Blast From The Past: Original Menu From The Good Earth

Last modified on July 10th, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Original Menu from The Good Earth

If ever a restaurant concept was ahead of its time, look no further than The Good Earth. Located at the now razed El Mercado shopping center at Broadway Boulevard and Wilmot Road, the restaurant was a long time favorite for many Tucsonans.

Closed over a trademark dispute between owner Norm Land and the Good Earth Corporation in 1997, the restaurant was, according to Nation’s Restaurant News, “probably the most prominent chain example of a health-food concept.”

The Good Earth menu included uncommon language for a restaurant at the time: "We bring you an old-fashioned breakfast that helps you maintain a higher energy peak throughout your day. Only pure, wholesome, natural ingredients go into a Good Earth breakfast. We avoid using chemically treated foods that contain artificial coloring or flavoring. Eat hearty and have a nice day."

The Good Earth menu included uncommon language for a restaurant at the time: “We bring you an old-fashioned breakfast that helps you maintain a higher energy peak throughout your day. Only pure, wholesome, natural ingredients go into a Good Earth breakfast. We avoid using chemically treated foods that contain artificial coloring or flavoring. Eat hearty and have a nice day.”

Business disputes aside, we got our hands on one of the original menus from 1993.

The enormous menu was awe-inspiring for a restaurant of its time, including lines such as, “We bring you an old-fashioned breakfast that helps you maintain a higher energy peak throughout your day. Only pure, wholesome, natural ingredients go into a Good Earth breakfast. We avoid using chemically treated foods that contain artificial coloring or flavoring. Eat hearty and have a nice day.”

Some standouts from the menu include:

  • Nogales Omelet – Green chili peppers, jack and cheddar cheese, whole wheat chapati, Spanish Basque sauce
  • Ten Grain Sourdough Cakes – Super sourdough starter with all natural grains
  • Cashew Chicken Salad – Chicken breast, mixed greens, avocado, tomato, vegetables, sprouts, egg, cashews
  • The Tuckson Sandwich – Open face on 10 grain, avocado, tomato, mayo, slivered almonds, Meunster, aged cheddar, and choice of meat
  • The Earth Burger – Veggie burger made with nuts, grains, adzuki beans, mushrooms, and “exotic” spices
  • Malaysian Cashew Beef – Sirloin, pea pods, Chinese greens, mushrooms, onions, celery, water chestnuts, brown rice pilaf
  • Far East Curried Vegetables – fresh vegetables simmered in tomato based curry with green onions, mushroom, served with coconut, raisins, chutney, and nuts
  • Banana Yoghurt Bread – Banana, whole wheat flour, honey, sunflower seeds, yoghurt, walnuts, cinnamon
  • Power Plus Shake – Carob powder, pineapple-coconut juice, banana, nuts, dates, and protein powder

To view the whole menu, click the link below.

View the full Good Earth menu here.

Adam Lehrman started Tucson Foodie in late 2008 as a way to track his search for the best food Tucson had to offer.
  • Melissa

    1993? The Good Earth was in Tucson at least as long ago as the early 80s. I went there in my teens and early 20s.

    • Closed in 1997. Open for 18 years.

      • Kristine Thompson

        We have one here in Roseville, Minnesota ??

        • Teri Linkon

          can you ask them to post the herbal french dressing recipe for all of us in California that miss their food???

  • Miles

    I worked there for the last twelve years it was open. Just looking at the menu brings back so many good memories of the people and the awesome food I was so lucky to eat and cook for so long. We tried to reopen under another name, but could never capture the clientele again. So sad when it closed.

    • Thank you for commenting! I’m sure it was a lot fun back then.

  • Simon

    I loved the place. I lived in Sierra Vista at the time, but it was a Tucson favorite. Yes, there were others — Rancher’s Club, Lunt Avenue Marble Club, and more — but this was the one that I kept going back to.

  • LT

    Does anyone have the recipe for the Earth Burger? I can still remember the deliciousness of it 30 years later!

  • louise

    A Tucson lorsque j étais en visite chez mon frere, c était l unique et seul resto que j adorais, a tout les midis j y étais. Que c est triste qu il n existe plus j ai que de bons souvenirs.

  • Allyn Thompson

    I found this article

  • Allyn Thompson

    Adam, I found your article while I was trying to find a recipe for The Good Earth’s Bankok Broccoli soup. My family was there the night they opened and the night they closed and a million nights in between. It was like losing a family member when they closed! The owner was a fun gregarious guy whose name I can’t rememer but my husband at the time and I taught school in Singapore for two years; about 1981-83
    when the owner and his wife visited us. We called it The Singapore Connection!
    I was excited to read the comments from the fellow who was a chef there. Is there any chance you would remember any of those recipes? I can’t imagine a re-birth of the restaurant wouldn’t be a hit today with all the vegans, vegitarians, farm to table kinds of people around! That was a huge menu. Anyway, have I reached a dead end on the recipe for the Bankok Broccoli Soup? Someone could make money on a cookbook with the recipes. They were all good and every place has their cook book for sale now. I could sell ten myself at the Tucson Book Fair.

    If there is ever any chance for my recipe or any of the Good Earth Recipes, please contact me: allynrathill@mac.com

    I am so grateful for your article, learning a little about why it closed and reading the comments! Thank you so much! ?. Allyn

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