I guess that I need to pay more attention. I get coffee sometimes from a Starbucks in McCallum Junction (Cabela's) across from The Sprouted Oven and as it is "By Silver Hills Bakery", I had always just dismissed it as an overpriced bread store. It turns out that while the bread can be a little pricey, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye from the outside and it is all plant-based!.
We arrived Sunday just before noon and the lineup to order was significant but moved pretty quickly. Mharie sat at one of the few tables while I joined the lineup (more people seemed to order to go rather than sit down with their food so a table was not a problem). They have a few outside tables if you prefer.
Curiously, we started with dessert first. Baked goods await your choosing at the display counter which ends at the cash register where you can order from the kitchen Sounds a little confusing but it works. At any rate, we ordered a date bar and it was amazing! Mharie immediately went up and ordered another one to take home! It was sweet and loaded with dates. Delicious!
Now Sprouted Oven seems to love flax seeds inordinately and as my life is very much allergic to them, there was quite a limit to what we could order from the bakery. Fortunately, they have a binder with the ingredients for each item listed. They allowed us to borrow the binder and we figured out that the Cardamom Cinamon Buns were flax free. Not quite as impressive looking as their weekend cinnamon buns but very good just the same.
They offer 3 or 4 vegan pizzas at SO and we decided to try the Rosemary, Feta and Potato Pizza which was white sauce based and an oil and balsamic vinaigrette to finish. The crust was nicely chewy and just a little charred and crispy. I'm pretty sure that they don't have a wood-burning oven back there so I'm not sure how they got that done so well!
The soup of the day was Cream of Celery which was also very good if not startlingly Instagram-able!
Only a vegan could get this excited about a Grilled Cheese Sandwich! I'm not sure what their mix of PB cheeses is but no one would suspect that it was anything but dairy cheese. So rich and just nicely salty and perfect!
This is a lovely and bright room for casual dining. As mentioned, I notice that most folks seem to be getting their food to go. They have some hard-to-find items in their grocery area. I was a little excited to see Butler's Soy Curls which previously required a trip to White Rock to find. That being said, some of these grocery items are a touch on the pricey side. This is a great place for a plant-based lunch!
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 12 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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