Monday, March 1, 2010

The Liberty Elm, Providence

Why do earnest do-gooders always do things just half-assed enough to prompt you to go "Aw, but.. at least their heart is in the right place."?
The Liberty Elm is a diner in Elmwood Providence that is serving locally sourced organic products, using biodegradable take-out containers, and giving 1% of their profits to buy disease-resistant Dutch Elm trees to "re-green" their neighborhood. We went there on New Years Day for a mimosa brunch with extreme needs for quick service of multiple forms of beverages and large amounts of food. Unfortunately the service, though friendly was totally shoddy, with everything coming out in random order between long unexplained intervals. And the food was just the sort of mishmash of bland fake Mexican and vaguely healthy randomly combined vegetarian items that make the "real Americans" of the Heartland hate us liberal elites. Luckily I opted for the least healthy and least fuck-upable choice on the menu, the Monte Cristo sandwich, which was actually very good.
Maybe I'm being too hard on the Liberty Elm. I just think that if they put as much thought into their food as they do their social consciousness they could create an even more profitable business, which would help them do more good in their neighborhood. But.. at least their heart is in the right place!

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