Brought to you by the same folks who own FONTAINE CAFFEE AND CREPERIE, Petite Fontaine, at 115 Royal Street, was created to provide a fresh, healthy, alternative carry out, although there are 2 tables for “eat in” inside and a couple of outdoor tables available, too.
I had lunch there today and I have to say, they do not exaggerate! I added the pan seared salmon to my salad and was not prepared for such a fresh, delicious and hearty meal. I didn’t need to eat dinner tonight!
The concept is pretty cool: for one base price, you choose your green (choose from Baby Spinach, Arugula, Romaine or Mixed Greens), then your 5 toppings.
In addition to some of the more traditional toppings such as carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and the like, toppings also include pasta, couscous, quinoas, roasted vegetables, dried cranberries, avocados, walnuts, chickpeas, roasted red beets and edamame.
You can also opt for gourmet cheeses, such as fresh mozzarella, feta, blue, shaved parmesan and goat cheese.
And to top it all off, you also have the option of a meat or seafood topping: herb roasted chicken breast, cold smoked OR pan seared salmon, pate, tuna, roasted beef or turkey or marinated shrimp,.
Not in the salad mood? That’s okay, they have a quiche and a sandwich of the day, plus fresh breads (I had a mini baquette – for a “mini,” it was more than eough for two) and pastries, along with cheese and fresh fruit. Although the brownies and chocolate chip cookies looked delicious, I was way too full after the salad to even consider trying either of them.
There is even a daily wine tasting and a nice selection of beer and wine.
With an eye toward reducing waste, you can opt to have your salad prepared in a reusable salad bowl.
Since Petite Fontaine is across the street from my office at Long & Foster REALTORS, I envision eating there on a regular basis.
If you’re interested in a tour of Old Town Alexandria homes for sale, give me a call…I’ll even throw in a delicious, healthy lunch from Petite Fontaine!