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Day 245: Nordstrom Cafe

Nordstrom Cafe

One of my favorite restaurants is in Montgomery Mall, a.k.a. Westfield Montgomery.  That’s right.  With the plethora of restaurant choices available in our town I like to go to the Mall and eat.  Where?  Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe.

Tucked in the corner of the lower level near the woman’s shoe department is one of the best kept secrets to a great meal.  C’mon you say, “Can you really get decent food at a department store?”  You bet.  Tired of the “food court” thing? Check out what you could be having like Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Salad made with organic baby greens and spinach, chicken, goat cheese, strawberries, marinated red onions, candied pecans, and dark cherry balsamic vinaigrette for under 10 bucks.  Or how about one of Amy’s favorites the Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto made with carnaroli rice, roasted asparagus, petite tomatoes, wild shrimp, white wine, and parmesan cheese for $11 and change.  They have soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches and Panini, pasta, and “Cafe Specialties.”  I like the Grilled Skirt Steak Chimichurri made with grilled skirt steak, roasted asparagus, carrots and yukon gold potatoes, and a wonderful spicy cilantro lime vinaigrette.  The food here is really good!  They also have a decent healthy selection for the kids as well with fresh fruit and even “Buttered Noodles.”

The service here is really great too and they give you these awesome little chocolate covered mints at the end of your meal.  Remember to bring some cash to tip your server as it is not included in the price of the meal.  The decor here is casual but very comfortable with a larger than expected number of comfy booths to sit in.  It’s a classy place that reflects the whole Nordstrom atmosphere very well.  The sounds of the piano keys gently playing in the distance is not too bad either in terms of ambiance.

Photo courtesy of Blog FoodiePopJourney

The “Greenies” among us are pleased that the Cafe is committed to bringing you local, sustainable, natural and organic foods and environmentally friendly products as well like milk that’s free from BGH, cage free eggs, organic produce, organic iced tea, organic and fair trade coffee as well as products that are free from hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats or oils.  They also are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling by using recyclable and biodegradable water bottles, compostable hot paper cups, napkins from paper made with 100% post-consumer waste, and carry out packaging made with 100% recycled paperboard.

The bottom-line is they care about the food, you and the environment here and the food is simply wonderful all at a reasonable price (certainly by Bethesda standards)! ~Brian

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