A Taste of Novato: The Hottest Local Lunch Spots
By Emma Wynkoop and Kayla Kuper
The clock ticks, the bell rings, it’s noon and kids race to their cars to escape. Where do they go? We set out to find the hot spots for lunch and our results might explode your tastebuds. Whether you’re in the mood for food or not, going off campus is the thing to do for upperclassmen at Novato High School. We surveyed various Novato High School students to gauge the top three lunch places and the results are listed below.
The Classics: These are the classic lunch places, where you are bound to run into some of your classmates, get a great deal, and fill up on some delicious food.
Redwood Bagel: 1559 Novato Blvd G, Novato, CA 94947
Located just blocks away from Novato High, this store provides an inexpensive, fast, and tasty alternative to lunch at school. It is a fun play on your typical brown-bag lunch; a place where you can get a warm and toasted bagel. This spot even has their own type of sandwich, The Bagelwich. The Bagelwich has the components of a sandwich, in between a bagel, rather than slices of bread. Redwood has a variety of bagels ranging from blueberry to a BLT. Better yet, you can get a bagel and a drink with less than a $5 bill. A bagel with cream cheese costs $2.50, and then you can choose from an assortment of drinks such as Odwalla, a fruit smoothie, or a sweet chai latte.
“Our most popular bagel is the asiago cheese,” said worker Henry Nidh.
Nidh also confirmed that Redwood Bagel is a popular place for lunch, as a large amount of students come to enjoy their quality food.
“Students come before school and at lunch, so I would say on average, fifty,” Nidh said, in reference to the amount of students he sees per day.
Redwood Bagel is set apart from other bagel and food stops because of “the product, quality service, and reasonable pricing,” added Nidh.
Our personal favorite is the blueberry bagel. This bagel is different because the dough is blueberry flavored, rather than just having some blueberries stuck in a bagel. No store-bought bagel can compete with Redwood’s fluffy bagels.
“I love their cinnamon and sugar bagel with butter; it is my favorite thing on the menu. Sometimes I can’t even wait till lunch, so I rush over to Redwood at break,” said a Novato High senior, who wishes to remain anonymous. “They put just the right amount of butter on the bagel, where it melts in your mouth, and the combination with cinnamon sugar is to die for.”
Chick-fil-A: 35 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945
The lettuce is crisp, the tomatoes are fresh, the sauce is light, the bun is simple, and the chicken is succulent, breaded, and golden-brown. This is a chicken deluxe sandwich from Chick-fil-A, costing just $3.65. This fast-food restaurant offers a combination of Southern comfort and American food, making for an unbeatable duo. Chick-fil-A also serves salads, wraps and desserts. We learned that a majority of the interviewed students who enjoy Chick-fil-A order a milkshake, fries and a sandwich.
Imagine a crispy piece of chicken, dressed with unique sauces that complement the sandwich for a truly mouthwatering experience. Upon dining at Chick-fil-A, we found that the hand-spun Oreo milkshake ($2.75) has a creamy texture, with a nice crunch of Oreo in every sip. It pairs well with the warm, salty waffle fries ($1.55). There are 16 sauces to choose from, which serve as a tasty alternative to ketchup.
Novato High student Sydney Stark enjoys lunch at Chick-fil-A.
“I go to Chick-fil-A almost everyday, it’s so good,” said Stark. “My typical order is a chicken deluxe sandwich with a Pepsi.”
“The workers are super friendly, but the only pain is that it’s kind of far away from Novato High’s campus,” said Novato junior Adam Bernadini.
Whole Foods: 790 De Long Ave, Novato, CA 949450
The last classic we discovered is Whole Foods, which is possibly the best option for when you take a car full of people to lunch and need options. Whole foods offers burritos, salads, smoothies, sandwiches, sushi, pizza and more. Everyone is bound to find something that they want. Novato High senior Zoe Hyland enjoys Whole Foods off-campus lunches.
“Even though the smoothies are pricy, at $7, I buy them anyway because they are so delicious,” said Hyland.
The highlights of Whole Foods are the salad bar, the hot bar, and the burrito counter. The salad bar contains three types of lettuce to choose from, Romaine, Spinach and Arugula. From these you can build salads with almost any topping imaginable. The reason we love the salad bar is because we can get a marinated cold pasta to top off our salad, making it more substantial. The hot bar contains specials of the day, including homemade mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, and macaroni and cheese. These are priced based upon the weight of the items, so you can tailor your lunch to your appetite and budget.
“The thing that sets Whole Foods apart is the variety,” said junior Jaime Leinen. “It’s the kind of place where you can go and get a bowl of soup, while your friend grabs a donut and chips.”
Want to cut the line? Always make sure to check out the Express Lane, and if all else fails, head over to the smoothie bar to pay for your meal. It’s a line often neglected because of its location in the corner.