Boxwood Cafe – Local and Fresh

Restaurant:  Boxwood Cafe
Cuisine: Deli and Casual Dining
Location: Central Memorial Park, 340 13th Ave SW
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 11am to 10pm
Contact: 403-265-4006
Price Range: $5 to $16

Additional Comments:

  • Street Parking available
  • Take out orders ordered before 11am 10% off
  • Student Discount of 10% with valid photo id
  • Ingredients are local, seasonal and sustainable food
  • Sister restaurant is River Cafe in Prince’s Island Park
  • Nice selection of wine and beer

I’ve heard a little buzz about this cafe.  I think I discovered it existed during the Big Taste Dining event a few weeks ago.  I had an opportunity on Friday to have lunch with my wife and mom, so I thought of this place first.  I find it funny when you always drive on the same street, in this case 4th Street and never notice it or even notice the big park it’s in.  When we pulled up, I was expecting something ultra fancy, but instead it was a nice looking casual feeling clubhouse.

In the cafe there are few seats and one long shared table.  You seat yourself and order at the counter.  They have nice large bottles of water for you everywhere which great.  The menus are on the table and the specials are on the chalkboard behind the counter.  At first it was a little confusing what to do, but just watching everyone you got idea.  Get there early because it got busy.

The menu which you can see online, I’m assuming changes time to time as they date the menu on the website.  The lunch has some nice looking items from soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.  Today we I tried the Chickpea Fritters & Roasted Eggplant Sandwich with the soup of the day (roast chicken and white bean).  My wife had the Roasted Sunworks Farm Chicken Sandwich (which they make it fresh in the in-house rotisserie) and my mom had the special Chirizo Sandwich.  On the side we had a couple delicious dill and buttermilk biscuits.  It’s safe to say I can review all the food, because I ate everyone’s left overs up too.

All three sandwiches were outstanding, on toasted house made ciabatta.  My favourite out of the three was the Chickpea one.  Tasted like a falafel sandwich and the combination of all the ingredients made this one a winner.  The soup was good I drank every last drop and the biscuits were excellent.  I saw a few people get salads and sides which all looked yummy too.  I obviously didn’t have room for dessert but the one I need to try is the Ice Cream Sandwich, Mint or Saskatoon Berry.

Dinner menu looks small and simple, just the way I like it.  One day I’ll have to make my way over for supper.

What’s In Front Of Me:

Chickpea Fritters & Roasted Eggplant

Chorizo Sandwich

Roasted Sunworks Farm Chicken

Dill and Buttermilk Biscuits

Boxwood Cafe

Overall Rating:

Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5. OMG I need to facebook and tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it)

Food Rating: ★★★★½
Service Rating: ★★★½☆
Ambiance Rating: ★★★★☆
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Author: YYC's Best Eats

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