July 27, 2016
By Lauren Gutierrez
As a college student I’m always on the prowl for a good coffee shop where I can get my caffeine fix and hunker down for a nice long study session. It’s probably safe to say Salt Lake City has established a culture of restaurateurs and a steady following of local foodies. We are no longer bound to the coffee industry’s usual suspects, now there are an array of choices in the valley to visit. So I chose to go to none other than Sugar House Coffee 1100 E. 2011 S. on Salt Lake’s east side.
The place is a little hidden from the street front so you have to keep a look out for the large black lettering against yellow and red brick. As you turn a tight corner in the back you will find limited parking but it’s parking none the less and I assume it might be enough depending on when you go.
In the café itself there are large windows, plenty of natural light, tables and chairs. The decor is interesting…there were a hodgepodge of paintings, quotes and what looked like a rhino piñata. I loved the modern pop art though. One of the snazziest elements was an old piano sitting by the wall and open to the public to play. Great place for hipsters, complete with a very nice blue haired barista.
But let’s get into the food and drink shall we? They of course offer coffee but also a variety of smoothies, oatmeal, sandwiches, wraps and even vegan options. I ordered an Italian strawberry soda with cream. It was a little fizzy, a little creamy and totally yummy. It was gone too soon.
Next I tried the super cheesy grilled cheese on Stoneground wheat bread made with pesto and tomato slices. Pesto is an Italian sauce consisting of chopped basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. A delicious combination I’d recommend to anyone. The sandwich comes sliced in two with a side of chips so I split it with a friend.
Lastly but not leastly, I got the Cuban Revolver which comes hot or iced and is as jolting as it sounds. It’s a coffee with six shots of espresso, perfect for an all nighter when you’re cramming for a test. It definitely does the trick.
I missed the artists and musicians that perform there on a weekly basis but they have wifi so I hung out for a while. Good place to do work or chill with friends.