Hidden Gem Restaurant
The newest restaurant find for the Urban Backpacker, is the Blue Garden Cafe Menlo Park California! Hydrangea and rose gardens line the walkways of this darling “food extravaganza” nestled inside the lovely grounds of the historic Allied Arts Guild. Utilizing herbs from their own herb garden, along with the freshly baked breads, will warm the hearts and palates of any customer. The outdoor seating near the fountain was delightful! The intimate indoor seating will fill up fast, please call ahead if you are able to. This restaurant is open for lunch only – from 11:30 am to 3:00pm, Monday through Saturday.
Favorite Menu Items:
Avocado Caprese Salad – Roasted avocado, heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, and homemade pesto served with a balsamic glaze…..$13
BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders(3) – Slow roasted pork shoulder tossed in a tangy house made BBQ sauce served with a crisp Fuji apple slaw on Hawaiian sweet bread….$15
Blue Steak Sammie – Marinated grilled Skirt steak, tangy Gorgonzola, caramelized onions and sundried tomatoes, with lemon aioli on a toasted ciabatta …..$17
Smokey Summer Carbonara – Crispy pancetta, shiitake mushrooms, and white asparagus, in a classic sauce served over linguine ….$16
Chardonnay Lemon Poached Salmon – with seasonal pea purée, grilled asparagus, and roasted purple potatoes……$18
Blue Garden Cafe
In addition to the restaurant, Chef Nicholas Hall, through JW Catering (click here), is happy to provide outside catering services, personal chef services, weddings, holiday events, business lunches and event planning. For directions and information to Blue Garden Cafe please call #650.838.9002.
Allied Arts Guild
Since 1929, Allied Arts Guild has been a peninsula landmark. Since its inception, it has been a place for artists to come together and share their wares. Today, the Guild’s artists use their studios not only for creating, but also as retail space for the public to view and purchase their beautiful art. Our artists today range from jewelry designers to fashion designers to interior designers and everything in between.
Our stunning gardens are beautiful to walk through, and docent-led tours are available Monday through Saturday. Docents discuss not only the gardens, but the history of the Guild and its art and architecture.
“The mission of the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary, through its assets and membership, is to provide funds for uncompensated care and special projects which benefit seriously ill and disabled children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Through this mission, AAGA gives community and common purpose to its members.” For more information on the Allied Arts Guild click here.
Menlo Park Events Near Blue Garden Cafe
To read a fabulous online newspaper about (Menlo Park and the surrounding areas), local events, and cool happenings click here for InMenlo. For special events on the city website (near Blue Garden Cafe), to add to an adventure day click here.
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