Like the name suggests, The Local has locally sourced ingredients in many dishes, with new ones being added on the regular. The newly opened San Marco spot makes eating fresh easy.
With fine coffees, sandwiches, interesting salads, build-your-own protein plates and fresh juices, The Local strikes a balance between healthy fuel you want to eat and slightly more indulgent options. Cheese fries ($8), anyone?! (Read: everyone!)
Local drafts on tap and an extensive selection of bottled beers are planned. For now, try the fresh juices and hand-squeezed lemonade and limeade ($3).
Along with a regular menu, The Local offers a tapas-style menu perfect for an extended evening with friends. The Mushroom Crostini ($9.50) includes six baguette rounds topped with chunks of marinated Portobello, creamy goat cheese, a thin slice of marinated red pepper, all drizzled with Green Goddess dressing. It’s the only menu offered from 5-10 p.m., so plan ahead.
The sandwich selection is on point. The Italiano ($10.90), a traditional stack of Italian meats on soft ciabatta, lets you sink your teeth into the salty goodness of prosciutto, salami and ham. Really, what more could you want? It’s topped with tomato, spring mix, oil and vinegar and sprinkled with shaved parmesan.
The Bistro Burger ($12) is a meal in itself: a thick beef burger with all the fixin’s: lettuce, tomato and onion on a ciabatta bun (add cheese for $1), served with fries. If you’re not feeling a basic burger, try one of The Local’s sandwich specials—The Enzo with prosciutto, mozzarella and fig aioli ($11.80)—or a complex salad like Goatacado Bowl with arugula, chickpeas, quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers and goat cheese ($10).
If you’re feeling more like a lean, mean, fighting machine, hit the Build Your Own Plate section. Choose your protein–fried or grilled chicken ($10.50), shrimp ($12.40), salmon ($12.80) or steak ($13.30). Pick some sides–fries, side salad, sweet potatoes or quinoa. The variety makes healthy eating a snap. I ordered the salmon with side salad and quinoa. TBH, my taste buds were happy about how clean they felt. There’s a wide variety of dressings; the house favorite is lemon thyme vinaigrette.
About the sweet potato fries: More like homefries than French fries, they’re simple, slightly crisp, a little chewy on the inside and super-delicious. They taste like your mom made them, with a definite “This tastes too good to be good for me, right?” style. So yeah, that’s a must-try nudge.
If you’re feeling too picky to let someone else design your ’wich, take the build-your-own sandwich option. Start with bread (multigrain baguette, ciabatta, sourdough), add meat (turkey, ham, roast beef, salami, prosciutto, grilled or fried chicken, hanger steak) and keep going with veggies, cheese and dressing. A sandwich made just how you want and you didn’t slice one tomato.