Every so often, Springer and I break away from our kitchens to explore local eateries. In fact, it’s one of our favorite things to do to find inspiration for our own recipes. From food trucks to hole-in-the-walls, we are truly fortunate to indulge in delicious AND healthy food any time of the day!
So what is our favorite food spot you ask?
Well it really depends on our mood, the meal, and who is tagging along with us. To fulfill on some of your requests, Springer and I will sprinkle in restaurant reviews every so often. Here are a few things we’ll be talking about: our favorite dish, the supreme spot to sit, the type of crowd, cash-flow necessities, healthy rewards, and the signature hook that keeps us coming back. If you are not a local Bay Area foodie, check out the inspirational stories that come along with our reviews. This week, we’ll show you where Eat Life Whole began!
A few years ago, Springer and I met-up for lunch at Bar Jules – an amazingly, beautiful, and simple restaurant/cafe in San Francisco that quickly became one of our favorites. We were at our early stages of planning Eat Life Whole and if you were to compare our phase in business to having a baby, you could say we weren’t even a seed yet.
After hearing that the entire menu changes daily, we had to try it for ourselves. We arrived that sunny day back in 2010, greeted by tall chalkboard walls with hand-written menus, quaint wooden tables, and an open kitchen full of colorful pickled veggies, a freshly baked cake, and aromas to die for. Our agenda: 1) enjoy a fabulous meal; and 2) continue our strategy to launch Eat Life Whole.
Over a year since our launch and our infamous lunch, Springer and I decided to head back to Bar Jules to plan the next phase of Eat Life Whole. Leaving the office behind, we enjoyed a Marin Sun Farms burger with a simple, green salad, and a braised pork sandwich with a tangy, chickpea side.
Taking a break from the monotony of life helps us to remain fresh in the mind and in the kitchen. We highly recommend that you entertain your dream (whatever it may be), break away from your routine, and enjoy the simplicity that life has to offer.
Our favorite dish: There is none! The menu changes daily, but we do recommend any of their meat dishes. Bar Jules goes above and beyond sourcing quality and sustainably raised meat, poultry, and fish (in addition to all of their produce).
The supreme spot to sit: If your travelling in pairs, try to grab a seat by the window – the natural light feels cozy and comforting. If you are dropping in solo for brunch, lunch, or dinner, request the bar. You get loads of entertainment watching the cooks AND you can thumb-through a hand-picked selection of magazines that they keep available for their guests.
The type of crowd: There are lots of couples, old and young. It’s not much of a family joint because it’s small and intimate. Definitely a great place for a mini business meeting, intimate date, or a catch-up between best friends.
Cash-flow necessities: Be prepared to pay $15-$20 a person for lunch and dinner. You are paying for quality food and service and remember that quality food helps provide for a quality body, mind and spirit.
Healthy rewards: Bar Jules serves the perfect portions and each dish is usually accompanied by a locally, farmed veggie. You won’t leave feeling hungry or overstuffed.
The signature hook that keeps us coming back: We LOVE that the menu changes daily. It’s truly an adventure when we walk in the doors and expect nothing but the best!
Bar Jules | 609 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 621-5482 | firstname.lastname@example.org