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- Cafe ZupasMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4First to ReviewNov 27, 2013
Man, what is up with these restaurants in Utah? I can't seem to find a decent meal anywhere here! I tried Cafe Zupas for the first time and while there were some positive aspects to the place, there is also plenty to not like about it.
First, you get the feeling that the restaurant is trying to convey and healthy image. Nice colors and names of spices and herbs create the decor of the airy, comfortable space. The food I ordered felt, shall we say, less than healthy. I opted for a create your own salad and a half bowl of creamy cauliflower soup. The soup was more like a big bowl of heavy cream instead of a nice, chunky veggie soup. It was good, but far from healthy (there was NO nutrition information posted anywhere which makes their "healthy and wholesome" image all that more suspicious). I'm not sure I'd order soup here again unless and until they post some nutritional information. I tried samples of a couple of other soups but they were so salty I couldn't stomach any of them.
I opted for a full size create your own salad. The employees behind the counter ask you what you want and they make the salad for you. I had blue cheese dressing and mixed greens. The first person will toss the lettuce with your chosen dressing. My salad didn't have enough dressing in it and I like a small amount to begin with (they were very skimpy on the dressing). Next up is the assembly line where you tell the employees what you want to add on top. Here is the part that really bothered me: not only are they SUPER SKIMPY with the toppings, but they only scoop the toppings on top of your salad -- they don't even take the time TO PROPERLY TOSS THE INGREDIENTS INTO YOUR SALAD. Big failure here.
I was also super bummed when I found several brown and black SLIMY lettuce leaves in my salad bowl. I had fished out about 8 of these leaves and had tossed them in the trash before my husband said "you should photograph that to put on Yelp." The photo you see is a shot of 3 of those BLACK AND SLIMY lettuce leaves. No restaurant should serve slimy lettuce to anyone. This also made me question their wholesome and fresh ingredient spiel.
The salad ingredients and toppings were fun and inventive (strawberries, cashews, bacon, sunflower seeds, red peppers, etc.), but watch out -- every little thing will cost you extra! Extra this, extra that, extra $1 here and there. The soups can be topped with yummy extras (they asked me if i wanted cheese and bacon on my cauliflower soup and the correct answer in that case is always "heck yes", but they neglected to inform me that it would cost me $1.25 extra to do so. Be aware that EVERYTHING costs extra here. The two of us spent almost $35 on a quick lunch for two (two salads, two sodas and two soups). I think that's way too pricey for what you get.
Each meal comes with a chocolate topped strawberry (tasty and just the right size for a little sweet treat to end your meal) and a hunk of white French bread. The bread was cold and tasted like something straight out of the bag at your local grocery store. If you are expecting a nice, crusty and fresh French baguette like you'd find at Paradise or Panera, you will be very disappointed. This bread is an afterthought and after one bite, it went straight into the trash bin.
I'm willing to give Cafe Zupas another try because of its convenience factor but I'm not in a hurry to go back. Maybe I hit the place on an "off" day or maybe they need more time to work out the kinks.