Welcome to the Doolittle’s Fresher Express Blog
A message from Travis Mendoza, General Manager at Doolittle's Fresher Express
My vision and personal commitment to Doolittle’s Fresher Express, (Opened August 2011), was to create a unique “Quick Casual” Restaurant designed with an eclectic menu which would deliver FRESH, QUALITY, TASTY FOODS DELIVERED TO YOU AS GENEROUS PORTIONS QUICKLY AT AN INCREDIBLE VALUE—“Pure “N Simple™”! A primary element of the overall Concept was to create a healthy and viable alternative to the plethora of “Fast Food” and other “Fast Casual” Concepts by focusing on sourcing locally, providing TRUE “scratch preparation” of virtually all we provide with original recipes and deliver to you QUICKLY—as time is precious and $$ to you. By doing so consistently we’re able to more fully exemplify our “FRESHER EXPRESS” name and in-turn, give back to our Community(ies) in multiple ways—first-and-foremost, putting a beautiful smile on your face!
You ask yourself, what is the difference between “Fast Food”, “Fast Casual” and “Quick Casual”? I believe I’ve defined this new foodservice segment. We deliver an element of “personal touch” through our service to you. Providing personalized service and food preparation to meet your needs, defining the pace of your meal by YOUR lunchtime constraints or dinnertime “unwind time”. We’ll deliver your meal to you at your table and pick up your dishes when complete. We’ll even offer you a “Torch Yogurt Cone” (bit of a dichotomy)—but, yeah…we do. Help yourself, but be aware of the slight mess you might make….
We support “By Local First—UTAHming”. Through purchasing locally sourced raw products, including milled, specialty flours for 100% of our baked items, honey(s) for our sauces, cheeses from three local Creameries, tasty specialty meats, blended spices & herbs for our own special seasonings and fresh produce (locally when in season and available) we’re able to keep our money flowing through the local economy. The 2012 Civic Economics Study shows that locally owned restaurants return, on average, 78.6% of their revenue to their Utah and local economy. By comparison, national chain restaurants return only 30.4%. Just imagine if more did this how local economies could flourish instead of exporting $$$ elsewhere but locally!
Supporting our Community(ies) through our nearly 100% “scratch preparation”, combined with our own original recipes allows us to support our own local farmers, ranchers and processing Companies by purchasing their raw and other freshly prepared foods—keeping more money in our local economy. This, in-turn, helps us to sustain them and share with those around us through our continued purchasing while also supporting local organizations and charitable groups during times and in places where we’re able.
As already alluded to, wanting to provide you with generous portions at a very fair price—creating great value in the minds of all my guests is paramount to Doolittle’s Fresher Express “Culture”. So, again, here lies my commitment and promise to you:
If for any reason you’re not satisfied with our products or service, please call me directly and I’ll be happy to fix whatever the problem or consider the suggestion(s) you might have by calling my personal cell phone: (210) 663-7776. Again, I am personally committed to your enjoying Dooittle’s Fresher Express Deli—from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave…from our ambiance and service to our Menu, food and variety.
I thank you personally for your continued support of our unique and eclectic culinary experience. Remember our other mantra: “What Nature Perfected…We Prepare—Pure ‘N Simple™”
That’s my promise,
Travis Mendoza, General Manager
March happens to be Berries & Cherries Month, and with 3 months into the New Year, what better time than now to renew our health and fitness resolutions than by eating more of those delicious berries and cherries!
There’s a reason why varieties of berries and cherries are considered in the top superfoods today. The mountain of health benefits is all the more reason to enjoy berries and cherries more often.
- Rich in antioxidants
- Low in calories
- High in fiber
- Packed with Vitamins A, C, E, K, B6 & B12
- Helps boost immunity and metabolism
- Contain compounds that help fight against cancers, aging, neurological diseases and pre-diabetes conditions
Frozen, dried or fresh, berries and cherries are delicious additions to your diet – they’re tiny, tasty bundles of health– what’s not to love?
- Eat them on their own, they’re delicious!
- Sprinkled into a salad
- Stirred into oatmeal or cold cereal
- Whirled into a smoothie
- Added to yogurt
At Doolittle’s, we celebrate berries and cherries everyday! Our probiotic yogurt based smoothies are a healthy, delicious treat any time of the day. Loaded with the berries and fruits of your choice, including raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches papaya, your smoothie gets packed with tasty antioxidants, you won’t even notice you’re making a healthy choice. Or, get your spoon on with a custom yogurt berry parfait. Smooth, creamy, delicious and packed with protein – it’s completely easy to get your berry fix.
So, this March, up your berry and cherry quota, and enjoy the delicious benefits from these tiny, amazing fruits!
What Nature Perfected...We Prepare
The Big Game is just around the corner, Super Bowl XLVII….is just next week! What are your plans? For many of us, this upcoming Sunday is going to be a day of football parties. Rivers of cheesy dips, pigs in blankets, mounds of toothpicked meatballs and mountains of chips as far as the eye can see….yep, that sounds like game day to us! If your home is going to be game central, let us help you out! We have plenty of game day worthy offerings to get your party to a great start.
Our Jumbo Wings will be a sure-fire hit at your party. Huge, we mean HUGE, meaty wings slathered in either mild, medium or spitfire sauce, and served with your choice of dipping sauces, including cool Ranch, creamy Bleu Cheese, Sweet Thai or BBQ. Get 10 wings for $7.95, 20 for $11.95. If you’re really feeding the masses, we have an order that serves 50, at 6 wings a person! We can have whatever size order you like ready for pickup on Saturday; then on Sunday, just warm them up in the oven or in a slow cooker for some touchdown bliss.
Customized Sandwich Platters are always perfect. Artisan, made-in-house bread, local cheeses, fresh sliced deli meats, crisp veggies and with all the sandwich fixin’s you could ask for, our sandwiches are quite the crowd pleaser. Our platter of 15 sandwiches that include dill pickle spears and our fresh Kettle Chips with ranch dipping sauce is just $49.95.
Finally have a chip that’s worthy of your famous Cheesy Jalapeno Dip. Our Kettle Chips are the perfect vehicle – made fresh daily, the thick, crispy rounds of Idaho Russet Potatoes will make any dip shine. An order that serves four is just $4.95.
Need some finishing touches? Our creamy Potato Salad and zesty Coleslaw is just $9.95 a quart, while our made from scratch cookies are $4.95 a dozen. We have meat and cheese trays, berry and fruit trays with yogurt dips, boxed lunches and more. Check out our catering menu for the full offerings.
Call today to schedule your party platter for pickup on Saturday – 801-627-4300!
Enjoy the game!
What Nature Perfected…We Prepare.
Can’t believe we’re already half a month into the New Year! How are you holding up with your resolutions? If you’re like most of us, you’ve pledged to exercise more and eat healthier. Luckily, we have plenty of healthy menu items at Doolittle’s to help you reach that goal of a healthier, happier you. As with everything at Doolittle’s, our healthy menu items are delicious, made fresh from scratch and easy on the wallet – how’s that for sticking to a resolution?
We have a full selection of delicious salads to curb your appetite and satisfy even the hungriest of bellies. All of our veggies are freshly prepared, just for your salad – crisp lettuce mixes, juicy tomatoes, flavorful onions, cool cucumbers – all sliced and diced just for you. A favorite among herbivores and carnivores alike is our Harvest Salad – a crisp house mix of lettuce, grilled pears, fresh sliced strawberries, roasted walnuts, sweet craisins and zesty gorgonzola with our own raspberry vinaigrette. Want to add a little more protein to your meal? Add chicken or steak to your salad for just 95¢!
Think you can’t have a sandwich when you’re watching your waistline? Think again! We have plenty of healthy options and substitutions that still make for a delicious sandwich. Mom has always told us to eat our veggies – we’re telling you to enjoy them. All veggie toppings for sandwiches and pizzas are unlimited! Spinach, red onions, grilled peppers, avocado, sprouts, sautéed onions and portobellos…the list goes on. Sub in the avocado for the mayo, add some grilled peppers and onions instead of extra cheese, or even substitute the bread for a low-carb wrap; the options are endless. Plus, with every combo, you have the option for a side salad!
We all know that if you have a sweet tooth and deny yourself something with a bit of sugar, you’re liable to find yourself gorging on your 4 year old's birthday cake at 2:00 in the morning. You don’t have to do that to yourself. We have some yummy offerings that happen to be pretty healthy too! Our probiotic, Nordic style fresh yogurt parfaits are the way to go: cool, creamy, protein packed deliciousness. Topped with our selection of fresh berries, fruits and house made granola, they’re a great afternoon snack when you’ve hit that blood-sugar lull. We also offer smoothies using the same Nordic-style yogurt with the mix-ins of your choice. And did you know, you can still have ice cream? Well, our frozen yogurt bar, anyway. Most days we have six flavors of low fat, probiotic frozen yogurt or sorbet to satiate those sweet tooth cravings. Creamy chocolate, rich vanilla, apricot mango sorbet, banana-split – you can still have a tasty dessert without feeling guilty.
Making the decision to be a healthier you is a big step! And we know it’s hard to make new, healthy habits while breaking the bad ones. Just know that we’re here for you, with healthier, flavorful options to help you stay on that healthy track! See you soon!
What Nature Perfected...We Prepare
With Thanksgiving just tomorrow, we’re officially in the thick of the holidays. The hustle and bustle of traveling, shopping, dinners, parties and get-togethers with friends, families and colleagues - it’s going to be a busy next few weeks for everyone! And as much fun as it is to have all these events, we know it can be equally stressful. But, never fear, Doolittle’s is at your disposal to help you with the holidays! Did you know that we do party platters and catering? Not only do we offer them, they’re at a great price!
Like everything in the restaurant, all of our catering, party trays, lunch boxes and group orders are made fresh to order, as you order it. And we can’t mention this enough -- with all of our food, we don’t cut corners – we make everything in-house, from scratch.
We offer a variety of trays and group orders to fit any size or style of event. Whether you’re contributing potluck style with some tasty finger foods or feeding the entire office with the full meal deal, we have options for you that are easy on your budget.
Our sandwich and pinwheel platters are awesome – choose from an assortment of our artisan breads or wraps (prepared pinwheel style) hand-crafted with a variety of local cheeses and fresh sliced deli meats, plus condiments, fresh lettuce and sliced tomatoes, red onions and dill pickle spears. Our fresh kettle chips with our house-made ranch dipping sauce are also included with the tasty sandwiches. Our box lunches are similar – choose from fresh deli sliced meats, cheeses and sandwich fixin’s on freshly baked white or wheat, six or twelve inch hoagie buns complete with kettle chips with ranch, a dill pickle spear and one of our made-from-scratch cookies, all boxed up!
Let me tell you about our Pure ‘N Simple Group Orders – they’re excellent for feeding the troops! We have a great pizza/calzone option that serves 50 people at three slices each with your requested toppings! This also includes our fresh kettle chips with ranch dipping sauce (I know I mention them a lot, but you will be the star of the party when you bring these – they’re addictive!). Wings for 50 and fresh salad and soup for 50 are also available.
Looking for a breakfast option to please a crowd? Try our Nordic Style Yogurt Parfait Bar. Treat your party to fresh, probiotic yogurt parfaits that they build themselves – layer in the seasonal fresh berries, sliced fruits, chopped nuts and organic honey granola, then enjoy a fresh pastry or two for a delicious way to start the day.
And of course, you can get our freshly baked cookies by the dozen, fresh fruit platters with yogurt dipping sauce, meat and cheese platters and an assortment of beverages, both bottled and in portable carafes. We can even deliver to you and set up a display – we’ll do all the work, and you can relax and take the credit!
Check out our catering menu for all of our platters and options. With our Pure N’ Simple Group Orders, we do require 48-hour advance notice. Call your order in today at 801-627-3200 and we’d be more than happy to help you relieve some of that holiday stress!
What Nature Perfected…We Prepare
Welcome to the Doolittle’s Fresher Express blog, Live Well, Eat Fresh – Get More, Pay Less!
From the very beginning, since first opening our doors in 2004 at the Kemp Jet Gateway Center at the Ogden Airport, we’ve strived to serve our guests the best in casual dining. We know that lunch during the work week needs to be fast, but we also know food should be satisfying and delicious. We’re all about serving you the best food at the best price.
Let’s talk about FRESH. Everything from our sandwiches, pizzas, calzones and salads to our pastas, wings and sides are second to none, made fresh daily. The very breads on which our delicious sandwiches are assembled are made fresh, in-house by our talented bakers. Not a single cookie or crouton is from a box – we make it all. The tender roast beef that we use in our signature Plane Dip, Flightline Cheesesteak and Grilled Portobello and Steak sandwiches are made from the prime rib cooked the day before in our upstairs sister restaurant, Rickenbacker’s Steak House. Our pizzas, calzones and pizzadas (that’s fancy for our own pizza/tostada hybrid – trust me, they're delicious) are baked in our brick ovens, giving our crusts that chewy yet crispy, delicious texture that is like no other. It’s safe to say, we don’t cut corners with any of our food.
Every item on our menu is no more than $12.00, and this includes our large pizzas. At such great prices with such generous portions, Doolittle’s is a perfect choice for lunch for the whole office or dinner with friends on a weekday night. Catering, party platters and delivery are available for your events or just pizza night with the family.
Whether it's a pizza delievered fresh to your house, or one of our tasty sandwiches -- warm, toasted and enjoyed in our restaurant, we know you'll love our food and service. See you soon!
-Travis Mendoza, GM