Every Thursday, we here at Utah Valley Moms want to bring you some ideas of what to do and where to visit. Try it out this weekend or try it out in the future. Either way, we’re getting out to explore Utah Valley each week and want to show you some of the things we find.
Around Eatery is a newer restaurant to Utah Valley that went into the Traverse Mountain area in Lehi. There are a lot of great companies up there at the Point of the Mountain. While I had heard many great things about Around Eatery, I had not tried it before.
When you walk in, you head to the left and order off of the menu to the cashier. The manager, Stephanie, helped us choose some delicious foods. I asked her what she would recommend and she ended up recommending almost the entire menu after about 5 minutes of me looking over the menu. Each entree is unique and different from the others on the menu so it’s hard to choose just one meal for the day.
After ordering, we chose a seat and grabbed a drink while we waited for our food.
We tried three separate meals. The first one is the Short Rib Tortillas. They contain: 24-hour cooked beef short ribs, pears, healthy avocado puree layered with a zesty lemon-lime vinegar cabbage slaw in flour tortillas. I am always up for anything put into a tortilla and this did not disappoint. I was a little worried about the pears but it turned out to be really complimentary to the other flavors so I was pleased.
Next up is the Ramen Burger. It is a turkey and duroc pork burger with crisp ramen patties in place of the bun. It includes lettuce, chedar cheese, camraelized onions, and an Asian plum sauce. We added on the fried egg. It was the oddest thing. My brain told me, “Stop, this is weird.” But my taste buds loved every once of it. The ramen bun was incredible and all the flavors meshed perfectly for a “normal” burger.
The last thing I had to try was the pretzel grilled cheese. It has a house-made pretzel bun with Jarlsberg, Muenster, and Irish white cheddar cheese with a slow-cooked tomato jam. I am a cheese lover and this was probably my favorite. We let the kids eat some of it but I ended up sneaking most of it into my mouth.
Stephanie let me know we had to try the desserts. I’m normally not one to order desserts but I would have regretted it if I had not.
The flourless chocolate spongecake intrigued me because it is gluten free. While I obviously don’t live a gluten-free life, I do enjoy being gluten free every now and then for the health benefits. Also, because it’s become such a popular thing, a lot of restaurants have made some pretty incredible gluten-free foods. The flourless chocolate spongecake is no exception. It has a warm chocolate hazelnut center.
The other dessert that I couldn’t pass up was the Toasted Ice Cream Panini. It is vanilla ice cream pressed in a panini maker into a Hawaiian Sweet Bun with strawberries, mandarin oranges, or Oreos. It was amazing. I actually had a dream about it the other night. It is toasted so crunchy on the outside and warm while cold and creamy in the middle.
Around Eatery also offers other sandwiches, soups, and salads. Again, I really like the diversity and that they are not your normal salad, sandwich, soup restaurant with a similar menu. Stephanie mentioned that they had just changed their Ramen Burger a bit to improve it. I like the idea that they would change the food a bit to improve it.