Garden Cafe Finally Has Some Decent Coffee

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No, it didn't cost 20,000 dollars.
More than a month ago, the Garden Cafe tweeted a picture of a sexy new coffee machine perched in the front of the restaurant. I immediately paid the neighborhood cafe a visit to check out the new java, but they hadn't hired a barista yet.


This past weekend, with the sun shining and an unseasonably warm breeze stoking the patio tables, the Garden Cafe courted a line of coffee enthusiasts.

The espresso is good, but lacks the subtle smoothness and viscosity that I've grown to love from Ascension's pull in the Design District. Still, Garden Cafe's new machine is notably better than the standard drip offering they've been serving since they opened.

At lunchtime a line reached from the front counter along a side wall to the door, and the patio was completely filled with patrons who politely fought over anything that could be used as seating. They jockeyed for a chance to eat pancakes, eggs with two sides and other late afternoon breakfast faves.

If you haven't been, it really is a very nice patio. It's nice to sit amongst the garden rows, listen to the chickens cluck and bask in the sun. It's a shame you can't have a glass of wine here.

Location Info

Garden Cafe

5310 Junius St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Mark Wootton
Mark Wootton

Thanks a lot for the piece Scott. Sorry I brought your hopes up a bit early. Also, we're still refining our shots. We'll have a "grand opening" of sorts very soon. When I feel we're pulling the best shots we can.


Kergo, your knuckles must be really raw.....don't ya know that fine bean brewing is the next step up the ladder to "World Class" comes right after "designer bridge" and "deck park named after billionaire kid" achievement..........don't look look back Parisians, that's Bubba from Big D's on yer tail !

kergo1spaceship 1 Like

Boy, you people and your coffee........what ever happened to just making a nice pot of coffee-NO, it has to be super coffee, brewed on Mars, and delivered by a trained celebrity barista who wears a fedora and speaks several different languages, including many forms of distinct and extinct Sanskrit, and Apalachee. 

Mark Wootton
Mark Wootton

@kergo1spaceship Hello again kergo. Thanks for your support last time we spoke here on DO. Just FYI, we still have our regular, bottomless, auto-drip coffee. It is not super coffee, it is a nice pot of coffee made with quality beans from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. Also, our baristas, while well dressed, do not have fedoras. Fedoras were discussed in the original "brand identity" meetings (read: shootin' the shit over drinks), laughs were had. The idea was eventually scrapped. They all performed quite well on the dead languages version of the application, though. Also, sometimes the male barista wears a pink sweater, so there's that.


@kergo1spaceship Kergs, you're a hoot! Thanks for saying what I was thinking. And, don't forget the requisite 'tip jar'.

Mark Wootton
Mark Wootton

@Twinwillow Tips are what give our employees a living wage. I understand the controversy over tips for counter service. However, as a very small operation I just want to say that we can not afford to pay our employees a living wage, and tips fill the gap.

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