I absolutly love over the counter, my friends mom, uncle, and aunt have been working here for years and they are the nicest people you will ever meet. The food is amazingly tasty I would reccomend the chocolate chip pancakes and hot choclolate with whipped cream and sprinkles. :)
I am really surprised this place has such good reviews. It was very unsanitary, kitchen staff (who weren't wearing any kid of hairnet) were touching themselves, then the food. We watched the waitress handle menus, money, dirty plates, and THEN, yes, she touched the food without stopping to wash her hands even once.
We canceled our order and left the restaurant. I can home and check the health department's webpage and was not shocked to see that the restaurant received 2 out of 5 stars and has been flagged for 6 "critical" violations, which are violations that have the potential to cause foodborne illness.
I, like many other reviewers on this cite, could not believe the uncleanliness.
Cons: Unsanitary. Just plain dirty.
The staff here is great and know me by name. They have my coffee with cream waiting for me before i have had a chance to sit. The coffee never hits bottom.
The french toast is nice and moist, and they have a great Spanish Omelet.
Pros: Huge slices of bacon.
One of the best locally owned and operated breakfast places in the city! The restaurant is run by the owners--a couple who personally supervise the place almost every day of the year. I love this place for three reasons: (1) Simple home-made food with top-quality ingredients. (2) A bright, friendly atmosphere. (3) Amazingly friendly and fast service. They serve eggs and pancakes with home made potatoes, fresh vegetables, perfectly crisp bacon, and real butter. The price range is in the middle-about $9 per person for coffee and breakfast. The breakfast steak or pork chops are a great value. The giant hamburgers are also great!
The food is simple! The focus here is on fast, hot, fresh food. If you want something fancy, take the extra time to drive up to Ruth's Diner (another great place) but if you want BREAKFAST with a smile, go to Over-The-Counter!
Pros: best service in town, personally run by the owners
Cons: Only takes cash!
This isn't supposed to be a gourmet health-food place. It is what it
is and I love that about it. It's folksy. If you don't like bacon and
fat--order the oatmeal. It's great and comes with brown sugar
and cream/milk. Love to come by myself, do a crossword puzzle
and chat with whomever comes in!
Pros: Great breakfasts!
Cons: The ambience is what it is--"over the counter" In think that's a pro
Read the positive reviews on CitySearch for Over The Counter, should have listened to the negative reviews.
Pros: Yes the service is quick, menus and drinks were received promptly and food was served very quickly. There was no wait for a Sunday afternoon. And the Servers were friendly
Con: Food was overpriced compared to similar places, Greasy, Server disappeared after our food was served, no drink refills, and it was in fact a little disturbing to see what goes on in the kitchen. They only accept CASH.
Not a clean/pleasant eating environment.
Doubt we will go back.
I've been frequenting this cafe for about 11 years and it will always be a favorite. The place is packed every weekend morning but considering how busy it is, it doesn't take too long to be seated. Most of the servers are very friendly and attentive - even the bussers are courteous and say "hello". Make sure to get the home fries with your breakfast and if they have them, a blueberry muffin with butter.
Pros: Tasty food, friendly staff
Cons: Ackward seating, no substitutions - don't bother asking
unless you want to put yourself at risk of getting sick, don't eat here. it has a reputation of being a hip and cool place to be, but the food prep is dismal. just look at the cooks handle uncooked foods and prep plates with cooked food without washing their hands or using other hand-sanitizing methods. the wait isn't worth it.
Cons: potential for food-born illness, wait, parking
watch as the cooks break eggs & throw raw meat on the grill, and then put finished food on the plates for service, all without washing their hands. it's a cross contamination nightmare.
Visited at the recommendation of other reviewers. It's a great find--a reasonably-priced restaurant that really cares about the food and service. Fantastic eggs and bacon cooked to order. One warning: Fat and cholesterol watchers should make sure to ask for everything without butter--they really heap it on. French toast was cinammon-y and excellent. Great for kids and groups.
Pros: Great, inexpensive food, attentive service
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the food was perfect, the price was great and the service was emaculate! highly recommended
This place is great! I have eaten here no less than 40 times. I have never had a bad meal here. The food is always fresh and the service is down right southern charm. You won't find a better deal for your money. Take my advice...for ultimate satisfaction eat breakfast at the "over the counter cafe". EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! BEST OMELETTE IN TOWN! WITHOUT QUESTION!
Pros: Fresh food, Friendly service, Southern charm
Cons: None, None, None
Decided to try this restaurant after finding it here in Citysearch. Walked in, seated myself in a booth. Everyone was friendly, including the cook! My breakfast: Western omelette with cheese, home fries, toast and coffee. The home fries were potato strips with the skin on, YUM!! One drawback: I asked for gravy, either white or brown. THEY DON'T MAKE ANY :( The omelette was stuffed and the ham, peppers and onions were piled around the outside of the omelette. The waitress kept my coffee full. The breakfast was just a smidge greasy, not too much. Hey, where I'm from that's called FLAVOR. Total cost? Like about $7.81. I'll be back...
Pros: cozy, inexpensive, good food
Cons: no credit cards, parking when busy
Ate at OTC for the first time and the food and service was great. You seat yourself and its a what I call a true "diner". The bacon is thick and excellant. Value is the best out there. Belly up to the counter in front of the kitchen or grab a booth.
Pros: large portions, thick bacon, fast service
Cons: no credit cards
I went to Over the Counter for the first time last Saturday. The place was bustling with energy, and hungry patrons filled the entire dining area. The food was simple down hom cooking. The home fries are EXCELLENT, and the bacon is thick and smokey. I recommend the 2 egg breakfast with bacon, ham or sausage for $4. They give you 4 large strips of bacon, so you better have someone to share with. The breakfast was excellent and the atmosphere was great. I highly recommend it.
Pros: cheap eats
Cons: parking, coffee
Best Breakfast hands down! (I can't believe Blue Plate is even in the same catergory, I'd rather go to Burger King, the service and food are better). I love Sunday brunch and have been to most of the joints on the best breakfast list but I would give up the scenery and music at Ruths, the biscuits at Park Cafe and all the other places just to sit on a mismatched chair and watch them cook my #2, over medium, bacon, and white toast at OTC, There is no better way to start a day!
Pros: Great Food, Great Deal
Cons: Worth the wait
we had always heard that OTC was great. my wife and I decided to give it a try. one catch...we had to be out of there within a certain time. we waited about 5 minutes for a table on saturday morning...no problem. we sat down and asked our server if we could get our food and be gone within 30 minutes. he said "oh yeah". we ordered and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited. 30 minutes pass and no food...we had to leave without even seeing our food let alone eating it. we cannot rate our food for obviuos reasons, the server didn't make sure our food would be up in time to eat it, nor did it seem anyone cared. just DON'T go here if you are in a hurry! By the way, they lost their chance with us...we won't be back.
Pros: good rep
Cons: bad parking, clueless service
Most breakfast places forget that the bacon can make or break a morning meal. Not OTC. They serve four strips of thick, flavorful bacon with their meals. Delicious.
Pros: Food, Service, Friendly staff
For a very few bucks you can have a very good breakfast or lunch, since Wayne took over he has added some specials that are incredable. Try it you will like it!
I have eaten here nearly every Saturday AM for the past several years.
Though they're almost always busy, service is always quick and friendly, in fact I've never been ANYWHERE in the world where my freshly-made breakfast appears on the table so quickly after placing the order (record = less than two minutes).
The best bacon to be found at a breakfast spot in SLC.
Prices are a bargain.
Good breakfast potatoes. The food was served quickly, and the server kept my coffee cup full. The main drawback is that there is no outdoor seating - too bad, too. The view would be a good one.
One should always be suspect whenever a place uses the superlative in their advertisements. For OTC Cafe, this turned out to be half-true. We enjoyed the restaurant on most counts. At 10 AM Sunday, there were still plenty of places to sit; not because of the lack of crowds, but because of quick turnovers. The moment we sat, we were offered menus, water, and our waitress took our order soon thereafter. I requested waffles (they don't offer them), then tried a Western omelette. One thing, though: I really like fluffy pan-cooked omelets, which this place doesn't have either. They're prepared on a griddle, so you get a flat omelet with the toppings wrapped inside. The rest of the food was great, greasy, diner fare. The bacon was both thick AND crisp- a rare combination. Do they have the "Best Omeletes in town"? Well, do you like thick or thin-crust pizza?
Pros: FAST service, Bargain dining, condiments on-table
Cons: might be too greasy, no waffles?, cash only (?checks)
Awesome! Love the food, love the prices, love the people, it's the best.
All throughout high school, this was the place to be when you didn't want to be in school - excellent food, the people that work there are so nice, and you can practically pay for your meal with your pocket change. I have to say that the pancakes are the best in town - you get the most for your money here - the BEST!
Pros: Food, Nice People, Price