Eddie Cromer is an unassuming guy.
With a funny thrift store t-shirt on, a perpetual 5 o’clock shadow and a weary smile, you’d never know that he’s the mastermind behind some of the most health-conscious food in Gainesville.
Eddie, who helped open up Daily Green back in August of 2013, spends almost 16 hours a day in the restaurant and has created an inventive menu of filling, flavorful healthy dishes.
With only brief stints in other cities, Gainesville has been home base for Eddie for about 35 years.
Although he was classically trained in culinary school, Eddie insists the bulk of his experience comes from hands-on time in the kitchen. He worked at Ivey’s Grill for about ten years off and on and Aw Shucks Seafood & Oyster Bar before opening up Daily Green with co-owners John Arana and Adam Reinhard.
“I like to make stuff that no one else is making,” said Eddie. “I want to make food that anyone can have, including people with food allergies or vegan diets.”
Daily Green is chock full of dishes that satisfy vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets as well as meals for the average omnivore. Eddie is constantly trying to find new ways to combine flavors using what the restaurant has available.
“Every day I try to make up new things using things leftover and what we have fresh from farms,” said Eddie. “My philosophy for cooking is using what you got and making it taste good.”
Although he insists that he’s not a perfectionist, Eddie is obsessed with the quality of every dish that leaves the Daily Green kitchen. From the freshness of the ingredients to the presentation on the plate, Eddie carves the perfect middle ground between consistency and creativity.
“There are very few places to eat where the people cooking care about the food and are using real ingredients instead of pre-packaged stuff.”
While Gainesville might not be ready for a full on a health food revolution, Eddie’s daily commitment to serving high-quality, fresh food is a step in the right direction.
His only wish is for new faces to walk through the bright green door everyday.
“More than anything, I just wish the Gainesville community knew that we exist.”