We learn how-to make a tofu scramble and biscuits & gravy with Salt Lake City's Vertical Diner.
How did you get started?
Vertical Diner was an addition to our sister restaurant Sage's Cafe, with a twist! We noticed that although our clientele at Sage's Cafe was pleased with our gourmet plant based options, they were craving something more. Vertical Diner offers American classics without the animal products and processed ingredients. Ultimately, we wanted to offer the nostalgia that most of us grew up with such as buiscuits and gravy, pot-pies, fried "chicken" and more! In 2007, Vertical Diner was created and began to offer these familiar flavors to our community in a kind and conscious fashion.
Where are you located?
Vertical Diner is located in South Salt Lake next to a few other community staples such as the SLC Bike Collective, Poor Yorik arts studio and a soon to be brewery, Shades of Pale. Come in and visit us at 2280 South West Temple!
What are your specialities?
Everything is delicious but our gluten free pancakes are really the best! If you want vegan, meat-free chicken wings, try our perfectly spicy, slightly crunchy and mildly sweet buffalo tigers. Soul Food Sunday is an SLC favorite where we serve hush puppies, pulled jackfruit sandwiches and our hand cut french fries. If you have a sweet tooth, you can never go wrong with dessert! Ian's family recipe, the shoofly cake and our hemp seed brownies are a couple favorites!
What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?
It's hard to choose one! For breakfast I love the gluten free blueberry pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup. For something more savory, the buffalo tigers with an Elephino IPA brewed by Utah's very own Red Rock Brewing. For dessert, molasses cake with a scoop of so delicious vanilla bean ice cream.
What's on the stereo?
The music on our stereo ranges from anything from the cure to Reggae to rockabilly! Depending on the time of day and the mood of your server, it's always a surprise!
Where else should we visit in your area?
Our sister restaurant Sage's Cafe! At Sage's you can find a variety of raw dishes, classic favorites like tempeh lettuce wraps and new favorites such as crispy polenta fries. Our family also enjoys vegan dishes from House of Tibet and Frisch.
Do you host any special events?
Vertical Diner is a proud supporter of local art in the Salt Lake City Valley. Every weekend we feature local music by unique and original singers/songwriters. We also rotate local art on our walls about 6-7 times a year. Vertical Diner has a great relationship with VeloCity Bags and the SLC Bike Collective and is often a host for their special events.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
Vertical Diner has created it's own institution. It seems that hipsters, vegans, families and non-vegetarians alike all find something craveable on our menu. Vertical Diner brings our community together, offering vegan options for those comfort food cravings. Our regulars, visitors and new customers enjoy the uniqueness of our space that celebrates local art, serves great food and provides those ever so familiar flavors!
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