If Local Foods isn’t the epitome of what the Heights has become, then I don’t know what is. I don’t mean that in a bad way either. It’s colorful and has variety as well as a laid-back atmosphere.
Also, it could be described as a place that attracts young professionals.
Along with a spacious patio, there’s a spacious interior that has almost any kind of seating you may want. Want a high booth, circle table, couch-like seating or bar seating? Local Foods has it. The chairs looked comfortable and featured different patterns at each type of table.
When I walked inside Local Foods at about 11:20 a.m. it was already filled with the lunch crowd. I walked up to the counter to order and asked the employee what the most popular menu items were.
He told me the “Crunchy” chicken sandwich and the Seasonal Harvest salad were usually the top choices. Since I hadn’t had a salad as an entrée in a while, I went with the Seasonal Harvest, which came with mixed greens, market veggies, sprouts, goat cheese, seasonal fruit, nuts and herb vinaigrette. For a protein, the employee suggested the chicken.
For a beverage I was intrigued by the seasonal lemonade and decided to try it when I found out it was guava lemonade.
I grabbed my number and went to fill up my cup with the lemonade. For anyone new to this location of Local Foods, the tea, lemonade and water are located in the back corner hidden behind a wall.
Since a lot of the seating was taken by the early lunch crowd, I sat at a high table that was pushed up against the window facing Yale Street.
I’ve never had guava anything, but the lemonade was good. It was on the sweet side, which I never mind.
It wasn’t long before the salad was placed in front of me.
While the menu didn’t specify exactly what type of veggies were on the salad, it turned out to be alfalfa sprouts, green beans, Brussels sprouts, beets and cauliflower. The seasonal fruit was watermelon, and the nuts were pecan pieces.
The first thing I appreciated about this salad was that it wasn’t light on ingredients. It wasn’t just a load of mixed greens with veggies thrown of top. You could say it was more of a harvest.
The herb vinaigrette had a good taste that balanced with the greens instead of becoming the dominant flavor, which I’ve experienced with other vinaigrettes. I enjoyed the choice of pecans on top and thought the alfalfa sprouts nicely complemented the salad.
However, I found the Brussels sprouts to be on the mushy side. And while I love a good watermelon, the pieces in this salad seemed out of place amongst the flavors of the greens and veggies.
Other than those two, I thought the choice of ingredients were a good combination.
Next time I want to eat healthy, and eat good, I’m going to Local Foods.
Address: 714 Yale St.
Hours: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. daily
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Seasonal Harvest salad