Last night's stop was Chipotle. If you haven't been, you should check it out. The founder's motto is "Food With Integrity". They have a small menu with fresh, flavorful, quality ingredients. In the two times I've been there I have witnessed them hand chopping cilantro and onions- no frozen produce here. I've also seen them hand mashing avocados which they claim to do three times a day. Their web site is very transparent and fully discloses all ingredients and nutritional information. When your food is good you really have little to hide. Here's a link to Food With Integrity. As proof that I am not alone in loving this relatively new addition to the area there was a very long line of people that wrapped along the wall, down to the door, and then back along the outer edge. Totally worth it.
Today I walked downtown to the farmer's market. It was pouring rain but I think that only thinned the crowds out a tad. Here are photos of the grower I bought from. I got some of these great cherry tomatoes and I also bought a bunch of cukes.
After leaving the farmer's market I headed up Congress Street to Green Elephant. It had just opened for lunch so I got the first order in for Pad Thai. Five minutes later I left with food in hand. The inside of the restaurant is small but very well done. I've only ever had take out and it is definitely fresh and a step above.