Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Greenhouse Restaurant and Bar

We had the pleasure of visiting Greenhouse Restaurant and Bar this past week and really LOVED their selections.  

Ambiance: Relaxed and casual atmosphere.  There was a bar area, an inside table area, and lots of outdoor patio tables.  Normally we're outside patio people, but since we're approaching a record number of days above 100 degrees, we opted for the inside seating.  There were both tables and booths to accommodate your preference.
Service: Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu, was super pleasant, and gave us as much time as we needed to peruse the menu!  The appetizers came out quickly and hot.
Food: The offer a large variety of vegetarian options, as well as some options for carnivores.  Our meal was completely vegetarian and delicious.

We have gone back and forth on how to rate this tasty restaurant. On the one hand, the staff and ambiance was great and the food was obviously very good, but the dedication to "crunchiness" - organic and humanely treated food - seemed quite lower. So if you are looking for a good place to eat with lots of non-crunchy people, come here. If you want a place dedicated to more earthy principles, take a look at our reviews for more options.  

We started with the Spinach and Artichoke Dip  We were so excited and so hungry, we forgot to take a picture before diving in.  So, here is the picture with just a smidgen (okay, a good few bite-fuls) missing. 

And a closer up picture.  This dip was super creamy.  We ordered it with half chips and half crostinis.  If we did it over again, we'd go with just crostinis as the crispy bread was such a nice compliment to the dip.

We also had the Sun Dried Tomato Sliders.  These were delicious and the sun dried tomato pesto they used was simply D-I-V-I-N-E.

Heidi's favorite summertime treat is a good tomato sandwich.  So when she saw that the August special was a Green Tomato Sandwich, well- she couldn't resist.

 One thing the menu doesn't tell you is that the green tomatoes are fried, so that was definitely a surprise.  However, the Balsamic Mayo was really delicious.  It gave the Green Tomato Sandwich a good balance between tangy and sweet.
Our mom ordered the Curry Zucchini Cakes.  The Sweet Potato Fries that accompanied this dish were crisp.  Normally when we order sweet potato fries, they don't really resemble a good fry, but these were perfect in texture and in taste.  The Cakes themselves had a sweet topping.

I think the star of the show was Rebecca's Supergrain Burger.  This thing has so much flavor you didn't even realize it was without meat.  I don't think any of us expected quinoa to be so good.  And as we all know, quinoa is super filling, so this made for quite a full feeling stomach!
And of course, we can't forget the kidlet.  He had a cheese pizza.  Actually, he was stubborn and didn't want to eat it.  I think this pizza was probably intended for a kid a bit older since the sauce is served on the side.  While I appreciated the sentiment to a cleaner pizza, I think the dipping wasn't very easy for my almost two year old.
Don't worry, we didn't leave without dessert.  In true Texas style, we had the Fudge Brownie with Blue Bell Ice Cream.  Simple and delicious, but a little pricier than we expected for such a small serving. 

This is the inside seating area.  There are tables filling both the left and right hands of this center area.
Outside patios.

Told you it was just down the street from Downtown Denton!

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