Friday, November 07, 2008


It's been 5 hours and I have eaten other things since, yet every time I burp, I have flash-back tastes of the horrible lunch I ate. These "flash-backs" are just as bad as the initial.

Nolan helped us out today by taking me to work and back while we had some work done on the car. To thank him for his services I wanted to take him out to lunch. He mentioned that he noticed a diner that looked good on the way to the car place, so we thought we'd try it.
It's called Vertical Diner. The sign on the door as we walked in said something like, "Great food with low prices," and it was a small place with the word 'diner' in the name. I was very excited to eat at what I concluded to be a cheap, quaint, greasy-spoon of a place.

As we entered, we were greeted with pungent, seemingly tastey smells. 'This is going to be good,' I thought. The decor was very subdued with all black tables, chairs and booths. The walls were neutral with tasteful art here and there. It even had a Ma-and-Pop feel with the bar/counter and "Please seat yourself" sign.

We got our menus and found a seat. We were both thinking the biscuits and gravy looked good. I got mine with sausage and Nolan got his with sausage and hash-browns. When they came out they looked pretty good. The gravy looked a bit yellowy to me, but I wasn't concerned. I cut open my sausage and took a bite. Odd texture and taste. I cut another piece and held my fork up close to my eye to examine what I had ordered. 'This isn't sausage!' I thought to myself. Nolan was coming to the same realizations on his own with his dish.

We were both pretty peeved that everything in the menu had regular names and had no indication of NO MEAT ANYWHERE. Our reading skills have both been known to be lacking at times, but I am convinced that it was never 'posted.'

After our late discovery, the water with no ice, Pure Sea Salt on the table, and the fact that the only soda they served was Blue Sky made a lot more sense.

The place was way too yippie for me, and I was bitter that my carnivorous appetite would not be curbed while there. Not being a vegetarian, I couldn't tell you if it was good for vegetarian food or not, but I will tell you that it was like eating tofu with TONS of spices that I am still tasting. I mean really, my "sausage" had rice in it. What's that about?


Miss Heather said...

HA HA HA!! You ate at a vegan restaurant!! HA HA HA! Man, that's something out of downtown Los Angeles, not Salt Lake City! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh man! I have to try it.

You have to tell me where it is.

Cerra Hawkins said...

Your compassion is overwhelming Heather. Really... :-P

Mark, follow the link foo! It tells you way more than you ever wanted to know about the place.