Which means they could all dine at Eatery 1025 (1025 S. 500 W.) if they wanted, the newest restaurant to hit the streets of Bountiful. Nestled in a corner of the same block that houses Infusion Yoga and Pilates Studio and The Beauty Bar, Eatery 1025 bills itself as “A contemporary American eatery” that uses fresh ingredients and local foods to create soups, sandwiches and salads.
Outside, a brand-new deck offers seating in the sunshine. Inside, muted grays and wood tones in the 11-table dining area contrast with bright spring colors behind the register, all lit by track lighting. Nature photography by Hattie Gardner hangs quietly on the walls. The counter up front displays Kevita pro-biotic drinks, a giant bowl of home-made granola, and a glass case housing little pink gluten-free strawberry mascarpone cupcakes.
“We don’t even like to tell people that they’re gluten-free because they’re so good and they won’t ask for it,” said Manager Ashley Hale, who helped design the space and menu along with chef Chelsa Best. “And people just love it. It’s kind of our ‘signature’ little pastry.”
They did not originally intend to be a gluten-free restaurant, but it turned into their niche, Hale said. With more and more gluten-free products appearing on the market lately, that seems to be the place to be. Best herself is a gluten-free eater, and knows how to avoid cross-contamination.
Not everything Eatery 1025 serves is gluten-free, though – not by a long shot.
“When we were creating the menu we just wanted to use the highest-quality ingredients and give our clients a broad range of things to choose from,” Hale said.
From the chicken caprese sandwich to the roasted tomato and fennel soup to the baked mac & cheese on the “wee-ones” menu, the restaurant offers something for everybody. Their unique sides include edamame with black sesame, honey glazed carrots, and seasonal quinoa. They also offer breakfast foods like home-made fruit and oatmeal and a daily frittata.
What is Hale’s favorite dish?
“I really like the spicy turkey club. It’s just phenomenal,” Hale said. “It has a spicy aoli and oven roasted turkey that we actually cook in-house.”
They also make all of their dressings in-house, and get all of their ingredients from local vendors. Some ingredients even come from the garden of owner Grant Ellis’s wife.
I ordered the roasted beet salad, which comes with warm bread-crumb-encrusted goat cheese rounds, pickled slices of dark red roasted beets, and cumin “spiked” pecans all on a bed of balsamic vinaigrette-soaked arugula.
The mild flavor of the beets contrasted nicely with the vinaigrette’s sharpness and the arugula’s muted bitterness. Intermittent pockets of delightfully rich goat cheese and tangy pecans provided a savory factor, rounding out the salad nicely. All in all, it was a very satisfying lunch – not too heavy.
The price was a little high, though - $10.76 for my one salad. Then again, it was the most expensive menu item. Most of the salads range from $7 to $9. Sandwiches cost anywhere from $7.50 (grilled pear and brie) to $9.50 (gyro) and soups are $3 for a cup, $5 for a bowl.
Eatery 1025 is open Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hale said they have plans to open on Mondays and for lunch on Saturdays soon. The next step is dinners in the fall.