shiny metal and glass, warm wood, green marble display counters for the
prepared foods, and lots of fresh flowers. Tucked away in a narrow back
hallway are open refrigerated cases that house already-packaged meals
ready to grab and go, some microwaveable, some ready-to-eat (salads and
sandwiches). Somewhat confusing illuminated signs overhead tell you
what's available that day, and how it's priced. We especially like the
large murals of spoons made up of fruits and vegetables. We're not
sure that Mr. Smith would approve of the bright blue-and-white plastic
"Now Open!" sign hung outside and flapping in the wind.
aluminum chairs originally designed for the Navy) clinging to the
plate-glass window, and a matching row of tables mirroring them
outside, on the other side of the window wall.
green sauce served over your choice of brown rice or golden quinoa
-- we tried the quinoa -- for $11.99. And Moroccan chicken, which we
thought was also a "beautifull bowl," but turned out to be in another
category altogether, "select 1 entree and 2 sides, $11.99; select a
beef or seafood entree and 2 sides, $13.99". (You can also order the entrees and sides by the pound, to go.)
(slightly gummy) brown rice, we told the server we would have chosen
another side, if we'd known, and he treated us to a side of the single
best thing we had that day: the heirloom shelling bean ragout. We'd
return for it, even at $7.99/lb.
underflavored, compared to what you might taste in an authentic Indian
or Moroccan spot. The quinoa was nice and fluffy.
the display counter and others are in the case in the back, and the
choices seemed a little esoteric. We grabbed something labeled organic
apple and carrot, and it was only after we took an unsatisfying swig
that we learned it was something called "First Juice," designed for
toddlers, and containing 43% juice. Oops.
roasted petite filet of beef (at $16.99/pound, it came to $7.25), with
tasty horseradish sauce -- one of us liked the tenderness, but the
other found the meat tasteless -- and half-a-pound of very
mayonnaisse-y, very tarragoned shredded chicken salad ($6, at
salmon ($7.99/piece), and lots of the array of vegetable sides: roasted
garlic mashed potatoes ($6.99/pound), citrus salad with ginger and mint
($9.99/pound), golden beet salad with verjus and tarragon vinaigrette
($8.99/pound), which we tried as a side with the Moroccan chicken and
found tasty indeed.
but the ginger-blueberry muffin I tried ($2.99, and on the small side)
was surprisingly delicious.
neighborhood to find takers for its somewhat pricey, health-conscious,
upscale prepared foods. One tip: the portions dished out from the
counter looked bigger for the same price than the pre-packaged
microwave meals. Stand in line an extra few minutes and reap the