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Sunday, January 29, 2006

side salad rhapsody

Do we really need an entry about Benevolence? I hope so, because we're getting one.

I finally (after months of telling him how great this place was) took Ryan to Benevolence for lunch today. Words cannot describe how nice it was to eat something fresh and healthy after our winter of pasta and curry.

I had the tomato bisque, which was ok. Tomatoes. Water. Seasoning. The usual. My sandwich was a bit better. I got the cucumber and tomato sandwich, which is cucumber, tomato, dill, lettuce, sprouts, and tons of cream cheese. I think it was the cream cheese that reduced my usual "man, I love this place" to a moderate "that was a nice lunch."

Ryan got a baked tofu sandwich, which he is telling me now (and told me then with some frequency) was fantastic. It was baked tofu on their fantastic bread with sprouts, lettuce, and some kind of dressing. He also had a side salad that was the most impressive lettuce based dish that either of us had seen in a long time. I cannot stress this enough: if you go to Benevolence, do not be fooled by the mildly named "side salad." It is unlike any other side salad you have ever had, and it will ruin you for all others. Lettuce, sprouts, grated carrot, tomato, sunflower seeds, and vegan bacon bits. Yum.

So, in conclusion: it's still good. Visit often.

In second conclusion: I have no clue how to end these things.


  • I just visited Benevolence for the first time on Tuesday! It was hard to find parking during lunch, but the food was worth it. I had the soup and salad combo with ginger miso soup (mmm) and the side salad. I agree, the side salad is improperly named and it should be called The Petite Meadow Salad or something like that to indicate how unusual and special and delicious it is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:37 PM  

  • I am still thinking about the baked tofu sandwich I had here on the day of this post. Man.

    It's really nice to be located within biking distance of this place.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 11:42 PM  

  • I recently tried the unchicken noodle soup. It was divine.

    By Blogger jason, at 10:17 AM  

  • the side salad is the little sister to the benevolence salad, a huge pile of the most delicious stuff on earth. i order it every time i go to benevolence (which is often, since i work right down the street).

    if anybody ever wants to meet me there for lunch, just say the word.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 12:06 PM  

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