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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

126 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Haines Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 266-6993

Website:
http://www.homegrowncafe.com/

Entertainment:
Live music Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 10 pm

Catering:
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.
http://www.homegrowncafe.com/CateringMenu.pdf

Parking Details:
A public parking lot is located directly behind Home Grown Cafe.
Street parking may be available

Public Transit:
Dart bus system stops one block down on Main Street.

Executive Chef:
Brian Callahan

Additional:
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

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (730)
Neighborhood Gem (713)
Great for Lunch (555)
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Good for Groups (457)
Great for Brunch (367)
Hot Spot (307)
Vibrant Bar Scene (296)
Great for Outdoor Dining (285)
Kid-friendly (194)
Special Occasion (194)
Late-night Find (168)
Notable Wine List (123)
Romantic (94)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Casual (16)
Vegan (14)
Healthy (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Organic (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Scenic View (9)
Fun (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great Beer (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Live Music (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Authentic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Really good food and atmosphere. Perfect for those of us with eating restrictions or a different lifestyle. The service was 'meh,' our guy was really slow however overall I think we'd definitely go back.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Vegan, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Overall it was good. But fryed Potatoes in plane plants pots taste good, but lookes weird. Good beer selection.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 21, 2017

It is great that Home Grown has a Gluten Sensitive menu. So important these days. Our server was delightful and made the lunch even more enjoyable.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great selection of ingredients - healthy and delicious!

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Pre- theater. U OF D

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Home Grown is usually a go-to favorite of mine when I visit from New York, but with a new chef and a new menu, I'm not as impressed with the vegan options. Overall, the food was good (I got the "bang bang" rice bowl), but I miss the old menu!

Tags: Vegan, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Healthy, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Food selection is great. Our go to restaurant on Newark when we attend plays at U OF D. Sometimes the service is slow and forgetful. Can wait a while getting coffee / check.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Great Vegetarian menu!!! Lots of variety! Great wait staff!

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Our server was funny, personable and recommended some great choices. Our party was made up of out of town visitors there for business.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2016

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+

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2016

The Dirty Burger was the best burger I've ever had!

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2016

The food was amazing! I would definitely go back again. They have something for everyone. They are vegan & vegetarian friendly but also have meals with bacon! The buffalo cauliflower were fabulous!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Another good meal with good service. Great options for vegetarians.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Organic, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Our server was the most pleasant one we've ever experienced. She went out of her way to be friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. She truly added to the dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Great Service and Food was delicious and filling. Everyone enjoyed what they selected and was will to share their selection.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Food was great. Matt our server was very attentive. This was our second visit and we were not disappointed.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Home Grown is consistently good - with fresh ingredients and a creative menu. It was the first time a friend dined there and she had trouble deciding between several menu items because of the good selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Friendly reception, comfortable seating, attentive service, great food!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants. Like the wraps. Very vegetarian friendly. Good selection of beer.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Vegan, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 17, 2016

First time for brunch. Extensive choices to satisfy any palette on the menu. Food was good, service a bit inattentive. Would return.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 4, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 4, 2016

The cocktail menu is fun. I'm a pescatarian and Home Grown is my favorite restaurant in Newark. There are so many and delicious offerings, and I feel good about eating there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Great dinner

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 8, 2016

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 18, 2016

Home grown really does a great job of different foods. I had the Veggie burger and it was great. Service was excellent, there when you wanted the waiter and not when we were talking. great different foods..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 30, 2016

HomeGrown is a unique restaurant on Main St. in Newark DE. Serving healthy unique dishes. We've been going for years and have always been very satisfied with the service, food and ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 16, 2016

Home grown is my place to go in Newark! I never really stray from my usual food: Bahn Mi, pot o fries, house salad. But I always change up the protein and the countless options and combinations make each visit more and more exciting!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 9, 2016

We made reservations, but we were still seated next to the door. It was cold and I asked to be moved. The service was quite slow. I was not impressed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 20, 2016

I miss the old Home Grown menu. It is now like an Chipotle where you pick your protein, then your wrap and all the other pieces of your meal. Just not the same. Somewhat disappointed.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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."

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Good selection of vegan options!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2016

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 30, 2016

There are many more interesting things on the menu since I was last there. The cauliflower 'wings' were fantastic as was the tempura avocado taco. Will definately go back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2015

Very enjoyable quick dinner. Eclectic menu with lots of options.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2015

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2015

Brunch is the best at Homegrown. So many different spins on classic items and it is always delicious. Service is good and servers are helpful and give their opinions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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