Since moving west to the suburbs, adjusting to a less-than-thriving brunch scene has been, well… challenging. We came from Hoboken, NJ, which might as well be known as the brunch capital of the world. Back east we brunched as a family every weekend, often on Saturday and Sunday both, with restaurant after restaurant to cycle through. We cherished our time as a family of three, and eventually as our current crew of four, strolling from coffee shop to park playground to brunch destination and back home again all before the clock struck noon. A rare family ritual that all members enjoyed equally.
Imagine my delight with my husband stumbled upon Eva’s Bakery one morning when searching for a simple cup good hot coffee. The kids and I waited in the car while he ran in. When he came back, he was not only sipping his cup of Joe, but also holding a big bag of what we would soon discover were the most delectable croissants and pastries a girl could dream of. This may just be our new spot, we agreed.
We headed back to Eva’s this weekend to give it a more thorough try. This endearing French bakery and cafe did not disappoint. Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Eva’s storefront facade in bright blue and golden yellow practically begs you to come in for a closer look. Inside you’ll find a quaint cafe brimming with rustic charm and glass cases packed with both savory and sweet selections.
Continue back a bit further and discover a full service cafe, featuring a wide array of breakfast, brunch, and lunch selections.
We were seated almost immediately, and I was pleased to see that we were not the only family with little people around. The Sunday morning clientele was mixed with families, young people, older couples, and single diners enjoying their newspaper and coffee alike. This was our kind of place.
The menu at Eva’s offers all of the basic brunch staples. Yogurt with Granola, a few Benedicts, eggs in plenty of ways, and some sweeter griddle treats. We all went savory (with the plan to purchase pastries to carry out), though the little girl at the table next door’s blueberry French toast was almost too much to resist.
Aside from a couple of overcooked eggs, the meal was flavorful and fresh. I especially enjoyed the Breakfast Pie, which featured a hand-made pizza dough, ham, gruyere, arugula, the house hollandaise, and runny egg. Just Yum. Baby girl couldn’t keep her hands off of it!
We capitalized on Eva’s central Main Street location and went for a stroll through some of Salt Lake’s most beautiful gardens (In Temple Square and City Creek) prior to gathering up our pastries and heading home. The kids loved choosing their favorite Tulips and making wishes in the fountains. “I wish for a great week and to have a playdate with my friend soon,” I overheard.
All in all, I’m loving this newly found brunch spot… And this you-have-to-taste-it-to-fully-appreciate-it German Chocolate Croissant that I enjoyed at home later in the afternoon.
Would Eva’s be a place you’d like to visit? Do you have a favorite go-to Brunch spot that you frequent? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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