The French Market in Ogilvie Transportation Center attempts to create a quaint European market vibe, but it still feels like you are in a commuter train station. There are fruit and vegetable stands, bakeries, a wine store and several lunch spots. One of these lunch spots is Raw, a creatively named restaurant that only serves raw food.* Some of the food at Raw is delicious and it’s hard to believe it’s raw. Other items make me want to vomit. For that reason, I am hesitant to try new things. They frequently offer samples, so that’s a good way to test things out before you spend $15 on a lunch that ultimately ends up in the trash.
Today I had court in Chicago, so I stopped by the French Market to pick up lunch. I decided a to try a kale salad. A salad is always raw, so it was a pretty safe bet.
It was a very good salad. I’ve never had raw kale before, but it wasn’t too coarse. There was just the right amount of dressing and the sunflower & pumpkin seeds were a nice touch. However, I was not a fan of the gojiberries (even though I love them in Clif nectar bars) and the avocado was not quite ripe.
Raw is nice to visit every month or so, but I cannot get on the raw food bandwagon. I just love hot food too much to give it up, especially in the winter. Eating raw food does feel very healthy though, even when you are eating a lemon bar.
* After reading its website, I learned that R.A.W. stands for Raising Awareness Worldwide.