Great Adventures and Good Eatz

From my West Reading home, Penn Avenue is just a short walk away. On a nice day, this represents a great opportunity to take the babies out for a stroll and do some exploring. On our trip to find some sushi, we were pleasantly surprised by our detour to Good Eatz Green Café at its new home in the Vanity Fair outlets.

It was a gorgeous spring afternoon, and I happened to have off, so we ventured out to find food and a playground – which was an equally interesting adventure, but that’s a story for another day. Who puts workout equipment at a playground? My two year old as no interest in an elliptical and plyometric boxes… heck, I wanna slide too! But again, a story for another day.

We decided that sushi was on the menu for the afternoon, and we knew that Go Fish! was within walking distance so off we went. Unfortunately, we didn’t do enough homework to know that our schedule didn’t match their hours of operation. No big deal, we just made a plan B.

Our journey took us to the Good Eatz Green Café. Now located in the Vanity Fair Outlets, I’m sure patrons are thrilled with the abundance of parking. Even though the VF Outlets, and the Reading outlet scene at large, isn’t what it used to be, we found the café to be very busy for the late lunch timeframe. I’m always happy when I don’t have to eat in a ghost town, which this was certainly not.

We sat ourselves and got situated with a drink and menus promptly. The choices were overwhelming. Everything on the menu looked fresh and delicious. They had a wide variety of gluten-free, vegan, and dairy free selections. None of these things matter to me, but it’s nice to see a place care deeply about catering to everyone. Gluten free menus are hard to come by these days, let alone vegan selections. There was free-range chicken on the menu, as well as sustainable fish selections for the catch of the day, and Kobe beef. There was breakfast, wraps, salads, and entrees. It was enough to please any palette and create a guilt free, healthy eating experience. That’s always satisfying.

I settled on the Tuscan Turkey Wrap on a whole wheat tortilla with a fresh fruit salad. We also ordered the Seared Sesame Wild Caught Ahi Tuna wrap with a small side salad with the pomegranate vinegarette. Both were winners, as I should have expected from the freshness of the ingredients. I’m a sucker for roasted red peppers and pesto, so the turkey wrap was a safe choice. What was different, and caught my attention, was the in house roasted turkey. Having a choice other than chicken, steak, or seafood was simple but refreshing.

The Seared Ahi Tuna wrap was refreshing and surprisingly filling. The sesame really came through and the seaweed salad gave a wonderful crunch to the dish. I also tried the slider trio which consisted of a crab cake slider, a kobe burger slider, and a chicken slider topped with fresh salsa. Each of the three was fresh and the dish was just enough to be a satisfying experience. The sides, whether they were fresh fruit salad, a green salad, or homemade potato salad, were all great choices.

In the end, we discovered a very good place to eat that we had never considered in the past. It’s easy to see the same places and never really give them a chance, but we were glad we did. Any of our trips to the VF Outlets could see us return to one of our new favorite spots.

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