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Mayer's Garden

A modern industrial interior that blends indoors and outdoors seamlessly, thanks to massive garage-style doors that open the patio to the dining room. Once inside, the main dining room features plenty of warm wood tables and caramel-colored chairs, which softens the industrial tones. A massive television sits on one wall, but is surrounded by wrought iron shelves filled with plants to reinforce the garden name. The menu section labeled "Nuggies," which admittedly is a word we don't see on menus that often. "Nuggies" are either chicken or portobello nuggets, battered and fried, then served by the bowl along with two dipping sauces from a quartet of choices. Intrigued, we opted for the more traditional chicken nuggies ($11) and came away suitably impressed. Each bite of moist chicken was encased in a golden fried casing that managed to be crunchy all the way to the bottom of the bowl without becoming soggy. Odd name aside, a bowl of the addictive nuggies is easily enough for two people to share. The rest of the menu is fleshed out with a selection of salads and sandwiches, including a clever take on the traditional BLT ($13) that subs in a fried green tomato and adds a flavorful Old Bay remoulade. We also tried the blackened cod fish tacos ($13) and found the fish to be fresh and flaky, but the blackening rub could use a bit more kick in our opinion.
Chris Wolfgang
  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m.-12 a.m.; Thursday 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Friday 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 11am-2am; Sunday 11a.m.-12 a.m.
  • Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Takeout