When I googled it, I thought the name was New Leaf Restaurant, so I came up with this restaurant featured in the new film, "The Adjustment Bureau". But that was not what I was looking for, so I pulled the menu out of my jacket pocket where I had stashed it and voila -- the place is called The Leaf Kitchen, in Geneva, NY. Where is it? For some of us, the best way to answer is: where El Moro's used to be. For others, you can see where it is when you are driving down 5 and 20 along the lake front -- why? Because you'll see the sign on the back of the building that is One Franklin Square. No, there is no sign (yet?) outside on Exchange Street, but walk around and you'll find this new place to try. The phone number is 315-939-LEAF . . . And they're an "eat-in" or "take out" kind of place. Order at the bar (where eventually they will have wines and beer). They are not quite official yet, but that did not stop me from eating there officially!
I was never to El Moro, alas, but was to the Leaf Kitchen for lunch once so far because a friend is one of the people running it and we heard about it from another foodie-related person in town. Hurrah. The bread is from Normal Bread and the foods include a Geneva variant of poutine (don't know what that is? Shame on you and click here.), meatloaf, and what I had: cajun sausage croquettes (which include chorizo and mashed potatoes served over a mushroom sauce). They were recommended and are a tasty little tidbit. I would order a salad with it next time but this time I merely accompanied it with Red Jacket Fuji Apple juice. I did not order anything in the way of Cayuga Creamery ice cream, though, gasp, they do have it on their menu. (Never had it? Yum.)
The folks running Leaf Kitchen are not really advertising yet, and the ambience could use a bit of a boost -- which can be provided by people and laughter and silliness or. . . . The space is huge, and a little hard to find -- and I can't wait to see what they do with it as they grow. The tables include some paper to crayon on, so a dandy place for kids -- not to mention the loads of space to run around in! As their website notes they're still making adjustments -- so give 'em feedback!
They're having an official opening in May -- according to their website -- and are an eat in or take out place as they work things out. They have free qireless and they seem to be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11-6 and Saturday 11-2:30 and 5-7:30.
Who's running it? One hint: A William Smith grad with a wonderful poetic talent and voice along with the chef!
So, help them grow? Spread the word. The more the merrier in the down town zone! And maybe, just maybe, there will be an interview here at Cooking with Ideas.