Today’s Groupon gets you $35 worth of ambitiously portioned breakfast or lunch plates for $15 at Alexa’s Garden Café, a Ballard-area eatery tucked in the Swanson Nursery where healthy fare, like wild flowers, grows.
For breakfast, try the Calico Grub ($9.25), a heaping mash of ham, sautéed green peppers, onions, and potatoes smothered in salsa, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Vegetarians will enjoy meat-free takes on traditional morning favorites such as the inventive Veggie Benny ($10.95), where ripe tomatoes and avocado slices replace the standard ham. There’s also a selection of homemade baked goods, including vegan options.
For the late risers, Alexa’s lunch menu has all your midday favorites. The grilled meatloaf sandwich ($9.75), blanketed in warm provolone cheese with mushroom and onion pillows, will bring you more comfort than your childhood bed. You’ll also find salads, wraps, and made-from-scratch soups.
This family-owned food nook’s thoughtful touches (lush plants, koi pond) lend a nostalgic feel. Alexa’s Garden Café is the perfect place to enjoy a chatty breakfast with friends, or to recreate the taste and feel of your burrow back home.
SeattlePi lists Alexa’s Garden Café as one of the “best cheap eats.” It’s also been reviewed on Eat, Play, Love, a dining blog by Sumi Hahn, the former restaurant critic for the Times-Picayune and Seattle Weekly. Yelpers give Alexa’s Garden Café four stars, and 95% of Urbanspooners like it:
- The French toast was lovely. The thick, chewy slices of bacon perfectly cooked. The egg, gently scrambled. The blueberry muffin was obviously home-made, as was the vegan banana bread. My children ate every bite while I drank black licorice tea and studied the tempting menu, with its list of breakfast items on one side, lunchtime options on the other. – Sumi Hahn, Eat, Play, Love
- Cafe features an ornamental pond of brocaded carp and the relaxing sounds of running water. Breakfast fare offers a reasonably wide selection with reasonable prices and adequate or even large portions. – Eric Lawrence Quense, Urbanspoon
- Lots of good dishes to choose from, so we will have to go back and try some more. The atmosphere is beautiful inside of the big greenhouse; it was a sunny day but I bet it would be just as lovely when it is raining out! – Gandrea, Urbanspoon
The Roguish Rapier, Chapter Two: “Retiring to the Garden”
The castle’s garbage boy emerged from thick curtains, clutching a pewter flagon. He was hunched and thin, dressed in rags culled from his namesake heap. He filled her drink, staring meekly at the floor. For the first time that night, she looked up, catching a glint of the purest blue from his eyes. They harkened her back to her childhood, identical to the bright eyes of her favorite playmate, Alexander, who mysteriously disappeared so many years ago after the sudden death of his father at the rumored hand of the man she was now to wed.
The boy, too, looked up for a fleeting moment, and then cast his dejected visage back at the floor. Silent for so long, she couldn’t find the voice to ask him, to warn him: It’s me, Alexander, it’s Leslie. They were no longer those carefree children, both now prisoner to a life chosen for them by others. In that heavy silence, flagon in hand, the blue-eyed boy began to scuttle away.
“Not so swift, garbage boy!” The Baron snatched at the boy’s collar, pulling him up by the nape like a misbehaving cub. “Let us have a bit of fun first! Tell me, have you ever held a man’s sword?”
With a tiger’s quickness, the thuggish Baron drew his sleek blade with a sound of the air itself being eviscerated, and brought it a deadly, hovering inch from Alexander’s face. Leslie watched as the proud garbage boy dangled in seething silence, refusing the Baron any satisfaction.
“Let us retire to the gardens,” bellowed the Baron to all. “And do bring another sword.” The crowd rose and murmured, and the Baron cast Alexander effortlessly against the stone wall with a cruel flick.
“As a charity to this vermin,” the Baron continued, “and as entertainment to our guests, I shall teach him the art of a gentleman’s duel!”
Read more chapters in Groupon’s serialized novel, The Roguish Rapier, here.
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