For those who enjoy an added dimension to their dining experience, Bowood’s Café Osage is the place to head. While there you can buy a colorful houseplant, get an artsy gift in their adjoining shop, or replace the shrub that didn’t make it through the winter.
If you haven’t eaten in the Central West End café in a while, you’ll notice that the dining area has been brightened by a sleek, white makeover, funky light fixtures and a wall of entomology drawings.
Thankfully, the menu remains the same. I sit down fully aware of what I’m going to order. Long enamored by their Brie LT, I seldom venture farther down the menu than this classic sandwich revved up with tomato jam, brie cheese, and arugula. My friend orders the same and we split a side of Brussels sprouts, which we demolish quickly.
Having arrived late, it’s nearing 2:30, closing time, when we finish eating. I have a chance to talk with chef/manager David Kirkland and tell him how much I enjoyed his homemade tomato jam. It definitely gives an extra oomph to a memorable sandwich. The recipe is on line and he encourages me to give it a try and let him know how it turns out.
Chef Kirkland’s farm to fork approach is made possible by the restaurant’s three growing areas: the roof herb garden; the quarter-acre plot across the street; and Bowood Farms’ acreage in Clarksville.
Even the bill brings a smile as it’s presented tucked inside an old, primary school reading book. Now it’s time for a stroll in the garden area and gift shop
Café Osage, 4605 Olive St., Central West End. Open: Mon.-Sat. Breakfast 7a-10:30p and Lunch 11a-2:30p. Sun. 9a-2p.