I love trying new restaurants. When I heard about a new vegetarian restaurant in town I made plans with coworkers for an "after-work snack session." Fern: Flavors from the Garden opened in October 2011 and serves hearty vegetarian food. From what I've read, it gets great reviews from meat and non-meat eaters alike! Come live vicariously through my photos...apologies for the quality, they're iPhone pics again!
The first thing that caught my eye was this fabulous mason jar chandelier and living plant wall! The whole restaurant has a very zen and natural feel to it.
Several reviews have raved about the "Fern Bruschetta" so I knew I had to try it. Oh man, I haven't stopped thinking about this since the first bite hit my tongue. The bread was just perfectly toasted (think french toast consistency) and topped with a mix of mushrooms (dying to know what kind; they were so tasty), red bell peppers, spinach, and a to-die-for sauce. Seriously, I've searched high and low for a recipe that sounds anything like this and haven't found a thing.
I tried my first gluten-free beer. It was really tasty and refreshing, and I felt like it didn't make me feel as full as most beers. And just FYI, the beer is priced way better than the wines.
On weekdays from 2-5 PM they have a "choose 3" option. I got an Indian Taco (front center), the Three Sisters Cake (right), and a Special for the day: purple potato wrapped in phyllo served with a couple nice sauces (left). The Indian Taco was my favorite, although there wasn't much "Indian" flavor to it in my opinion. The other two items were just OK. However, I'm willing to overlook their mediocre-ness because the bruschetta was so amazing. I can't wait to go back!