“Lettuce” Rocks Walnut Creek With Great Food and Art

Stopped into Lettuce for a salad with a friend while in Walnut Creek recently and we were blown away by the excellent food and choices. (A nice location across from the Bedford Gallery, so you can make it an art trip as well.) Everything was fresh and tasty with different and interesting combinations, wonderful low calorie and healthy dishes. And the prices won’t break your pocketbook.

Restaurants like this are very, very hard-to-find, way too many fast food & fattening places abound. The only other one somewhat like it is the fantastic Mixt Greens in SF. Lettuce also uses local farms and ranches for all it’s dishes which is so important in today’s world. While eyeing all the yummy choices behind the counter it was oh-so-danged-hard to make up my mind what to have. Finally settled on the Sonoma salad (organic greens, tangerine orange, avocado, bosc pear, mango, toasted pecans, with goat cheese dressing and crumbles) and a bowl of the homemade soup (honey roasted butternut squash with green apple) …. they had a combo deal for both, which made it even less expensive. I cannot rave enough about how delicious everything was, just amazing!

Sonoma salad and butternut soup

A pretty little wall in Lettuce

One of the sparkling colorful lamps over the food counter...

The ambiance and artistic decor was wonderful as well – with fun lighting, outdoor patio seating, side tables laden with  fresh bowls of colorful produce and walls filled with local art by David VanderJagt, (Link to his FB site: Art Elements). A ceramic artist who creates raku and salt fired sculptures, inspired by forms of nature. This is a nice sized exhibit, with many of his works through out the entire restaurant. They had an earthy, chunky quality – full of bright, glinting earth tones and friendly feelings, without being boring Hallmark art. Some of his faces were Picasso-inspired in their profile abstractions. David happened to be in the house, getting his picture taken, so we were lucky to be able to snap one too!

David VanderJagt

Sculpture, David VanderJagt

Sculpture, David VanderJagtSculpture, David VanderJagt

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