We were looking for a good place to eat which was also pet friendly and found The Secret Garden Café in Tlaquepaque. It's the perfect choice for breakfast, lunch or late afternoon snack, located in a private garden oasis surrounded by a canopy of greenery and beautifully fragrant floral scapes. The meals are prepared with the healthiest and freshest ingredients, they serve Kona coffee, have made from scratch desserts and serve beers from the local brewery.
Favorite Dish We split the Mandarin Chicken Salad (Spring mix blend with mandarin oranges, toasted tamari pumpkin seeds and topped with all natural chicken breast accompanied with our homemade oriental sesame dressing) and the BLT & A (Peppered bacon with roasted garlic aioli, crisp greens, avocado and sliced tomatoes served on our sourdough bread with fruit salad).To drink, I had a locally brewed Oak Creek Amber...very, very good!!! And, don't leave without trying their delicious cookies.
The Secret Garden Cafe is the perfect cap on a day of shopping in Tlaquepaque. The patio seating is serene and beautiful, the most gorgeous landscaping with lush foliage and tall shady trees. Our server was great--attentive and friendly (it was his first day, but he already knew the menu really well). Many people had their little lap dogs with them on the patio.
Favorite Dish The lunch menu has a good selection of quiches, salads, sandwiches, etc. They've got a special that they call something like "Quiche Diva of the Day"... my mom ordered it. Soooo-o good. I'm banging my head against the wall trying to remember what was in it. I think it was a southwestern style quiche of some sort. My dad got a portabello spinach panini style sandwich, and I got the "BLT&A". Cute, right? It was so yummy, thick crisp bacon, toasted bread, lettuce tomato and a delicious aioli spread. A few choices for sides, we all got fresh fruit salad.
The tables are outside, under the loggia and also under some trees with 'misters' -- a desert climate custom for cooling off the air around you.
Favorite Dish The food is very fresh and delicious. Try the 'quesa-diva' of the day -- mine was wonderful!
On a recent re-visit the food remained just as fresh and delish!
Secret Garden Cafe is just a few yards away from the courtyard fountain. It turned out to be as enchanting as it sounds. We went directly to the outdoor patio the day was too beautiful to waste indoors. Wrought iron chairs were draped with warm woven blankets for diners to wrap around themselves should it start to get chilly.. I ordered the corn chowder which was excellent (I want to duplicate this) and the chicken salad. We enjoyed our meal in this serene garden setting shaded by lush foliage.