Frisch Compassionate Eatery
779 S. 500 E.
Salt Lake City, UT
Mon. - Fri.
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
In the spring of 2012, after a successful Kickstarter campaign raising over $8,000, Rachel and Leigh Kade opened Frisch Compassionate Eatery. They found the perfect location in the old Rico’s spot, a charming, historic building in the heart of Salt Lake City. Cheery, colorful walls covered in local art and kooky vintage accents make you feel right at home, and so do Rachel and Leigh. They are warm and fun to chat with while they prepare your food.
Frisch Compassionate Eatery has found their niche, offering healthy, plant-based comfort food in a friendly atmosphere. Everything on the menu is lovingly prepared with fresh (local when possible) ingredients. Tasty specials pop up daily based on what is fresh and what Rachel feels like cooking. For being open less than a year, they have a dedicated following from their dynamic social media presence, evident from their notable Kickstarter campaign. Facebook and Twitter are constantly flooded with gorgeous photos of daily specials, luring you back time and time again.
Raising two vegan kids of their own, the Kades understand the need for good veggie options. They serve tasty childhood classics on their kids menu, like the PB&J Wrap ($4.00) as well as their creamy, cheesy signature Mac-N-Cheez ($4.00). And I don’t know what kid wouldn’t love a Dillo ($2.50), Cakewalk Baking Company’s version of a Hostess Twinkie: light, moist vanilla cake stuffed with a dense, sweet, creamy filling.
Lunchy favorites like wraps and salads make up most of the menu. One standout item is the Technicolor Tempeh Kale Salad ($8.00). This meal-sized salad is bursting with vibrant kale and veggie goodness. The addition of crisp, smoked tamari almonds and tender, “meaty” tempeh mixed with greens and lightly covered with a bright, citrusy dressing is my ideal salad/meal––crunchy, filling and light. Kale is the ultimate salad base: The curly leaves cradle the ingredients and hold the dressing, so each bite explodes with sweetness and umami. You will leave feeling satisfied––you don’t need grease if you have Frisch.
The “Fancy Boy” ($8.00) wrap is fantastic. Their Spicy Chik’n is made from Soy Curls, an all-natural meat replacement made from whole soybeans. They have a meaty texture and soak up any flavor paired with them, a lot like chicken. They’re dressed with a spicy, peppery sauce that creates a zesty and satisfying addition to sandwiches. This is really the kind of sandwich you can sink your teeth into. Wrapped in a respectably bready tortilla from Rico’s and served over fresh greens and veggies with chipotle mayonnaise, the Fancy Boy is a unique taste I crave. The cool dressing mingling with the heat of the Spicy Chik’n is spot-on––it’s so delectable it tastes “bad for you.” It’s like the really amazing fast food sandwich I’ve never had.