Son & Soil Gives Health Food a Good Name

Stephen Williams is the sultan of sustainable.

It’s no secret that “healthy” food can sometimes taste like corrugated cardboard, but Son & Soil, brainchild of Stephen Williams of Bouquet, is fighting the good fight in the name of flavor.

Somethin’ Blue Smoothie, with blackberry, blueberry, flax, and local honey

Photograph by Jeremy Kramer

While I’m leery of spending $8 for non-alcoholic liquid, their Sweet Roots blend of beet and orange juices nails that pitch-perfect earthy sweetness of beet salads. And the Turmeric Tonic—a bracing combination of juices from turmeric and ginger roots, lemon, and a generous pinch of cayenne pepper—gets a drizzle of local honey to cut the intense natural heat. (Word on the street is that it’s also a decent hangover cure.) Looking for something a little less vegetal? The Elvis smoothie is in order. Cacao, banana, peanut butter, and vanilla hemp milk (a non-dairy alternative) yield a frozen confection that tastes like the illicit love child of a Wendy’s Frosty and a Reese’s Cup. And I’d be remiss not to mention Williams’s substantial sandwiches served with oversized (think 10-inch) spears of house dill pickles.

The BLT, with bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and house mustard on rye bread

Photograph of Jeremy Kramer

Sixteen Bricks bread forms the foundation of updated classics like the spicy club (turkey, avocado, shredded burnt carrot, cheddar, and jalapeño jam) or the roast beef and cheddar with a bold bite from the house-made—think Colman’s Covington cousin—mustard.

Son & Soil, 627 Main St., Covington, (859) 360-6268,

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