Garden Cafe is a Neighborhood Treasure

08.02.2016 by: Hannah Whitman
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Open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm daily, Garden Cafe is a neighborhood treasure for organically-sourced breakfast and lunch. Nestled in the historic streets of Old East Dallas’ Junius Heights neighborhood, this local favorite is a must among the residents, many of whom start their days with a walk to the cafe. While it can understandably get busy during the breakfast/brunch hours, the friendly staff aims to make you feel right at home with newspapers to read and a rotating display of local art to check out while you wait.

Located in a 1920s-era strip mall, Garden Cafe sits cozily among the historic homes of Junius Heights.

As its name suggests, this prized community spot boasts a bountiful garden just off their back patio where they source many of their herbs and veggies used in their homemade dishes. Open to patrons, you’re welcome to take a stroll through the garden to check out their beds and chicken coop.

Enjoy breakfast or lunch on the back patio among the beautiful, green garden.

Their eclectic menu offers a number of Southern-style organic scratch meals like chicken fried steak with eggs, chicken and dumplings, vegetable plates and sandwiches. They also provide standard breakfast options like build your own omelets (with pasture raised eggs), pancakes, french toast and oatmeal. This time I thought I’d try one of their specialties, The Country Boy Benedict. A delicious peppered gravy smothers two over easy eggs on a ham steak and a fluffy biscuit.

The Country Boy Benedict will fill you up but won't let you down!

Their breakfast comes with a few different options for sides: hashbrowns, roasted red potatoes and cheese grits. All three are perfection, so I'd suggest alternating during each visit (because I know you'll be back).

The Breakfast Sandwich includes two fried eggs on whole wheat toast with bacon, tomato and mayo. The best part? The in-house cured bacon. 

Garden Cafe's espresso bar uses Oak Cliff Coffee to add a jolt to any meal. Their smooth Iced Toddy makes a delightful summer drink.

Bonus? It’s BYOB every day, so bring in your own champagne to add to their fresh-squeezed orange juice, and enjoy your custom mimosa! 

In a time of growing consciousness around food sustainability, Garden Cafe has been a leader in this since their opening in 2002. It’s a comfort to know where your food is coming from, and you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Plus, their price point is hard to beat—these are quality, home cooked meals, most coming in at or under $10 (add maybe $3-5 extra for specials). Not bad for a delicious peace of mind!

Before you leave, walk off your meal with a detour through the garden and coop--be sure to look both ways for a wandering chicken!

{Garden Cafe's Official Site}

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