Monday, January 19, 2015

Dog Mountain Farm to Table Cafe - Carnation, WA

Dog Mountain Farm to Table Cafe - Carnation, Washington
I ordinarily don't do restaurant reviews, but I was motivated to write one after a meal I had this weekend. After a short hike on the nearby Snoqualmie River Trail with some friends, we naturally wanted to have a bite to eat.  I won't speak for my friends, but one of my main motivations for hiking is to burn off calories so I can eat!  We decided to stop at the Dog Mountain Farm to Table Cafe.  As you can tell from the outside, it is a converted old gas station including the antique gas pumps and has outdoor seating both in front and in the back making it a dog-friendly place to enjoy a meal on a sunny day.
Fresh Produce Stand Year-round
Before entering, we checked out the fresh organic produce, some of it grown right at Dog Mountain Farm.  The produce stand is open year round, so some of the produce by necessity is not local during the winter months.
Wild Honey and Gourmet Jellies and Jam for Sale
 After stepping inside, there is an area with wild honey, gourmet jams and jellies, a freezer with poultry raised on the farm and other tasty food items available for sale.
Dog Mountain Farm to Table Cafe Menu
 Since it was a weekend day around noon, we could choose from both the brunch and lunch menus.  With so many yummy sounding dishes to choose from, it took me awhile to decide what to order. Meals can be ordered to eat at the cafe or for take-out.
Specials at the Dog Mountain Cafe
 Adding to my indecisiveness, I had to consider the daily specials!  Orders are taken at the counter and your meal is served to your place on the long farm-style tables. You can gather up produce, jams, honey, bakery, dairy and take-home meals and pay for everything as you leave.
Farm Fresh Eggs, Locally-made Cheeses and other Goodies
 In addition to the produce outside there are fresh eggs from the farm, local cheeses and other goods in a refrigerator for sale.
Bakery Goods at Dog Mountain Farm Cafe
 And of course, don't forget the bakery.  On the day we visited the dessert selections included pecan pie, German apple cake (both gluten-free and regular gluten recipes), rosemary lemon scones and maple walnut muffins with cream cheese frosting.
Healthy Benedict at Dog Mountain Farm Cafe
I decided to order the Healthy Benedict and it was delicious!  Grilled sweet potato slices topped with greens, perfectly poached eggs drizzled with a balsamic reduction.  Yum!  As you can see the presentation was lovely with garnishes of colorful cherry tomatoes and fresh fruit.   If you are in the Carnation area and looking for place to eat lunch or brunch with local organic ingredients, check out the Dog Mountain Farm to Table Cafe.Dog Mountain Farms offers four course farm dinners and culinary classes.


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