Locally sourced and organic ingredients have been a signature of Boxcar’s New Mexican-inspired menu for the past seventeen years well before Farm-to-Table was a claim to fame. With a weekly presence at the Westport Farmer’s Market and a green restaurant certification, the first thing you may notice upon arriving at this Greenwich restaurant are several small raised herb and vegetable garden beds filled with a variety of lettuces, herbs, tomatoes and peppers (depending on the season) that will invariably make it onto your plate. If you're as curious as I was, when I stopped by earlier in the growing season, an impressive lineup of lettuces included: Emerald Oak Lettuce, Mascara Lettuce, Lollo Bionda Lettuce, Lollo Rossa Lettuce, Gourmet Lettuce Mix, and Claytonia.
Tempted by the soups, we opted for the Indian Posole, a broth-based soup filled with a mixture of shredded chicken, corn, beans, fresh onions, topped with cilantro and avocado and served with a folded tortilla. The flavors of this soup were so comforting, the textures so intriguing, I found myself coming back a week later just to have this for lunch.
If you can't make it to Greenwich to the Cantina, check them out at the Farmers' Market, which seems to double as their second location. You can find them at Westport Farmers' Market at the Imperial Market Parking Lot on Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round selling tamales or tacos filled with whatever is in season (shifting to the winter location at Gilbertie's Herb Gardens on November 17).
Boxcar Cantina is located at 44 Old Field Point Road in Greenwich, CT. Open for lunch Monday through Friday: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and dinner Monday through Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 pm; Friday and Saturday: 5:30 to 10:30 pm and Sunday, 4:30 to 9:00 pm. More information at http://www.boxcarcantina.com/