Nitrates and phosphates have no place at Grilla Bites. As a former organic farmer, Fred Marken founded Grilla Bites to serve and support his community with natural foods from local farmers. Free of hormones, growth stimulants, and other additives, his cornerstone all-natural sandwiches include chicken breast smothered in chipotle aioli and turkey layered atop avocado and soy bacon. The soy bacon strips also top burgers, which come with four patty options: veggie, organic tempeh, natural beef, and local, grass-fed bison. Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options abound, including curried tofu sandwiches, a salad bar rife with locally grown fixings, and cheese quesadillas. To wash down organic feasts, the staff serves up organic juices, smoothies, and coffees.
The outside of Itto Sushi exists in Utah, but the interior is something straight out of Japan. A few well-placed decorative items?including Japanese paintings?add to the atmosphere, but the true journey across the Pacific comes through the food. The chefs prepare traditional Japanese cuisine, from sushi to bento boxes with the likes of salmon, chicken, and veggie tempura. More than a dozen specialty sushi rolls anchor the menu, including salmon crunch with panko shrimp, cucumber, and jalapeno pepper. To complement the food, waiters pour imported beer and sake, served both hot and anti-hot, also known as cold.
At 5 years old, Agave owner Lenny Garcia was already working alongside his father in the family’s Mexican restaurant. Gathering produce from the walk-in fridge and learning cherished family recipes by heart, he developed a deep-seated love of authentic Mexican cooking traditions. But it wasn’t until he studied alongside a chef in Guadalajara that he realized he could make those same family recipes without all of the saturated fats and oils.
When he took over the family business, Garcia updated the menu to bring together the best of both worlds. The restaurant promotes healthy eating while preserving the delicious tastes of Mexican cuisine, with MSG-free chipotle burritos, enchiladas a la crema, tostadas, and tacos made with cholesterol-free vegetable oils and organic ingredients. Guests feast on hearty steak fajitas, smoky chicken mole poblano, and slow-cooked pork carnitas, or sample seafood plates, such as spicy camarones a la diabla, or vegetarian mushroom chimichangas.
Waffles both sweet and savory kick off the menu at Num Num Confiteria, where chefs top each golden grid with eggs and bacon, or combinations of whipped cream and cookie crumbles. The kitchen's repertoire also includes burgers on white or multigrain bread, fried from lean beef or turkey as well as paninis and herb-marinated greek chicken. The menu offers plentiful vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options as well. Num Num also keeps cookies and ice cream on hand for dessert, and packs freshly blended smoothies with protein and leafy greens.
Live trees grow inside Café Solstice, stretching their branches toward the sunlight that streams in through the high ceiling's skylights. The trees aren't the only things that are leafy and fresh, though; so is the spot's menu of vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Kitchen wizards fashion organic produce into dishes such as corn tacos with miso, sunflower seeds, and cheddar cheese beneath greens and cilantro dressing, or veggie burgers made from walnuts, mushrooms, and pumpkins seeds topped with tomato chutney and provolone. Visitors can also snack on fresh-baked goods that range from Kashi krispie bars to double-chocolate butterscotch cookies, and sip organic loose-leaf tea or drip coffee made with locally roasted beans.
Hidden beneath a pharmacy in downtown Salt Lake City, The Pie began it’s delicious reign over thirty years ago. Despite its original basement location, the fantastic product has attracted students and faculty from the University of Utah, tourists, and locals alike. People keep coming back for the quality, the variety, and the great relationship this restaurant has built with Salt Lake City. Pizzas are available with standard crusts, thin crusts, or their “ApocalyptDough”, which is a homemade spicy concoction for those who are going a bit above and beyond. The Pie is also friend to vegans, vegetarians, and those with gluten sensitivity. There’s no reason everyone shouldn’t be able to enjoy a fresh slice of the greatest pizza in Salt Lake City!