Eating to Live on the Outside: Real Food Daily

Last week we had a good time at Trio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but this week—via the worldwide web—Eating to Live on the Outside heads to Real Food Daily in California. Now, does it stack up? Could an Eat to Liver eat there? Only one way to find out!

At the top of Real Food Daily’s menu are their juice and beverages. As far as these go, I could go for some orange juice or a glass of rice milk, but generally I stick with water. Onto the small plates, the edamame beans are great, but I’d ask them to hold the salt.

I also like the Hummus & Pita. Sure, the toasted pita chips aren’t exactly nutrient-dense, but the chickpea dip, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, celery and leafy greens are fantastic! The Spring Rolls look good too. The rice paper is clearly a concession, but check this stuff out: Napa cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, daikon, red pepper, mint, cilantro, scallion, and a raw mango sauce. It’s hard to argue with all that. Actually, I love red cabbage!

Okay, I’m going to skip the breads and spreads and move onto better fare—like the salads! My top three are the House Salad, the Farm Chop, and the Yin Yang. Together they’re made with A LOT of good stuff: seasonal greens, carrots, beets, cucumbers, dressing, seasonal vegetables, avocado, cabbages, Romaine lettuce, edamame, cilantro, sesame seeds, peanuts, and a peanut dressing. Good easy on the dressing and you’re set!

Since the specials will change, I’m bypassing that section of the menu and going to the main courses. It’s a little iffy. Honestly, I only see one I like—the others include too much faux-meat products for my liking. So, I’m sticking with the Stir It Up; julienne vegetables, gingery garlic sauce, brown rice, soba noodles, and daily greens. I know. It’s probably fried and most likely salty. I like the salads better, but maybe this works for you.

The sandwiches and wraps look interesting. Check out the Ciao Bella. It’s made with Portabella mushroom, onions, red peppers, lettuce, tomato, pesto spread, and hemp bread. Not bad. The hemp bread sounds interesting. The Tofu Wrap is pretty neat; grilled tofu, squash, onions, sun-dried tomato pesto, lettuce, tomato, and spinach tortilla. The tortilla is a tiny no-no, but I can deal with it. Now, the Living Wrap looks REALLY good. They make it with red pepper sunflower spread, cucumbers, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, salad greens, citrus herb dressing, and collards—collard greens are great!

Alright, so far I think Real Food Daily is a nice stop for an Eat to Liver, but if you don’t like any of these. Just do our little trick, order a bunch of sides. I could go for any number of these: millet, quinoa, beans of the day, black beans, veggies of the day, daily greens, sea vegetables, and tossed salad greens. Next to the salads this is probably your best bet.

So what do you think? Does Real Food Daily make the cut? I think it does, but then again, I’m not expert. I need your help. Check out Real Food Daily’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. You can always make a comment or send an email to Until then, happy eating! Peace.
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Tim - November 21, 2008 1:46 PM

Hi Gerry

Are hummus and pita okay on ETL?


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