O.C. Spot Check: Kim's Cafe offers organic goodness
Kim's Cafe and Marketplace is new to Ocean City this season. Left to right: Owner Kim Smith with employees Emily Buczynski and Ashley Brown. (Photo by Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun / June 11, 2012)
That's why Kim's Cafe and Marketplace, on 15th Street, is such a refreshing change. The new spot is a carry-out restaurant and organic food market. The owners use all locally grown fruits, veggies, meats and cheeses in their food, and they also sell the ingredients in the store.
"We wanted something that was healthy for us to eat, as well as everyone else who lives here," said Kim Smith, who owns the restaurant with her husband Hollis Smith. The couple recently moved to Ocean City from Detroit, where they also owned a restaurant.
Kim Smith was raised on the shore and her family owns a farm outside of Berlin, about five miles away from the beach. She said eventually, once everything gets in season in the area they hope to get all their produce right from her family farm. The meats and cheeses they use are from Chesapeake Bay Farms, a dairy farm about 10 miles inland.
For visitors staying downtown who don't want to leave Ocean City to get organic food, Kim's is a good option. The restaurant has baskets filled with vegetables and fruit set up in the front, and fridges with local meats and cheese to the side.
The menu items are really fresh - everything is chopped to order. The strawberry almond salad ($7.99) was simple, but tasty. The turkey melt, with mozzarella, roasted red peppers, avocado and romaine lettuce ($8.99) was amazing. The pesto mayonnaise really put the wrap over the top. And it was worth a little extra money for the great ingredients.
Kim's also serves smoothies, prepared right in front of you. All of the fruit gets chopped for each order, added to some yogurt and ice, spun around in a blender and served. Fresh indeed. (Though, at $4.99 for a small and $5.99 for a large, the smoothies are a bit pricey for the size.)
Kim's is located at 1503 Philadelphia Avenue, a short walk from the boardwalk, right next to the firehouse on 15th Street. You can also look at their menu online at www.kimscafemarketplace.com.