The area around the old Woodward’s building is definitely going through a change. New business are moving in and reclaiming space that has been vacant and in need of a facelift for years now.
I stopped in for a late lunch and was greeted by the friendly staff. With a nice selection of breakfast and brunch items, lunch is rounded out with a some salads and sandwiches. Kid’s aren’t forgotten either with their own section on the menu. The cafe also has a full selection of dishes that are packaged and frozen for you to enjoy at home, prices are really reasonable for the items I saw and everything is preservative free.
I started with a beet salad with goat cheese and pickled fennel for $11. The greens for the salad are arugula and the goat cheese is crusted in a maple nut crust and the salad is dressed in a citrus vinaigrette. The was good and the pickled fennel was a nice touch. The goat cheese was nice and warm and the maple nut crust was a great flavor contrast to the creamy cheese. While the flavors and ingredients were great the 2 things that were negatives for me were the size of the beets-they were too small and rounds would be easier to eat and the plate it was on was missing edges so eating the salad was awkward sometimes.
I ordered there Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese with a side of soup and for some reason a pulled pork sandwich was brought to me. The soup was an odd and surprisingly great pairing of pear and zucchini. It was cream and rich but not heavy on the palate, I thought it would be too sweet from the pear but it wasn’t at all. The pulled pork sandwich for me was good but it lacked smokiness and the pear coleslaw was on the sweet side. The meat on the other hand had the right texture and was melt in your mouth tender.
After taxes my meal came to $25.76 and I’d definitely come back for brunch and to try that grilled cheese. It’s comfort food with a french twist and I think Catch 122 is another good dining option in the ever-changing Downtown East Side.