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A Mountain of Food

A plentiful portion of Szechuan beef at Garden Bakery. Paula E. Kirman

Garden Bakery
10019 106 Avenue
(780) 423-7828

I have been to Garden Bakery numerous times to enjoy the delicious assortment of baked goods, but never had an actual meal here. That changed recently when I headed upstairs to have lunch.

We were seated by a very friendly waitress. Looking at the overwhelming menu – pages and  pages with dense lists of soups, snacks, entrees, beverages, rice dishes, congees, barbecue, rice dishes, and just about anything else you can think of, it took us quite a while to decide upon what we would have.When we finally did, we decided to stick with the tried and true – he had lemon chicken while I had Szechuan beef on rice.

The lemon chicken was a large potion, cut up and covered in a lemon sauce that was not too sweet. The chicken was a little on the chewy side and overcooked in some spots, but overall it was crispy and delicious. 

A word to describe my meal is: mountain. For $9 I had a huge pile of steamed white rice covered in crispy beef shreds and vegetables. I would have labelled the meal ginger beef, as the sauce had a mild and pleasant ginger taste, while Szechuan beef tends to be spicier. That aside, it was wonderful. The sauce enhanced the rice and there was no way I was going to be able to finish the entire meal.

Afterwards, we strolled through the bakery area and picked out a few items. I enjoyed some sweet buns, caked slices, bean cakes, and other treats for several days after.

Individual dishes cost around $12 at the most, with a variety of snack dishes and smaller items that are very inexpensive. Garden Bakery would be a great place to go with a group to share a wide variety of food. It is also open until 3:30 a.m. most days, so it is also a late night dining option in the area.

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