While you might expect wild boar tenderloin with fennel risotto at Artisan, Kitchenette offers up deli-style sandwiches like the lamb dip with pimiento goat cheese, a Kitchenette cheeseburger with special sauce, a turkey Banh Mi with house-made country pâté, and ready-to-go spicy Vietnamese salad with turkey, herbs, roasted peanuts, glass noodles, and chili vinaigrette (already a favorite in Templeton).
Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to noon daily, and Michael said he sees all walks of life clamoring for a bite the minute the doors open. Hearty fare includes linguica and yellow corn grits with braised kale and soft poached egg, and beer braised corn beef hash with sour cream, cabbage, and friend egg. Sweet fiends will swoon over the croissant French toast with crème fraiche, cinnamon apples, and rum soaked raisins. Many items are vegetarian, and even a vegan can find a tasty array of options (Chris himself is a vegetarian).
According to Michael, it was important that the food be as comforting and welcoming as the service. Come as you are, and you’ll never leave hungry.
As he likes to say of his hiring practices, “You can’t train warmth!”
Indeed, that warm and fuzzy feeling snuggled its way into my gut as I sat at a table drinking freshly squeezed orange juice. Everyone seemed to be congregating at the eatery this particular morning: the weathered farmer; the young mother; blue-collar folks looking for strong, locally-roasted coffee and an elevated breakfast burrito.
“We’ve had friends say they don’t go to Artisan very often because it’s a bit too fancy for them, and that was part of the motivation for Kitchenette,” Chris said. “Good food doesn’t have to be fancy, and you don’t have to have a really upscale environment to have well executed, responsible food.”