In just a couple more weeks, I’ll be once again joining the downtown lunch crowd. And I know where I’ll be a regular.
I met one of my favorite lunch companions the other week to check out the recently opened Pura Vida on Euclid, right down from Noodlecat (another place I’m eager to check out); it was a first trip for us both.
This place seems to be the go-to spot during the day, or at least that’s how it appeared. It was fairly packed with coworkers catching up, people in suits making deals and then us – those looking for some good eats. The space is clean, modern and features a large bar area set for dining plus a huge open kitchen. They also share a wall with Tri-C hospitality that I believe opens up for certain events. If I remember correctly, the two aren’t affiliated, but given that there’s a culinary school right next door they will share certain synergies.
I like how the menu is presented: plenty of soups and salads, plus really tempting sandwich options as well as a bit larger plates if you’re really hungry. Or as they call it, early supper. There’s also a daily special which consists of a snack, chips and specialty sandwich served in a gold lunch box. Love this! They are also open for breakfast and will apparently offer a variety of grab and go items in the near future.
I had the tomato gazpacho and warm spinach salad with huge pieces of thick, crispy bacon and candied pecans. I also tried Charity’s grilled chicken and brie with apples. For a standard salad that’s found nearly everywhere, I was pretty impressed – especially with the bacon. And I was really happy with Charity’s sandwich. You just can’t go wrong when you combine brie, apples and chicken.
While I was really happy with my order, I already know what I’m going to try next time: the smoked portobello gyro with mint yogurt and dill havarti. Or maybe the BLT with pork belly. Or …