Last year, Matt and I paid a visit to the then-new Urban Farm Eats and were a tad underwhelmed. Two of the dishes we’re worth a revisit for us, and one we just plain didn’t like. The returning Ghost Pepper-Dusted Tilapia was one of the dishes we liked, but it’s not one we reordered this year. Instead, we opted for the new dishes of the Kale Salad and the Quinoa Vegetable “Naanwich.”
The Kale Salad ($3.50, gluten-free) features Dried Cherries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese with White Balsamic Vinaigrette. I thought this salad fared much better than last year’s featuring pickled beets.
I liked the crunch of the Kale, and the Goat Cheese added some nice creaminess. Matt avoided the almonds, and the slightly tart Dried Cherries were a nice touch of sweetness. The standout for both of us, however, was the White Balsamic Vinaigrette. We could definitely return for this salad.
The Quinoa Vegetable “Naanwich” ($4.25) is served with Arugula Pesto and Oven-dried Tomatoes. It’s also sprinkled with a healthy dose of feta. When all taken in one bite, we both really liked the overall flavor.
On a textural standpoint, I wasn’t crazy about the Quinoa “patty” alone as it was mushy. But, as noted, paired with everything else, it wasn’t as big of a deal. I particularly liked the sweetness of the Tomato here, paired with the salty Feta. However, I don’t think it’s something I need to order again.
Those who have read this blog for a while will know Matt’s the Bloody Mary connoisseur (read: snob 😉 ), and he was definitely interested in trying the Urban Mary ($7.75) when it was announced. It was then described as “a tomato beverage made with spicy tomato juice, lime juice and Worcestershire sauce, garnished with a pickled green bean and micro greens.” The micro greens were not a part of what we received. I tasted it and thought it was okay, and Matt noted it was fine but unremarkable – especially for the price. The Pickled Green Bean, grown in The Land pavilion, however, was our favorite part, and I’m going to have to recreate them at home for us.
I ordered the Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider ($3.75), and there was a strong flavor of blackberry here. The pear seemed almost nonexistent. It was good to try, but I thought it was a bit flat in the carbonation department.
Here’s the Ghost Pepper-Dusted Tilapia ($4.75, gluten-free), which we ordered last year. We liked the dish enough, but we’re not big fish people and didn’t feel the need to order it again.
Overall, we were happy with Urban Farm Eats this year. I think the Kale Salad was the clear winner at the kiosk, though the Quinoa Vegetable “Naanwich” is a solid option. Those who like fish and some heat will likely enjoy the Ghost Pepper-Dusted Tilapia. The Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider was worth the try, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up a six pack for the fridge at home. As for the Urban Mary, I think Matt and I both would have just preferred a cup of those Pickled Green Beans.
Have you stopped by Urban Farm Eats? What did you order and what did you think?