I don't usually report on my lunch, as I think most people aren't interested. Not only that, we almost always have simple sandwiches or leftovers at home. There's not much to excite anyone there. But yesterday Friend A and I went out to lunch, and Mother's is to be highly recommended. It's new, so there was a line, but it wasn't down the block. Some people might be put off by the fact that it's vegetarian (with a few vegan items), but my only objection to vegetarian restaurants is that they try to make things "taste like chicken." Why? If you're a vegetarian restaurant, stand up proudly for vegetables.
That's what Mother's does. There is nothing anyone would claim tastes like chicken. But there are very good vegetarian dishes. I had the Capitol Cobb Salad, with avocado dressing (I'd have licked the dish, were that not inappropriate) with various winter vegies and the best falafel I have ever eaten in my life. In fact, I wished they served falafel as a sandwich or side dish. Friend A had the Carrot Nut Burger, and her only criticism was that the bun wasn't sturdy enough for the filling, and she had to eat it with a fork. We also had very good cookies for dessert.
It's a small place, and the tables are close together, so I was able to examine the choices of my fellow diners. No, I did not ask them for a taste. But I would suggest that those inclined to try the restaurant order a salad or sandwich, and then share a couple of the small side dishes. The chicken-fried mushrooms looked particularly good. And try the lemonade, with a mild infusion of lavendar.
Today I'm having a ham and cheese sandwich on toasted sourdough.