Organic. Farm to plate. Non-GMOs. Gluten free. Paleo. There are so many terms floating around it is hard to keep them straight. Equally hard to create a diet following all the "rules". And even more difficult to abide when you dine out. I don't know about you but when I go out to eat I have succumbed to the fact that I will be consuming an insane amount of calories, fat grams, sugar, and chemicals in the name of artificial whatevers and preservatives. Check. Check. And check!
When my friend invited me to the local farm to plate cafe, E.A.T Marketplace, I was skeptical. I apologize for my assumptions but I couldn't imagine how yummy one can make food from a garden. Yes, I grew up on BLTs with garden fresh tomatoes and a one pot boil of red potatoes, green beans, and bacon. However, there wasn't much else to be done with our garden fare in the way of meals.
Enter E.A.T Marketplace. Hello yummy garden goodness! Let's just say my first meal was on Tuesday and I was back on Friday. I couldn't stay away. This restaurant is a hodge podge of eclectic decor. I'm pretty sure they buy their tables and chairs from the Salvation Army next door. Do not be deceived. Location and decor are no indication of what the menu offers.
There is no better wake up call than your first bite of a sandwich or salad from E.A.T Marketplace. Every flavor comes through. Turkey, tomato, greens, pickled cucumber, bread. All meld together to taste like...wait for it... a sandwich. Quite the novel idea, a sandwich tastes like a sandwich. A salad like a salad.
|Roasted Turkey Sandwich|
This is my little secret. It will not be the family night out spot. I've got this one locked away as my "lunch date" restuarant. My kids wouldn't appreciate the fare. They would much rather have french fries or corn dogs. By the way, not on the menu! Plus, E.A.T Marketplace is busy busy. If you go during lunch, chances are you will be sharing a table with strangers. Not always a bad thing. Unless they try to swipe a bite from your plate. Then you got problems!