Local Harvest Cafe Offers Downtown a Sumptuous Vegetarian Feast

Categories: The Veggielante

Organic banh mi sandwich at Local Harvest Cafe. | Tara Mahadevan

The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick.

Destination: Local Harvest Cafe (815 Olive Street; 314-241-3196)

Neighborhood: Downtown

Cuisine: Sandwich and salad shop

Local Harvest Cafe | Tara Mahadevan

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Overview: After opening its first location in Tower Grove, Local Harvest Cafe wanted a bigger presence in the downtown area. So the cafe opened its second location a few years later in the Old Post Office at Ninth and Olive streets. Though the downtown location is only open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, expect the cafe to be open for weekend brunch in the coming months, and be on the look out for some new "comfort" foods on the menu.

Inside Local Harvest Cafe | Tara Mahadevan

Highlights: The banh mi sandwich ($8.75) is a twist on your normal lunch sub: organic sesame baked tofu, kimchi slaw, cilantro and lime are layered on a semolina roll and served with Billy Goat chips. If chips aren't your thing then swap them out for another one of the cafe's side dishes, like the quinoa salad ($2.50-$3.50).

Mediterranean salad at Local Harvest Cafe | Tara Mahadevan

Though we don't often feature salads, Local Harvest Cafe's Mediterranean salad ($9.50) is stacked with organic Ah!Zeefa lentil dip, feta, tomato, red onion, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, Kalamata olives and balsamic vinaigrette. The salad does not only look colorfully appetizing, but it tastes delicious as well.

The cafe's vegetarian customers also go for the "9th Street Veggie Burger" ($8.50): a black-bean patty, housemade hummus, red onions, sliced pickles, greens and roasted garlic aioli.

See also: Benton Park Cafe Rolls Out New Vegetarian Menu for Spring

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