Eating healthy can raise questions such as, "Are crayons a fruit or a vegetable?" and "How many steaks does a growing baby need?" Answer culinary inquiries with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of healthy gourmet fare from Monday-Thursday from 11am-11pm or weekend brunch fare from 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday at Home Grown Café.
Home Grown Café, named 2010's "Best Localvore" restaurant by Delaware Today, hunts down fresh ingredients to create gourmet fare with many gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. A menu of sandwiches, salads, and wraps silence hungry stomachs' war cries with specialties such as the Banh Mi ($8), a Thai-inspired pita sandwich grilled with marinated tofu or chicken, pickled vegetables, cucumbers, spicy aioli, and jalapenos. The eatery's popular Black & White entrée ($17)—named after America's favorite copout party theme—gives diners a choice of tempura-fried chicken, tofu, or seitan, served on a bed of rice noodles with green beans and sesame sauce.
Diners who opt for Home Grown Café's weekend brunch can activate their decision-making apparatus to choose from an assortment of specialties such as cinnamon and egg-battered brioche French toast ($9) with pecan butter and syrup, or the mushroom madness omelet ($10), which stages a fungi family reunion with Portobello, oyster, and cremini mushrooms moderated by mild baby swiss cheese. The restaurant hosts live music sessions every Wed., Fri., and Sat. starting at 10pm, when most monsters go to bed and lay in fear of the human children lurking above their beds. Although this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, Home Grown Café pours a tempting menu of award-winning cocktails, wine, and beers.
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.