I just love the time that I spend in the Inland Empire – IE, so when I met Martha Green in the parking lot of Redlands favorite local market, Albertsons, I was just so happy to find out about her restaurant. She was so sweet, she was taking her groceries to her car, and I noticed how stylish she was, so we struck up a conversation. She told me that she was a chef and had to make a quick market run. She then proceeded to tell me a little bit about her business and invited me and my friend to come in for a tasting. Well, honestly, I had no idea of her well-established celebrity in Redlands. She is known as the Martha Stewart of Redlands. After going to her very popular restaurant, I got it. She has these old school cooking skills and wants everything to be just right. You can feel her goodness in every bite. From all of the wonderful baked goods, down to her spectacular dressings, it’s all in a hard day’s work from Martha Green. But that’s not all, she told me that she would be going on a very large cruise, but her daughter in-law would be taking very good care of me. So, when I called them to let me know when I would be coming in no – nonsense Kayte took it from there. Martha sent me an email saying that I would be treated like royalty in their gracious Southern hospitality style. She did not disappoint, and everything I was interested in on their menu I was able to try.
My big takeaway from this wonderful tasting, is that family is everything, and all of their staff at Martha Green’s The Eating Room are made to feel like family. All of the waitresses have known each other for a while and they’re more like gal pals than co-workers. Kayte was so sweet to me, she tells it like it is, but has a very keen sense of what works, she has been taught by the best. She tells me that when she has the opportunity to work side by side with Martha, Martha will gently tell her the way she wants things done. It obviously has worked because Martha Green has been in business for since 1996 when the bakery opened and then the opened in 2001.
The overall design is rustic, farmhouse style, with a large back room for special events, with a sign saying gathering on the wall. There are high ceilings, an original brick wall, it was a JC Penney warehouse built in the 1900’s.
Here’s What I Tried:
Dough’Lectibles, fresh baked hot out of the oven.
Bear Claw, a really great pastry, with fresh slivered almonds, words cannot describe.
Danish Pastry, blueberry filling, just luscious.
Eggs Benedict – Make it a Bomb Benedict – fresh spinach and avocado and tomato. Poached Eggs atop Ham and English Muffins with a fine Hollandaise Sauce. This is a great rendition of their most popular men item, just terrific. Butter and syrup, this is a heaven sent, with the sugar and cinnamon combination. It’s a dessert and breakfast item all at the same time.
From The Griddle:
Cinnamon French Toast homemade right from their bakery, French baked toast dipped in an egg batter, served hot with
Homemade Biscuits and gravy. The gravy is country style with little bits if sausage, the most subtle flavor, and of course the biscuits and the gravy are house made.
Fried Zucchini, the batter on these wonderful sticks is everything, light and flaky, just marvelous.
Cup of Soup, and side salad. The soup was cream of broccoli, which had lots of cream and cheese, and the salad was a terrific broccoli salad with bacon, both are very worthy of all the fantastic things this establishment has to offer.
Cranberry Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad, with mixed Greens, Candied Pecans, Green Onions, and Celery. One of their most popular salads, and for good reason, it’s the best Chinese style chicken salad that I have had in a long time.
Three Mound Salad Your choice of: Tuna, Chicken, Egg Salad on a Bed of Greens. This is a salad I would always order when I went to a coffee shop or a diner, it’s great protein and will fill you up without all the calories. Dressings: Martha’s Cranberry Vinaigrette, Oriental Vinaigrette, Caesar, Bleu Cheese, Ranch, Thousand Island, Nik’s Special Dressing, and Italian. All their dressings are home made.
Their Famous Sandwiches:
Classic Reuben, Corn Beef, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing on our own Marbled Rye.
They make their own bread and this one happened to be marble rye, what a wonderful sandwich.
A Few of Their Lunch Favorites:
BBQ Burger, with Fried Onion Rings, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, and BBQ Sauce. This burger will make you so happy, I would have to order this one every time.
Asian Wrap, with Assorted Greens, Teriyaki Chicken, Curried Cream Cheese, Pineapple, Wontons, and Cashews with Honey Mustard Dressing. It’s the mustard dressing that really makes you want to order this one every time as well.
Their Famous Sides:
Frips, homemade potato chips. Crispy and delicate, just what the doctor ordered.
Onion Rings. Everyone knows my love of onion rings, and these were top notch.
Sweet Potato Waffle Fries. Another heavenly side, it would go with my sandwich, or with their marvelous ranch dressing on its own.
Lavender Mimosa, this drink is so special, it will make you rethink your brunch cocktail choices. I am sure this one is very addicting, but in a good way.
Regular Mimosa, with orange juice, good, but I would go the lavender route from now on.
About Martha Green, the Creator:
Learning to cook at the knees of her mother, Martha Green is often called the Inland Empire’s Martha Stewart.
She is renowned for her muss-free techniques and unique flavor profiles. You won’t catch her recommending spun sugar or 25-step recipes. While she’s not afraid of food, she is an advocate for keeping things simple and letting each ingredient shine. A Southern gal at heart, Martha moved from South Carolina to the
Redlands area in 1970. She has self-published two books, Martha Green’s Cooking Things and Martha Green’s Cooking Things 2. She has served as the food editor for the Redlands Daily Facts. And she owned and operated cooking schools and kitchen stores in Redlands, Las Vegas, and San Bernardino. She’s hosted local food-focused radio shows, regularly cooked for fundraising events, and taught cooking classes.
Martha spent time studying food in China and attended culinary schools in both Virginia and New York. Graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, she gained an appreciation for how the minor details make a big impact. Combining her French techniques with her Southern roots, Martha’s been known to infuse cooked cabbage with cream and potatoes with scallions and plain yogurt.
Instilling her son JR with a similar love for cooking and food, they joined forces in 1996. Opening Dough’Lectibles, Redland’s first scratch bakery, the mother-son pair made French delectables a favorite for many residents. Since the bakery took off, they’ve expanded their offerings with the addition of The Eating Room and Martha Green’s Rustic Tea. She’s also a longtime real estate agent, but it’s her status as a local celebrity chef that has earned her many accolades, including being named the Redlands Woman of the Year in 2005. Over the years, she has hosted dozens of fundraising events, some for the Y’s annual home tour. She grew up in Greenville, S.C. In 1974 she began teaching microwave cooking classes in the back of her husband’s mattress store in San Bernardino. In 1978 she opened a cooking equipment store in Redlands and expanded her classes to include all forms of food preparation. At the same time, she opened “UNDERPINNINGS LINGERIE SHOP.” And, because that wasn’t enough to keep her busy Martha became a Realtor in 1986. It was at that time she closed all her businesses and jumped in with all fours into real estate.
Martha opened Dough’Lectibles Bakery in 1996 and then The Eating Room in 2001– both in Downtown Redlands. In 2008 she expanded the bakery to include the cake department. “I was insane at the time I decided to open a business…..period!!!!” Martha laughs, “Don’t get me wrong, it has its wonderful sides, but boy is its hard work. It makes me very happy to feed people and see them enjoy the restaurant and bakery. Guess it’s my southern roots coming out in me.”
Acclaimed for her wit and cooking wizardry, Martha now simmers and stews before audiences at an estimated 30 fundraising cooking classes annually. For the past 27 years, she has hosted the annual Bonnes Meres auction benefiting the Children’s Fund. Martha has helped raise over 2 million dollars for local charities.
She is the author of two cookbooks Martha Green’s Cooking Things I and II. When she’s not writing or cooking Martha loves cycling and has been doing it for 6 years. She also loves to travel and adores entertaining guests.
Martha’s place for everyone to try if you are a local then you know it well. There are many that do a pitstop on their way to the desert, because they know how good it is!! And the bakery will truly blow your hair back. Their cakes are so wonderful, I was able to try some sample slices. The chocolate cake was so rich and creamy, and the orange cake was like diving into a big puffy cloud, oh my! So good! The display case of the bakery makes you want to just eat those luscious treats 24/7, but I too have to watch it now and then. The chocolate cake I froze, so now I can imbibe at a later date.
Kayte tells me that during all the shutdowns during covid they turned their restaurant into a grocery store and did many deliveries to local people. She tells me that they have so much passion for customers and treat them like family. Typical lunch they serve 300-500 meals, and most popular time is weekend breakfasts. Kayle had a real deep-seated love for Martha and considers Martha her mom.
My wonderful server Chelsa Johnson is a San Bernardino native; she is part of this gal pal employee club here that is just so fun. You can feel how close all the staff is. Customers adore them as well, they give them presents, once a necklace and earrings, and another they got very large tips from Trible locals to the tune of $2,000.
I just had to meet Mr. Morris; you can tell he just holds this place down. Mr. Morris has been in Redlands for 22 years, working at San Manuel Casino, now Yamava. He prides himself on doing a good job and takes care of his beloved wife. He is a great addition to the staff.
Whatever your pleasure is Martha Green The Eating Room is where you can find delicious fare and genuine hearts to go with it. It’s truly a feast for your eyes and your soul.
Martha Green The Eating Room
107 E Citrus Ave.
Redlands, CA 92373
Monday – Friday 7:00am-2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am – 2:30 pm
Monday -Friday 7:00 am -6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am- 4pm