Friday night, Scott and I went on a date. A real date. (Yeah, people who are married for lots and lots of years do that sometimes, not a lot, not often—like one or twice a year—but they do).
Anyway, when we go out for dinner, it’s a little different. Having a vegetarian husband (vegan to boot) makes our dining experience interesting. We try new places and try foods that maybe most people (normal people) wouldn’t. But I’ll tell ya, I love it.
We found a little diner (dive) in Salt Lake City called Vertical Diner. http://verticaldiner.com/ 2280 south West Temple
It’s not fancy. The place is a bit old and off in traditional décor (used to be an old house, I think, and they remodeled the inside). But the food is completely vegetarian, organic and fresh. We have been there twice now and it’s delicious. The staff might frighten you a bit (tattooed lesbians) but they are awful nice and provide good service (everyone should have a tattooed lesbian working for them. Their great).
I had a peppered tempah, Ruben sandwich (peppered tempah... what the heck?) No it’s great. Very good. Not sure what it is myself, but it’s yummy. I promise. Also, with any meal, you have your choice of the tempah, boca burger or fake chicken. I chose the tempah. As a side, it comes with tortilla chips or carrot slices. For two dollars more, you can get their fries (the best fries ever!) I suggest paying the $2 and having some awesome fries. I also had a garden salad with lime cilantro dressing (yum, yum) with all the fixings—very good salad. A meal in itself.
Scott had the American Diner meal which was fake chicken over fries with gravy. I tried a bite and it didn’t kill me. No, it was great. He could hardly finish the whole thing; he was stuffed. We had planned to buy a nondairy shake to share as desert, but by the time we finished our food, we couldn’t even think of adding more food to our bellies.
They have food for kids as well, such as PB&J or fake chicken tenders and fries or grilled cheese.
So I suggest if you are wanting to try a new experience, or your wanting to cut back on eating meat and would like to try organic, fresh, healthy food, give Vertical Diner a try. You will not be disappointed. Just go into it with an open mind and willingness for new things. Angela 4 out of 5 stars.
Later we went to a play by a company called THE OBT, or The Off Broadway Theater located at 272 South Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Every Friday and Saturday night they have an improve show called the Laughing Stock which is clean humor, good for the whole family fun. We have done this often over the past several years—so funny I nearly pee my pants each time I go.
But they also have spoof plays they do as well each Friday, Saturday and Monday nights (Mondays are cheaper). We went Friday and saw the play called STAR WARDS (a spoof of Star Wars with LDS underlining themes). It was sooo funny! It started out with the Darth Vader character, Princess Lamoni, and Luke Singlewarder having family home evening and then went into the whole Star Wars theme with a LDS twist. Like the characters names were Brigham One Kanobi , CTR3, and MTCPO, Yoga—that kind of thing.
It was fun. Fun for the whole family. Nothing offensive at all. The humor was fantastic. Now, not all of their shows are LDS spoofs. There are some coming up that are just spoofs on the movie itself like Henry Botter (spoof of Henry Potter). The sets are cheaply made. The costumes are too, but the humor is genuinely funny. It is a nonprofit organization just out to have a great time, with great actors and great imaginations. (We have taking our kids twice to see TRANSMORMORS and FOREVER DEAD and they had a riot!)
If you are tired of dinner and a movie, give this place a try. You will not be disappointed. Well worth the money. I promise. Angela stars 5 out of 5.