Sunflower Cafe: This Week's Dining Review

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In this week's Dining column, Scene restaurant critic Carrington Fox visits Sunflower Cafe, the new "nearly vegan and largely gluten-free eatery" on Azalea Place in Berry Hill.

What she encountered at the Sunflower was a bumper crop of bright, winning vegetable flavors.

Fox says that especially in contrast to the "giblet-juiced, lipid-loaded" excess of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, Laura Yazdian and Gabrielle Mittelstaedt's vegetable-based cuisine was tasty yet also light and healthful.

The cafe's "dazzling array of soups, salads, entrees and desserts ... leverage fruits, vegetables and grains into a menu remarkable for its bounty of farm-fresh flavor and creativity," Fox says.

Sunflower Cafe is at 2834 Azalea Place (457-2568). It serves lunch Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and this Friday it's hosting the kickoff dinner to the second annual Tennessee Local Food Summit, which Chris Chamberlain hipped us to last week.

Read Fox's full review here.

Meanwhile, has anybody else sampled the ample buffet at the Sunflower yet? Feel free to comment below.

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