As someone who grew up on a grass-fed beef farm, I tend to enjoy a big, bulky burger for lunch, but even a crazy carnivore needs a good salad every once in a while. Enter Garelick & Herbs.
This little eatery, located on Main Street in New Canaan, is the go-to spot for a make-your-own salad option. For $7.95, G&H whips up your choice of spinach, mixed greens or romaine lettuce with five toppings, and a variety of dressings. Today I chose the spinach salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, chicken, feta cheese with a fat-free balsamic vinaigrette. That’s pretty much a standard order for me, but you can toss in oranges, olives, peas, mushrooms, ham, beets, and well… a lot of other stuff … depending on what your palate’s crying for.
I first stumbled upon the eatery about a year and a half ago when I worked as a reporter at the New Canaan News, and could walk over a few times a week. In the seven months since I came over to the Advocate, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time moaning about the fact that Stamford doesn’t really have a salad spot that stacks up to my Main Street fave — except one:
The chopped salad bar at Fairway is a great lunch stop. The other day, they mixed me a spinach, bacon, strawberry, goat cheese, avocado, tomato salad of comparable size to the New Canaan salad, for about a buck cheaper. But as much as I fawn over their salads, the mix-ins aren’t consistently available (they’ve been out of avocado two of the four times I’ve wandered through the line there). Plus sometimes I just don’t feel like eating in a supermarket.
Of course, G&H has its down sides too. I couldn’t walk out of there today without negating my salad with the purchase of two jumbo cookies for dessert tonight (if I can keep my hand out of the paper bag until then). So yeah, if you’re heading in there with a calorie count in mind, you might want to zoom past the check out line and dessert displays as quickly as possible, and avoid the use of peripheral vision at all times. And if you do end up giving in, I suggest the M&M cookie. Although the chocolate-dipped pretzels looked pretty good too…