Cafe and Salad Work
Price Paid: $6.47 (for one with no tip necessary)
Time: Wednesday, 12:45 PM
I’m no stranger to Cafe and Salad Work – not to be confused with the significantly larger salad chain Saladworks (which we have reviewed here before!). I’ve been going here for lunch every couple of weeks (or more frequently when I get on my health kicks) since I’ve been working as a suit’n’tie (thank my main man, Chewru Guru, for introducing me to this phrase) in Camden for the last year and a half. This cafe is situated on a smaller street in Camden (3rd Street between Cooper and Market) near the Rutgers Camden campus so it is not particularly easy to locate unless you find yourself wandering down 3rd Street for some unknown reason like I did. I’ve never seen this place packed, even at prime lunch time, but its patrons are a good mix of students, fellow suit’n’ties, and other assorted hungry folk. The employees (I’ve only seen 3 unique employees) at Cafe and Salad Work are pleasant enough and the restaurant environment is basic. There are a few tables with unpadded chairs in the front of the cafe next to the window, but the eating area is by no means spacious. Most people seem to get their salads to go.
Cafe and Salad Work offers primarily salads – no sandwiches or wraps. According to the menu, they have fruit salad. In the winter, they also offer various soups, but that’s it. You can get one of the predefined salads like caesar, spinach, chef, garden, nicoise, etc. or create your own (like I do). Being the adventurous eater that I am, I get the same salad each time: half spinach and half pasta base with carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar cheese, and pepperoni with low fat vinaigrette dressing on the side. The salad is consistently good and the ingredients have always been fresh. The employees put a minimal amount of “extras” (like carrots or tomatoes) on the salads, but they don’t seem to have a problem with putting on more if you simply ask. The dressing I get is delicious and doesn’t sacrifice any flavor for being low fat. I have also never seen the employees put the dressing directly on a salad and toss it unless you ask. By default, they put the dressing on the side in generous-sized plastic cups with lids. Included with a salad at no extra cost is a fresh roll. I’ve had both white and wheat rolls there, but I’ve never been given the option to choose. It seems to be the luck of the draw and both are equally crispy and fresh. There is a refrigerator with bottled drinks like iced tea, soda, and water, but no fountain sodas. The cafe will deliver if you order at least 2 salads before 11:30 AM.
Cafe and Salad Work is a clean, casual, and inexpensive place to eat lunch (or dinner) if you don’t mind eating your greens. Never fear, meat lovers, you can still get tuna, bacon, chicken, turkey, and a few other meat options mixed in. Let’s face it, though – it’s still a salad.
Our Score: 3.5 Chews
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