Wow, didn't know places like this are still around!.
I've read some of the 'bad' reviews and frankly have to say... Come On, are you serious?
This place rocks in a world of fast food, sauce chains and high priced rich cuisine. To go here you need to expect home town, hot meals served how you like in quantities you can't expect to finish. This is a Ma & Pa diner that, yes uses real butter and some bacon grease to flavor the meal. Prices seem like they were taken from a past century as it has to be one of the cheapest eats for the volume in SLC.
It's quaint, small with weekend lines so expect a small line and minimal wait during prime breakfast hours!
Great in the past, but not in the present..
We have frequented Carl's Cafe for years. But after this morning, we won't be going back. The service was not good. Even though only half of the tables were occupied, we finally had to ask to have our first (and only) coffee refill.
Later, we discovered that our rye bread was moldy. We both immediately lost our appetites. We informed the staff and they were apologetic. They discounted our tab by not charging us for the coffee and OJ, but we felt like we had just paid for a moldy meal.
I really hate to see this happen to independent restaurants. I don't like eating at a national chain, but food safety certainly trumps the philosophy of buying local. I hope the owners of Carl's Cafe take a close look at their operations with haste before they lose more loyal customers.
Okay but not the best.
The food is so so and very greasy. I wouldn't recommend this breakfast joint. The interior is dark, dirty and has been the same for the past 15 years. They don't accept credit cards so be prepared with cash or check book. My party of 3 and one other table where the only ones in and we waited for our breakfast for over 30 minutes. The cook was sitting around talking with the waitress and meanwhile wiping his mouth with rags they use in the kitchen. Yuck. The employees are nice but its not very good food. I would check out the food inspection reports before eating here. The last food inspection was done on 6/2/2009 and they failed! One star and 11 critical violations. Gross. This is the inspection report from 6/2/2009:
4.2.1* There is no person in charge who takes responsibility for food safety.
6 Yes 1 Yes Assignment of Responsibility*
4.2.18* Employee drinks are without lids or straws above make table.
6 Yes 1 No Eating, Drinking, or Using Tobacco*
4.2.2* Employee does not know proper holding temperatures.
6 Yes 1 No Demonstration of Knowledge*
4.3.37 Fries are being stored on the floor.
1 No 1 No Food Storage
4.3.59* (i) b, (ii) Raw eggs stored on the counter are 76F. Whipped eggs are 67F. Cottage cheese in the reach in cooler is held at 44F and sliced cheese is 44F.
24 Yes 4 No Cold Holding*
4.4.63 The cooler is broken.
1 No 1 No Good Repair and Proper Adjustment
4.4.83* The exterior of equipment is unclean. The flap door on the ice maker is unclean inside.
12 Yes 2 No Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils-Cleaning*
4.4.85 The shelves are unclean.
1 No 1 No Nonfood-Contact Surfaces-Cleaning
4.5.26 There is ice disposed into the handsink.
3 Yes 1 No Using a Handwashing Facility
4.5.26 The water from the handsink is used to make oatmeal.
3 Yes 1 No Using a Handwashing Facility
4.6.37 Personla items are stored above packaged foods.
1 No 1 No Employee Accomadations-Designated Areas
4.6.40 The floors are cracked. The door fame is broken.
2 No 2 No Repairing-Physical Facilities
4.6.41 The walls and ceilings are unclean around the hood. The lights are dirty. The wooden shelves above cooler are unclean.
3 No 3 No Cleaning-Frequency and Restrictions
Small Locals Place---Great Breakfast!!. I recommend this small place for breakfast any day of the week!! You may have to wait a bit to get a seat but worth the wait. The bisquits and gravy rocks!!
it's o.k. but i don't get whatever everyone raves about. it's teeny tiny & doesn't accept credit cards. the food it good but the portions are disappointing. one would expect the gut buster to bust one's gut but it falls far short of that. the tables are crammed together and if there are toddlers or younger kids in the place, expect to have them underfoot or step on them.
Lots of food for low prices. Mmmhhh... yum! This little "mom-and-pop" diner has great food at great prices, and everything is flavorful as well as abundant! I couldn't believe how much food our orders came with for the price on the bill. It is a little small, so you won't find this to be a group dining area, but really really good. Try it and you won't be disappointed.
Heading to the slopes? Stop here first for a big-time breakfast..
It's a tiny strip-mall coffee shop--open only for breakfast and lunch. On the weekend, you'll usually have to wait outside for a few minutes. Be sure to check out the specials listed on the wall by the kitchen.
These are whoppin'-huge omelets. Some go for the basic omelet, which includes any two fillings--when in doubt choose the thick-sliced bacon and fresh, sliced mushrooms. Special omelets are also offered--recent choices included feta, artichoke and sun-dried tomatoes; and jalapeno, tomato, cheddar and sour cream. French toast is a bargain. Lunch choices head into the burger and sandwich area. Try a Westerner (mushroom-cheese burger), an Easterner (pastrami, cheese and tomato sandwich topped with thousand-island dressing), a Northerner (roast beef and Swiss, grilled on honey wheat bread) or a Southerner (turkey, Swiss, bacon and avocado).
Great Breakfast. Carl's Cafe is a classic, small restaraunt with a great feeling. No matter what you order you will be pleased. The service is excellent, I would recommend to get the early to avoid the wait.
Cozy Cafe. Carl's is one of the best breakfast spots around. Try one of their great omelet's! The service is always good but the seating is limited.
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