The debut of the high-performing Freedom a la Cart Cafe a light in a dark year

GA Benton

The phrase “every day is a new beginning” has seasonal weight as we move into a new year.

Yes, we are approaching a time when resolutions are being made to lose a different kind of seasonal weight. But the reason I quoted this implicitly encouraging ‘fresh start’ quote mentioned above is because it is part of a cheerful but heartfelt mural that adorns the downtown building housing an exceptional operation: Freedom at the Cart Café + Bakery, which premiered in April improved a tough year a bit.

Although the “cafe + bakery” is new, Freedom emerged about ten years ago in the form of a food cart (thus a la “Cart”) which allowed both fundraising and entertainment. ’employ survivors of human trafficking. Freedom’s compassionate mission hasn’t changed, but it has grown from a rotating cart and pop-up restaurant with limited fare to a charming cafe with a compelling selection of baked goods, coffee drinks, and creative, delicious and expertly prepared brunch-style dishes.

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Fans of the excellent Emmett’s Cafe will notice some overlap here, and for good reason. Both places developed their menus – which could be called avant-garde but steeped in a tradition that will be popular with the crowd – with the help of Head of Council Lara Yazvac Pipia. Therefore, both places frequently slip healthy ingredients into imaginatively designed bowls and sandwiches that feature a dynamic interaction between many components.

As you step into Freedom’s lovely space, with its relaxing atmosphere, soft tones, white brick and paint, many living plants, stylish light fixtures, and exceptionally warm counter service, you will likely notice that customers enjoy the sandwiches. with eggs and sausage. You should enjoy one too.

Breakfast Bowl at Freedom ala Cart on Spring Street Downtown.  (Photo by Tim Johnson)

Freedom’s Rosemary Breakfast Sandwich ($ 8.50) might not be huge, but it’s extremely satisfying. Inside his “fresh baked croissant bread” (flaky, cracked, slightly sweet, excellent) were rich ingredients – omelet egg, clicked provolone, aioli, owl sausage patty with rosemary and lemon made. house – lifted by arugula, herbs and citrus.

Beautifully grilled sourdough bread, melted cheeses (Swiss, cheddar and goat’s cheese) and homemade habanero-apricot jam add to the three grilled cheeses ($ 8.50), a sandwich that puts most to shame. of its milky ilk.

The snack-sized trout toast ($ 8) looked like a food magazine cover photo. With crispy pumpernickel topped with a creamy feta spread, plus a little smoked fish topped with microgreens, sesame seeds and a perfect poached egg, it was also good.

Prefer something more substantial and forgiving? I found the Don’t Judge Me ($ 9) – roast chicken, two aioli, chips, arugula, and melted Swiss inside a nice ciabatta-like toast – to be guilty of first-degree delight. .

Ditto for the Hearty and Healthy Breakfast Bowl, if the name is misleading ($ 11). Of course there was an egg – another poacher on the verge – but this hearty and impressive blend of lemony hummus, zucchini ribbons, white beans, microgreens, herbs, “cheese farro” evoking the risotto and flourishes resembling a Caesar dressing shouted “lunch” tome. I can’t wait to hear from it and taste it again.

Pastry shop at Freedom ala Cart on Spring Street Downtown.  (Photo by Tim Johnson)

With its tapioca blueberry chia pudding, apricot jam, tangy Greek yogurt, blueberries baked like a pie and, to enhance the contrast, its premium crispy granola, the bowl of chia with blueberries ($ 9) says “breakfast rich in antioxidants” just as it murmurs “nutty dessert and not too sweet”. Heed his call.

And believe your eyes as you contemplate the range of beautiful treats hidden behind glass. Because, from dark chocolate chip and sea salt cookies (cookies cost around $ 3) to croissants whose elegance could be teased by donut-style or chocolate and cayenne pepper frosting, bacon-shallot scones. -parmesan (pastries and croissants are around $ 3.75 to $ 4.50), they taste as good as they look.

And with only a few days left until the start of the New Year, why not treat yourself to several Freedom Cooked Treats that are well worth your time? That way, you can end an often sour year on a sweet note, and still make a fresh start towards a seasonal weight loss resolution from 2022. However, your cookies are falling apart, however, I hope you have a very good year.

Biscuits, pastries and coffee at the Freedom ala Cart on Spring Street Downtown.  (Photo by Tim Johnson)

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