Salt Lake City has an abundance of very good restaurants. Even for a picky eater like me, who is extremely biased against franchised chain restaurants, there are lots of great food options. In the midst of all these options for dining out, there's one place I find myself returning to time and time again. Cafe Med is a small, unpretentious restaurant that serves Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. They have a whole section of Persian favorites on the menu, featuring foods such Kubideh (highly seasoned ground meat kabobs), Kooftah (plum stuffed Persian meatballs), and Persian Spinach and Red Lentil Soup. They have Middle Eastern specialties such as Falafel, Hummus, and Baba Ghanooj. They have plain old American food, which actually looks quite delicious, although the chances of me ordering it are probably quite slim. In spite of this multitude of tasty cuisines, when I visit Cafe Med, I nearly always order Greek food.
This is American Greek Salad. The "American" part is the lettuce that Americans prefer on the salad. (When I went to Greece I was amazed that what I called Greek Salad didn't even exist there.) I order my salad with blue cheese dressing (really an amazing combination with the feta) and extra feta. I love this salad. I could eat this nearly every day and never get tired of it. There are some carbs in milk products, and the South Beach Diet police would probably object to that much feta, but still this is a pretty good South Beach Diet splurge meal without going too overboard. (I eat it all the time and haven't gained any weight.)
With my salad I order a side of gyro meat with Tzatziki sauce on the side. (If you're one of my herb blogging friends who is not a native English speaker, it's pronounced yeero in Americn English.) The gyro meat at Cafe Med is perfect, slightly crispy and full of flavor. Again, I could eat this nearly every day I love it so much. Of course, meat does not have carbs. Gyro meat is usually a combination of beef and lamb, ground together and then roasted, and it probably has more saturated fat than the South Beach Diet would recommend, but for a restaurant splurge, I think this is also a good choice.
Besides the amazing food, Cafe Med also has the best coffee in Salt Lake. If I went there early enough in the day, you can be sure I would be ordering a latte. This time I was there at night, so the photo above is their amazing cardomon tea, which is also absolutely delicious. In fact, everything at Cafe Med is absolutely delicious. I can honestly say I've never had a disappointing meal there.
420 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Although I did tell the server I was a food blogger and asked if I could take photos, I paid for the meal at Cafe Med, and they had no idea I would be writing this post about the restaurant. I don't really write restaurant "reviews" but once in a while I talk about restaurants in Salt Lake and Restaurants in other cities where I've had great meals.