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The Madrona Tree Serves Up Healthful Food in Arlington

Located in the heart of Arlington Center, The Madrona Tree serves healthful food from local producers. Diners can enjoy a burger made with hormone- and antibiotic-free beef or chicken, a Lebanese wrap with homemade hummus, organic hand-cut fries and homemade cookies or a milkshake for dessert. Owner Tanya Abraham named the café after a favorite tree found on the West Coast, and she borrowed recipes from her Lebanese grandparents. Today Abraham’s practices fit well with contemporary “green” consciousness.

“We believe that everyone deserves to eat food that is fresh and free of added chemicals, hormones and pesticides, and we believe in eating food from local farmers and producers who use sustainable and humane practices,” she says. “It’s not just better for humans, animals, the environment and local economies; it tastes better.” Madrona Tree staff members sort and recycle waste, recycle cooking oil for biofuel and use as many eco-friendly products as possible, from compostable takeout containers to energy-efficient light bulbs. Chairs at The Madrona Tree come from thrift stores, and the dishes belonged to a restaurant that Abraham’s grandfather once owned.

The Madrona Tree is located at 315 Broadway, Arlington. For more information, call 781-859-5551 or visit