Eating to Live on the Outside: McFoster's Natural Kind Café

Alright! We got a real winner this week. McFoster’s Natural Kind Café, way off in Omaha Nebraska, is packed with veggie goodness! Even the website is loaded with fruits and vegetables. Hard to beet that—OOPS!—I mean beat that. So let’s get right to it!

There’s lots of good stuff all over this menu, I’ll focus on my favorites. For starters, there are plenty of Fuhrman-friendly appetizers to order. I really like the Happy Hummus; made with pureed garbanzo bean, garlic, tahini, lemon, spike, Indian spices, whole-wheat flatbread, and a garnish. Clearly the bread is the concession, but when you consider everything else, I think it’s worth the risk.

Probably even better than this is either the Cold, Raw and Blanched Veggies or the Your Favorite Vegetable. The Cold, Raw and Blanched Veggies is just carrots, broccoli, celery, other vegetables, and two dipping sauces. Well, provided you go easy on the sauce, kind of hard to hate this one. And Your Favorite Vegetable is exactly that. Your favorite vegetable sautéed, charbroiled, or steamed with garlic, Italian seasoning, fresh basil, spike, or, nothing at all. Personally, I would keep the seasoning and order up some steamed greens. What do you think about that?

The salads are looking strong too. My two favorites are the Kind Salad and the Artichoke Salad. The Kind Salad is prepared with greens, cabbage, carrots, onion, cucumber, and seasoned with whole-wheat croutons. Obviously, once you ditch the croutons you’re all set! Now, the Artichoke Salad is made with oil-less balsamic vinaigrette, greens, poached veggies, sprouts, onions, cucumbers, kashi green salad, and garlic bread. I’d pass on the garlic bread and keep everything else status quo. Oh! I would definitely ask for the oil-less dressing on the Kind Salad too.

Okay, onto the Entrees and Sandwiches. I’m digging the Vegetable Enchiladas; made with steamed corn tortillas, seasoned veggies, ancho chile sauce, umeboshi plum sauces, and served with an organic orange, jicama, and pickled onion salad with Cajun red beans. I’m cool with all of this. I can deal with the tortillas this one time. Next—and no surprises here—I am way into the Avocado Deluxe. They make it with toasted sunflower bread, avocado, cucumber, onion, greens, sunflower, pea sprouts, salsa, and organic or soy cheese. The fact that this thing is made with avocado earns it high marks in my book, but even still, I’m ditching either variety of cheese. I don’t eat dairy and I’m not into soy cheese, but other than that—rock on avocado, rock on!

Now, if none of this strikes your fancy. Check this out. McFoster’s gives you the option of ordering veggies any way you want them. Your options are steamed, steamed with spices, sautéed, made with sesame and ginger, curried, primavera style, or charbroiled. I’m partial to either steamed option or getting them sautéed; getting them sautéed would mean olive oil, no big deal. I can deal with it. Especially when you consider the veggies you can pick from: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, onions, peppers, and other seasonal vegetables. I’m leaning towards some broccoli, carrots, and cabbage—yummy!

I’m telling you, I am really feeling McFoster’s. If I ever get to Omaha, I’ve really got to pop in for a visit. What about you? Does McFoster’s get your mojo going too? If so, tell me about. If you haven’t yet, check out McFoster’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or drop me an email at diseaseproof@gmail.com. In the meantime, eat well!
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Kirsten - November 2, 2007 1:19 PM

I ate at McFosters on a road trip last year and loved it! The atmosphere is funky in a good way--they host films and gatherings there, but there is also a bar and the bathrooms are whimsical, round rooms--castle turrets. I'm afraid I don't remember exactly what we ate--I had a salad and the kids had veggies and a nut-butter and honey sandwich, I think. The staff was very helpful and friendly.
When I go road-tripping anywhere, I always consult Happy Cow (.com) to find my eating and grocery options in the area. McFosters was certainly the highlight of our overnight in Omaha!

sara - November 3, 2007 3:31 PM

Looks like a great restaurant. NIX THE UMEBOSHI way too much salt for an ETLer.

Drae - November 5, 2007 10:55 AM

Wow, I almost wish I lived in the Midwest. That restaurant looks amazing!

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