Garden Grille Restaurant

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Sandwiched between an Indian restaurant and a Chinese restaurant sits the Garden Grill Café.  A small, but cozy eatery defined metaphorically by its green vine entwined black railing that separates the outdoor eating space from the plaza parking lot located off East Avenue in Pawtucket. Not only does the menu boast vegetarian dishes, but also vegan and gluten-free options as well. The Garden Grill Café’s juice bar plays host to an array of fresh juices and smoothies as well as organic hot and cold coffees, ginger lemonade and herbal teas. For those looking for a more mature beverage, the café offers mixed drinks such as the Lavender Basil Martini and organic beers and wines.

I, along with my boyfriend Jim, recently converted to vegetarianism. After just eating salads and not going out to eat for lack of meals other than salads, we found the Garden Grill. This café is a win- win for us because not only do we want animal free food, but also locally grown and organic. The first time we decided to try the café we opted to sit inside. Upon entering, the first thing I noticed was how earthly it felt with all the light wooden tables and booths fit snuggly together. The atmosphere was cheery and neighborly as all of the servers and the juice maker welcomed us. We chose to sit at a booth and were immediately brought lemon waters, lunch menus, and a daily specials menu. After careful review, I decided to have the Playa Tulum smoothie- pineapples, coconuts, bananas, and strawberries along with Grandma Reggie’s Raw Heaven; a salad consisting of baby arugula, mango, avocado, grapefruit, beet-infused jicama and cashew gomasio. Jim went with lemonade and the Falafel wrap with roasted garlic tahini. Not only were the dishes undeniable delicious, but also thoughtfully made with only the best local produce.

Two weeks later Jim and I and our newly acquired puppy decided to return to the Garden Grill Café for lunch. This time, because we had the puppy with us, we sat outside by the green vine and flowers entwined along the black railing

We were not sure if we could bring Riggley, but sure enough as we turned the corner to walk up the steps to the outside dining area, we almost tripped over a large yellow lab sprawled out on the ground. Further down we spotted a small white dog and we figured it was safe to bring Riggley. We tried to maneuver our way around the yellow lab with our puppy jumping ecstatically hoping he had just found a new friend, we were soon informed that the lab was Henry, the owner’s dog.  Jim, Riggley, and I found a table and again we were quickly brought lemon water and menus.

This time, I decided to try the Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadilla with a Carrot Orange Dreamsicle smoothie; carrot juice and soy vanilla ice cream. Jim had ginger lemonade and Tempeh Spring Rolls. Just as we had expected, the food was delectable and the service impeccable. As of right now, the Garden Grill Café is the only place we dine out at and until we find another vegetarian restaurant that compares in food and service, it is the only place where we will continue to go. How many restaurants do you know of that help save farm animals, contribute to locally grown farmers, serve vegetarian, vegan, organic,  and gluten-free meals, and whose servers fill your water-glass then fill your dogs water bowl? That right there makes them a keeper. Try the Garden Grill Café today for brunch, lunch, or dinner and help keep those cows mooing.

by Wendy Ricci

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One Comment

  1. Bobette Meer says:

    pretty helpful material, overall I consider this is well worth a bookmark, thanks

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