A trip out of the capitol can be an grim adventure for an inner city native Copenhagener. Especially, if he as I also is a rather strict vegetarian, borderlining vegan. Travelling out of the bigger cities of Denmark drastically reduces the possibities to find actual vegetarian alternatives - and even though things have improved over the last decade even Copenhagen is really lagging behind other European cities like Berlin or London. This summer's family trip to the heart of Jutland was no different.
But then, after several days of deeply depressing hotel buffets and underwhelming café menus - this place. In Grenaa of all places.
Landmad (roughly translates to Rural Food) is a very charming organic oasis in the middle of nowhere - well, actually, in the middle of downtown Grenaa - and it's a knock out. I can't absolutely write off, that the previous days of culinary famine clouded my impression of this place - but it came across as a slice of vegetarian heaven in an otherwise desolate dessert of embolism provoking eating options.
The store holds both a very well assorted organic supermarket and a cozy café - and they do both very well. The sandwiches are fresh, the coffee newly grounded and even though it's not exactly cheap - it's easily competitive with cafés and restaurants in town. I would have gladly paid double up by time I found the place:-)
Just to clarify - you don't HAVE to be a vegetarian to enjoy this place. I'm aware that organic places sometimes can feel too expensive for too little - but this isn't the case with Landmad. It's just plain old quality food served (or sold) by smiling forthcoming people.
Landed is a oasis worth traveling for if you're 'caught' in the carnivore wasteland - I will be passing by many times in the future on my travels through Jutland to stock supply.