Deborah Stone has done it again! Some of you (albeit slightly older moms) may remember how Deborah Stone inspired us to care and pamper ourselves at her ultra successful spa and clinic. Today, she is inspiring us from the inside out through food. Tucked away in a cottage one block outside of Crestline Village (Dexter Avenue) is The Pantry – my favorite new restaurant.
The Pantry exemplifies slow food at its zenith. This farm to table concept serves products grown and produced at the Stonehollow Farmstead. The creative use of vegetables, herbs and cooking techniques reminded me that healthy, fresh, colorful plates can be both mentally and physically good! You can fill your body and your soul with an array of fresh teas, cheeses, herbal lemonades, fresh sandwiches and salads, raw food and vegetarian dishes aplenty as well as a smoothie and juice bar. All of this can be enjoyed in a beautifully appointed setting.
Our meal included the Thai Wrap with an amazing apple salad, a Chicken Salad Sandwich, an assortment of flavored goat cheese spreads with crackers completed with the perfect bite size goat cheese cheesecake . We don’t have to pass on dessert when it is perfectly portioned, right?
While The Pantry may not appeal to my red meat and potatoes husband, it will be the scene for many lunches with friends. My advice: Get there soon. The restaurant is small and when this ‘secret’ gets out it will be tough to find a seat! The Pantry sells many prepared goods including jams, spreads, juices and honey – perfect for your own pantry or a gift.
The Pantry is located at 17 Dexter Avenue in Crestline. Their tag line in the logo says it all. “The best the earth has to offer.”