Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Native Foods!

So the amazing and wonderful Chef Tanya added even more incredible items to her menu.  What's even better is that today (Jan 11) 25% of all proceeds go to the Stray Cat Alliance!  Just when you think Native Foods can't get better...

So there are a ton of new menu options, including spinach artichoke dip, spicy meatball pizza and Italian Wedding salad and MUCH MORE!  I went there excited to try the meatball pizza and was debating between the lettuce cups and the spinach artichoke dip.  I asked the woman at the counter which app she preferred and she directed me to the lettuce cups.  Unfortunately the moment after I ordered the pizza, she was informed that they were ALL OUT!  So I quickly had to rethink my options.  She recommended the meatloaf.  I've never really been a fan of the original meaty version but she totally convinced me so I ordered.  Let me tell you: not a mistake.

So first up, the lettuce wraps.  I cannot say enough good things about them.  Usually when I want a great lettuce cup I have to go to PF Chang's (which incidentally is the only really good thing on their menu).  However, these were super satisfying.  They were a tad on the messy side because they were overstuffed with food but hey, I'm not gonna complain about having extra portion sizes of deliciousness.  The best part of these lettuce cups was the sauce. I don't know what voodoo magic Chef Tanya added to this but it was completely perfect. Seriously I could drink the stuff.

Then came the meatloaf.  As I mentioned, this has never been a favorite dish of mine.  However, upon first bite of this I was reformed.  The texture was spot-on.  I'm not sure what coats the outside but I think it's some kind of cranberry glaze which adds a hint of sweetness.  I usually don't love cranberry either but this was perfect.  Then add the fact that jammed into the middle is coconut mashed yams, well I think that's 'nuff said.  This dish blew me away.

I can't wait to go back and taste the other tasty new treats!


  1. I just tried their Spicy Meatball Pizza. It's great. Like Spaghetti and Meatballs on a pizza minus the spaghetti

  2. I'm soooooo jealous. I have to get back asap.