The last segment of our San Diego to Detroit veg restaurant tour took us to the town of Downers Grove, a southern suburb of Chicago, where our destination,The Borrowed Earth Cafe, awaited. This turned out to be a little gem–an oasis of delicious raw cuisine, with all the food prepared on-site and served with an efficiency that rivals fast food restaurants.
Owners Danny and Kathy Living’s passion for the raw cuisine they serve is evident through beautiful presentations, a magical environment and great humor–Danny had Sara in stitches the entire two hours we were there.
We began our meal with a wonderful creamy coconut and corn soup,
followed with a colorful sweet potato quesadilla exploding with vibrant flavors–each morsel felt like an indulgence.
Kathy recommended the special walnut-crusted green beans, her version of “fried” green beans–raw and unfried. She explained that she loves to experiment with comfort foods from her childhood to create raw, living versions which are then served at the cafe. The dish was very satisfying and provocative with a nutty flavor and delicate crunch.
The finale was Out of this World Cheesecake and has made it to the top of our raw dessert list–Sara and I were practically fighting over the crumbs!
At the Borrowed Earth Cafe, we discovered the passion, talent and presentation we had been yearning for in our veg restaurant tour. We left Downer’s Grove feeling great about the state of the veg union–not to mention, fully satiated and thoroughly entertained.
The last stop was our home turf of Detroit–a city in the budding stages of a veg renaissance with pockets of culinary passion and a surprisingly large collection of veg cafes and farmers markets.
As we stuck our forks into the incomparable Inn Season Cafe salad, piled high with fresh, organic produce, nuts seeds, avocados and marinated onions, we couldn’t help but feel that there’s no place like home!