiches and coffee. They also take orders for wedding and specialty cakes.

 

Big O Doughnuts  is located at 248 W 900 South in Salt Lake City. They offer vegan gourmet doughnuts with flavors such as spiced apple cider, blueberry lavender, orange cardamom, matcha, rosemary brown sugar, cookies and cream, pumpkin pie, churro and traditional favorites such as Boston cream filled, lemon curd as well as apple fritters. They open at 7 am on weekdays, and 9 am on the weekends. Be sure to go early as they often sell out before their 3 pm closing time.

 

Vertical Diner  is located at 234 W 900 South in Salt Lake City.  Breakfast is served when you want it.  Whether you like it sweet or savory, they have menu items that are sure to please.  They offer comfort food with a selection of burgers, sandwiches, and specialty plates.  They provide catering on-site in their Jade room for up to 40 people or off-site for up to 500.

If you have a personal favorite that I didn’t mention, be sure to share it with me in the comments section below.

 

Upcoming Vegan events:

Vegan Mac Down SLC  Be sure to get your tickets for the 3rd annual Mac Down on Saturday, October 19th at Impact Hub on 150 State Street, #1, in Salt Lake City.  Nine local cooks have prepared their best vegan mac n’ cheese recipes to compete for your vote.  Enjoy music, games, prize giveaways and local vendors.


A Very Vegan Thanksgiving  will be held on Saturday, November 9th at Wasatch Elementary, 30 “R” Street in Salt Lake City. This is an annual fundraiser for Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary. Proceeds from this event helps to purchase animal feed and hay for the winter months. Doors will open at 5 pm, dinner will be served at 6 pm.  Silent Auction items will be available to bid on until 7:45 pm.

 

 

 

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 10:21 pm
John Hamilton | Category: Food, Places to visit, Salt Lake City | Tagged , , , ,

Farmers Markets in Salt Lake County

Farmers Markets in Salt Lake County

 

It is the season for fresh produce at your local farmers markets, some are already open and others are scheduled to be opened soon.  It is a great way to support your local businesses.

Be sure to bring your reusable bags for your purchases.

Most merchants will accept debit and credit cards, but it is helpful to bring cash for those who don’t.  Many of the markets will also accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as well as Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) so be sure to ask if applicable.

 

Markets Currently Open:

 

Fridays

          Liberty Park Farmers Market – on 700 East 1300 South in Salt Lake City (North of the Duck Pond) on Fridays from 4 pm to dusk through October 4th.

 

Saturdays

          Daybreak Farmers Market – on SoDa Row, 11274 Kestrel Rise Road in South Jordan, on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm through September 28th.

          Downtown Farmers Market – Liberty Park at 350 West 300 South in Salt Lake City on Saturdays beginning on June 8th through October 19th from 8 am to 2 pm. They also offer a free bike valet, and an enclosed off-leash dog area.

 

Sundays

          Park Silly Sunday Market – on Historic Main Street in Park City on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, June through September.  (No market on August 4th, 11th, or 18th) Although this market is not in Salt Lake County, it is well worth the drive to Park City for their open-air market and street festival with lots of food, arts, and live music

          9th West Farmers Market (The People’s Market) – near The International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park at 1000 South 900 West in Salt Lake City on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm through October.

          Wheeler Farm Sunday Market – 6351 South 900 East in Murray on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm through October 27th.  On the last Sunday of each month, they also feature young vendors at the Children’s Market.         

 

Wednesdays

          Sugar House Farmers Market – at the Fairmont Park on 1040 East Sugarmont Drive in Salt Lake City on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm through October.

 

Farmers Markets in Salt Lake County

 

Markets Starting Soon:

 

Fridays

          Murray City Park Farmers Market – at 200 East 5200 South in Murray from 9 am to 2 pm from July 26th through October 26th.  Will be open on Fridays and Saturdays

 

Saturdays

          Market at Gardner Village – at 1100 West 7800 South in West Jordan from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays beginning July 13th through October 26th.

          Murray City Park Farmers Market – at 200 East 5200 South in Murray from 9 am to 2 pm from July 26th through October 26th.  Will be open on Fridays and Saturdays

          South Jordan Farmers Market – at the Jordan Towne Center, 1600 West Towne Center Drive (10600 South) in South Jordan on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm beginning on August 3rd through October 19th.

 

Tuesdays

          Tuesday Harvest Market – at Pioneer Park, 300 South 300 West in Salt Lake City from 4 pm to 8 pm beginning on August 6th through September 24th.

 

Wednesdays

          Sugar House Farmers Market – at the Fairmont Park, 1040 East Sugarmont Drive in Salt Lake City on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm starting in July through September.

 

Thursdays

          University of Utah Farmers Market – Tanner Plaza at 201 South 1460 East in Salt Lake City on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm beginning August 22nd through October 3rd.

 

 

Posted on June 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm
John Hamilton | Category: Food, Places to visit, Salt Lake City | Tagged , , , , ,

A Diversity of Vegan Dining in Salt Lake City

 

Diversity-Vegan-Dining-Salt-Lake-City

 

Salt Lake City offers a diversity of vegan restaurants.  If you ever wondered what a vegan eats, the SLC VegFest would give you some ideas.  The 3rd annual SLC VegFest organized by the Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) was held at Salt Lake City Main Library Plaza on Saturday, September 8.  The event offered a kids’ area, live music, beer garden, cooking demonstration, a film showing, and expert speakers.

Vegan Panini’s, gyros, crepes, ice cream, pastries and much more was available to purchase from food trucks, bakeries and local restaurants.  It was a great opportunity to try many different options all in one place.

 

Diversity-Vegan-Dining-Salt-Lake-City

 

The event is attended by thousands of people each year, and continues to grow.  Many people are interested in learning more about vegan diets, whether for ethical reasons, environmental concerns, or for improving one’s health.

A Vegan Kids Panel featuring children ranging in age from 5 to 17 responded to questions about being vegan and how they handle different situations when eating at school, attending birthday parties, social events, and while traveling.  They also shared their experiences when celebrating holidays, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.  They offered tips about prepping food for the week, and easy food to take on the go.  One of the panelists stated that a friend asked her if she just ate grass.  Although none of the children ate grass, they did share what their favorite foods were, and several stated that they enjoyed preparing food at home themselves.

Whether you prefer American classics, Italian, Mexican, or Asian dishes, Salt Lake City has many vegan options for dining out.  UARC has a free SLC Veg Dining Guide which can be found at many local businesses, or can be downloaded from their website. Their Dining Guide identifies restaurants that are entirely vegan, vegetarian and those are who UARC partners (providing special offers or discounts to UARC members).

 

 

Posted on September 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm
John Hamilton | Category: Food, Salt Lake City | Tagged , ,

For The Love Of Chocolate

 

It was the common interest for the love of chocolate that brought an eclectic group of a dozen people ranging from Millennials to Baby Boomers together in a small room on the second floor of the store where hand crafted chocolate is made and sold.   AJ Wentworth, founder of the Chocolate Conspiracy explained the journey of chocolate from bean-to-bar, punctuated with samplings of a variety of chocolates from around the world throughout the evening.  The flavor of chocolate can vary based on origin, cacao content, if/how the bean is roasted and how the bean is ground and mixed. The chocolate could have fruity, nutty, earthy, or smoky flavors. The flavors unfold and change on your tongue.  The tasting experience involves paying attention to the texture, flavor and the finishing- or how it lingers in your mouth.

Wentworth explained the name, Chocolate Conspiracy, came to him as he was making a career transition.  Trained in Holistic Health Counseling, his interests gradually evolved towards a love of raw cacao beans.  When naming his new business, he thought of the Latin origin of the word “conspire” means “to breathe together”, or to do as one.  The Chocolate Conspiracy opened its doors in 2009.  They do not roast the beans in order to preserve the antioxidants, minerals and nutrients.

Chocolate does grow on trees!  Cacao beans come from the fruit (pods) of the cacao trees.  The pods need to be hand-harvested one at a time, because the pods do not fall off the tree.  After removing and opening up the pods, the cacao beans are fermented.  The beans are then dried before shipping to chocolate manufacturers.  In the manufacturing process, the beans are typically roasted.  The outer shell is removed and the cacao nibs are sorted according to size in a process called “winnowing”.  The nibs are put through a grinding process until it forms a liquid.  Blending in other flavors or ingredients take place before pouring into molds.

Utah currently has nine artisanal chocolate makers.  Wentworth stated that the dry, arid climate and elevation in Utah is ideal for making chocolate.  Bean-to-bar makers source cacao from farmers from across the globe, and create their chocolate from scratch in small batches.  A chocolatier makes confectioneries from premade chocolate.

The Conspiracy Chocolate bars can be found in local retail stores, farmer’s markets and purchased on-line.  www.eatchocolateconspiracy.com

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:48 am
John Hamilton | Category: Food, Salt Lake City | Tagged , , ,