The concept behindThe Garden
,which recently sprouted in the former Kate's at 35th Avenue spot
, is deceptively simple: seasonal dishes -- including raw, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free fare, as well as entrees with consciously sourced meat and dairy -- served at brunch, and brunch only. Some of that concept may sound a little overused, with seemingly every restaurant claiming to do the seasonal-local thing these days. But at the Garden, those claims have grown into a truly lovely spot.
Had the rain not been falling Saturday, the patio outside this Victorian house in north Park Hill would no doubt have attracted groups of Bloody Mary-sipping brunchers. Instead, diners were seated inside, spaced around two large, carpeted dining rooms that are both elegant and homey, filled with hushed jazz music and soft chairs.
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Pictured above is the green chile casserole, a vegan, gluten-free and nut-free dish made with green chiles, quinoa, black beans and spices, served with chips and salsa and a fresh salad with balsamic vinaigrette. The casseroles are fresh-baked to order, and it came out hot with a mild crunch to the quinoa, perfect for chasing away the weather on a rainy day.
The Garden's Bloody Mary is a good one, with fresh, deliciously spicy tomato juice that's seasoned in-house. The Garden also has fresh lemonade that can be infused with different flavors and enhanced with vodka. The soup of the day was a savory, well-balanced white bean-and-millet concoction with celery and carrots.
The Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday only; for more information, call 303-321-5231 or visit http://thegarden-parkhill.com.