by Susan Ellis
Hannah, Pam, and I met up at the Elegant Farmer yesterday for what turned out to be an epic lunch.
The restaurant, at the old site of Crumpets on Highland, is owned by Mac Edwards, formerly of McEwen's on Monroe. Edwards uses ingredients from many local sources, including Micmak Farms, Jones Orchard, and Newman Farm.
Hannah was immediately smitten because the drinks came with bendy straws.
But on to the food ...
We started with a sesame noodle salad ($7)
and a cup of curry sweet potato soup ($4)
and a "caprese" salad that came with a nice house-made ricotta ($8).
For the main dishes, we opted for salmon patties ($10), which came with sides of braised greens and mac-and-cheese.
There was also the PB&J with house-made pecan butter and preserves ($7), which came with sweet potato chips and carrots with a dipping sauce.
Then there was the Banh You, Banh Mi sandwich ($9) with an option of pork, chicken, or mushroom. We got the mushroom. The baguette was excellent, and there was a nice spice kick in the aioli.
Two of our favorite dishes were sides, including the Summer Jean ($4). None of us were familiar with it and guessed it was a bean dish. Wrong! It was broccoli rabe.
Finally, there was the cornbread pudding ($4). Nice and simple.
No surprise that we were too full for dessert (and I'm still full!). They change daily, but on Wednesday, they were offering sweet potato pie and a chocolate cake.
We left very satisfied and will be back.
The Elegant Farmer, 262 S. Highland (324-2221)