Merrifield Garden Center Café
6895 Wellington Rd.
Gainesville, VA 20156
Tucked away in a back corner of the Gainesville Merrifield Garden Center is the delightful Merrifield Café. Manager Chance Warhurst, grandson of Merrifield co-founder Bob Warhurst, has done a superb job of creating a small dining oasis in the midst of a bustling nursery. Open year round with about 25 seats, it is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch 7 days a week. We often visit on Sundays after church to avoid the crowds at chain restaurants. They offer an array of fresh salads, made-to- order sandwiches, and breakfast items all reasonably priced. Coffee is always free and the most expensive item on the breakfast menu is $6.00.
Four of my favorites for brunch. Large fluffy pancakes, great French toast with bacon, omelets with an assortment of fresh ingredients, and a killer sausage breakfast sandwich.
My favorite sandwich for lunch is the hot roast beef and cheese with a tasty sweet mayo. My wife raves about the lamb gyros. Honestly we have had nothing that wasn’t great, which can make ordering a dilemma at times. If you can go a little early getting there before noon is best. Lunch can be busy with locals and tradesmen from the area who know they can get an inexpensive fresh high quality lunch quickly. Summer means patio seating is available so there is plenty of room. Merrifield has always been known for their wide selection of high quality plants, it’s great they have taken the same approach to the Café.