Black Sheep Cafe is a gem.
The food is fantastic as well as the people. I feel right at home whenever I am there. Not because I am used to Native American cuisine but because of the atmosphere there. They definitely remember you; especially when you are a frequent diner like us. I’ve loved everything about the restaurant since we had the brilliant idea to try the new place a year ago. I love trying new dishes but sometimes when something is so good you just can’t not get it again. However after this time I think I will try some new dishes but I will get back to that later.
It wasn’t until this year that we were introduced to the mouth watering, melt in your mouth; Hog Jowl Tacos. Oh Man! These tacos can be categorized as one of my favorite foods. It wasn’t even put on the menu permanently until recently. My life will never be the same. . . I might sound like I am exaggerating but seriously AHmazing. They come as an appetizer as four and then also as an entree with two large ones.
I would explain to you what Hog Jowl is but then you might not want to try it and I want you to try it before you know what it is! You’ll probably ask the server huh.
This visit was my second time going during the lunch hour and the first time that they were serving it during then so me being excited was an understatement. However I was a little disappointed to be honest. For being my favorite item of course I have high standards but they were a little dry this time. It might be because it was lunch hour or its better as the main entree; I think that’s it!
Next up was Brown Haired Boy’s Entree:
Enchiladas: From their website; Slow-cooked red chile pork and queso menonita wrapped in bleu corn tortillas and covered in our red chile sauce. Topped with more menonita cheese, black olives, green onion, crema, and cotija cheese. Served with cilantro-lime rice and pinto beans.
He loved it! It wasn’t his first time ordering it either. The dish is huge! He could not finish it. I had to try it this time around especially since I was going to review it. I am not one to order enchiladas they just don’t appeal to me at restaurants. They were definitely good but not a plate that made me keep bugging BHB for more. I would prefer a little more of the pork because I barely tasted it. There was definitely enough cheese though. I was looking for more of a kick in the flavor as well but it wasn’t there for me.
Goat Burger: Half-pound beef patty stuffed with goat cheese and roasted garlic, topped with portobello mushroom slices, fire-roasted red bell pepper, arugula, and adobo mayo, wrapped in homemade nanniskadii bread.
I get this dish pretty much every time I go. I love it. You’re probably wondering why my plate looks so bare. I don’t get their very popular bread due to being gluten intolerant so I bet I am missing out! BHB loves when they forget that I ask for it sans the bread because he gets two! The Goat Burger is definitely a hit and miss item only because of the goat cheese. I absolutely love goat cheese. It is my favorite kind of cheese. However whenever I order this dish it’s either barely present or not there at all. My thoughts are that if I am getting a stuffed burger I expect a large amount; especially when its a half pounder! Regardless, the meat is just perfect and knowing that it is local and gras-fed meat makes it that much better.
Now lets talk about these Sweet Potato Fries they use the yellow sweet potatoes rather than most restaurants that use yams. I typically choose a yam over a yellow sweet potato because of the starchiness of them. Keep in mind I don’t like regular potatoes for that exact reason (I know everyone thinks I am crazy). But these fries are a whole other story. They’re more thick than crispy. Some might not like these since its not like the typical fry. They are not greasy either which I love. The dip is similar to fry sauce but who doesn’t like fry sauce.
These dishes are not the only ones we’ve tried. We’ve tried the following:
– Bleu Fire Shrimp: Southwestern spiced and smoky shrimp on a duo of creamy bleu and yellow corn polenta, topped with roasted sweet corn pico de gallo.
The bleu corn polenta is the best polenta I’ve ever had. It is a hit or miss item as well. I love it but sometimes it can have too much oil surrounding it. To me that is unappealing but it wouldn’t phase BHB.
– Black Sheep Wings: Smoky chicken wings in a spicy sauce, slightly sweetened with honey, served with raw sweet potato, carrot sticks and a creamy cotija-chipotle-lime dressing.
This wasn’t anything special to me. It just tasted like any ordinary wing.
– Bleu Burger: Half-pound beef patty stuffed with bleu cheese and topped with caramelized onions, organic mixed greens, smoked bacon, a cabernet sauvignon reduction, and mayo, wrapped in homemade nanniskadii bread.
If you like Bleu cheese with burgers you will definitely enjoy this dish. I liked it but not as much as the Goat burger. The bacon was cooked perfectly. If I could add that component to the Goat Burger oh my goodness that would be ridiculous.
Navajo Tacos: There are three different kinds. Pinto, Red Chile Pork or Beef, and Green Chile Pork or Beef. They are massive! You can enjoy the sampler of all three which I would say is the best bang for your buck. It is probably their most popular item. Definitely check out their website for the explanation of each one.
Orange Habenero Creme Brûlée: I absolutely loved this dish. It has a kick to it obviously but it culinary genius. The hot and sweet twist to the dish is incredible. A must try!
Carrot Cake: It was delicious! I could only handle a bite. . or two due to it having gluten. Carrot Cake is my favorite and only cake I like due to it having more moisture than cakes/cupcakes. BHB even loved it which is good since he had to finish it off.
Overall, Black Sheep is one of our favorite restaurants in Utah County. Yes it can be hit and miss but that is only because we have such high expectations since it is THAT good! They are ALWAYS accommodating no matter what. If you are gluten intolerant, or vegetarian they do substitutions for you without a second thought.
We wish it was a little more consistent but now that it is getting more popular the consistency might being struggling because of that. Nonetheless, we love the atmosphere and the people that work there. It will always be on our Go-To list. If our budget allowed for it we would definitely go once a week!