Healthy Holes-in-the-Wall: Small Restaurants That Make Big and Tasty Impressions
Jun 25, 2018 08:00AM
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Café YOU offers a healthy, tasty breakfast and lunch menus with gluten-free and vegan options available, as well as authentic espresso coffees and freshly made bread. Its “Avocado Smash” is a top seller because it is the perfect comfort food for any time of the day.
“We smash half a ripe avocado and some feta cheese onto toast [of your choice], season it with salt, pepper, tahini and chili flakes [optional], then give it a splash of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon,” says owner Marlies Laaper, who is originally from Sydney. And every month, Café YOU offers several fine-dining experiences, including six-course tasting dinners and wine dinners.
“I strive to use local ingredients,” explains Neil Dundas, who is the restaurant’s owner and its chef. As an example, Dundas notes that the greens he uses are grown just a couple miles down the road from his establishment.
Indoor seating and an outside patio are available, as well as to-go orders. What’s also fun about Island Way Café is that you can purchase a variety of fresh produce that is offered in bins.
That’s why—along with menu items such as the “Portabella Paradise” vegan burger, Japanese Brussels sprouts, and delicious juices, smoothies and desserts—there is a great collection of items to purchase. These include unique home goods, lovely fragrances, and vitamins and minerals.
It all takes place in a “community-based environment” in which guests become friends. “I believe passionately in the power of careful eating and mindful nutrition to transform our health, mood and create optimal lifestyles,” says Nikki Rood, The Sanibel Sprout’s owner and executive chef.