Nestled in these picturesque foothills of South Mountain, just 8 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Arizona, you’ll find a charming mix of gardens, markets and restaurants called The Farm and affectionately known as “The Valley’s Hidden Gem.”
One of these restaurants is Morning Glory Cafe, an outdoor dining establishment next to The Farm’s organic gardens. We were excited to try this cafe because of its rave reviews, and because it works hard to minimize its impact on the environment. Morning Glory Cafe also strives to source the best local products available, and they are committed to using seasonal and sustainable ingredients in their cooking. Usually, there’s a long wait to be seated, but luckily we were able to sit down at a table right when we arrived. Tables are peacefully situated under large mesquite trees and umbrellas, providing shade from the piercingly hot sun like a little desert oasis.
Beverages such as locally roasted Café Cortez Coffee, Iced Tea, and Lemonade (all $2.75) are self-serve, while local “Sun Orchard” Orange Juice ($2.95) is ordered from the server.
The Farm at South Mountain works hard to minimize their impact on the environment. Morning Glory Cafe strives to source the best local products available, and they are committed to using seasonal and sustainable ingredients in their cooking.
The only problem with the breakfast side dish of three slices of Applewood Smoked Bacon ($2.50) was that it was brought out 2o minutes before the rest of all the dishes, so of course we requested a new order.
Blueberry Belgian Waffle ($8.95) – House made blueberry Belgian waffle with syrup, and vanilla whipped cream. The waffles were nice, however, they were swimming in syrup. It’s always wiser to allow the customer to put on a much or as little syrup as he or she likes because the waffles will inevitably become soggy no matter how quickly the serves get them to the table.
Morning Glory Benedict ($11.95) – Two poached Hickman farm eggs, braised farm greens, ham, English muffin, with hollandaise and Farm “home fries”. Eggs were poached perfectly, however, the potatoes were lukewarm and tasted old.
Chili & Eggs Cowboy Breakfast ($11.95) – AZ Power Ranches beef, local tepary beans, melted cheddar cheese, two over easy eggs, sour cream, fresh cilantro, and griddled bread. My brother ordered this dish and concluded that although the toast was too hard, the beans and eggs were adequate, but nothing special.
American Breakfast ($8.95) – Two Hickman farm eggs “any style” with a buttermilk biscuit, Farm “home fries” and Applewood smoked bacon or Schreiners sausage. The biscuit was soft and fluffy and tasted like it had been baked fresh that day. Sadly, again, the home fries were old and soggy.
Overall, Morning Glory Cafe is located in a beautiful setting with a lovely atmosphere (you can even bring your dog!) but the food could certainly use some work. Perhaps the kitchen just couldn’t keep up its standards because it was such busy weekend brunch. Hopefully our experience wasn’t the norm!