Now Open: Outerlands
I enjoyed my first meal there: A surprisingly creamy vegan sweet garlic potato soup drizzled with rosemary oil and served with memorable homemade levain ($6) and a salad of arugula, navel orange, fuji apple, goat cheese and a sweet orange vinaigrette ($7). I ordered the small soup and had to question whether they brought out the large ($8) out by mistake; they hadn't, which was nice.
If I had a bigger appetite I would have added one of the sides that looked most tempting: beets from Santa Cruz's Dirty Girl Produce with citrus marinade, queso fresco and toasted almonds or braised winter greens with fingerling potatoes and melted fennel ($7). (How does one melt fennel?) The warm apple bread with Straus vanilla ice cream ($6) also made a bid for space, but I'll have to save it for next time, which will be soon.