I finally made it to Guru’s on Center Street in Provo! Somehow, this little treasure escaped my notice until a few months ago and then it was simply a matter of getting there. Working from home means that I have to create the opportunity to eat out rather than grab what is quick to hand and in the kitchen.
In the case of Guru’s, I am SO glad that I created the time. We did a takeout run and tried to get a good cross section of the menu so we could get a feel for their food. Although we did not eat in, we will be going back to sample breakfast in the restaurant – the atmosphere is funky and invited great conversation over great food. Guru’s is fast casual so you order at the counter and then take your number placard to a table. It is much larger inside than it looks from the outside – the tables are not crowded and it was spotless.
Kylie was our “server” and when we told her that it was our first visit, she pointed out some favorites from the menu – she was very knowledgeable about the menu and we took her advice to our delightful satisfaction.
My hands down favorites were the Baja Fish Tacos and the Napa Valley Waldorf Salad. The serving sizes are very generous and all the food comes in boxes that surprisingly did not leak and were actually very convenient. The Baja Fish Tacos were huge – I could barely eat the two and that was with sharing bites! The fish was cooked just right and the cilantro-lime ranch sauce was the perfect complement.
I saved the Napa Valley Waldorf Salad until the next day and everything stayed fresh and was just amazing. The grilled chicken was plentiful, the mixed field greens were a fantastic change from romaine or iceberg and the candied walnuts simply made the salad. I am also very fussy about my blue cheese and blue cheese dressing – both were top notch.
On Kylie’s recommendation, we also ordered the sweet potato fries. I am here to tell you that the order barely made it 10 blocks to the house being passed around the car. It was like sweet potato crack – awesome seasoning and cooked with a fab crispy crunch – I would go back simply for them!
Our other hits were the Teriyaki Rice Bowl and the desserts – we tried the specials for the desserts: peach bread pudding and mango key lime pie.
The vegetables in the Teriyaki Rice Bowl had a great crunch and were not drowning in a sauce. You can order a half portion or a full – we did the half and had I not know, I would have thought it was a full portion. For the money ($5.99) – the portion size was extremely generous. Two thumbs up!
I loved the peach bread pudding and my only comment is that it was more of a peach coffee cake than a bread pudding. This did not take away from the flavor in any way! My kiddo is a key lime pie aficionado and we had to negotiate for a bite of the pie. I am here to tell you that it was worth the negotiation. Light, full of flavor – really well done.
The two other dishes that made up our order were the black and blue steak wrap and the cilantro lime quesadilla. Both were good but they were not great, however we figured out why for each of them. The black and blue steak wrap has a balsamic dressing that made the whole wrap too sweet. The chipotle wrap was phenomenal, the steak was well-cooked (although too well done for my personal taste), and the veggies were fresh but the sweet prevented it from being exceptional.
Interestingly, we had the same comment about the cilantro-lime quesadilla – there was a very sweet element that distracted from the dish overall. It was okay just not great. Looking at the breakdown of ingredients, I think it must be the cilantro-lime pesto.
The prices are completely reasonable, especially for the portion size and well within fast casual bounds. We tremendously enjoyed our food from Guru’s and we will be going in very soon for breakfast.
Overall – great experience and great food! And we can definitely say that Guru’s Cafe in Provo is the Bee’s Knees!
I even feel … enlightened.
45 East Center Street
Provo, Utah 84606
PHONE: 801-375-GURU (4878)
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM