Category: Ethnic Restaurants

Greek-n-Go Food Truck

Greek-n-Go Food Truck sits on the side of the road on Canyon Road in Provo, Utah. It’s at a key location near the Brigham Young University campus. Nearby is Swig, a pop and cookie shop. That’s where Greek-n-Go used to be. But from economic difficulties, Mark and Mary Jensen decided to move south a few feet and buy a food truck instead. Mark says it was the best thing they could have done and business has never been better. Food trucks are hip and trendy, so the Jensens caught the wave on wheels just in time.

Mark and Mary have a secret?–they are not Greek. They had some Greek neighbors who taught them everything they know about Greek food. They saw a gap in society with less then enough euros and pitas, so they started up their own joint.

The crowd favorite is the classic euro. It’s made with slow cooked beef, homemade yogurt sauce, freshly cooked pita bread and tomatoes to top it off. I wanted to wait to eat it when I got one, but I couldn’t resist, I scarfed it down the second I got into my car. The tastes took me on the plane to Greece.

Don’t believe me? Check out what others say about their food truck awesomeness. Or better yet, try it for yourselves.

Osaka

Osaka, a Japanese restaurant in Provo, is as ethnic as they come. The food is great, the atmosphere legit, but my favorite part are the owners. Frank and Macy Lin are an adorable couple who don’t talk much but work hard. Frank stays in the back of the kitchen doing as a one man cook. Macy takes care of other business ordeals like delivering the food, cleaning utensils, and even squeezes in time back in the kitchen to help Frank. When I went, they only had one paid helper. Other than him, Macy and Frank are a complete dynamite food duo. I tried talking to Frank, but his wife assures me that it’s ok, he doesn’t like to talk. I wouldn’t talk either if I cooked tempura like him.

As seen in the above video, Osaka gains a lot of traffic from the newly constructed LDS Provo City Center Temple across the street. People love to come for not only the variety of Japanese tastes, but it’s all at a reasonable price.

One of the crowd’s favorite is the sushi. My video shows them making and cutting the sushi and bringing it out on a grand plate. There are lots of different options and it’s 100% authentic. Nothing Americanized here.

 

La Carreta

La Carreta is a successful Peruvian restaurant located in my home town Orem, Utah. My husband and I found a groupon and we decided to try it out. The food was so delicious and the owners so loving, I just had to highlight them for my blog. Here’s a link to their website.

Alejandra is a women full of hugs and kisses. She truly treats all of her customers as if they were her own children. She is the heart and soul of the business. She does what she does because she loves it, she doesn’t care much about the money. She always greets me with a kiss and is sure to ask how I’ve been, even though I had just met her. Even though she was very busy, she was extremely willing to meet with me for this blog.

Since La Carreta is a family run business, sometimes on the weekends, Alejandra’s grand kids come in on their own free will to help out. They eagerly clear plates and deliver salsa to the corresponding tables.

Their dishes are composed with a french fry or rice base, then you choose what goes on top. Their sauces are not oily but still very juicy. I especially loved their bean sauce I got with my chicken and vegetables.

Make sure to go hungry in stomach and spirit, because Alejandra and will fill you up.

La Taqueria El Vaquero

La Taqueria del Vaquero does not look much from the outside. But if you want to find out what Mexico’s really like, this is a must see, smell and taste. The Mexican food is top quality and the customers rave on and on about it. Check out their Facebook page here.

The owners didn’t want to be interviewed, but I was still able to get some good shots of Jesus Aguayo cooking in the kitchen. I went on a weekday, so it was still busy. But the weekend is when the party happens at the Vaquero.  All of the aunts, cousins, and all family members in town come and enjoy good food and an awesome family get together.

I really liked getting to know Amanda Rojas. She is the only worker that’s non family. She moved away from her entire family in Chile to come to BYU. El Vaquero and company is like her family in Provo and she loves the food (even though it’s nothing like Chilean food).

What I liked best about El Vaquero was the chill atmosphere. There was a soccer game playing and they had a mini buffet full of sauces, herbs and other add-ons. When you come, just remember not to judge this book by its cover.

The India Palace

 

To officially start off my blog, I want to show off several Utah Valley restaurants in the great state of Utah. I chose India Palace as my guinea pig because they are a little piece of India located in downtown Provo, a proven winner.

It was so much fun to get to know Amrik Singh (owner and chef at India Palace). He loves the food and all of his customers. The second I walked into the doors, I felt welcomed. Amrik crossed the oceans to live in Provo 19 years ago. He moved away from his family and friends and opened up this thriving Indian restaurant.

The very best part are the smells. It’s like an aroma of spices that hit you like a brick wall upon entering the building (it’s getting me hungry just thinking about it).

The food is delicious at any time of day, but I recommend going during the lunch hours 11am – 3pm. For their $9.95 all-you-can-eat legit Indian buffet which I showcase in the my video. There’s all sorts of options including curry, pita breads, vegetables, and even mango rice.

I hope the video takes you to India and gives you a taste of the India Palace. To connect more with Amrik, visit the India Palace on their homepage.