“We would like to bring people back to the way we should be eating — with joy and pleasure, experiencing wholesome food, fresh from a local farm. As much as possible, we get our products directly from nearby farms and ranches – we have personally gone out to Gnismer Farms in the morning to pick the fruits and vegetables that will be on your plate that afternoon. We have known the pleasure of quietly watching the cattle at Burgundy Beef contentedly grazing on honest Texas grasses. We marvel at the freshness of the eggs and taste of the free range chicken we get from Livestock First Ranch. Our outstandingly skilled and talented chefs have reverence for these products. Following Slow Food principles, they prepare a menu each day that reflects the ever-changing seasons.”
I had the opportunity to try another (new to us) restaurant with my family the other day that I had read about, named Potager Cafe. I will be completely honest…when we pulled up, and then stepped inside, I was a little taken aback. This definitely wasn’t like any restaurant I have ever been to! From the outside, the building and its surroundings seemed a bit run-down, and I was a little worried about how this dining experience was going to be.
We arrived at 6:30pm, and found a table in the one (small) room dining area. Each table was a different shape and size, and was covered with a white lace tablecloth. The style of the room was eclectic and random. We sat for a minute taking it all in, and looking at the large chalkboard menu near the counter that listed that days offerings. There were a lot of things that sounded good, but in the end all five of us (my sister-in-law was with us as well) ordered the same thing: Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, Roasted potatoes, and Green Beans with caramelized onions.
When we were ready to order, we went up to the counter and told the man behind it what we wanted. He made our plates for us, and asked if we wanted bread. The bread was a small slice cut from a baguette. We took our plates to our table, and got ourselves water glasses and water from a shelf on the side of the dining room. We also had to get our own silverware and cloth napkins.
The food was unbelievably good, and the portions were just right. My girls split an adult portion, and both finished every bite and were asking for more! Every single bite of food had incredible depth and flavor, and I didn’t want it to end.
The owner/chef came out at one point and chatted with us for a minute. She seemed very sweet.
The small hallway leading to the bathrooms smelled horrible, like that rotten egg water smell. The bathroom itself was clean (womens).
All in all I would say the experience was a little strange but good, and I would definitely eat there again. I love that they follow slow food principles, and source their ingredients locally as much as possible. The menu changes daily based on what is in season locally, and what they can get their hands on. I wholeheartedly support that approach to eating, and try to follow the same principles in my own kitchen.
315 South Mesquite Street
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11am – 3pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
$$ (most entrees under $25) (based on their “suggested” price list, although there are no set prices here)
Wholesome Comfort Food