Local ingredients, big savory Southern breakfasts and lighter healthy options made from scratch

Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade –

Salt Lake, UT – Southern, American – $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Lisa G. - Pro SifterUpdated Aug 6, 2019. Originally published Dec 24, 2018

Overall 4.4

4.7

Food

4.5

Service

3.6

Ambience

4.4

Value

Overview

You wouldn’t find this place on accident, but when you do find it… you’ll be glad you did! Big Southern breakfasts that fill you up seem to be the specialty here, but if you’re looking for a lighter, healthy option, they have those too. With lots of biscuit sandwiches to choose from (as well as sourdough bread), you will definitely find something you love. Be sure to try their famous freshly made limeade. I really liked the quality of the food (emphasis on local) and the fact that things were not overly sweet or salty, but were packed with good flavor. A good portion of the items on the menu are homemade.

Value

Entrees ranged from $9 – $13 but portions are pretty generous. Their signature dish, the “Hoss” is huge… with chicken, egg, bacon, cheese, and gravy on a biscuit, and is definitely shareable. Limeades run from $4 – $5, fresh OJ is $6. You pay a bit more here, but it is a lot of good food and the drinks are made-to-order so you can request a lower sugar content, etc.

3 most popular dishes

The Hoss, St. Frances, and Biscuit Benedict are the top 3 breakfast choices according to our host. Many also seemed to be ordering the biscuits and gravy.

What I ordered

I ordered The Hoss, the St. Frances, the Breakfast Pizza, T Rose, the Honey Yogurt Bowl, along with the Honeydew Cucumber and Mint Limeade.

Food quality

The food tasted really good and fresh. My favorite was the Hoss because it is so satisfying. The fried chicken was tender and flavorful, and together with the biscuit dripping with gravy, and bacon & cheese, it was an amazing mouthful. On its own, the gravy was not salty enough, but with the bacon it was perfect.

For a lighter breakfast, the Honey Yogurt bowl was just right. The yogurt is made on-site (really delicious!) and the granola was a perfect balance of sweet & crunchy.

The St. Frances was an egg on toasted sourdough. I’m pretty picky about my eggs and this was done just right. The arugula on top was a nice complement to the dish and I sprinkled it liberally with the house’s own hot sauce for a little kick. Fantastic.

The breakfast pizza had all the makings for a hearty breakfast but the proportions were off. The portabella mushroom gravy was rich and creamy, with a hint of cayenne pepper, but not spicey. The crust is essentially a big biscuit and was too thick. The toppings consist of scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, thick bacon bits, and diced jalapeno peppers. The peppers are mild since they are mostly absent of seeds, but every once in a white you get a hot bite! Combine all of the flavors together and it tastes like premium bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich, just in pizza form. A little heavy but I enjoyed it.

The T Rose was delicious but heavy despite the asparagus and mushroom. It consisted of a biscuit with marinated portabella mushroom, cheese, asparagus, fried egg, mushroom gravy, and green onion. Everything tasted great together as well as apart. The portion was a bit bigger than I needed but isn’t enough for 2 people.

The honeydew/cucumber and mint limeade were great, with the sour and sweet perfectly balanced. I personally do not like overly sweet drinks, and I found both flavors refreshing without being sickeningly sweet.

Ambiance

This is a small place, with seating for about 50. It is clean with simple decor… probably to keep the focus on the food! My waitress was really friendly and I didn’t wait long for my food, but I did get there fairly early (8 am) on Saturday morning. Their location is also in a dicey part of Salt Lake City. It seemed safe enough but don’t forget to lock your car.

What I liked most

My favorite was definitely the combination of chicken, biscuit, bacon, and gravy on The Hoss. What a mouthful… but oh, so good. I also really liked the yogurt honey bowl because the berries were so good and the yogurt wasn’t too sweet. Tasted really healthy.

What I disliked most

Honestly, everything I had was really good except for the Salted Caramel Banana Cookie that we tried. We got the impression that they were made daily, but they were really dry. Not like the moist banana bread cookies that I’ve had elsewhere.

The verdict

I love this place and find myself coming back over and over again to try new things or old favorites on the menu!

 

Overall 4.4

4.6

Food

4.5

Service

3.6

Ambience

4.4

Value

Overview

You wouldn’t find this place on accident, but when you do find it… you’ll be glad you did! Big Southern breakfasts that fill you up seem to be the specialty here, but if you’re looking for a lighter, healthy option, they have those too. With lots of biscuit sandwiches to choose from (as well as sourdough bread), you will definitely find something you love. Be sure to try their famous freshly made limeade. I really liked the quality of the food (emphasis on local) and the fact that things were not overly sweet or salty, but were packed with good flavor. A good portion of the items on the menu are homemade.

Value

Entrees ranged from $9 – $13 but portions are pretty generous. Their signature dish, the “Hoss” is huge… with chicken, egg, bacon, cheese, and gravy on a biscuit, and is definitely shareable. Limeades run from $4 – $5, fresh OJ is $6. You pay a bit more here, but it is a lot of good food and the drinks are made-to-order so you can request a lower sugar content, etc.

3 most popular dishes

The Hoss, St. Frances, and Biscuit Benedict are the top 3 breakfast choices according to our host. Many also seemed to be ordering the biscuits and gravy.

What I ordered

I ordered The Hoss, the St. Frances, and the Honey Yogurt Bowl, along with the Honeydew Cucumber Limeade.

Food quality

The food tasted really good and fresh. My favorite was the Hoss because it is so satisfying. The fried chicken was tender and flavorful, and together with the biscuit dripping with gravy, and bacon & cheese, it was an amazing mouthful. On its own, the gravy was not salty enough, but with the bacon it was perfect.

For a lighter breakfast, the Honey Yogurt bowl was just right. The yogurt is made on-site (really delicious!) and the granola was a perfect balance of sweet & crunchy.

The St. Frances was an egg on toasted sourdough. I’m pretty picky about my eggs and this was done just right. The arugula on top was a nice complement to the dish and I sprinkled it liberally with the house’s own hot sauce for a little kick. Fantastic.

The honeydew/cucumber limeade was great, with the sour and sweet perfectly balanced. I personally do not like overly sweet drinks, and I found this flavorful and refreshing.

Ambiance

This is a small place, with seating for about 50. It is clean with simple decor… probably to keep the focus on the food! My waitress was really friendly and I didn’t wait long for my food, but I did get there fairly early (8 am) on Saturday morning. Their location is also in a dicey part of Salt Lake City. It seemed safe enough but don’t forget to lock your car.

What I liked most

My favorite was definitely the combination of chicken, biscuit, bacon, and gravy on The Hoss. What a mouthful… but oh, so good. I also really liked the yogurt honey bowl because the berries were so good and the yogurt wasn’t too sweet. Tasted really healthy.

What I disliked most

Honestly, everything I had was really good except for the Salted Caramel Banana Cookie that we tried. We got the impression that they were made daily, but they were really dry. Not like the moist banna bread cookies that I’ve had elsewhere.

The verdict

I loved this place! I will definitely go back and try more things on the menu.

 

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