Salt of the Earth, Oakley
I drive past Salt of the Earth nearly every day and have, up ’til now, failed to sample their wares. Recently, though, I reverted back to a healthier eating style and finally made a beeline to this colorful and comfortable eatery. It looks to me like some kind of Urban EuroDeli.
The menu is rather simplistic and doesn’t exactly provide all the pertinent information. Most of the offerings are on display in a case and prices are not easily provided. I opted for the House Salad (one of few dishes listed on the menu) which consisted of mesclun greens, dried cranberry, candied pecans, red onion, and creamy goat cheese with a side of balsamic vinaigrette. Nothing fancy, but the portion size was fairly massive and the ingredients plentiful.
I have to admit that I like a place that feels kind of like your Sicilian Grandmother’s kitchen–and this place does the trick. The dining area has racks and racks of wine for sale along the walls, but there is no license for it to be served on the premises. Giant tease! There was, however, a large selection of bottled beverages including a variety of juices, teas, mineral water and such–but I ended up choosing good old fashioned ice water.
Since I was so frugal with the bulk of my order, I decided to splurge on a beautiful macaroon. This homemade gem was stuffed with shredded coconut–and I mean stuffed. About the size of a large golf ball, that cookie proved a decadent ending to a somewhat restrained midday meal.
I’m looking forward to returning and checking out the wide variety of salads and maybe a nice piece of salmon.