At long last (and no doubt co-owners Julia Crookston and Melissa Gomez think that more than anyone else) Goodland Kitchen and Market (231 S. Magnolia Street, Goleta) is soft opening today and hopes to be fully ramped up by Monday. You'll be hearing more about them in the pages of the Indy eventually, but I wanted to point out right away that they'll be providing affordable delicious locally-sourced breakfasts and lunches so you might want to head over. I had the good fortune to taste test some of their menu items in development, and you will be pleased, especially by what's sure to become a signature item, the Magnolia Avenue sandwich of housemade hummus, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, jack cheese and Goleta lemon aioli on multigrain bread. The hummus itself was wonderful and the aoili adds a lemony quality that is assertive without being overly-dominant, a tough line to walk.
That they will also be renting out commercial kitchen space is another wonderful bonus, but we'll get to the full story, I promise.