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Any Thoughts on the Garden of Eden?

I've been by the Garden of Eden in the South End a hundred times and have yet to stop in. Is the food decent there? Any particularly good items?

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  1. I've lived in the south end for a while and I think I've been there maybe once. There are just too many other places that have better food. That being said, it's good for sitting on the patio and people watching, maybe grabbing a sandwich or a salad. Food is not remarkable, but it's ok.
    I haven't been for breakfast, but I guess that's supposed to be alright. No ringing endorsement from me....

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    1. re: twentyoystahs

      I'll second the lukewarm assessment. Have been a couple times and thought the food was unremarkable and overpriced. But if people watching is a must and you're both not too picky and not too fussy about value, I guess it'll do for that.

    2. I've eaten there probably half a dozen times when attending shows at the BCA and I enjoyed every meal. There is a goat cheese-onion tart that is terrific. I also love their desserts.

      1. I used to think this place was terrific, but maybe five years ago the food took a sharp turn downhill: my theory is they decided to cut their ingredient costs. I still rely on Lionette's Market for a few gourmet/deli items from time to time, and still grab a sandwich at Garden of Eden once in a great while (usually mid-afternoon, when it's quiet), but it's a big disappointment to me. It has great patio that accounts for a lot of its business. I get the impression that their waitstaff turnover is rather high. A shame, as I used to think its sandwiches in particular were wonderful.

        1. I enjoy the sweets there, also the breakfasts are good. The sandwiches, for me atleast, have too much going on in them. Particularry the one with the rosemary foccia with brie and prosciutto.

          1. the death knell for me was when they dramatically cut down their list of back page of sandwiches. then it became just another unremarkable cafe.

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            1. re: coookie

              I am unqualified to speak to the food quality, but the chef/owner has his heart and mind in the right place.