The Sunglow Cafe: Home-style deliciousness with huge portions

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Steak Dinner at The Sunglow Cafe. Photo: Amy Baird

By Amy Baird

I write for a living. No, really. I am a writer. In addition to this job, I have written proposals, infomercial scripts, articles, poetry, etc. I love to write and express myself through words. I am struggling to explain how much I adore Sunglow Restaurant. The server. The chile verde. The pickle pie. The “glow burger” with peanut butter, yes I just said peanut butter. I love that it is a family-owned restaurant and the staff AMAZING. So friendly and kind. But most importantly, I love the food. When we sat down to order it took us probably 10 minutes to choose. So many of the options looked yummy.

They have these amazing breakfasts with skillets, omelets, pancakes, etc and they are served ALL day. Then they have lunch items like sandwiches, not your typical deli sandwiches, but Monte Cristos (think Blue Bayou at Disneyland) or a Santa Fe melt with chicken, sautéed onions, mushrooms, green chilies, and cheese on toasted sourdough. Big delicious burgers (more about that later). Plus, they have dinner items like steak, chicken cordon bleu, and Salisbury steak. And I forgot to mention that the portions are HUGE. You could easily share them and leave perfectly satisfied.

We all ordered and I quickly found my favorite. Can you say chile verde? From now on I want everything I eat to be smothered in chile verde. It is delicious. I was nervous because I am a wimp when it comes to spicy. If it is spicy, I feel like I can’t breathe. I have the whole flames shooting out of my mouth, sweaty forehead, and gasping for breath thing.
But this chile verde has a gentle heat (virtually non-existent) combined with this delicious, spicy flavor. It is a little bit addictive. So I was happy that our party had ordered both the chile verde Navajo taco AND the child verde skillet. I couldn’t get enough of that sauce and yummy pork. They also have chile verde burritos, chimichangas, nachos, etc. I think I will have to return to try every possible incarnation of chile verde. It is that good.

Breakfast. One of my favorite meals. In addition to your traditional pancakes, eggs, and bacon (by the way they have REALLY good thick cut, peppered bacon), they have skillets, scrambles, a chile verde breakfast burrito (mmm) and eggs benedict. I got the backwoods benedict and it was made with scones, a nice slab of ham steak, eggs, and the yummy sauce. The breakfast potatoes were thin sliced and delicious. Homemade goodness.

Burgers are classic. But they take it to another level. Let’s talk about the Glow burger. So this is the burger that has peanut butter I mentioned at the beginning. They described it at first and I was like, no way am I trying it. Our waitress said it sounds bizarre but it yummy. So I had to try it. We had already eaten dessert and were stuffed with food but I had to try a bite. So they made us one. Here is what is on it. Ready for this?

Peanut butter, sautéed onions, pickles, balsamic, pork belly, and ham. I know. Sounds really strange. But it is DELICIOUS. It combines this rich peanut butter flavor with the salty ham and then the sautéed onions give it a nice rich flavor and a bit of sweet, then you add in the pickles. You guys. This is amazing. You have to come try it. Or at least come with a group of friends and share one. It is unbelievable.

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Fried Ice Cream Shake: Like the Original But Better.
Photo: Amy Baird

Dessert. This is what I love about Sunglow. Sunglow is actually the same restaurant as the one in Bicknell. I am a big fan of Capitol Reef National Park so I have been to Bicknell a few times. When I heard about the unique pies, I knew that I had to try them. They have pickle pie, buttermilk pie, oatmeal pie, and pinto bean pie. The pies all have a rich flavor similar to a pumpkin pie. They remind me of fall and taste delicious with a hot drink or a big glass of milk.

And they have shakes. As in creamy ice cream deliciousness. My surprise favorite was the fried ice cream shake. Think cinnamon and sugar and that nice crunch of
cream in a shake. My absolute favorite shake is banana cream pie. This one was full of bananas and just yummy. My kids fell in love with the birthday cake shake with sprinkles all over the rim. And it actually tasted like birthday cake.

I’ve pretty much fallen in love with this restaurant. It is located at 80 West 1000 North, Spanish Fork. It is in the same parking lot as ShopKo where the Amber’s Restaurant used to be. They are open every day. Monday to Thursday they are open from 6:30 am to 9 pm. Fridays and Saturdays they are open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays they are open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.