No. Really. Bear with me for a moment.
Y’all know how I love my car, right? Her name is Lola and she’s a lipstick red, convertible Solara. There was a problem with the dashboard cracking and peeling and about a year and a half ago, I got a notification that it was being recalled and to register with Toyota. I was thrilled that they would repair it at no cost to me and I proceeded to wait.
Last week, I got the call and made an appointment to bring the car in – they told me it would take about 2.5 hours.
I brought books, my iPad, my phone, and showed up at the designated time. The dealership is beautiful, but still, who wants to wait that long? I figured it was worth it, however and settled in. about 1:30 I started to get hungry and decided to try the cafe in the dealership. I’d heard nice things about it, but I really didn’t believe that I’d be impressed.
I was wrong.
First of all, the people are so friendly and inviting – the menu is very eclectic and there’s quite a lot to choose from.
I went with the Highlander Panini. Thin sliced turkey with pesto and garlic aioli, melted cheese and caramelized onions with a side of German potato salad. The potatoes were delicious and they were seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of parsley. But the sandwich. Oh. my. Gooey, yummy – absolutely delicious.
While I was eating, they were talking about the “marion berry” dressing. Of course, I couldn’t resist in asking what that was and instead of explaining it to me, the proprietress created a small plate for me to sample it – apparently it’s their “Field of Greens” salad and it was out of this world! Mixed greens, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans and bleu cheese, with this crazy good dressing. Apparently marion berries grow in Oregon – I’d never heard of them, but that was delicious.
Lunch was a mere $9 – including my bottle of water and it was worth every penny! I would absolutely go there for lunch even if my car wasn’t being worked on. Friendly, delicious, warm and inviting.
To make things even more interesting, every Friday that have Maine Lobster Rolls – they fly real Maine lobster in over night ever Thursday night, pick it up at the airport and make the rolls that morning. When they’re gone, they’re gone, so they suggest you call and reserve yours on Thursday.
Rest assured I will be doing just that, very soon. I’ll keep you posted. Check them out and tell them Christine sent you.
And look at my beautiful, new dash!
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