Vegan Restaurant Review: Cuppa (Ogden, UT)

My friends told me to come to this place, but it was difficult to find. Their logo, which is the word “cuppa” written in black in lowercase American Typewriter font, is on the brick on the building, very small. It is difficult to spot. There is no lit up sign. There is no big sign. There is no white behind “cuppa” for contrast, which, as a logo designer, I recommend they do next time. Contrast would at least help a bit more! Size would also help. BIGGER! Lit up would help, too. Young Electric Sign Company could help them with that, when they can afford it!

I was not expecting a 100% vegan, 100% certified organic café, but that is what I got. On the back of a gift card they have for people to purchase, it says, “A café for creatives.” There is a great selection of yummy vegan food. I had the Street Tacos, which include jackfruit, with added sprouts. It was yummy. My husband had a Sloppy Joe made with jackfruit, with chips. The chips were vegan barbecue chips, which I assume are Kettle brand (those are vegan) and apple chips. I had some chips. They were good. This was very delicious food.

I snapped some photos for you! Brigham City, Odgen, Layton, Salt Lake and Logan vegans, come check out this café called Cuppa. It’s great! Cuppa is at 552 E. 25th Street in Ogden. It is next to the former Deseret Gym which is also a former part of the original Weber College. It is across the street (to the west) from the Weber County Library System’s Main Branch (currently closed for renovation).

If you are in the Ogden area and are a vegan, please also join our facebook group, “O-Town Vegan.” It is not owned by me but I post there often. It is a great way to connect with local vegans and to find out about grocery stores and restaurants for vegans. If anyone wishes to help us start up an “Anonymous for the Voiceless” for Ogden, please come onto O-Town Vegan on facebook and help us with that. I want to participate in one here in the Ogden area so badly!

I Ate the Vegan Black Bean Burger at Scrud’s Restaurant in Utah

I just ate at this place called Scrud’s in Utah and they had a great Vegan Black Bean Burger. I was told the bun is even vegan. I had tomato, lettuce, pickles and avocado on it. I had the side salad “with no cheese and no bacon.” I did not have fries. The black bean burger does not touch a grill or a fryer, but everything that does (fries, other burgers, etc.) comes in contact with LARD, FYI. Ask for a bun with no butter, too. I had to ask for one after they had brought me one with butter on it.

Anyway, it was a BIG, tasty vegan black bean burger! It did not taste dry like the one at Wendy’s. It had corn, green peppers and tomatoes chopped up in it. The beans seemed very fresh. They were not formed into a compact, had been frozen, type “patty” of beans. It is a huge chunk-bunch of fresh, delicious, moist, juicy mixture spread onto the bun. It is 10 times better than the (expensive) cheap, low quality, dry, tiny black bean burger at Wendy’s, so please go to Scrud’s instead of Wendy’s if you want to be more pleased!

Of course, if you want to encourage Wendy’s, at least try theirs once. Then tell them it is great but just costs too much for the value given. Just keep in mind that we do buy dried beans and cook them so we know they do not cost very much. We are willing to pay over $4.00 for this child-sized sandwich to test it and make other reataurants also wish to put out vegan items. However, on a regular basis, we are not going to run in, to pay over $4 for a sandwich that leaves us hungry. We are aware that beans do not cost much. I am positive Wendy’s buys dried beans in bulk to make these. Granted, I know that hiring expensive dieticians and chefs, patenting a new black bean burger and getting it PETA approved cannot be easy or cheap. I will give you that, Wendy’s.

Scrud’s is a small chain with 4 restaurant locations and it is kicking Wendy’s butt on this, though. Come on, Wendy’s. You can do better than that with all the money you have! Don’t let a tiny chain beat you in the butt and make you look, well, “cheap.”