Cafe classics made in a warm, trendy atmosphere situated right by the airport

Nomad Eatery –

Salt Lake City, UT – Cafe – $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterApr 16, 2018

Overall 4.0

4.2

Food

4

Service

4.3

Ambience

3.4

Value

Overview

This eclectic fast-casual restaurant started as a food truck and put down roots in Salt Lake in 2017. The restaurant features a sort of eclectic southwest theme and lots of dining space open to the pizza oven and bar. Their menu is also constantly changing and pulls from flavors from several different cultures and cuisines. The chef hails inspiration from the different cultures he grew up with and frequently makes combinations he touts as “trashy.”For example, putting American cheese on a burger with other higher-quality ingredients.

Value

Some of the dishes boasted more value than the others. Two out of three dishes felt worthy of the price. The other one dragged the value down quite a bit.

3 most popular dishes

Hangover pizza, Double burger, and Wedge salad.

What I ordered

Hangover pizza, Double burger, and Wedge salad.

Food quality

Nomad makes use of several high-quality ingredients and even goes the extra mile to make things in house: like hand cut chips with vinegar powder, hand-cut zucchini pickled with turmeric and mustard seeds. They also use premium meats on their pizzas and appear to make the dough in-house as well. However, they also opt to use some lower quality items, like processed American cheese, as a preference to give the desired flavor to some of their dishes.

Hangover pizza:
The pizza was very good. It was breakfast-inspired and used quality ingredients. The creative use of their in-house fermented Sriracha-like hot sauce paired nicely with the sunny-side-up eggs, scallop potatoes, green onions, soppressata, bacon, and buffalo mozzarella cheese. The woodfired Neapolitan style crust was cooked nicely, providing a bit of char.

Wedge salad:
The toppings on this classic dish were great. It was generously topped with fried onion, bleu cheese, and roasted seeds. In my opinion, there were too many toppings and the coolness from the lettuce wasn’t there but I just took some off and it tasted great.

Double burger:
This burger is loved by many locals and some foodies describe it as a “Luxurious In-N-Out Double Double.”  For me, I wanted to taste the zucchini pickles, vinegar chips, and other homemade fixings on the burger. The use of too much American cheese overpowered it. The meat tasted fresh but was also a bit overcooked and chewy for me. We definitely enjoyed the other entrees more but may have to come back and give this burger another shot. It’s possible we came on a bad day or more possibly getting a little too much of the “trashy.”

Ambiance

The atmosphere was hip, modern, and eclectic. It combines decor inspired from the tropics, Midwest, and Southwest to create an entirely unique setting. Combined with distressed wood, airplane rivets, and lights assembled using chicken feeders, you’re sure to enjoy the space!

What I liked most

The pizza had delicious toppings and the wedge salad had a good combination of flavors. The ambiance was also great!

What I disliked most

How the American cheese flavor overpowered their other gourmet burger toppings.

The verdict

If you’re close to the airport, give it a try. This cafe has something for everyone, but some menu items are better than others.

Overall 4

4.2

Food

4

Service

4.3

Ambience

3.4

Value

Overview

This eclectic fast-casual restaurant started as a food truck and put down roots in Salt Lake in 2017. The restaurant features a sort of eclectic southwest theme and lots of dining space open to the pizza oven and bar. Their menu is also constantly changing and pulls from flavors from several different cultures and cuisines. The chef hails inspiration from the different cultures he grew up with and frequently makes combinations he touts as “trashy.”For example, putting American cheese on a burger with other higher-quality ingredients.

Value

Some of the dishes boasted more value than the others. Two out of three dishes felt worthy of the price. The other one dragged the value down quite a bit.

3 most popular dishes

Hangover pizza, Double burger, and Wedge salad.

What I ordered

Hangover pizza, Double burger, and Wedge salad.

Food quality

Nomad makes use of several high-quality ingredients and even goes the extra mile to make things in house: like hand cut chips with vinegar powder, hand-cut zucchini pickled with turmeric and mustard seeds. They also use premium meats on their pizzas and appear to make the dough in-house as well. However, they also opt to use some lower quality items, like processed American cheese, as a preference to give the desired flavor to some of their dishes.

Hangover pizza:
The pizza was very good. It was breakfast-inspired and used quality ingredients. The creative use of their in-house fermented Sriracha-like hot sauce paired nicely with the sunny-side-up eggs, scallop potatoes, green onions, soppressata, bacon, and buffalo mozzarella cheese. The woodfired Neapolitan style crust was cooked nicely, providing a bit of char.

Wedge salad:
The toppings on this classic dish were great. It was generously topped with fried onion, bleu cheese, and roasted seeds. In my opinion, there were too many toppings and the coolness from the lettuce wasn’t there but I just took some off and it tasted great.

Double burger:
This burger is loved by many locals and some foodies describe it as a “Luxurious In-N-Out Double Double.”  For me, I wanted to taste the zucchini pickles, vinegar chips, and other homemade fixings on the burger. The use of too much American cheese overpowered it. The meat tasted fresh but was also a bit overcooked and chewy for me. We definitely enjoyed the other entrees more but may have to come back and give this burger another shot. It’s possible we came on a bad day or more possibly getting a little too much of the “trashy.”

Ambiance

The atmosphere was hip, modern, and eclectic. It combines decor inspired from the tropics, Midwest, and Southwest to create an entirely unique setting. Combined with distressed wood, airplane rivets, and lights assembled using chicken feeders, you’re sure to enjoy the space!

What I liked most

The pizza had delicious toppings and the wedge salad had a good combination of flavors. The ambiance was also great!

What I disliked most

How the American cheese flavor overpowered their other gourmet burger toppings.

The verdict

If you’re close to the airport, give it a try. This cafe has something for everyone, but some menu items are better than others.

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