Black Sheep Café has been getting a lot of hype and sometimes that just makes for a big letdown when you visit, but in this case, they are worthy of every good word spoken. Their specialty is something unique to our area: upscale and modern Southwestern Native American food.
You can feel that Black Sheep Café is something special when you walk in. The décor is simple, yet tasteful, and the café is combined with an art gallery and gift shop, featuring Native American handiwork. There is an artisan who is sometimes on hand creating beautiful hand-crafted silver jewelry.
Mr. Diner, who grew up right near a Navajo reservation, had doubts about the authenticity of the food because it was a more upscale location…until he tasted it. He grew up having frybread and Navajo tacos made by sweet Navajo ladies along side the road or at the flea market and wasn’t quite sure a fancy restaurant could compete. When our first piece of hot, fresh Frybread arrived with honey butter, all his doubts went out the window and he said, “Yep. This is the real deal.”
Fry Bread with Honey Butter ($4) – Served hot, fresh, and soft. The butter just melts onto it in a sweet puddle.
Cactus Pear Lemonade ($4) – Served in a carafe that could easily be shared by two (about a liter). Very light and refreshingly smooth. Not overly tart or sweet.
Green Chile Beef Navajo Taco ($14) – Wonderful fry bread with pull-apart tender beef in green chile and topped with ample fresh toppings. The portion was fairly large.
Hog Jowl Tacos – You can get these as an appetizer or an entrée which includes Pinto Beans & Cilantro-Lime Rice (below). They may sound a little strange, but they are soooooooo good. The pork is sweet and tender with almost a barbecue flavor. When you reach the bite or two that has the slice of jalapeno, it makes it quite spicy, so if that’s not your thing, just take it off before you eat it. I’m seriously in love with these & may have a hard time ordering anything else.
Cilantro-Lime Rice ($4 a la carte or included with many entrees) – Really flavorful; I think it may be cooked in broth like a pilaf. I’ve had a lot of cilantro-lime rice & this one is easily my favorite. Pinto Beans ($4 a la carte or included with many entrees) – Sweet and slightly spicy with lots of cheese and topped with crema. They were also some of the best pinto beans I’ve ever had.
Pistachio Crème Brulee – The custard portion of this was a little bit of an unappetizing color, but it was really good. Very velvety texture and an excellent pistachio flavor. Loved the crunchy-sugary top.
Black Sheep Café makes everything fresh from scratch and it definitely shows. We think their food and service is top-notch and that this is one of the best and more unique restaurants in the county.
Black Sheep Café
19 N University Avenue
Provo, UT 84606
Entrée Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 5
Mr. Diner: 5
Mrs. Diner: 5