El Sillero

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36 S Wastach Dr (at University of Utah), Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 84112

Serves meat, vegan options available. Opened Nov 2014 replacing Fiana cafe inside James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB) on the University of Utah campus. Breakfast served from 8am, lunch from 11am. Offers burritos, quesadilla, and tacos with filling choices including tofu and seitan. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-3:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Take-out, Mexican, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by VE-GONE

limited vegan choices, really big burritos - Edit

Located in the Sorenson Microbiology Building (SMBB) on the University of Utah Campus. This place has great prices and HUGE portions! I bought their Vegan Seitan Burrito and Vegan Fries (under $10 for both). That was enough food to feed me twice! The fries are perfect and are fried in vegan oil separately from any items containing meat. The vegan burritos include “roasted poblano, red cabbage slaw, Pick de Gallo, carrot butter, guajillo salsa, rice and beans plus your choice of tofu, seitan, or avocado”. They have vegan tacos as well (same ingredients/choices but smaller and less money), but no other vegan options listed on their menu. There are options for vegetarians including breakfast burritos, quesadillas, and “street fries”. That’s the good news... the bad news is getting here.
Unless you’re going to school or work at the U, you’ll have a hard time eating here. There is bike parking available which works for me, but the closest vehicle parking (for visitors) is 0.6 miles away. Like many other campus buildings SMBB is surrounded by a sea of reserved student and facility parking, but no (obvious) visitor parking. Final warning, I was told that their hours change when school is between semesters.
I’ve worked at the University Hospital since 2005 and never knew this place existed (opened in 2014). I liked it, and I’ll be back. Thanks Happy Cow for helping me find this vegan friendly Mexican place close to work!

Pros: two vegan items, huge portions, good prices

Cons: no parking, seasonal hours, limited vegan choices

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pretty good! - Edit

the donuts? amazing. they also have peanut butter cookies and granola bar... things.
The seitan is good. Definitely different than what ive had before, but very flavorful. the burrito was a good size, weighing just under 2 lbs.
Service was awesome as well! Super friendly and helpful.
They are new, and the empty display cases are weird... but everything else seems to be devloping well!

Pros: DONUTS, large burritos, about 6 dollars?!

Cons: weird hours, limited baked goods, on campus

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Vegan/Veg/Other Friendly Burritos - Edit

__Summary:__ El Sillero has a basic menu of burritos, street tacos, and quesadillas with some variations on each. They use good ingredients and are masters of preparing the food well. They have a variety of sauces (vegan) which can be added to any dish. The food is affordable (~$6) and will fill you up.

They collaborate with the gardens on the U of U campus so in the Summer you can expect fresh produce!


__Ok vegan/veg run-down:__ I usually get the Sillero Special burrito with their homemade seitan (tofu is good too). It'll come in foil unless you ask for in on a plate. I add a few of their sauces and a marinated jalapeno to make a great lunch!

Their street tacos are good, similar to the burrito but slightly less filling.

They have street fries which are actually a dish in-and-of their own. Ask for them vegan (so no sour cream or meat) and they'll come with fries (cooked vegan), black beans, avo, green onion, etc.

They recently got vegan cheese (daiya) and are experimenting. I'm planning to talk to them about making their own vegan cheese (they probably will).

Finally, they also make some baked goods which vary depending on how they are feeling. They'll have a few vegan ones (if they have vegan donuts, just say YES!)

__Vegetarian:__ I haven't eaten any of their quesadillas but they look amazing and my vegetarian friends who have agree. Also, breakfast burritos all day every day.

__Non-vegetarian:__ All of their menu items can have meat included.

__History-lesson:__ This used to be called Fiana Bistro and switched owners (Fall 2014) to become El Sillero. They now have less vegan options (also less-options overall) but still make really good and affordable food.

Pros: Good ingredients, Understand and care about food, Affordable

Cons: You'll eventually tire of just burritos , Closed inbetween UofU semesters

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