One day earlier this summer I happened to have a doctors appointment right around lunch time, so Mark blocked off a chunk of the afternoon and we hopped on the bus down to the restaurant. When we arrived it wasn't too busy, but filling up quickly. The place was set up a lot like a diner, complete with a display case full of baked goods, booth seating, and a chalk board at the counter menu.
After mulling over the menu for a few minutes (they have some unique and tasty sounding sandwiches) Mark settled on the smoked turkey on ciabatta and I went with the cup of soup and 1/2 sandwich combination of tomato gazpacho & veggie burger.
We got some water, found seating at one of the high top tables, and soon after our food was brought out to us. Besides knowing it was a cold soup gazpacho and I were strangers with unknown compatibility. It came with a slice of bread for dipping, earning itself some points with me before even picking up the spoon. After taking my first sip it was clear that this would be the beginning of a long, prosperous friendship. It was extremely tomatoey, garlicky, and smooth. It was so good and refreshing on a very hot July day. Part of me can't wait for cold season as I think it would be the perfect "sick-time" soup!
The veggie burger, made of roasted beets, mushrooms, & grains, is the inspiration for my own beet burger. It came topped with lettuce on a delicious onion bun. Although it was mushy like all other meat-alternative burgers I have had, it was extremely flavorful and satisfied my tastebuds. It came with a side of mixed sweet & hot pickled cucumbers adding the "crunch" the burger was missing. I enjoyed the veggie burger, but would probably try a meat-filled sandwich next time.
|My cup of soup and 1/2 veggie burger|
|Mark's turkey sandwich|
|Excited I let him get the rice krispie treat|