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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


I just had lunch at Fresh with fellow Foodie Report-er Lauren and Amy, another Life reporter. Ever been there? It's owned by a local guy, Jonathan Dwight, and the philosophy is great food, great life. They use natural and organic ingredients and have mostly healthful food choices.
Lauren and Amy each had veggie sandwiches, one hot and one cold. But it was my giant house ($5.48) salad that they envied. I actually left with half the sourdough roll that came with it, plus half the salad.
When Fresh first opened, they only sold natural sodas. They've since added Coke and Diet Coke, for those in need of a jolt at lunch. The food is pretty good, it's a locally owned business, and -- they say -- they practice green business practices. (Though I might suggest that they offer nondisposible silverware and glasses.) This is the kind of place where you'll leave sated but not stuffed.
The menu has changed a bit from the one that's online. I wish they still offered tofu, but I saw it neither on the menu nor among the salad toppings.
Where do you go for fresh, light food for lunch?


at 2:15 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Between Fresh and Ingredients if I am in the mood for a salad, Ingredients wins hands down everytime. Here are my reasons:
1. They are open on the weekend. Fresh is not
2. Homemade potato chips
3. Slightly cheaper
4. Starbucks products available
5. Overwhelming number of fresh veggies and protein to build your own salad

Not too impressed with Fresh. Another good salad place is PotBelly Sandwich Works which is coming downtown!! I order the veggie salad which has artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, cucumbers and more. I also add turkey and hot peppers. Yum!

at 2:30 PM Blogger Matt Morris said...

i have to ditto everything that cin twin1 said. Ingredients is somewhere i could go several times a week and never get bored. it also feels like a very posh environment, and i like eating in.

the choices are generous, the portions large, and they have gelato, which is a perfect addition to a late lunch if i have more time or company to savor it with.

at 2:52 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Can I assume that these are downtown restaurants? I don't work downtown and I've never heard of them. Where are they located?

at 3:38 PM Blogger Matt Morris said...

yes, both are downtown.

Ingredients is inside of the Westin, facing fountain square. you can enter it off of vine of 5th street.

Fresh is on 4th street. At Walnut i believe.

at 3:43 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I like Ingredients, too, and I've been there more times than I've been to Fresh. I just like the idea of supporting a local business and eating organic. I know I'm in the minority.

nicejewishgirl, here are the sites:
I've heard that Potbelly is coming to town. I read it in a rival publication, which said it's going in the Fifth Third building.

at 3:50 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Thanks for the information! I'm always looking for new places.

at 11:38 AM Blogger Dustin Dow said...

I really like Fresh and Ingredients; probably the two places I eat most often downtown. I'm a little annoyed though that Fresh stopped serving coffee (unless they serve it again now. I haven't been there in a few weeks.)

at 12:44 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I didn't notice, but that is annoying!

at 3:39 PM Blogger ShannanB said...

ingredients has an awesome grilled veggie panini.

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