Sunday, March 23, 2014
Food & Thought, Naples, Florida
If you've been following along with my blog, you know that I have a penchant for farm to table restaurants. And now that I've made a resolution to cut out processed foods, I'm in greater need to find good all natural/organic purveyors. This Presidents' Day, the kids and I took a trip to the Naples Botanical Garden to enjoy the installation of the Lego sculpture exhibit. But before we could take in the sights, lunch was definitely on the agenda. In a world dominated by fast food options, finding a fresh and healthy lunch option pleasing to younger palates is a daunting challenge. I think I could count on one hand the available options in our town. But lucky for me today, our local Panera Bread is in the same shopping plaza as a local gem, Food & Thought. I was introduced to this organic market and eatery by a friend but had not been back in quite a long time. I had intended to bring the kids to the well-known chain restaurant but was pleasantly reminded of Food & Thought as soon as I drove into the plaza. So, today was the day for a return trip.
Fronted by a full organic market, Food & Thought serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from a kitchen counter in the back. There are some seating options indoors but the best spot to dine is outdoors, especially in pleasantly cool and sunny weather. Outdoor seating is plentiful and includes wooden tables and benches built around grown trees that provide plenty of shade on a hot day. Fruits and vegetables in carts along the windows and trees and plants for sale provide natural decoration.
Food & Thought offers various healthy sandwich options, including chicken salad, egg salad and tuna salad. Hummus is also available for those looking for a vegetarian/vegan option. Salads and soups are also available. Those looking for more substance can order entrees such as rotisserie chicken and salmon, each for $6.95. Entree sides, like red potatoes, brown rice and baked plantains, are also available for $1.95 each. Today, the kids and I split a rotisserie chicken quarter, red potatoes and a "cup" of vegetable soup. The chicken was generously seasoned and moist. My clear favorite, the red potatoes, were slightly mashed and properly salted. The vegetable soup, although more mildly spiced, was generously stocked with green beans, corn, carrots, onions and potatoes. The kids and I finished every bite, providing that healthy and flavorful can exist in the same realm.
How much I spent: $ Our lunch, along with three bottled teas, cost $18 with tax included. Not bad!
My rating: 3 1/2 spoons. If you are looking for a good healthy lunch that you can eat without guilt, Food & Thought definitely meets the grade. Certainly a good post-New Year option if you are sticking to your resolutions!