Bike Date Friday: Locally Grown and Fabulous

08 Jul

It was all locally grown, farmed or fished, and absolutely delicious. I had read the rave reviews about Flea Street Cafe way back in the rainy season and put it on my Bike Date Friday futures list for a summer date, when there would be more daylight to stop at Stanford University’s Rodin Garden on the way home. When we pedaled up, I was surprised by the restaurant’s humble exterior, which we soon discovered belies the fine dining within.


Look closely and you’ll see that they’re growing beets in the planter box out front, not flowers. Did you know that some towns, like Oak Park, Michigan prohibit front yard gardens? Somehow, what’s good enough for a rather expensive town in California is not OK for the average Joe in middle America.

Front yard garden

Our drinks were summer herbal refreshers: rosemary cucumber gin & tonics, served with beets and radishes from their kitchen garden.

Gin & Tonic

Crispy sardines from nearby Half Moon Bay were prepared perfectly. They were nothing like sardines from a can.


Dick went for the duck breast with arugula while I had the short ribs. Both exceptional. We could see why people raved about this restaurant.


It’s apricot season, so we had to go for the pound cake with apricots a la mode.

On the way home we stopped at Stanford University’s Rodin Garden, and savored the sculptures in the fading light.


What are your favorite locally grown, raised or fished items in your area? Do they come from your own backyard? Or front yard even?

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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Bike Date


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