Sage's Cafe, among one of SLC's first downtown vegetarian restaurants is not as dubious as it's Keebler Elf tree house exterior might suggest. I seem to remember having some of the worst service ever there when it opened some 5 years ago. But since I have been enjoying the guilt free, healthy taste of vegetarian cuisine more often I agreed to join a friend there last week for lunch and was surprised at how much better it was than I remembered. Why I waited so long is beyond me, it's less than a block from my work. Sage's joins my shortlist of favorite non-meat based establishments alongside the Oasis Cafe and the newer Vertical Diner. I also love the house made veggie burger at Urban Bistro.
If you go, try one of the following dishes which tend to get rave reviews:
Buckwheat noodles tossed in a sesame vinaigrette served on a bed of fresh mixed greens and topped with tahini dressing, seasonal vegetables, and cumin sesame blackened tempeh 11.00
corn soft tacos filled with your choice of tempeh, tofu, vegetarian chicken or portabella mushrooms served with grilled vegetables, cilantro-lime vinaigrette tossed greens sour cream and guacamole 12.50