Seed has become one of my favourite places to eat in Dungannon, which is kinda weird if you've seen a picture of me and then understand that all Seed sells is healthy stuff.
Sitting in I do like to get the Sweet Sesame Chicken salad, which is totally munch, or the Buffalo Chicken Salad (with rice instead of the quinoa that comes in it as standard, but that's only because of my personal prejudices against quinoa).
Another hearty recommendation from myself is the Oh My Duck salad, with added red chillies because sometimes the following morning Mint Tea Tree Original Source in the shower isn't enough of a tingle to wake you up.
You can get your dish as a salad bowl or as a burrito and they are all made freshly in front of you, and as someone coming from a Food Hygiene background I'm always happy to see the salads being mixed in individual stainless steel bowls to avoid cross contamination... sorry, that got a bit more professional than I normally behave.
If you're getting the salad to go, say to make your work colleagues jealous the next day, the team are happy to provide the sauce in a separate wee tub so that the ingredients don't go mushy overnight in the fridge.
If you're getting an order to go you can order through their website for collection at a time that suits you, which I found to be very handy during the worst of the lockdown during the Covid Pandemic, just call to the door to pick up your salad from the team with a smile in their eyes because the masks hide everything else.
The Anytime Oats and the Acai Berry bowls are munch too.
And they don't half make a good cappuccino, which I very much appreciate as someone still trying to convince himself that he has a future in writing.
A second location has recently opened on the Burn Road in Cookstown and I very much wish the team the best of luck with their new store.
Castle Court, 2 Thomas Street, Dungannon BT70 1HJ
Mon-Sat 11am - 6.30pm, Sun Closed
I'm being a bit cheeky in writing this review as I'm doing so in the coffee shop that used to be managed by the lady who now owns the Granary.
The Granary is one of those places that I never really wanted to go to, I had always thought of it as something of a greasy spoon cafe, one of those relics of a bygone era in which the menu choice was chips with brown sauce or chips with ketchup. And me being a snob about my foamy coffees and overpriced under-filled sandwiches it wasn't the place for me.
Snap forward to when the Granary was taken over by the aforementioned lady who used to run one of the local chain coffee shops in town. Apparently it wasn't a greasy spoon before takeover, but at the risk of sounding ageist it was an 'old persons' cafe, and according to my mum all the regulars were leaving because 'they introduced a load of healthy stuff onto the menu'.
But it seems to have bounced back, good food tells the tale.
As a wife and husband team the Granary has a great friendly atmosphere, good coffee, good food, and the kind of kitsch 'creaky floorboards' surroundings that people are paying big money to replicate in Belfast.
I went for a Power Bowl plate of steamed green veg with grilled chicken fillet, somewhat healthier than I was planning and the portion was bigger than I was expecting. I was torn before ordering because the chicken burrito special on the menu board sounded quite awesome.
Whilst I was waiting for my food I saw several large plates of sandwiches and paninis coming from the kitchen, so the one thing to take away from this review if nothing else is that you will not go hungry dining here.
The pastries all seemed to be homemade, which is a big bonus in these days of desserts that have been blast frozen and then defrosted on the day like the food had been put into hypersleep and then reawakened in time for a Weyland Yutani plot twist.
Sorry, there're the movie references spilling over from when I did the review for Sam Neill's Two Paddocks Pinot Noir.
The Granary is a cosy little spot, I'd say seating maybe 20 plus a couple of tables outside, but during the half hour I was there I also counted about two dozen people getting lunch to go which is a pretty good testament for their product given the level of competition in the town.
So long story short I think it's a pretty good spot for a healthy lunch or a good sandwich, and a nice coffee. And with a good friendly atmosphere that will keep people coming back.
50 James Street, Cookstown BT80 8LT
Monday to Saturday, 9-5.30 (9pm Thursday)