I needed a place to go for lunch that had something besides Veggie Burgers. A girl needs some variety.I headed to downtown Wayne to peruse the menus on the main drag. Our best option was the most crowded venue, Christopher's. Christopher's is Family-Friendly, and located in a great spot of Wayne that gets lots of foot traffic. It's got a great atmosphere with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and a lot of natural light. Adorning the walls were these wonderful fall photographs taken by a local artist of colorful fall foliage. The vibe is cheery and bright when you walk through the door. Everyone is all smiles. The menu has many vegetarian choices. There are Weekly Specials listed, though none are vegetarian, but that's okay, since there are many to choose from on the menu. Christopher’s prides itself in supporting organic and local farm fresh food providers, and serving food made from healthy, high quality ingredients. Much of their comes from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, a non-profit organic farmers cooperative in Lancaster County. The food choices and specials change with the seasons. They also use pastured organic meats, cheeses and eggs. Breads and rolls come from Amaranth Bakery (also based in Lancaster) and specializes in offering gluten-free products. Impressive.
I had a hard time deciding between the Arugula Salad; grapefruit, avocado, ricotta salata, citrus vinaigrette and the Grilled Veggie Panini: eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onions, fresh mozzarella and pesto.
Feeling the need for some Comfort Food on a cold and rainy fall day, I ordered the panini and a cup of the Black Bean Soup: sour cream, salsa. The food arrived fairly quickly despite the busy dining room. The soup was an excellent choice. It's just the right consistency of smoothness and beans topped with a dollop of sour cream, tomato, and cilantro and a spicy kick. The panini was a nice light lunch. The sandwich was stuffed full of tasty grilled vegetables, I could barely fit my mouth around it.
Feeling satisfied but still wanting something a little sweet, I took a look at the dessert tray and instantly fell in love with the sinfully delicious Peanut Butter Pie. Our waitress informed up that the desserts were made daily from a local bakery. It sure tasted homemade too. Insanely delicious and creamy, it was the perfect end to this meal. I washed dessert down with a cup of coffee. The only downside was there was no soy milk available for my coffee. Boo. We got out of there for about $30 for lunch, with dessert. It was well worth it. I'll be back to Christopher's for sure to try their dinner menu. Another hit in Wayne!