What You'll Get
"Coffee," wrote the great Honoré de Balzac, "quells the rebellion of hunger, looses the cavalcade of imagination, and primes one's voice for shouting at the television." Enjoy the long-recognized benefits of this vigorous beverage with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of barista beverages and café eats at the Coffee Garden. This independent bean brewery on Franklin Boulevard maintains generous hours seven days a week.
Brewing coffee at home is a crapshoot of ratios, freshness, and equipment. Instead of waking up to smell the home-brewed coffee, start leaping out of bed in a streaking sprint to the Coffee Garden to expose your nostrils and fuzzy slippers to the flowerful fragrance of roasted bean juice. Perk up in the midmorning sun amid a potted jungle of greenery on the back patio with a signature cup of coffee ($1.50 for 12 oz.) or an indulgent mocha ($3.25 for 12 oz.). When high noon hangs above, halt sweat beads in their browed beginnings with an iceberg's worth of iced tea ($2.25 for 24 oz.) or a cold café au lait $3.50 for 24 oz.).
Though the interior is canvassed in a regular rotation of hand-stroked paintings and industrial sculpture, amateur art critics agree that some of the Coffee Garden’s most impressive installations reside in the back kitchen. The cooks present a modern juxtaposition of breakfast and lunch items ranging from post-modern barbecue-chicken pizza ($6.95) to classical veggie quiche ($4.00) inspired by Renoir. Though the friendly staff prohibits sticking forks into the nearest houseplant, civil diners can order a garden-fresh salad paired with any half-cut labor of sandwichal love for a 50/50 feast ($5.95).
A studious and social playground, the Coffee Garden has nooks for reading books, open-air patios for breathing oxygen, and cozy furniture for casual conversing. Hopscotch through the events calendar in pursuit of open mics, art showings, and plant sales.
- I moved in across the street and haven't been to a more relaxed, enjoyable and friendly coffeeshop. Period. – Curtis B., Insider Pages
- This place has great coffee and snacks, and the atmosphere is really chill. It has an indoor area, and in the back you can choose a seat in either a smoking or non-smoking section. I enjoyed coming here, the service is really friendly. – Cheryl K., Insider Pages
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person, may purchase 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table, 2 for table of 5 or more. Must use in 1 visit. Valid for carry-out. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.