Garden Party Cafe
J came home from work today hungry. I got a 15 minute warning that she was on her way home and I better either have lunch ready or be dressed and have a place picked out to go. She wanted to eat.
Because of the added urgency, I really didn’t want to go to a bar or someplace that was going to take a while. I didn’t have a whole lot of ideas. I did have a long shot place that I read about in the Gazette a few weeks ago. I was a little nervous because I couldn’t find a good menu right away, but I sucked it up and took the chance.
The Garden Party Cafe is actually inside of Wedel’s Nursery, Florist, and Garden Center at the corner of 12th and Texas Road just inside Texas Township. It really is one of the last places you would think of when it comes to picking a place for lunch. When you walk in to the store, the cafe is off to the right. It’s a little hidden from the displays, but I noticed a neon sign hanging high above the merchandise on a wall that looks a little out of place in the wide open garden center.
The cafe area is pretty small and sectioned off with white fencing. The seating area is set up like a patio. The furniture is all stuff you would put on your own patio at home. The small kitchen was manned by a single person who took our orders then grilled up the food on the small flat top stuck in to a corner.
The cafe is space that is actually leased by a catering company. The owner of Off the Cuff Catering has actually been operating the restaurant in this location for four years. There’s very little paper trail on the web as it took me along time to find anything on the place.
The menu is one page long and consists mostly of sandwiches. The pulled pork intrigued both of us, but in the end, neither of us decided to order it.
Instead, I went with the Hamburger w/Cheese. It was nothing fancy, but it filling and very tasty. The patty is most likely a frozen beef patty and the bun is a pretty standard yet soft and flaky white bun. The burger was juicy and the cheddar cheese was oozing out the side. I also opted for a side of french fries. The fries were a little bit of a disappointment as they were pretty generic crinkle cut french fries. I did get a rather large plate of the heavily salted fries so there was no chance of me walking away hungry.
J passed over the pulled pork for the Bistro Sandwich Turkey. That sandwich is turkey with a pesto mayo, craisins, and Parmesan cheese on a Kaiser Roll. The sandwich was piled high with the turkey and J said it was delicious. She was the one that really wanted a filling lunch and she surprisingly got that with a turkey sandwich. Instead of ordering fries, she actually went with the homemade chips. She made the right call. The chips were fantastic. The thinly sliced potatoes were fried up to a deep golden brown and lightly salted. Lucky for me, there was more on the plate than she could handle so I ended up getting a few. In my opinion, the chips alone are worth going to the Garden Party Cafe.
Our meal was just a bit over $15. I’m actually kind of amazed that this place has been around for so long and no one has ever mentioned it to me. I really wonder how many people know it’s actually there. It’s in kind of a weird location, but the food is really good. Whether you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone by getting your planting needs and lunch or just looking for a good cafe, Garden Party Cafe is worth a look.