Thursday, August 25, 2011

Station 22 Cafe in Provo, Utah

Update: Station 22 is now a sit-down restaurant and has gone through some changes. I need to post an update soon.

Favorite:

I know, I know, so many Provo posts, but Provo sort of has a plethora of good places to eat right now. 

Surprised? Maybe we shouldn't be.
For now, behold:

...Station 22 Cafe.



We spotted "The Caprese Sandwich" sign out front, and just like that we were done ordering before we even entered.

Caprese--pronounced "kah-PREH-seh"--consists of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, drizzled with olive oil and the occasional balsamic vinaigrette. On a sandwich? paired with a broccoli-bacon-cheddar soup? don't mind if I do.


Station 22 Cafe is located in Historic Downtown Provo, so it's only fitting they stuck with the theme and left exposed brick for the walls and brick for the flooring. I love that feel of an old, rustic building.


Oh I'll be back to eventually try every single Daily Special, which I assume probably changes according to what's in season.


If you're feeling artistic on your way to the salad bar, stop by the giant chalkboard wall freshly stocked with a basket full of chalk.

Memphis Chicken Sandwich

Hand-cut, house breaded, fried chicken "served Memphis-style with a spicy butter glaze topped with a fresh slaw" placed lovingly on a ciabatta roll. Crispy and crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, with a slaw and a sweet spicy glaze; very satisfying and delicious. My claim above about trying every one of their daily specials? I changed my mind. I'm only ordering the Memphis Chicken Sandwich.


I love the local art on the walls. This display: "All My Friends are Monsters" - A photo project by Trevor Christensen.


Great sandwiches.
Great soup.
Great service.
Great atmosphere.

Station 22 Cafe
22 W Center St.
Provo, Utah
801.607.1803
www.station22cafe.com


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Sweet Tooth Fairy in Provo, Utah

Like:

The other day my mom, my sister, and myself planned a movie night to go see "The Help." It was such a good Summer-read for all of us, we were super excited! I instantly suggested we go pick up some cakebites from The Sweet Tooth fairy to munch on while enjoying the movie. 

I know. We are so rebels for sneaking cakebites into the theater. And I totally bawled my eyes out at the movie.....

Have you been to The Sweet Tooth Fairy? She's taking over Utah, so I'm sure you have. 






The Sweet Tooth Fairy opened their first shop in Provo in January of 2009 and now they have locations all over the nation.


Try their Cupshakes which are now available at each location.

What is a Cupshake you ask? You choose a cupcake, cookie, cakebites, or any other baked item, and they blend it with vanilla ice cream. So good! 

For this particular Cupshake, I chose their Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake.



This cupcake is one of their monthly flavors--Ice Cream Sundae cupcake. Yes, the vanilla bean frosting is encased in chocolate. Also hidden inside is a scoop of chocolate fudge!


I suggest you go in at least once a month to try their new monthly flavors of cupcakes, cakebites, bars, and cookies. My favorites? Macaroons (pictured above), Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake (pictured below), Peanut Butter Cakebites, Lemon Cakebites (pictured at the bottom), Banana Chocolate Cakebites, Peanut Butter Wonder Bars, and Sopapilla Bar (pictured at the bottom).

As always, sweet tooth cured!



Photos of my previous visits--inside a Lemon Cakebite, Sopapilla bar, & Peanutty Peanut Butter Cupcake.

Go ahead and grab a glass of milk after viewing this post...


The Sweet Tooth Fairy
1227 S University Ave.
Provo, Utah
801.375.3484


1064 S 750 E
Orem, Utah
801.224.7551
For other locations, check out their site: www.thesweettoothfairy.com


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mountain West Burrito in Provo, Utah

Update: Sadly, Joe sold MWB. We miss him. Luckily, he left us in good hands and sold to Heirloom Group (owners of Communal, Pizzeria 712, etc). Also, Mountain West Burrito has opened a new location in the old Awful Waffle just south of BYU at 815 N 700 E in Provo.

Favorite:


You know a place is good when they don't skimp on the fresh guacamole...

Inside an old gas station, located next to a smoke shop, is a very special place. 
I'm just gonna go ahead and say I lovelovelovelove Mountain West Burrito.


Mountain West Burrito hasn't even been open an entire year yet, but the word is out, they serve nothing short of fast, fresh, and delicious food. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items available as well!


This is the owner, Joe. He's here all day to greet you, and what super friendly service he provides! He takes orders, brings your food, clears and cleans tables, grabs boxes, gives your children an organic sucker, helps you wipe up your spilled water, etc. etc. 

"...everything is made fresh daily. We use pasture raised organic chicken and locally grown organic produce whenever available. We do not own a can opener."


These fellas know how to make a mean burrito, mean tacos, mean chimichangas, mean nachos, and whatever else they place on that grill.


Turns out, humanely raised animals provide the best tasting meat.


These nachos? Not soggy!


Mountain West Burrito
1796 N 950 W
Provo, Utah
801-805-1870
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-West-Burrito/


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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ginger's Garden Cafe in Springville, Utah

Favorite:

Healthy food does not taste like cardboard. Who even still thinks that?


They have a huge menu full of delicious choices. Scan the menu key to find your preferred diet, and gluten-free bread is available upon request.



We started off with a spirulina ball and an apricot truffle. What is spirulina? It's a kind of blue-green algae that is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids (an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage). Spirulina doesn't taste very good so it's often masked with fruit, nuts, and something sweet. Basically you eat it just for the health benefits like you would with wheat grass juice.

The apricot truffle was really tasty.



Hummus with pita triangles is one of my favorite appetizers. This one does not disappoint.





Italian Melt: tomatoes, red onions, zucchini and mushrooms topped w/ vegan mozzarella, toasted on a whole wheat foccacia. Very filling! Almost everything comes with a side of carrots and vegan ranch. You should just order a cup full of their vegan ranch and drink it, it's that good.





The shop-side of the place is fully stocked with tons of herbs, supplements, spices, food items, etc.


I usually order their grilled portabello sandwich, but I've been dipping into the world of raw foods--not strictly, but here and there--so I was excited to see their new special: Raw Tacos. Raw tacos made w/ seasoned sunflower seed filling topped with fresh corn salsa, tomatoes, bell peppers, and avocado placed in purple cabbage shells. Delicious! I loved the sunflower seed filling.

We always feel nice and healthy and content after leaving Ginger's.


Ginger's Garden Cafe
188 S Main St.
Springville, Utah
801-489-4500
www.gingersgardencafe.com


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Monday, August 1, 2011

J Dawgs in Provo, Utah

Update: Now, also located in Orem, UT, American Fork, UT, and Lehi, UT. Soon Salt Lake City, UT?

Favorite:









J Dawgs has marked their spot in Utah County culture forever. I like my J Dawg messy, but you are free to keep it as simple or as loaded as you want. We love their "special sauce". The sauce is sweet--we Utahns love sweet--and oozes nicely in between the criss-crosses that are lovingly sliced on the grilled dog. The buns are fresh, soft, and baked locally. Good times.