When you enter Plant City you are met by a smiling hostess that will gladly answer your questions or show you to your table. There are four restaurants that make up the food hall and you have your choice of eating inside, outside or to-go.
New Burger serves all American comfort food like burgers and fries. Barbeque or mushroom burgers are on the menu with sweet potato fries. If a burger is not what you’re in the mood for there is Mac and Cheese or Gigantic Bean Chili.
Make Out is a build your own bowl experience. You choose a base such as brown rice or quinoa, then three different toppings that could be Rosemary Fingerling potato, Garlic Bortebello mushrooms, and Roasted Tomato with Basil. Then you decide on a sauce to go over the top, possibly pesto dressing. There are many many choices.
Double Zero has pizzas of different kinds, including Pepperoni, Squash Blossom, and Bianca. If your friends want pizza and you don’t there are other choices. Eggplant Caponata is one choice and Pasta Bolognese is another.
Bar Verde is for the lover of Mexican food. For starters, there are chips and salsa or Nachos. Then for the main course tacos, enchiladas, and burritos are on the menu.
Before you leave stop at the marketplace and take home your groceries. The choices continue with Ben & Jerry’s frozen dessert, Brianna’s dressing, and Green Mountain Gringo salsa.
The experience of Plant City is much more than lunch. It is a different way of life that can be healthy and makes you feel like you are doing something good. It is the opinion of this writer that while my lunch tasted very good, and I look forward to eating there again, I worry that it is another example of the extreme. While I agree that in general the American diet includes too much meat, changing to a diet with no meat is the other extreme. I feel the answer lies somewhere in the middle. There is nothing wrong with the body getting the nutrition it needs from meat products, as well as, it also getting the nutrition it needs from plant-based food. Balance is what we should be striving for.