10 E Main St
Salina, UT 84654
Sun-Thurs 7am-9pm / Fri & Sat 7am-10pm
Hot Beef Dip
You may not know it, but when you hear the words “small town life” or “small town diner” you are thinking of Mom’s Cafe. Located on probably one of the last corners of main street USA in a town you’ve probably never heard of, and located nowhere near anywhere you’d ever find yourself, is the restaurant which alone is worth a detour if you ever find yourself anywhere near the state of Utah. If you live there, even better. Grab a car, grab a friend, and hit the road.
Mom’s Cafe is located one town over from where I was living in Utah, the town where my grandmother grew up, and in fact is where my grandmother worked when she was young.
Salad Bar Creation
From the outside the place doesn’t look like much and inside is dated, but in the most wonderful way ever. People know people here and if they don’t know you they will soon. The waitresses are fun, quick (for a small town) and friendly. The food is hot, fresh, and taste like something your mom or grandma would make. It’s not a place for low calories, it’s a place to relax, indulge and enjoy.
Enough raving, on to the food. My go to dish is there chicken strip dinner, and yes it’s been my go to dish since I was 10. It comes with 2 or 3 giant chicken strips, mixed veggies, mashed potatoes (sometimes served with white gravy or times chicken), a trip to the salad bar to kick off your meal and a heaven in your mouth scone, slathered in honey butter to finish it all off.
Chicken Strip Dinner
The salad bar isn’t super fancy and at times can be a little sparse, but they always have croutons, fresh lettuce, and the best ranch dressing ever, so I couldn’t be happier. The chicken strips are fried perfectly, not too greasy, moist on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. Paired with their to die for ranch and OMG. The veggies I will skip, because they may be canned, but there is too much goodness to complain. Their mashed potatoes are perfectly whipped and whichever gravy you get you won’t be disappointed.
Last is the scones, which I will avoid going into much detail as my following post is dedicated just to them. They are just that good. Just t give a short summary, these are not the coffee house scones you are thinking of. These are golden brown, deep fried pieces of dough. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but paired with delicious honey butter, and I promise it is one of the best things you will ever eat. (Remember you don’t come here thinking about your waistline.)
Chocolate Cream Pie
My mom’s go to dish is their beef dip and fries. Tender pieces of roast beef and a fluffy yet sturdy bun, dipped in salty savory au jus is amazing and quite filling. You also have the option of making it a little more philly cheesesteak like with roasted peppers, onions, and cheese. It is a different experience, but just as good. Their fries, I must admit, I was not a fan of to begin with, but after two months they grew on me. They are not the traditional crunchy fries I am used to in California, they are a little limp, but do have a subtle crunch to them and still super fluffy on the inside. Seasoned right, and with ranch, they are a great partner to a sandwich or burger.