Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $10 you get $20 worth of food and drinks any time of the day Monday through Thursday, or brunch on Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Home Grown Café in Newark.
Home Grown Café, recognized for having the "best healthy fare" and "best localvore menu" in 2010 by Delaware Today, entices diners of all dispositions with a varied menu of salads, sandwiches, and soups, many of which can be prepared vegetarian and vegan. Inaugurate a child's designer bib by carefully staining it with the sloppy joe, in which a house-made sauce slathers it on either beer-braised beef or seitan ($8.50). Artfully prepared entrees such as the loaded meatloaf ($18) and tamale turnover ($18) rest nicely alongside the restaurant's walls lined with paintings and modern décor. Meanwhile, an eclectic brunch menu straddles the mealtime borders with various platters: the Down Home omelet's blend of bacon, sausage, and veggies handles breakfast ($10), six different salads cover lunch ($9+), and the steak-and-eggs combo ($12) replaces brushing teeth with protein shakes before bed.
Staying true to its name, Home Grown Café maintains a commitment to using locally sourced ingredients when available in an effort to help to support area businesses and promote sustainable practices. Build an audience for local creatives without the hassle of assembling a messy human pyramid by gathering for live music, which takes place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 p.m. along with rotating exhibits of local artists.
Home Grown Café
The kitchen at Home Grown Café is stocked with locally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients whenever possible. That palate of fresh greens, house-made sauces, and Black Angus beef pairs with eclectic recipes, which have nabbed a slew of awards from Delaware Today, including Best Healthy Fare four of the last five years. Many plates, such as the pad thai with shrimp, can be converted into filling vegan meals with seitan. A full gluten-free menu provides options for patrons who have wheat sensitivities or recently had a tearful falling out with a gingerbread man. The chefs craft sandwiches with proteins including sirloin steak or tofu and toppings such as bacon and brie.
Beside supporting local farms, the cafe throws its support toward the arts, displaying a rotating cast of local craftspeople on the walls and hosting live music performances five nights a week, including Jazz sets on Sunday.
126 E Main St.
Newark, Delaware 19711