Sage Garden Cafe

Restaurant review of Sage Garden Cafe in Frankfort KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Sage Garden Cafe,

Review guidelines:

1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

September 26, 2015 - Lunch

Sage Garden Café

3690 East-West Connector
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 352-2725
Restaurant review of Sage Garden Cafe in Frankfort KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Sage Garden Cafe,

This restaurant has been around for a while, but my crowd only discovered it a couple years ago. It is adjacent to, but managed separately from, Wilson’s Nurseries in Frankfort. It is large and sunny with outdoor dining available in the summer. Sage Garden reminds me a lot of the former Flag Fork Herb Farm in Lexington that many of us came to know and love. The basic premise is a soup, salad, sandwich café-style menu. Their menu offerings are much better than the run-of-the-mill café however. The occasion of our visit was a girls’ Saturday lunch.

The menu is quite long and varied. I chose the Bluegrass Benedictine ½ and ½ combo (1/2 sandwich and choice of soup, side or salad). The sandwich was described as “Kentucky Benedictine on house-made oatmeal walnut bread”. I chose “Herbed Up Roasted Spuds” for my side. Both were delicious. Their oatmeal walnut bread is always a hit for me as the vehicle for whatever sandwich I happen to choose. Did I mention that they bake all their own breads and desserts on site? And, more importantly, they do quite a bit of take home business for their baked goods and sandwich spreads. I bought some of the yummy Benedictine to take home. One of my friends chose the Grilled Veggie Wrap. The other friend chose the “BBT” – a Benedictine sandwich with turkey and bacon added. Both enjoyed their lunch as much as I did. Service was excellent. Because the dining room is a decent size, patrons are not rushed to turn over the tables, making for a more leisurely experience. My lunch with tax and tip was $27.32 but included dessert and the take-home container of Benedictine spread.

I have dined at Sage Garden probably a dozen times in the past couple of years. The food and service are always top notch. This is a great day trip for Central KY people. Before or after your meal, there is much to do at Wilson’s Nurseries whether browsing their outdoor plants, seasonal flowers, and patio furniture or their selection of seasonal décor, Christmas ornaments, soaps, candles, and lotions – everyone is sure to find some unique items.

Sage Garden also serves brunch and does catering and box lunches for special events. Check out their hours of operation and full menu on their website.  Reservations are suggested for larger groups, but smaller walk-in parties are welcome.

Gluten Free Options – none advertised.
Vegetarian Options – quite a few items noted; also some menu items can be made vegetarian upon request.

Restaurant reviews, Central Kentucky restaurant reviews, Central Kentucky,