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6 Reasons Why This Is Your New Fave Go-To Lunch Spot

We fell in love with Mendocino Farms in the Westlake Plaza the first time we went there…and it’s still one of our fave lunch spots in the 805.  So if you haven’t been there yet {seriously how have you not!?} then read on to find out 6 reasons why Mendocino Farms is our favorite go-to lunch spot right now.

1. Seasonal menu featuring local farms. First and foremost, I of course have to mention that Mendocino Farms is all about eating seasonally and locally by incorporating local produce into their sandwiches, salads and soups.  As you’ve probably figured out, we here at Local Love 805 are all about supporting our community and local farms {hence our name} — so this concept hit right at home!

2. Their unbelievably bomb-dot-com sandwiches.  Mendocino Farms is all about the sandwich, and while they do offer salads, sides and soups — sandwiches are my jam.  And man are theirs beyond amazing.  I ordered the Farm Club and definitely recommend it!  This delightful sandwich was made with fresh local farm turkey, smashed avocado, applewood smoked bacon, herb aioli, tomatoes, greens and pickled red onions on seeded whole wheat– are you hungry yet?? And just FYI, they do offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free sandwich options.



3. Games!  Now this definitely ups your typical lunch break.  Not only do you get to enjoy a delicious lunch, but you get to have fun as well.  There’s a foosball table inside as well as corn hole outside on the patio! So grab a few friends, coworkers or the person next to you in line and get your game on.

4.  Adorable decor.  We are big suckers for rustic/farmhouse decor (um hello, have you watched HGTV’s Fixer Upper? #obsessed) and Mendocino Farms did it just right.  I was immediately drawn to the “Eat Happy” marquee light sign, rustic wood elements, succulent wall garden and edison light bulbs.  It’s just the place for me to truly enjoy spending my lunch hour, dining and unwinding in the comfort of your *dream* farmhouse home.


5.  Great outdoor patio seating.  In Southern California we are known for our gorgeous weather year-round (#duh), hence why we love a good restaurant with a great outdoor patio. That way on your lunch break you can get outside, enjoy some deliciously healthy & locally sourced food and soak in that beautiful California sun.



6. Craft beer and wine (of which you can try a free sample)! Yup that’s right, I said free samples of beer and wine.  I can be somewhat indecisive on what to order, especially when it’s something I haven’t tried yet and there’s so any great options.  I think it’s a genius idea and really appreciate that they offer free samples. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re going to like the new beer or glass of wine because hey, you can try it before.  Now that’s what I call, happy customers 🙂 

I hope I’ve convinced you to head over to Mendocino Farms for your next lunch outing – if anything, I’ve convinced myself again so I’ll be there tomorrow.

Be sure to let us know what you ordered and how you liked it in the comments below and/or by tagging us on Instagram @LocalLove805 the next time you’re there! #spreadthelove #sharingiscaring #localeats


Tanisha {LL805}

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