One of my favorite places to meet a friend for lunch is at Natasha’s Market Cafe. The space is open and casual with plenty of natural light. The food is creative and flavorful, and the friendly people working at Natasha’s are knowledgeable, and excited, about the menu.
On Friday, I decided that a trip to Natasha’s was in order after a busy week working in the studio. Carly Burke, Beautiful Layer’s new project manager and local jewelry artisan for Mountain Light Jewelry, was up for the adventure.
After being seated we scanned the menu to make the difficult decision of choosing what we would have for lunch. Natasha’s menu is vast, from a savory cheesecake, to trout with apricot glaze. Her specials included falafel on pita and meatloaf on buttermilk bread.
I decided to forgo my usual burger for the falafel on pita with a side of couscous. Carly went for the peanut noodles with a spring roll.
When our food arrived, we both noted that the presentation was beautiful and spot-on.
Falafel on whole wheat pita with tzatziki sauce and a side of cousous over arugula.
Peanut noodles with a spring roll and a side of spinach.
I thoroughly enjoyed the arugula under the couscous. It made the slightly sweet and citrusy side dish peppery and sharp. It was a great combination. The falafel was tender and moist, the flavor was light and not too overpowering and the tatziki sauce was tangy and with a wonderful garlic flavor.
Carly’s noodles were hearty and filling. She said that the peanut sauce was smooth and almost like a marinade. The spinach was buttery and creamy and the spring roll was light and flavorful.
Our dishes were delicious and abundant. We left Natasha’s unable to eat dessert, although it was tempting. I’m already looking forward to my next visit to Natasha’s Market Cafe.
Natasha’s Market Cafe
(located directly above Harvest Moon)
227B Locust Street
Floyd, VA 24091
Lunch: Tues-Sat 11:00 – 3:00
Dinner: Tuesday 5:30 – 8, Thus-Sat 5:30 – 9:00
Sunday Brunch: 10:30-2
Lorrie Fenn is the owner and Senior Designer of Beautiful Layers Design and Creative Solutions in Floyd.