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About Home Grown Café
Home Grown Cafe is a downtown Newark staple, residing centrally on Main St. for over 16 years. Enjoy made from scratch food for vegan, vegetarian, carnivorous & gluten-sensitive lifestyles in a family friendly environment. Our bar features a large array of spirits including house crafted libations, over 65 beers, and boutique vineyard wines. Colorful walls are adorned with local art, and local music fills the space Wednesday through Saturday evenings. HGC hosts an amazing weekend brunch - available both Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am - 3 pm. Local delivery is available. Catering with customized menus and staff is available for any style of event.
City parking lot in the rear.
Owner: Sasha Aber
Executive Chef: Brian Callahan
Sous Chef: Shawn McGriff
General Manager: Matt McConnell
Newark, DE 19711
Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Burgers
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11 am - 1 am
Saturday 9:30 am - 1 am
Sunday 9:30 am - midnight
Brunch Sat. & Sun. 9:30 - 3
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 10 pm
Enjoy items from Home Grown Café's menu prepared & presented on a larger scale, as well as custom menus for a variety of occasions and dietary needs.
A public parking lot is located directly behind Home Grown Cafe.
Street parking may be available
Dart bus system stops one block down on Main Street.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Home Grown Café Ratings and Reviews
Home Grown has offered consistently very good to outstanding food since they opened. They had a little menu issue a few years ago but that seems to have been cleared up. They appear to have tweaked their mushroom soup recipe in my most recent visit, making it THE BEST mushroom soup I have ever had, including that at Longwood Gardens.
First time dinning there. Nothing special. Mushroom soup was very sour. All rice bowls were spicy. Unfortunately no one told this to us and my children could not eat their dinner after long day at the swim meet. Got mojito for myself, it was very mediocre. Will not go there again.
Sunday brunch was yummy, and Homegrown's menu is always very interesting. I got the quiche with the side salad. The quiche was very good but the salad was a little boring. I experienced BRUNCH ENVY when I saw my husband's meal -- the veggie omelet with home fries. Wish I had gotten that! It was a little loud in the restaurant because it was Parents' Weekend at U of D so the place was a little jammed. Glad we had a reservation! Even still, our server was prompt, friendly and attentive. I would recommend Homegrown to family and friends. B+
For the most part, the menu is neutral with regard to protein preference: there is no "vegetarian selections" section apart from the "regular" menu, for example. Most entrees are described in terms of their non-protein ingredients, then a selection of protein choices are shown. This allows diners to create their own meals around dining preferences without feeling directed or judged for those choices. I have been there multiple times and have sampled both meat-based and vegetarian selections and find the quality and flavor of everything to be wonderful. Some people feel very strongly about their dietary choices and may not appreciate an establishment that caters so neutrally to all, but for anyone looking for a balance of food choices or to accommodate a diverse group of friends or relatives, Home Grown can't be beat.
I'll preface this by saying it was VERY busy, but thanks to our Open Table reservation, we were seated right away. I've eaten there on several occasions before, but not in over a year. The service wasn't great on this evening, it was quite slow and kind of inattentive. In their rush, I was given a water glass with a shattered bottom. The food is usually very good, but I wasn't impressed with the beef tips (one of the most expensive things on the menu). Our other guests were happy with their meals (burger, pasta bowl). The french fries and aioli are always a favorite. They also have many gluten free options. The drink menu has unique, but delicious choices. It's nice that they can split the cost of appetizers between guests who have separate checks.
Homegrown's atmosphere speaks wonders about its roots and priorities. The menu is packed with veggie-centric entrees and gives a choose-your-own-adventure option for meats on most dishes. A nice place to go every once in a while - but the price point will keep you from showing up every week.
We came here for Mother's Day Brunch. We love their brunch menu. We were seated and our order taken. Our server clearly forgot my side of vegan sausage, so when she brought out our food I reminded her.
Someone else brought out something I had never seen before--it looked like a fried flat falafel. I did not eat it, and when the server came to clear our plates, I told her I had no clue what it was.
She never came to refill coffee cups, water glasses, or ask how anything was. Those were very expensive coffees we had, since we only got one cup. She saw the sausage was uneaten, yet it was on the bill.
Service was unacceptable.
We booked our reservation and clearly stated it was our daughter's birthday, and she was vegan. We were seated at a booth with ripped seats (many are in there). They were out of the chile/cinnamon infused simple syrup needed for one of their featured drinks. We ordered and got our food which was very good. We got the bill--nothing for our daughter's birthday. I went to the cashier/hostess and asked if they were aware of her birthday. I was told they do not sing happy birthday, which I said was fine, but were they aware and do they do desserts? She checked out reservation and saw it. She offered to bring out a vegan creme brulee, but we had already paid. We then went to get our parking vouchers, only to be told they were "out."
Breakfast was very good. Service attentive. We had the Eggs Benedict and a Tex mex omelet. Bloody Mary's were on the spicy side, which is good. The mix was a perfect consistency, not too thick, not watery. And no ridiculous piling on of the garnished. Excellent.
Went for Sunday brunch at noon. They were not busy - half full with plenty of staff. Server was prompt to take order - never came back - waited a very long time for food. Order was incomplete so had to flag down another server. Food was semi warm. Toast was burnt, potatoes (fries) leather on the outside - mush in the middle. Overeasy egg was cold.
This place does not live up to it's online hipe - not even close.
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