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Cheap Eats: Genuine Goodness

The Italian chop salad is a must-try!


LeeAnne Jones

Why Go? This catering business–turned-café serves up a daily-rotating selection of seasonal salads, sandwiches, soups, smoothies, and sweets.

What’s the Vibe Like? The charming space feels like home, with vintage furniture, textured porcelain plates, pastel fabric bunting, and roses at each table.

What to Order? The Italian chop salad—with pasta, lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, salami, and fresh herbs—bursts with flavor. On our visit, a subtly spiced Moroccan chickpea and spinach soup—paired with warm, just-out-of-the-oven herbed bread—was true comfort food. Don’t leave without a generous slice of sticky ginger cake with lemon icing.

Added Bonus: Co-owner Donna Pickthall hails from England, and she’s stocked a few imports, including Mr. Fitzpatrick’s cordials—old-fashioned temperance beverages.

How Much? Entrée-size salads and sandwiches are $8–$10, and some are available as smaller-portioned “sides” for $5–$6.

Where is it? 21 Orinda Way, Ste. G, Orinda, (925) 317-3348, gengoodness.com. Lunch Mon.–Fri.

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