Eating Local: Greenhouse Grille
Greenhouse Grille was one of the first restaurants in Fayetteville, Arkansas to focus on locally sourced, organic ingredients and conscious cuisine. They are also the home of US Foods 2013 next top product award winning black bean slider.
I have heard so much about their famous black-bean burger patty that I had to try it. Instead of the brioche, I swapped out for their local sourdough which is traditionally made and lowers the gluten content of the bread by the fermentation process and makes it more easily digestible. (More about that in another post!)
It was delightful. There was flavor but not overpowering. It was filling and as a lover of meat, I felt satisfied and didn’t miss having meat in my meal. Their sweet potato fries are great. (I don’t think I’ve ever met a sweet potato fry that I didn’t love actually.) Even better than the fries though, is the magic ketchup that is housemade and absolutely wonderful. I’m reminded of childhood days of eating more ketchup than whatever I was supposed to be actually dipping. One of the things I love about their magic ketchup is that it isn’t overly sweet.
Oh my… I had the black bean burger as well and it was incredible as always! Their house original recipe has been a favorite since the first time that flavor hit my palate. The local toasted sourdough bread, with arugula, pimento, and avocado made perfect residence for that yummy black bean cake. I chose to also pair it with the sweet potato fries. Who can deny them with that magic catsup!?
Mockingbird Kitchen is a new-ish restaurant in Fayetteville and describes themselves as “New American Cuisine.” Lucky for us we have the option to have yummy locally sourced food right next door to the office.
Chrissy “Cheffy” Sanderson is a former executive chef and co-owner of Bordino’s and she brings that flair to Mockingbird Kitchen with a seasonal, rotating menu that features recipes passed down from her mother and grandmother and the best our area and regional farmers have to offer.
I’ve eaten here a handful of times and every single time, I’ve been impressed. For lunch last week, I wanted a filling grain free option and the blue plate special did not disappoint. The blue plate special gave multiple options and you select 4. I chose the sauteed greens, side salad, three bean salad, and sweet potato fries. There are tons of options available regardless of your dietary needs. I was more than happy and left feeling very satisfied with my grain free meal. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy even when every table is full. The staff do a great job answering questions about ingredients and are very welcoming.
Mockingbird definitely has a great, relaxing environment to dine in with friends or family for lunch or dinner. I had been wanting to try the oat burger and it was delicious! It was filled with veggies, quinoa, mushrooms, and of course as the name says, oats. It was my first vegan burger that was not bean based. I was pleasantly surprised by the great flavor and texture. I paired it with the home fries and splurged for the day. Yumm!
Rob and Adrienne Shaunfeld are supporting local farmers and artisans with The Farmer’s Table Cafe. If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years. Fayetteville shares their vision of affordable farm to table dining and has shown that support with lines out the door for breakfast and lunch. They now have dinner hours on Friday and Saturday evenings with an ever changing seasonal menu.
My goal was a grain free breakfast that included some vegetables and that was exactly what they had. I ordered the Rise and Shine which included 2 eggs over easy served on a bed of sauteed local greens and veggies. I added 2 sausage patties to my order as well. I love eggs and greens almost as much as I love dark chocolate and red wine. I was wanting a coffee but not the dairy and I was in luck since they have almond milk and coconut milk available. The flavors were near perfection and the portions were great. Not too much and not too little. I left feeling nourished from the nutrient rich meal and the great energy of the environment. The sun was shining through the window and we shared the ‘family table’ with another couple. When they don’t have a large party, Farmer’s Table uses the family table to seat multiple small parties. It’s a great way to meet other people in the community that share a love for nourishing, nutrient dense, local food.
I love veggies for every meal! Pair them with sweet potatoes and I’m in awe. My dish, Verduras Hash, was plated with house potatoes, sweet potatoes, and topped with sauteed kale and onions. They use coconut oil which is great when sauteeing, as it has a much higher smoke point than olive oil. Healthier and tastier option:) It also came with a side of house made black beans for a nice hunk of protein. My beverage was a chai tea with coconut milk. Did I mention I love anything coconut!? The atmosphere is great. It provides the opportunity for us to really get back to the basics and be close and warm with each other.