Out Of The Norm

August 15, 2011

NO CAVITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Although my hygienist, Amy, who is now a KERF reader (hi Amy!) noticed I have been flossing less. Time to get back on that wagon! I really do love flossing, I just got a little slack with it – more like 4-5 times a week instead of 7. Not having any cavities (and eating lots of savannah bars!) is reason enough to get back going!

Matt napped on the couch while I worked later this afternoon. It was gorgeous out!! I also didn’t get hungry all afternoon – makes me think my body thought the bubblegum toothpaste I was cleaned with was food! We still weren’t terribly hungry at 7pm, but we had to go to the bakery to check on the power situation.

So we decided to go for a quick dinner out on the way!


Our destination was Boylan Heights, Cville’s famous burger bar.


And this snippet from their website is why I love it there:


Actually, we ate at Boylan Heights for the first time about a year ago. It was a busy Saturday and we didn’t have the greatest experience. Right after the bakery opened, I met the owner, Kara, who had read my post, and she invited us back to try it again with a gift card. I felt horrible for not giving it a great review, so tonight we returned.

We lucked out with fabulous lighting in an open-air spot under a garage door!

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Beer for him, club soda for her. So much better than plain water!




They have a veggie burger, a vegan burger and loganic grass-fed beef. Tough, tough choice!! Since the veg ones did contain onions, I went with the beef. I don’t order burgers out much because you don’t know the source of the meat, but this time was different, so I decided on beef.

I ordered mine with goat cheese (!!!!), tomato, K+M and lettuce. I love a fru-fru burger, but lately I’ve been into back-to-basics flavors.


It was delicious, and the bun was especially buttery good.


Salad on the side! The jack cheese was my favorite part. The vegetables were my favorite part :mrgreen:


Matt built a burger with smoked provolone and sweet potato fries – I bartered about a quarter of those in exchange for 1/3 of my burger. He agreed!


Very glad we went back – this meal was delicious.

After dinner we held our breath as we counted the lightbulbs from The Corner to McIntire Plaza







We have power, but we do not yet have internet, which could be a problem with our registers and phones tomorrow.


We worked for a while, calling employees and throwing out all of the perishables in the sandwich cooler :( So sad. So very sad. But a few hundred dollars in food is nothing worth risking any kind of sickness from – non-negotiable.

Have you ever been in a bakery, at night, that you own, with 2-day old cookies?

I don’t recommend it.


I DO recommend it!!

Dessert on the house!!


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1 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Those burgers and sweet potato fries look great! :) I love the snippet from their website! Very cool!


2 Lynda @ healthy hoboken girl August 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Congrats on the cleaning at the dentist….it feels great to have a clean mouth, I know it’s wierd, but I love flossing!

So glad you guys have power and enjoyed your date night.


3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I was SO surprised I had zero cavities too, after all those sweets the past couple months!


4 Erin August 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I got cavities for the first time in college after eating a bunch of Now & Laters! The dentist told me sweets are ok (brush, obviously), but absolutely stay away from ALL sticky candy!!


5 Julie August 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Your dinner looked goooood. I love you and Matt together. You seem like you have such an easy relationship and work well with one another ;). Has your personal relationship changed much since becoming business owners?


6 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

Thanks :)

Our relationship hasn’t changed too much, but I do think we’re a lot more relaxed now that the stress of opening a business is over. That was awful. Running one is a lot more fun


7 Vanessa August 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I think every time I go to C’Ville, I always eat at Boylan Heights. I love putting a fried egg on my burger there!! Yay for power! :-)


8 Esse August 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Hope everything gets on track soon with your phones and your registers. Whew – good thing you didn’t let those cookies get any older! Ha!


9 Kat @ Cupcake Kat August 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Glad your dentist visit went well. Your dinner looks awesome and its great that you have power again. It looks like your day turned out well after all.


10 Sana August 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

That has got to suck! What do other bakeries do? DO they have a back up system??


11 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

I have no idea..


12 katie @KatieDid August 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Yay, good news all around tonight! Half off burger night is my favorite in town.. getting a burger with all the classic fixings out is such a fun meal.


13 Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots August 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Yay for no cavities! I seriously need to get on the flossing train. My dentist hates me.

That burger looks delicious!


14 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I like a basic burger. Let the meat speak for itself!
Pretty, white teeth! :)


15 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

congrats on being cavity free!

I have a checkup on Thursday. I am totally OCD about my teeth and go every 4 mos for cleanings. Ive never had a cavity and dont want to start now!

“But a few hundred dollars in food is nothing worth risking any kind of sickness from – non-negotiable.”–Ugh…SUCH a shame to have to throw out food but I totally agree with your logic, of course!


16 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Kath, I am SO with you on preferring sparkling water/club soda over plain old water! My boyfriend thinks I am crazy but I truly prefer the bubbles… so much more refreshing!

I also have a hard time choosing between veggie burgers and really good beef burgers.. seems ironic doesn’t it? I guess its more a matter of quality and nutritional value? Those burger buns look awesome as well!

SO glad the power is back on and I hope all else is good to go so y’all can be back in biz tomorrow.

When I was in college I worked as a baker for 2 years. I LOVED my job but the hours were rough! Though… I did seem to account for the random cookies and muffins as some sort of extra awesome payment :)


17 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Don’t you feel like you passed a school test when you leave without any cavities? haha
Glad you guys got power back, hope you’re up and running for business tomorrow!


18 [email protected] August 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Mmm those photos of your burgers are making my mouth water. Sounds like a great place.

Oh my, I would be in big big trouble if I worked in a bakery…


19 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

What a day Kath! Although it stinks to have the store shut down, it’s kinda nice that y’all got a day to semi-relax. I’m sure there was some stress over the store, but the dinner out looked like a perfect end to the day and it sounds like y’all have handled everything really well!!


20 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Tony and I used to work at a bakery when we were in college and we used to get all kinds of treats that weren’t sold. It was such a reward! Congrats on no cavities! That always makes for a great day!


21 kris (everyday oats) August 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm

yay for no cavities! And that your lights are back on in the bakery!
Those burgers look delish. Wish there were more places like that where i live :)


22 lynn @ the actor's diet August 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

i. love. burgers!


23 Sarah August 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Club soda is SO much more delicious! Congrats on the clean teeth report and the return of power without a total loss on refrigerated goods.

Off to floss now.


24 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan August 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I absolutely LOVE the photo of you at the beginning. lol Your dinner experience sounded great. I wish we lived out there. I’d definitely give that vegan burger a try! :-)


25 courtney August 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm

It’s wonderful that cookies are not perishable… but they are too stale after two days to seel, so SOMEONE has to eat them 😉


26 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

The crazy thing is they were still SO delicious!


27 courtney August 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm



28 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner August 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I love that they use grass-fed beef. That is such a great change to what restruarants usually use. Your Great Harvest store looks AMAZING!


29 Angel7 August 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Cookies at night every once and a while is not that bad :) It is all about eating in moderation, and not giving into sugar pangs (LOL)



30 Claire August 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Glad to hear you got the power back too! Not sure when you posted this, but I didn’t get my internet back until 10:30pm or so tonight. So hopefully tomorrow!

P.S. I love, love, love Boylan’s turkey burger with sweet potato fries and/or tater tots :-)


31 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Love that DIY menu.

For an indecisive mind like me, that’s perfect :)

Cheese–but only if it’s the good stuff; No mayo; and extra extra (did I mention extra?) avocado


32 Hannah August 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I wish I had your strong teeth! I floss twice a day, but sadly inherited my dad’s cavity-prone teeth :(


33 Christine (The Raw Project) August 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I wish my teeth were as straight as yours. :-) Sorry about the food waste, that would bum me out too. But sounds like a nice evening out.


34 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

Two years of braces..


35 Kait @ One Love Run August 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

goat cheese makes everything 100x more yummy!


36 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I go away for the weekend and when I get back you have a new header?! What a surprise! I like it though! Great job on the no cavities. I have an appointment tomorrow morning that I am not looking forward too…all that food looked so good!


37 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I think I have a cavity right now… too scared to go to the dentist and find out :)


38 Jackie @ That Deep Breath August 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

I need to go to the dentist…they keep calling me to set up an appointment. I can only run for so long :) The burger looks delish. I love fancy burgers too, but sometimes you have to go back to basics.


39 Khushboo August 16, 2011 at 12:36 am

I am normally hit or miss with fries (can do without) but those right there are calling out to me!


40 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco August 16, 2011 at 12:50 am

That was so nice of the restaurant to invte you back, and so nice of YOU to so graciously accept their gift card. I’m glad you had a better experience on round #2. Good luck with your internet situation!


41 E August 16, 2011 at 12:50 am

So glad you’ll be back to work tomorrow with power and I totally agree about better safe than sorry with the refrigerated items… too bad, though! Those burgers look delicious, by the way :)


42 Sylvia @ My Attempt at Balanced Living August 16, 2011 at 12:54 am

If I could get my hands on Matt’s meal I’d be one happy chica right now 😀 I’m so glad that the power is back on for you guys. Hope your internet is back real soon too. Oh and if you don’t want those cookies, I’ll gladly accept some 2 day old cookies :)


43 Nikki August 16, 2011 at 12:55 am

Woot Woot, on having no cavities! Glad the power is back on, however, it is too bad you have to throw out perishables :( I hate “throwing out” food! It feels SO wasteful, yet the worry of any of it being bad is definitely not worth the risk! I know in the past I didn’t plan meals according to what I had on hand, and bought without a plan = I threw out a lot of produce, often :( Not anymore, as I am getting older and wiser, well older and cheaper at the very least :p

Fingers crossed the internet and phones are up tomorrow so it can be business as usual! :)


44 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 16, 2011 at 1:06 am

That burger sounds fantastic! I like their ordering card. Very cool. I hate giving restaurants poor reviews, too! Especially when the owner emails me directly afterward… can you say awkward? haha I can’t lie about food, though!! :)

I have been in a bakery that I own after hours, and an ice cream stand! You’d think the novelty would wear off quickly, but it doesn’t!


45 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 16, 2011 at 1:54 am

Those burgers look delicious! Im craving sweet potato fries!


46 rumfunandsun August 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

Dinner looked delish and yay for power!


47 allpointswhole August 16, 2011 at 5:50 am

Yay for no cavities and the store looks beautiful!


48 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. August 16, 2011 at 5:55 am

Yay for no cavities! My honey and I are very regular flossers now that we’ve both had some between-the-teeth cavities.

Glad the power is back on and I hope the business will be booming today!


49 Sara August 16, 2011 at 6:07 am

yay, yay, yay! Yay for no cavities, for beef you can trust, and lights back on in the bakery! (oh, and yay for cookies on the house, too.)


50 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

Horray for no cavities! Great looking eats as usual :)


51 Kristen, Sweetly August 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

it’s awesome that they have a veggie AND a vegan option. i always have a great time when dinner involves lists (make-your-own… anything).

i usually get a black bean burger at chili’s and request it in one of their other burger types, like barbecue with cheddar. not as good as a list, but still so good.


52 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 16, 2011 at 6:21 am

Yay for no cavities! That’s always a good feeling. I’ve never had a cavity, but I always get worried that I will when I go to the dentist haha.

What an awesome restaurant! Sounds like you had a great time this time around!


53 Molly @ RDexposed August 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

That’s one of the best reasons to be in a relationship-stealing each other’s food at restaurants!


54 Kerry August 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

Yay no cavities! The feeling of no cavity relief is the best feeling ever!

Sad that you guys had to waste food, hope everything at the bakery gets back on track today!


55 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 16, 2011 at 6:55 am

Those burgers look fantastic! Im totally a beef girl but agree that I never order them out for fear of the meat they are using, but fortunately in Lancaster County we have some awesome amish farmers who have a stand with all free range-grass fed!
I am glad you are cavity free and the bakery situation turned out all right! Now rest up for a super awesome weekend :-)


56 Alaina August 16, 2011 at 7:03 am

That burger looks so good! I need to find more lorganic 😉 places around here.

So glad to hear that your power is back on! Hope everything else goes smoothly!


57 Baking N Books August 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

I’m really impressed with all the local/organic food options that you find eating out in C-Ville. Is it a big city/town?

Do you not like onions period?- like even if they’re really hidden and not very “taste-able” (yes, I made that up…). I can’t eat too many “directly” only because of onion breath that stays with you forever it seems!


58 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I’m gonna chime in here as a Cville resident… it is NOT a big city :)

(Apx 40K)

Though I guess it’s all relative :)


59 Baking N Books August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

:) Small can be better! I spend a fortune on parking…and parking tickets (dear Lord) in the city. And it’s not even a major metro city…


60 Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

WOO HOO for no cavities!!!! I have sensitive, soft teeth with deep groves.. so it is a major feat when I leave the dentist cavity free!! Keep up that flossing girl!


61 Hillary August 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

I wish I was in that “own my own bakery with 2 day old cookie” situation. It seems like a good situation to be in…especially with no cavities!


62 Lauren August 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

YAY for local, grass-fed, organic, HEALTHY beef! And yay for Boylan Heights sweet potato fries!


63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

It’s awesome how so many restaurants in Cville are so conscious of the sources of their meats. I wish places here were more like that.

Yay for power! I hope the internet is back up soon!


64 Cait's Plate August 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

Is it sad that perhaps my favorite thing about that place might be the mirror ceiling? Haha. Everything else is just an extra bonus :)

The buttery buns are perhaps one of the best parts about eating a burger out!


65 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

I love all these new burger places popping up and all the great options they offer! I wrote a post last week about a great place in Chicago called Counter Burger, where you can even order your burger on top of a salad!


66 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

mmmm that salad looks great!


67 Robin August 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

So sorry about the loss of the food. Hope things are back to normal soon.


68 Holly @ thefrozenpineapple August 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

I love sweet potato fries!


69 sara @ real fun food August 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

Just got my teeth cleaned today too. I love going to the dentist! I know it’s weird, but it’s so true.


70 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee August 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

You don’t like onions?? That burger place looks delicious!! :) Especially the sweet potato fires, I love those things, even the soggy ones in the freezer aisle.


71 Brittany August 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

So glad to hear somebody likes flossing! Every time I tell someone I like it and do it almost every day I get weird looks! haha


72 Kara August 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

Thank you so much for giving us a second chance! I love your fun photos. They are great as always! I have read all the comments and your KERF readers are so kind to us. I hope to see you soon in the bakery!


73 Kate August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Internet high-five for no cavities! Heh.

I’m interested to hear more about why you felt “horrible for not giving [Boylan Heights] a great review” — was this because you support the restaurant’s ideology and therefore wanted to give it a great review, or do you dislike giving less-than-positive reviews?

(I ask because I’ve recently come to terms with giving not-great reviews to restaurants that are, well, not great. As much as I like to be positive, I try not to mislead people by giving a too-sunny review! KnowwhatImean?)


74 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Because I just don’t like giving sub-par reviews. But I’m not going to sugar-coat it, so sometimes it’s just hard to be honest


75 Kate August 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Right on! Thanks for your insight :)


76 Amy the hygienist August 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Kath, it was great to see you yesterday! Glad the “bubblegum” held you over! :) I look forward to visiting the bakery soon.


77 KathEats August 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hi Amy!!! Still on cloud 9 about not having cavities – and I flossed last night!!


78 Amy the hygienist August 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Yay! :)


79 Moira August 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Hi Kath! Longtime reader, rarely comment but love your blog. Moving to C’ville Friday to dance for the Charlottesville Ballet, so I hope to pop into Great Harvest sometime and say hi! My mom and I tried Boylan Heights while we were apartment shopping for me. Loved the decor and the food, but we waited almost an hour and a half for food at lunch!


80 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Oh fun!! I’m usually there in the afternoons…


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