The true draw to the Garland, however, is its unusual menu. There are many healthy choices, a variety of salads, and not those fake salads that many restaurants offer that are about 3 times as many calories as some of the other entrees, but 'real' salads with dark greens, fresh vegetables, and low-calorie dressings. The salads could be enhanced with a variety of choices including chicken, salmon, and tofu. There were a variety of interesting pasta dishes as well. It looked like breakfast was served all day and there were at least a half-dozen distinctly different omelettes to try and a number of healthy accompaniments.
I ordered a salmon linguine they had on special that was made of wheat noodles, salmon, mushrooms, onions, and brocolli, in an oil that was probably not as healthy as it could have been, but boy, was it good! Four of us split a hummis appetizer that came with warm wheat pita bread, cucumbers, and a few black olives. The Greek salad had two large scoops of hummis atop deep green spinich with feta cheese. The salmon dinner came with a side of mashed potatoes so large they served it in a bowl about the size of a cereal bowl. The meal for four with 3 iced teas and the one appetizer was $53.00. None of us had room for dessert.
One drawback was the unisex, one-seater bathroom. We were, thankfully, the only patrons in the place, but that could have been a serious issue during a busy time.
December 8, 2002
From journal Sonoran Serenity - Tucson, Arizona