Lil’ Lotus

Ever walk in to a place and wonder, “What have I gotten myself into?”

Yeah, me, too. Probably too often.

I couldn’t help but think that exact thing when I entered Lil’ Lotus, 2223 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.

The fast-casual restaurant, tucked into a small space in a Sugar House strip mall, serves a vegetarian/vegan menu. I had prepared for that.

But I didn’t expect the vibrant, tie-dye art — Buddhist symbols, animals and “Star Wars” characters — that adorns the walls, or the reggae that plays through an overhead speaker. And I definitely did not anticipate using a species-inclusive restroom, open to humans and aliens — as long as you have a key.

It all felt a little … trippy.

But the menu is more grounded. Read more …