The Eats: Eats Market Cafe, 2600 S.W. Barton St., 933-1200. House made baked goods, sandwiches, and seasonal comfort food.
The Beets: Having gained some notoriety for its Reuben (the menu boasts it's: "Voted #1 by Seattle Magazine & the Stranger"), the cafe's (always) vegetarian soup du jour and variety of salads, sandwiches, and all-day breakfast menu musters up some solid vegetarian options. (But I've never been able to tear myself away from their all-day breakfast menu, so stay tuned for my thoughts on their salads, sandwiches, and dinner fare...)
The Deets: Next time you find yourself in Westwood Village about to redeem your 20% off Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon, bring your appetite, too. Eats' strip-mall address lacks much curb appeal, but its gracious servers and versatile menu, easily satisfying both vegetarians and carnis, makes up for it--and is a welcome respite after a bout of retail therapy at Pier One.
House made accoutrements are quite good; in fact, the orange butter that accompanied a recent order of brioche french toast was better than the entree, which I found slightly bland. (On the flip side, though I've never had room to order them, Eats' wonderful sounding floats, homemade ice cream sandwiches, and decadent deserts--some available at Metropolitan Market and Whole Foods as "Sweet Tobys"--sound amazing.)
The Cafe's savory options, like the Breakfast Sliders--house made buttermilk biscuits filled with scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese (at the server's suggestion, I added spinach, onions, and mushrooms to my order)--are exceptionally hearty, as were the slightly crispy herb-roasted home fries that accompanied them. The Veggie Hash, another egg and potato medley, was just as satisfying. Seasoning leans towards the light side, but condiments are readily available, from Cholula to jam, salt, and pepper--and you never have to request them.
The Tweet: Eats isn't tailor made for vegetarians, but its nice waitstaff, homey feel, and vegetarian-friendly menu hits the spot after a shopping excursion at Westwood.