For months I've been running by the little storefront that was previously occupied by Moreso. There has been a teaser in the window saying "Garden Bar, Coming 2014" with no other information. It's been killllllling me waiting to find out when they will open and what exactly the restaurant will be like. I popped out of the office in search of lunch a couple of days ago and to my delight Garden Bar had opened!
Look. How. Adorable. It. Is. Inside.
Very few places in Portland really bother to create any kind of atmosphere, Garden Bar was pretty much exactly what I would expect of a salad restaurant to be like inside - bright and cheery, kind of rustic, clean, and of course salad was on display front and center.
You have the option of purchasing a "Chef Salad" or building your own. I chose to build my own salad - there are endless combinations of delicious salad goodness.
Before I had even tasted my salad I was already planning my return trip.
I chose a salad with kale, hard-boiled egg, tempeh, garbanzo beans, jicima and peppers. I couldn't commit to a dressing, there were so many choices - so my lovely salad maker suggested Green Goddess, it went perfectly with my salad.
I was thoroughly impressed with the selection at Garden Bar, and the six coworkers who I sent by after my visit all were big fans as well.
If you'd like to check out Garden Bar for yourself, they are located at 25 NW 11th Avenue in Portland. Their website is www.gardenbarpdx.com. Their website isn't quite up and running yet - once it is, I'll update with hours of operation.