Just a stone’s throw away from everyone’s favorite spot (the Sears Taco Carts) on State Street, The Eklektik is serving up Old World food with soul. Walk into the restaurant, and you’re inundated with contemporary art; The Eklektic feels like it was ripped from Santa Fe and teleported to State Street – sculptures line the walls and the space is complete with a gift shop highlighting local artists.
The Eklektik opts for sustainable at every opportunity, consciously trying to source as many of their ingredients as locally as possible; their furniture is all recycled and reclaimed and they plan to be a completely solar powered operation in the near future.
To add to the notion of sustainability, it’s clear management really cares about the staff with attention to detail and ease that is felt throughout. The staff also told us that The Eklektik is working to become a music space in the near-future, so keep your fingers crossed. Their backyard is enormous and it’s easy to envision it becoming a venue. Salt Lake City can always use more medium outdoor live music spaces, and if The Eklektik ever does that, we’ll all be there!
The menu is eclectic with hearty dishes inspired by an array of cuisine traditions. With dishes like a shrimp and provolone cannoli with avocado cream sauce, lump crab mac and cheese, hibiscus flautas and sharable plates like patatas bravas, shoestring fries with paprika and cotija; it will be a meal to warm your heart. When our foodie in residence was there, he went for the Black Beer Bondolas, a deliciously creamy meal of tender pork loin, mushrooms, scallions and black beer over rice and loved every well balanced bite. Their menu is rich with comfort foods but also offers good vegetarian options. We had the veggie burger during one of our visits which was an amazing veggie shawarma wrap with a homemade chickpea patty. The dessert menu is equally scrumptious with items like crispy churros and chocolate, tiramisu, crepes and a “secret” chocolate cake. We caught the tail end of their summer menu, so chances are you might encounter a new seasonal menu when you visit! We’ll be going back to check it out soon and can’t wait to see what they come up with.
60 East 800 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-4104
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 11 am to 9 pm
Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 10 pm