You want to know how I know I’ve had a really great meal? When I’m still thinking about it almost, 2000 miles away. City Cakes & Cafe opened in Salt Lake City nine years ago inside a small coffee shop, serving vegan and gluten free bakery goodies. And I was smitten instantly.
Since then, they’ve expanded their menu and location. They have a much larger space in Salt Lake City, and a second small store in Draper. They even provide goodies to Whole Foods, last I heard.
City Cakes Bakery & Cafe – lunch options
They make everything from scratch (except maybe the sandwich bread?), mostly vegan goods but some traditional goodies as well. Soups, sandwiches, salads.
Nanette, my friend’s mom and owner, (who happened to be working when I went in), told me that her vegan cooking and baking adventures began when her oldest son became a vegan. Her younger son complained about having vegan desserts all the time to satisfy the other brother, so she promised to make vegan desserts that “didn’t taste vegan” and that people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
For lunch, I ordered the Southwest Black Bean Burger. The sandwich was out of this world. It was served on a nutty whole grain bread with lots of veggies and avocado. The black bean burger had tons of flavor and wasn’t dry like many black bean burgers.
I had a cup of vegan butternut squash soup with my sandwich. My lunch was served with a mini chocolate chip cookie, which was a nice surprise. The soup was also amazing; warm, rich, creamy. Seriously, I was tempted to lick my bowl.
My favorite gluten-free bakery in Salt Lake City
For dessert, I ordered a Key Lime Coconut cupcake and my mom had a chocolate peanut butter cupcake. I’m not generally a cake person – I’m a brownie or cookie girl. But these were so good. Let me say it again: so good. My cupcake was gluten free and vegan, but my mom’s were “normal”, and I actually liked the vegan one better.
The next day, my mom and I went back again before I went to the airport since I was still fantasizing about all the things I didn’t get to try the day before. We shared a Belgian waffle and each got a muffin, all of which was vegan and as tasty as everything the day before. They even reheated the muffins before serving them, which is a nice touch.
In short, I’m obsessed. It’s reasonably priced, the food and desserts are awesome, and service is quick and friendly (even the next day when I was served by a total stranger). If you’re anywhere in Utah, I definitely recommend checking out City Cakes & Cafe. They were busy both times I went in and seemed to have a loyal clientele, but you’ll still get served quickly. Whether you’re vegan or not, gluten-free or not, I promise you won’t be disappointed.