Foodie Find: Barnes and Noble Kitchen at the Palladio
Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group
Barnes and Noble Kitchen // Over the course of my life, perusing books and magazines has never made me particularly ravenous—but after visiting Barnes and Noble Kitchen, I can’t even glance at them without fantasizing about my recent post-read meal. The restaurant is one of only three in the U.S., making wholesome Folsom quite lucky. The gourmet dine-in section is nestled behind the café, making it feel separate from the books but connected with the calming atmosphere. Excited to see what their kitchen could create, I tried the Hummus and Kale Salad. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted the rainbow of colors heading my way. The market-fresh, brightly hued cauliflower and carrots, alongside house-made hummus and lavash (crispy, unleavened flatbread) would entice any epicurean who appreciates a pretty plate, including yours truly. My kale salad quickly accompanied it, letting me literally veg out. The apple cider vinaigrette added a tang to the softened kale, while sweet and crunchy toppings like apples and almonds balanced it out. Thanks to the waitress’ advice, I wandered around the casual eatery and admired the intricate details of my surroundings—from the unique upholstery fabric to the posters that have hidden messages (there are even magnifying glasses hanging from them!), it’s safe to say I was impressed. Not only was the food and ambience top-notch, but eating among books had me feeling more intellectual with every bite. Barnes and Noble Kitchen, 280 Palladio Parkway, Suite 913, Folsom. 916-984-4407.