10 Best Reveals Salt Lake City's Best Spots to Enjoy Great Coffee and a Sweet Bite to Eat
By Christine Balaz
Salt Lake City Local Expert
Many, many restaurants serve dessert in Salt Lake City, and nearly every restaurant serves coffee. But at most restaurants, the coffee and the sweets come after a meal - and are not the primary focus of the eatery. 10Best has scoured the streets of Salt Lake City and uncovered a sweet group of eateries focusing primarily on scrumptious treats. And it turns out that, if you visit many of these restaurants, you’ll take a miniature vacation to Europe.
Perhaps no European country is more renowned for its desserts - specifically pastries - than France. Brining this country’s remarkably tasty, flaky, and oft cream-filled pastries to South Salt Lake City is Pierre Country Bakery & Café. Whether you’re looking for eclairs, café au lait… or perhaps sandwiches and fresh bread, you’ll find a cornucopia simply brimming with deliciousness and an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients.
Farther north in Salt Lake City - as well as in Europe - Bruges Waffles & Fries brings Belgium’s most delicious treats to downtown Salt Lake City: Liege waffles and Belgian frites (fries). Top the waffles with any number of sauces, and pack the fries into a traditional Belgian sandwich. No matter which way you go, you’re not walking out of that place hungry - guaranteed.
Red Butte Café
Located in Salt Lake City's east side, the Red Butte Cafe offers its guests a special chance to enjoy high-end, casual eating. Combing a laid-back atmosphere with top-notch foods, Red Butte Cafe has invented an eclectic/ Southwestern menu comprised of tasty items, all offered at a moderate price. Enjoy a brunch and a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine over lunch or dinner. Or come in between mealtimes and enjoy a dessert with an espresso and a conversation with friends. The dessert menu at the Red Butte Cafe exceeds the ordinary ice cream-and-cake selection; Red Butte's bakery offers a dozen or more truly unique and delicious items at any given time. (801-581-9498)
Bruges Waffles & Frites
Born in the restaurant's namesake city, Bruges, Belgium, owner Pierre Vandamme brought with him Belgium's famous yeast-raised Liege waffles. Endowed with the traditional sugar pearls in the dough, these waffles are served hot and eaten with the toppings of your choice: creme fraiche, Belgian chocolate sauce, various berries, crunchy speculoos spread or vanilla bean ice cream. Not enough? Try any of the special combinations which feature waffles and various decadent stuffings. Similarly, their frites (or fries) are served with an impressive choice of aioli sauces, or in combination with a sandwich - or IN a sandwich. This is no health food store, but instead a delicious European treat in the heart of Salt Lake City. (801-363-4444)
Glaus French Pastry Shoppe
Have a hankering for a bona fide French pastry - say an éclair, croissant or pain au chocolat? Or a craving for a sweet, American baked good - like a brownie, muffin or cookie? Or are you celebrating a special occasion for which only a fine, from-scratch cake would be appropriate? For well over seven decades, the Glaus French Pastry Shoppe and Beau Brummel Bakery treated Salt Lakers to some of the best French baked goodies in town. Today, the Glaus French Pastry Shoppe continues this reputation at its South Highland location, offering up everything from chocolate eclairs to fruit-filled tarts. (801-486-5908)
Salt Lake Roasting Company
This two-story cafe is one of Salt Lake City's longest-running, most classic cafes. Serving delicious, roasted coffees (ranging from lattes to dark espressos) throughout the day, alongside a fairly extensive food and pastry menu, this is a go-to favorite of locals. Guests are free to sip a cup of drip coffee and use the wireless, or to meet with friends and enjoy a full meal filled with fresh ingredients. Outside seating makes the Roasting Company a popular late night gathering spot as well. A variety of scrumptious lunch and dinner options are available, and the staff makes sure that there are plenty of fresh breads and pastries available all day long. (801-363-7572, 800-748-4887)
This artsy coffee shop and deli is a great place to stop in whether you're looking to grab a quick bite or sit and linger with a delicious cup of coffee and a good friend. The homemade sandwiches are served in generous portions, and the freshly brewed coffees hail from all over the world, including Italy and Guatemala. They also have a limited selection of beer and wine available if you're not in the mood for coffee or tea. But the menu isn't the only attraction; you'll find an impressive, rotating display of work from local artists. (801-532-3225)
Pierre Country Bakery & Café
Committed to using local and sustainable ingredients, Pierre Country Bakery crafts dozens of tantalizing baked treats, as well as fresh sandwiches, delicious and varied soups, and classic French items. Stop in Monday through Saturday to enjoy dessert and coffee, or to pick up any of Pierre's renowned French breads and baguettes. Sourdough, whole wheat, and rye loaves, cheese bread, Italian focaccia, and flaky croissants filled with all sorts of tasty items are but a few of the items that will have your mouth watering. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and quiche are also part of the lengthy menu, as is a full coffee and espresso bar. (801-486-0900)
Banbury Cross Donuts
Alright - Banbury Cross is admittedly not a traditional bakery or coffee shop. However, this Utah institution has been a famous staple of Salt Lake cuisine and culture since its opening in 1986. Specializing in delicious - even gourmet - doughnuts, this unique Salt Lake establishment also offers a variety of other sweet goods. If the glazed, chocolate, old fashioned, raised, maple frosted, cinnamon crumb, strawberry frosted or cake doughnuts won't satisfy you, consider instead trying a cinnamon roll, muffin, orange roll or apple fritter. If you're picking up doughnuts for breakfast, you can also purchase milk, orange juice, and coffee here. ((801) 537-1433)
Le Petit Cafe
This is a great, hidden spot for a mid-morning or afternoon refresher. Beverages are the menu item of choice, with gourmet coffee, espresso and tea selections available. If you have a hankering for something sweet (or have young ones in two), freshly squeezed lemonade, fruit smoothies, ice cream and pastries are also offered. But if you're in the mood for something even more indulgent, you must try the thick, burnt almond milkshake. Given its semi-hidden location inside the Little America Hotel, just southwest of Downtown proper, this gorgeous cafe offers more solitude than most of Salt Lake City's downtown dessert and coffee houses. (801-363-6781)
Carlucci's Bakery & Cafe
Carlucci's is a hungry person's paradise. Offering an excellent selection of baked goods, as well as gourmet, cafe-style breakfasts and lunches, this Italian establishment gives you the opportunity to enjoy delicious treats and dishes with flair. The bakery produces more than two dozen varieties of pastries, as well as a large selection of cakes and breads. The breakfast menu contains a broad selection of creative quiches, omelets and other specialties like tofu scramble, yogurt and house-made granola and ham and cheese croissant sandwiches. At lunch time, you can choose from sandwiches that range from hummus to garlic & herb goat cheese, turkey bacon & avocado and baked Italian marinated tofu. Opt for a half sandwich and enjoy the house-made soup or any number of salads. ((801) 366-4484)
Tulie Bakery enjoys a prime location just north of the 9th and 9th intersection in Sugarhouse, and adjacent to Trio Cafe (one of the city's most popular modern Italian eateries). This tempting little gem offers some of the tastiest and light fare in all of Salt Lake City. With a menu that ranges from hot, pressed sandwiches to pastries and cakes, the Tulie Bakery challenges you to find a reason NOT to visit. For breakfast, try a quiche, bread pudding, pain au jambon or creme fraiche coffee cake. For any other meal of the day, enjoy a turkey, brie and avocado Panini, or perhaps try a sopressata, pesto or mozzarella, tomato and basil one instead. ((801) 883-9741)
About Christine Balaz
Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous travel books, iPhone apps, and never-ending web content. As a rock climber, outdoors enthusiast and insatiable explorer, Christine has journeyed through nearly every corner of Utah, and has spent aggregate years overseas, from Turkey to Jordan, Sweden to Spain.
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