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Taste Buds: Salsa Garden

Wheeling eatery has new name, same great food

June 7, 2012

Well the word is out.

One of the Buds' favorite haunts in their own neck of the woods has recently changed ownership. Naturally, the Buds were eager to check it out.

Edgewood's trendy lunch spot which opened nearly ten years ago, the Salsa Cafe, is now the Salsa Garden.

We know! The California-style burritos and wraps were amazing, so we are happy to report that fans of the former need not worry - they will still find most of their old favorites on the menu as well as a few new items.

Perhaps the most noticeable change to the eatery is the decor. New owners have swapped the stuffed couches and quirky decor for pub tables and a darker coat of paint resulting in a more modern atmosphere.

But enough about that - let's get down to business!

Like we said before, the menu at Salsa Garden is much the same featuring a variety of bean burritos on which patrons may add taco meat, chicken or spinach as well as specialty burritos such as the Atomic, Zen, and Buffalo Chicken Mango.

Wraps include the chicken feta, hot turkey bacon, California club, Hawaiian club, turkey cranberry (a Bud Em fave!), buffalo chicken, Mediterranean chicken and grilled chicken. Tacos filled with chicken, beef or beans are available as well as several soups including the always ready veggie black bean chili and a handful of daily soups.

There is no shortage of delicious salads on the menu, among them are garden, spinach, veggie spinach, taco, Zen, chicken feta and the "MO" salad. Patrons may also be treated to side orders of chips with garden salsa, guacamole or specialty salsas.

Bud Em, who has long been a fan of the spinach burrito and the turkey cranberry wrap decided to try something new and set her sights on the Hawaiian club wrap.

Filled with roasted red cream cheese, spring mix greens, bacon, grilled chicken and pineapple salsa, Bud Em found herself a $7.25 taste of heaven. The soft wrap was fantastic as the sweet and salty mixture of flavors created quite a stir of taste bud activity. She would certainly order this one again!

On the advice of an employee, Bud Shaunna decided to give new menu item the "MO" salad a whirl. Served in a large, intricately designed pottery bowl, Bud Shaunna was instantly pleased to find all mixed greens - no iceberg lettuce here! The grilled chicken was diced which made it easy to mix in with the guacamole, white rice, black beans and spicy chipotle salsa. The flavors of the salad in combination were fresh and delicious. Did we mention the chipotle salsa was spicy? At $7.75, this salad was definitely filling, refreshing and tangy.

Both Buds added side orders of chips and salsa - Bud Em chose guacamole and Bud Shaunna picked garden salsa. Ranging between $3-$4, these were tasty additions to round out our meals.

While the old Salsa Cafe name may be gone, the great food and the casual atmosphere still remain. The new Salsa Garden is affordable, quick and tasty, and the Buds think it will remain a lunch time staple.

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