Eden Cafe (DFW)
- Tbird1980 Apr 24, 2009 08:13 AM
Hi there! Just tried a place called Eden Cafe over on Lovers just west of the tollway and OMG!!! So wonderful!! The atmosphere is fun and quaint with antiques and hand painted chairs. The owner/chef's personal touches are felt throughout. It is BYOB so bring your Champagne and they have the OJ. I had a loveley brie en croute to start that was to die for, followed by a yummy tomato basil soup. (Soups as with much of the menu are seaonal) They always have several quiche of the day. My friends and I tried broccoli cheese and the red pepper and onion, both wonderful! Not too mushy and the perfect amount of crust. There are also daily cobblers of all varieties. Yesterday we tried the Three Berry which consisted of Blackberry, Strawberry, and Blueberry, and the Strawberry Mango. Both were excellent and served A la Mode of course!! The perfect way to finish off the perfect lunch! It was very enjoyable and I will most definately go back. I look forward to trying something different next time I go as they have quite a large menu but it will be difficult not to order the exact same thing! I am also thinking of having them cater my next event. :) 5 *****s! Delish!
I can't possibly say enough good things about this place as I love it, Chef Karen and her waitress, Cheryl. I frequent this place more than any other in town because it's so good and in my neighborhood. It feels like home. And it's BYOB ($5 corkage)!
I go there every Thanksgiving for her buffett. It's amazing how time sort of slows way down the minute you walk in the door for a relaxing meal whether it's lunch, dinner or brunch. It's a great place to enjoy a meal with friends and loved ones where you can hear the conversation and you are not rushed AT ALL.
You must try the Sage Burger at least once (with a bottle of your favorite red wine), it's devine and not overwhelming (fresh sage) and is served with feta and swiss cheese on it. Sounds decadent. It Is. You will forever crave another one.
The composed salad including heirloom tomatos and watermelon radish with the housemade artichoke dressing is as tasty as the beautiful presentation. Chocolate covered strawberries are brought to you at the end of every meal. Chef Karen will make fresh cookies while you dine....baked to order. I too, love the baked brie en croute with lavendar honey as my favorite appetizer.
The meatloaf is killer, but I will say, I'm not fond of her mashed potatoes (probably the only thing in the house I'm not crazy about). She also serves both hot and cold versions of a meatloaf sandwhich. I like the French Dip, but if you want cheese, you'll need to add it when you order (maybe the French didn't use swiss cheese, but that's how I like 'em.)
She has a huge variety of desserts just depending on what's in season and she felt like making that day. Blueberry pie or cobbler is one of my favorites....especially the individual sized blueberry pies that she sometimes has. Her pastry crusts are always perfect and she makes great cakes. I've also had an excellent banana cream pie there.
This place is laid back, but the Chef is a perfectionist in the kitchen. A great combo in my opinion.
Although I do my fair share of dating, I often dine alone as well. Having my regular tables at such fine places as Kirin Court (Dim Sum is odd for one must admit), I too would like more info on this and other restaurants that are single diner friendly. Perhaps a new thread is in order.
Scagnetti, you would be comfortable dining alone especially if the regular waitress is there. Quite often, people at nearby tables will strike up a conversation too because it is pretty intimate & cozy. Or on any given night, you just might have the place to yourself (I tend to go late). I would be interested in your experience if you dine there alone.
There's no background music and it is very quiet....I do ask them to soften the lights a tad as they tend to keep it bright and it's already a light & airy type place. I've never eaten on the patio surprisingly.
My experience with Eden was far from that of Tbird1980 - one of the worst meals I've had in Dallas in years. To begin with, the atmosphere is far from "fun and quaint" - it's a drab, creaky old house with bright lights (no dimmers!) and white paint (not to mention the burglar bars on the windows!). There was one other table in the restaurant at 8:00 on a Friday evening and the silence was deafening (no background music). My partner and I both had a composed green salad for starters ($5.75) - satisfactory and nicely dressed. For an entree, I had the Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes with burgundy-glazed mushrooms (at $16.95) - I would put this on par with a Swanson's TV dinner (blech!) It was bland and the brown gravy was reminiscent of a Knor's packaged mix. The mashed potatoes also tasted suspiciously of the "instant" variety. My partner's entree, a "Tenderloin" beef stroganoff (at $18.95), was hardly better. The "Tenderloin" bits were few and far between, the noodles were plentiful and the seasoning was very bland - I've had better stroganoff from a box. The only bright spot of the evening was the homemade breads that were served complimentary - perhaps Eden should stick to baking and leave the cooking to the experts. There is a reason that people are lining up at the door at Neighborhood Services - the food, atmosphere and value are far superior.
I've already panned the mashed potatoes earlier in this thread, but I'm positive they are not instant. I've gotten to know the chef very well and she would never use instant anything, much less a packaged gravy mix. She only uses fresh ingredients. I would suggest you give the place another try and at least try one of her burgers or sandwhiches.
And as far as "no dimmers!", the place does indeed have them. I've not only asked them to use them (which they obliged), but I've adjusted them myself a time or two. It's also hard to label white paint "drab" in my opinion. To each his/her own, but some of your critique does not add up to someone who has been there numerous times over the past several years. I've also taken tons of people there with unanimous positive feedback and return visits.
No, this place is not Neighborhood Services and it's not supposed to be.