Monday, February 7, 2011

Big Deal: Half-Off at Garden Brunch Cafe

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 1:52 PM

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In today's City Paper/Nashville Post, Dana Kopp Franklin welcomes back The Garden Brunch Cafe, one of the happiest developments in dining on Jefferson Street in recent years. After the setback of a December break-in, owners Jennifer and Karl Carpenter have not only reopened but added some items and offerings to their menu:

Brunch is now served Friday through Sunday, and they've introduced Wednesday Breakfast Club, offering businesspeople a high-end breakfast buffet and an opportunity to network. It's $8.50 and includes homemade muffins and quiche, lots of fresh fruit, eggs, grits and turkey bacon and sausage.

In addition, the Carpenters will offer a special Valentine's brunch Feb. 12-13, and Jennifer, who's the chef, has come up with an alluring idea: red velvet pancakes. "I finally perfected the recipe," she says with relish. They're still under wraps, but just the idea of pancakes with the deep chocolate-and-sour-cream richness of a red velvet cake is enough to make a person swoon. If the pancakes prove popular, she may offer them throughout February.

In a nice stroke of timing, the Garden Brunch Cafe is today's featured value on The Big Deal Nashville, as $15 buys a $30 coupon. We named them our "Best Unsung Brunch" in last year's Best of Nashville issue. "Their freshly squeezed juices and quality hot sauce (drizzled on their flaky, full potatoes) are a perfect balance of flavors," we wrote, "and their summer peach pancake plate is like breakfast and dessert decided to have a party and invited you along."

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