In a county with way too many over priced restaurants, a great meal at a fair price is unparalleled. Since the dawn of the fast food joint, the burger and fries has been joined by the chicken nugget meal. Garden Catering really has perfected the deep fried white meat. With 6 of their 8 locations in the FC, a quick ride on the Merritt will expedite anyone to high cholesterol.
Garden Catering’s menu offers an assortment of wraps, salads, and soups, but the keen connoisseur goes straight for: The Junior Special with Cones and Fries (or more adeptly know as The Baby).
The Junior Special has less than the Special, but the food is the same. The nugget is bulky, crispy, and pure deep-fried excellence. The fries are the classic boardwalk fries but the potato really makes its appearance in the cones. The cones are the must-try for any Garden Catering beginner. The egg shaped goodness is no more than deep fried mash potato balls, but they melt in your mouth and are simply quintessential. The assortment comes in a foil lined paper bag but the real magic happens with the “seasoning”. The seasoning is added while the contents are fresh from the fryolator and those of you south of the Mason-Dixon line know it as Old Bay. Paired with their honey mustard to counter the salty seasoning, there’s no waiting to dig in.
Spotlight by: Simone Greenspan
ATTENTION GARDEN CATERING EXECS: I have noticed that both the regular AND junior special used to come with a can of soda, and since middle school the prices have gone up and the portions are smaller. The food is just as delicious, but we at the FCL are astute and were not fooled. For $4.99 all-in, the Junior Special is not as filling as it used to be but certainly worthwhile. I guess my arteries thank you.