Fresh Goodness in McLean, Virginia

Sweet_7Sweet Leaf, with three locations in Virginia, is one local cafe that will be growing in numbers quickly, or certainly should be.

On a recent road trip, we were introduced to a delightful little fresh eatery called Sweet Leaf Community Cafe where the ambiance is cafe-style and hip, even a title trendy. We loved the fresh succulents as center pieces on the adorable little tables.

We weren’t the only couples savoring the goodness as a few couples and a half dozen DC area businessmen were noshing as well. It was evident that all ages and backgrounds love Sweet Leaf as much as we now do.

The aroma of fresh, made-from-scratch lentil and vegetable soup permeated the air. Ingredients lay before us as we made choices between freshly made-to-order salads, sandwiches, snacks, desserts and more.

Many standard suggestions were available or one can get creative and make a unique creation choosing from typical condiments or not-so-ordinary choices like sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, capers, green olives, hearts of palm, varied lettuces, berries, kale, assorted seeds, wasabi peas and other slightly less common spreads, condiments, and dressings.

Numerous bread and wrap choices served typically toasted, unless requested otherwise, gave me more yummy choices. Lots of options and where to start? We began to wonder if everyone took this long to decide.

We agreed that the homemade soup was spectacular and popped with fresh flavor like my home-made garden soups back home. Smoothies, shakes and various tea and coffee concoctions added to the never-ending options.

SweetIMG_7731Whenever our road trips in the northern Virginia area stir up an appetite, we will look forward to a repeat visit. There are currently locations in Vienna and Arlington, VA as well.