BY VERONICA NETO Falmouth has an abundance of eateries to choose from when that midday hunger hits. But when lunchtime calls for lighter, healthier menu options, these restaurants deliver with fresh ingredients, scratch cooking and menus that accommodate special dietary needs, from gluten free to vegetarian.
Eat Your Heart Out Cafe & Gourmet Market, 587 Main St., Falmouth It was almost 20 years ago that chef and owner Sean Dailey started his award-winning catering service, Eat Your Heart Out Catering. Although the business was a bona fide success, catering to weddings and corporate functions, from Falmouth to Provincetown. He wanted to do even more to serve his community. Last September, he and his wife opened a cafe and gourmet market on Main Street. “My wife and I wanted to open up the retail aspect of it. A farm-to-table concept, as much local as we can get here on Cape Cod,” says Dailey. Chef Dailey’s personal approach to customer service along with a versatile and frequently updated menu make Eat Your Heart Out Cafe & Gourmet Market a standout. If customers would like to order a sandwich off a past menu, he’ll gladly make it for them. And if a customer is looking for a healthy lunch option that is easily customized, Dailey has a handy recommendation: try one of their cold bowls. Their best-selling Greek Power Bowl features chicken, spiced chickpeas, barley, artichoke, feta, tomato, cucumber, onion and pepper with a lemon oregano yogurt dressing. Dailey designed the open concept cafe space to have a hometown feel. Whether you are dining in or ordering carryout, the cafe’s ambiance is just as welcoming as its owners and staff. “I have a passion for people and food,” says Dailey. “You’ve got to be present to be successful.”
Pickle Jar Kitchen, 170 Main St., Falmouth The Pickle Jar Kitchen is beloved by visitors and locals alike. The restaurant, located in a historic building in downtown Falmouth. Has a cozy and comfortable neighborhood feel ideal for meeting up with friends. Enjoying a fresh cup of coffee or one of their delectable “sammies” with a house made pickle. Co-owned by longtime friends Benjamin and Cassandra Gallant and Elisabeth Lay. The Pickle Jar is open daily for breakfast and lunch. “People think we are super healthy, but we do have pancakes and pastries,” says Casey with a laugh. Their menu has plenty of choices for everyone. Including those who would prefer a healthier option, such as the Bog Salad, a Cape Cod classic with green apple, cranberries, mixed greens, crunchy sprouts, a goat cheese crostini topper and apple-cranberry vinaigrette. “There’s food for almost every person, from vegetarian to a pulled-pork dish,” says Elisabeth. For the Pickle Jar Kitchen, food has always been at a top priority. Falmouth’s tight-knit community and their friendly staff remain the heart and soul of the business. “I don’t want to say we’re like the show ‘Cheers,’ but we kind of are,” says Cassandra. “You know everybody by name and it’s a nice sense of community.”
Bean & Cod, 145 Main St., Falmouth Quality ingredients and simple home-style cooking are the secrets behind Bean & Cod’s longstanding appeal. “Everything comes right out of the kitchen,” says owner Steve Vannerson. It’s all very clean products.” For 12 years, the Main Street cafe has been serving praiseworthy fare, from homemade soups and fresh salads to specialty sandwiches and comfort foods. One of their most popular menu items—and a must-try next time you visit—is a homemade chicken salad sandwich with greens in a whole wheat wrap. To give customers even more healthy options to choose from, Vannerson frequently offers vegan and gluten-free menu specials. “Our customers are looking for a good, healthy lunch, reasonable price, and food that they can trust,” says Vannerson, all of which can be found at Bean & Cod.
Le Bon Jour, 420 E. Falmouth Hwy, E. Falmouth Mamadou Dia Diagne’s journey to Cape Cod From Senegal, West Africa, seemed as far-fetched to him as becoming a chef. Yet one unplanned and life-altering trip later, combined with a flash of insight, led him to open Le Bon Jour with his business partner, Mamadou Ly, in February 2019. “People needed something different yet familiar. They needed a spot where they could eat healthy, exotic and flavorful dishes,” Dia Diagne recounts. The East Falmouth eatery specializes in international food. You’ll find everything from spicy gumbo soup and fresh salads to healthy grain bowls layered with flavors from all over the world. Try the Thai Buddha bowl made with either rice or quinoa and cauliflower, broccoli, fingerling potatoes, red curry sauce, crushed peanuts and charred pineapple. Their Mediterranean bowl, with rice or quinoa, falafel, hummus, Moroccan tomato, cucumber, lettuce, pita bread and tahini dressing. Dia Diagne also showcases a variety of West African spices in his dishes, including the Mediterranean, Mexican and Italian bowls. Dia Diagne says he is looking forward to summer, when he hopes to introduce more African comfort food specials to hungry diners. “If you’re looking for a little bit of everything,” he says, “this is the place to be.”
Devour Artisan Eatery, 352 Main St., #3, Falmouth Combine fresh, quality ingredients with creative and inclusive menu items and you have Devour Artisan Eatery. In August 2019, husband-and-wife team Aanjes and Hollis Hershfield opened the artisanal breakfast and lunch spot with a goal of giving customers a unique dining experience. “The biggest thing for me was how could we make delicious food that appeals to everyone?” says Aanjes Hershfield, who, like her husband, grew up eating a plant-based diet. While there are artful sandwiches that will satisfy a meat-eaters appetite, Devour Artisan Eatery is also proud to offer vegan and vegetarian dishes. “Being able to give experiences to people who wouldn’t necessarily gravitate towards something like tofu is great,” says Aanjes. That includes workmen, who after a long morning, will order the divinely delicious “Goddess,” a tofu sandwich mixed with vegetables in a toasted sprouted wheat bread.