At Homegrown, eating healthy is an understatement! Not only is this sandwich shop healthy, it’s also sustainable and environmentally friendly. Using only fresh ingredients from local farms and with a heightened awareness for Mother Earth, Homegrown is not just a regular sandwich shop – it’s a phenomenon!
Created by a couple of young entrepreneurs, Homegrown already found Fremont and Capitol Hill – two very distinct neighborhoods in Seattle – home. But today, I went to the franchise’s newest location on top of the Queen Anne Hill.
Located conveniently at one of the busiest street corners in Queen Anne, where Boston Street crosses Queen Anne Ave, Homegrown already assumes a presence that can’t be missed.
When I first stepped in, I immediately noticed the menu written neatly on the wall – Nice! No need to waste paper! Under almost every item, there is a breakdown of ingredients and none of them lacking the words “local” or “organic”. You can just tell that Homegrown’s theory of sustainability is advertised loudly and proudly. I must say the thought of farm-fresh meat and veggies is quite refreshing!
The menu wasn’t big, but it was sufficient. I had no problem picking out exactly what I wanted. While waiting for my orders, I realized there was no soda station or bottled water. In fact, Homegrown frowns on using bottled water! There was no trash can either, only a recycle bin and a compose can; On top of the bar, there were cute, little plants growing; and right next to them, a bottle of organic ketch up.
Wow! Even the ketch up is good for me!
By now, you are probably wondering about my food. First of all, I gasped at the price – 27 dollars for 2 medium-sized sandwiches seemed a lot! But one bite into the juicy crab cake that rested in between buttery buns, crunchy lettuce and smooth avocado, I knew the money was worth it!
I’m not a turkey person, but even Homegrown’s turkey was good. Straight from the local farms, the organic turkey meat was supple, fresh and bursting with flavor. Who knew that this protein-rich bird could be tasty goodness?
In Queen Anne, businesses come and go. Of course I was one of the skeptical few when Homegrown moved into the empty space across from Starbucks. But after my very first Homegrown crab cake sandwich, I immediately knew that this place is here to stay. And I hope so too. Because in a city that appreciates the environment, welcomes new business ideas and promotes healthy living, Homegrown is a clear combination of all 3 very lovely things.