Cheap Eats: Harvest Market
Damian De La Rosa brings a convenient soup/salad/sandwiches lunch spot to Walnut Creek.
Photo by Morgan Brinlee
With its self-serve food stations and menu-less ordering, the newly opened Harvest Market in Walnut Creek provides a refreshingly healthy meal faster than the nearby McDonald’s. Using fresh and organic produce from local farms, owner Damian De La Rosa aims to make nutritious food an easy and affordable lunchtime option for busy diners.
“I want you to feel good when you come here and good when you leave,” says De La Rosa.
Sandwiches come made to order on locally baked artisan bread, including some gluten-free options, for $6.50. Harvest offers four rotating soups daily, including one vegetarian option ($4.95). Slurp a 12-ounce cup of tomato or crab bisque, or a 16-ounce cup of jambalaya or white clam chowder ($4.95–$5.95).
With produce that De La Rosa tries to source from farms within 50 miles, the salad bar comes stocked with spring mix and romaine lettuces, as well as artichoke hearts, kidney beans, olives, and seasonal surprises. Unlike most salad bars, Harvest Market’s charges by size, not weight, so you can load up and always pay $5.95 for a small to-go box, or pay $6.95 for a large.
The Usual: Add your customized sandwich order to the eatery’s Rolodex of sandwiches so you can call ahead and have your “usual” ready for you.
To Go: Be prepared to grab your food to go as the small eatery has only five tables.
Daily Grind: Stop in mornings before 10 a.m. for a cup of Peerless organic coffee for only 50 cents. Just throw your change in the basket, and go.
Harvest Market, 1633 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 274-1633, eatatharvest.com. Breakfast and lunch Mon.–Fri.