Monday, July 2, 2018

Hospital Food - Redefined

Our waiter at Jing Restaurant (bringing Vickie in from the airport last week) told us about a hospital "cafeteria" in Castle Rock (about 25 minutes north from our house). It's called Manna Restaurant, very apt name, and is located in the Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. Very unassuming decor-wise, but the food was fabulous. And we understand that's the kitchen for the hospital, too, everyone gets their food from this kitchen. OMG! Step aside, green jello. Now a trip to the Castle Rock outlet mall (the shoppers love it!) will be interesting for the non-shoppers as well. Didn't look like they had a bar (we didn't ask) - I guess that's reasonable for a hospital. We'll be back! Tips and donations are used to benefit health inspired wellness projects within the Castle Rock community. Did I mention the pricing is fantastic, too?!

Snuggled in our booth it felt like we
were the only people there.

There are seats that view the kitchen.

Wood Oven Queso: local cheeses / pepper jelly / pepitas, $7

Grilled Haloumi: rocket / heirloom tomato / mint / pomegranate molasses, $6

Whole Roasted Artichoke: sauce pierre / lemon balm / grana padano, $8

Romanesco Cauliflower: romesco / fennel agrodolce, $3.
I missed a pic of the Fried Brussel Sprouts: nuoc mom caramel, $3.

Whole Roasted Radishes: chimichurri. Surprisingly good, a little kick. $3

Boston Maple Steak: crostini / arugula / tomato compote / onion / balsamic / shaved parm, $15

Lemon Cake. We had a scoop of espresso gelato as well. $5

On the Market side was a window into the pizza oven.

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