Sprout Café

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YOU MAKE ME WANNA SPROUT

"Fast food" generally means one thing: cheap, greasy burgers or tacos that look nothing like they did in the commercials.

While I'll never be one to turn down an In-N-Out burger and shake, as a starving student I'd love to be able to find affordable food that won't give me premature atherosclerosis.

Enter Sprout Café, a delicious, inexpensive, healthful alternative to a Big Mac and fries.

About Sprout

"We've got more heart than lettuce. More juice than any tapioca. Sometimes a little spicy, but always cool," says Sprout's website. This is a perfect summation of the café's ethos.

Sprout believes that fast food doesn't have to mean fat food, and that gourmet doesn't have to mean wallet-draining. It combines seasonal, organic ingredients with a desire to shatter the fast-food stereotype to create a menu that, particularly for Palo Alto, is actually affordable.

Sprout currently offers food in both takeout and catering forms, meaning you can grab lunch for yourself or your next office party, all at the same level of deliciousness.

The café has won multiple local awards, and acquires 90% of its produce from California farmers. In addition, 60% of its produce is organic, including all six lettuce options.

Catering only needs three hours' advance notice, making Sprout a perfect, relatively last-minute option. With a huge array of salads and sandwiches, including build-your-own, Sprout Café is guaranteed to make everyone happy.

Delicious And Nutritious

Nearly everything on Sprout's menu is under $10, perfect for a quick lunch for the budget-conscious -- a couple items are in the $11-$12 range because they include premium ingredients like salmon and ahi tuna. Choose between a salad, a sandwich or a bowl of soup, then let your taste buds decide the rest. With fresh ingredients, house-made dressings and a wide variety of drinks, you can't really go wrong.

If salad's your jam, Sprout has got you covered. They have 15 options, ranging from the Osaka, with pepper-crusted ahi tuna, brown rice, edamame, cherry tomatoes and sesame seeds, to the Astoria, with wild arugula, whole-grain farro, apples, cheddar, red onions and apple cilantro dressing.

You can also create your own salad from the huge array of choices available if nothing on the menu suits your fancy.

Sandwiches include grilled cheese, hummus wraps, Greek chicken, pulled pork, steak and a traditional BLT. Soups are equally gourmet with choices ranging from butternut squash, tomato bisque, curry red lentil to Asian chicken noodle.

Shout-Out for Sprout!

The café has won multiple local awards, and acquires 90% of its produce from California farmers. In addition, 60% of its produce is organic, including all six lettuce options.

If online reviews are anything to be trusted, Sprout's menu is a hit with foodies and non-foodies alike. Their BLTA (the A is for avocado) in particular has earned rave reviews, and, in its five years of existence, Sprout has become one of the go-to places for Stanford students and Palo Alto residents.

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