Native Foods – A Spectacular Salad & More

If the title of this post doesn’t already give this away…I went to Native Foods again (this time on my own) to try a few new dishes over the week. Lately, the weather has been really wonderful and I’ve been enjoying venturing out during my lunch and dinner breaks to stop by Native Foods. Usually around the time that I go, my favorite Native Foods location is nice and quiet and not too busy. It’s the perfect time to catch up on my reading or Instagram posts while enjoying a comforting meal before going back to work/school. Since it was a bit warm out, I decided I wanted a salad. At first I was a little hesitant since salads don’t always fill you up, but that was not the case with this one. I ordered the Mexican Cobb Salad, which comes with Ancho BBQ Native Chicken on a flavorful blend of tofu bacon, avocado, roasted corn, black beans, jicama and diced tomato. Served over a bed of romaine and topped with toasted pepitas and creamy jalapeño- cilantro dressing on the side. I honestly don’t think I need to put into words how incredibly tasty this was, I think the picture speaks for itself! Although I will say that I loved their take on a cobb salad with the tofu bacon, and the dressing was really fantastic with the other ingredients.

IMG_3597Did someone say dessert? Of course! The salad was so filling that I brought dessert home with me and I was so glad that I did! This is the Banana Bar, a chewy oat bar naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and sticky dates, with just a hint of pure vanilla. Served with coconut caramel sauce. The bar itself was ok and maybe just a tad dry, but the sauce was spectacular…although I think I might’ve gotten one of the smallest bars in the bunch. I will say that this transported really well, so if you’re in a rush this is one of those desserts that won’t melt on you! Afterwards, I was thinking the bar might’ve been even better if it was warmed up before adding the sauce, but you didn’t hear it from me!

When I came in again on a Thursday, I was so excited to hear that the new special was one I hadn’t tried yet! I started out with the Creamy Tomato Basil soup of the day. This was warming and really flavorful, with just a kick of spices. I haven’t had tomato soup in the longest time, and for one not having any dairy in it, this tasted nice and creamy. I finished this soup in no time!

IMG_2681The special of the day (which comes with the soup or another side for no additional cost) was the Crispy Chicken and Avocado Club. This handhold comes with Crunchy herb-crusted Native Chicken, Native Bacon, avocado, chipotle sauce, crisp romaine and topped with tomato and shaved red onion and carrots. Served on multi-grain ciabatta.

IMG_2699As you can probably see, this sandwich was pretty huge! The bread was soft and chewy, and the crispy chikn went perfectly with the avocado and Native bacon. My only complaint would be that this could’ve used a little more chipotle sauce, as it was a tad dry. Other than that I loved all the components of this sandwich and with a little more sauce I would definitely order it again.

Speaking of huge, look at the size of the Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookie! I also brought this home because I heard that Native Foods won’t be serving these after October ends, and I wanted to get a chance to try it. I will say that this was more than enough for one person, and I actually cut the cookie sandwich in half to savor it. It’s basically two chocolate oatmeal cookies with peppermint filling between. It actually tasted like there was a cream cheese and mint filling, which had a sweetness and a mint flavor that didn’t taste artificial in the slightest. This also had an excellent filling-to-cookie ratio. I highly recommend that if your Native Foods has these, get one and split it with a friend!