Sundays are a veritable no-man’s land here in Salt Lake City. It is the second biggest frustration, after not being able to buy any liquor at any grocery store.
But there are still a handful of places open on Sundays. Mainly they are pubs! And a handful of coffee shops. But be warned, DO NOT go Downtown on a Sunday. Unless you just want to walk along empty streets and pretend you are one of the last survivors of the apocalypse.
But luckily for us, there are several coffee shops a few blocks away from our apartment. The one we tried last Sunday was Coffee Garden. As we were walking towards it we saw a crowd of people. The only populated area of the intersection, in fact! Though it was quite busy, we didn’t have to wait long to get our orders in.
I ordered my usual – a chai latte. It was decent here, not anything special. But what wowed me was the quiche. The Mushroom and Artichoke Quiche, to be exact. It was fresh tasting, still moist after being reheated in the microwave, the crust was still flaky (of course soft and flexible, that can’t be helped when sitting out for more than a few minutes) but intact and not soggy in the slightest. And the flavour was superb. While I couldn’t pick out the individual flavours of artichoke or mushroom, the overall taste was fresh and spicey (they definitely went heavy on the pepper. But in a GREAT way.)
Cortney was quite pleased with her coffee drink and the ambience of the place. Which I nearly forgot to describe!
When walking in you are affronted by a crowd of tables with the thinnest walkways imaginable. And you have to walk all the way to the back of the room to get to the counter. Further blocking your way, but also demarking the end of the table-lands is a floating island counter in the center full of one’s coffee and meal supplies. At the right hand side is the line to order, where one can see all the goodies (both sweet and savory). This line then leads back towards the left where you order and then continue to the VERY leftmost wall to pick up your drink and food.
It is a ridiculous set up. But once out of the throng, we found some seats along the hallway around the right side where the entrance to the kitchen can be found. Contrary to what you might expect, it wasn’t suffocating, but cozy. They did an EXCELLENT job of turning that most inconvenient space into a really lovely study nook. There are pictures of the coffee bean harvesting process along the kitchen wall, a wooden booth with several two person tables along the opposite wall and classical music playing to sooth your confusion-and-crowd jarred spirits.
We stayed there for a good while, simply enjoying the ambiance and doing some people watching. Then we headed to the park where we encountered a drum circle hippie fest at the bottom of a tall hill. It was so much fun to watch and commentate on those from our perch at the top while soaking up the sun and enjoying the sounds of laughter, music, and joy in the air (and the not-so-occasional ramblings of someone very high.)
So if you are looking for a great Sunday spot or just a chill place to study or read, check out the Coffee Garden. And DEFINITELY try the quiche.