I usually pack my lunch at work since there aren’t really many decent options for eating out (except for the occasional food truck; but lately I’ve been a bit disappointed by the slowness of service and high prices of food trucks). But a while back, my labmates and I discovered Green Acres Cafe, located rather close-ish to my building. We have visited a couple of times, and I’ve enjoyed my experiences there. Fellow bloggers Dennis, Cathy, and CC also took a visit in May – check links at the end of the post!
Green Acre is a Brian Malarkey restaurant (he also owns Searsucker, Burlap, Gabardine, Gingham, Herringbone, and Campine – all located in the San Diego area). I actually liked watching Brian on Top Chef, but I’ve heard that his more recent TV show, The Taste, hasn’t been all that great. I haven’t watched it, though.
Out of all the Malarkey restaurants, I’ve only been to Searsucker and Green Acre. I liked Searsucker a lot and have been meaning to return. Unfortunately, some of the other restaurants do not have the best reviews so I’ve been a bit hesitant about trying them out.
Green Acre truly is quite green. There’s a lovely garden right outside of the restaurant. I haven’t really had the chance to explore it, but it’s certainly refreshing from all the bland office buildings all around.
The interior decor is quite adorable, too. Snacks (chips, popcorn, etc.), drinks, cookbooks, etc… but my favorite part? The super vintage wooden badminton rackets on the lower right! Haha.
Ordering counter, menu, and specials board…
FYI, the food photos are actually from a different visit than when I took the menu photos… haha. So the soup I ordered actually wasn’t what was listed on the menu.I knew that a sandwich would be more than enough for my meal, but when I saw that the soup of the day was corn & peppers, I just could not resist. In fact, I actually placed my order already, noticed the soup, then asked one of my labmates behind me in line to order it for me. Haha. It turned out to be really delicious – the corn was so sweet! And it was fresh off the cob, too. The peppers added a nice kick. It was also quite light on the cream, making it a great summer-y soup. Labmate’s Crust-ocean sandwich, which is stone crab & shrimp salad, dressed with lemon, greens, and tomatoes, on sourdough bread. I’ve had this sandwich before and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, my allergy to crab recently got worse (probably ate too much crab at Sycuan buffet and Vegas buffets…), so I don’t think I’ll be able to have this again. Major sadness. Oh well, at least I got to try it before my allergy worsed. I chose the tuna melt panini.