An Intimate Look At Turn In Grand Center Arts District
Turn, the traditional American café recently opened by chef David Kirkland, extends the chef’s reputation for seasonal cuisine earned at the garden-to-table eatery, Café Osage. Fruits and vegetables from local producers enhance offerings, from multigrain pancakes to the grilled salmon sandwich. Kirkland’s passion for preserves shines through in the attention paid to garnishes, fruit spreads and compotes.
While referencing the ‘turning’ seasons, the menu also hints at the second meaning of the restaurant’s name: it features a side A for breakfast and a side B for lunch, along with liner notes for the sides, referencing the trappings of vinyl records. Along with those not-so-subtle record references are the décor and even the location in the .ZACK building, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s multi-use arts facility. One of his neighbors also happens to be the independent Music Record Shop.
One of the must-try standards at this breakfast and lunch eatery is the biscuit flight. Each of the four flaky, fluffy mounds of dough has a unique flavor—all enhanced by Kirkland’s seasonal house-made jams. Another customer favorite are the biscuits and gravy, which will bring back memories for those who first tasted them at Café Osage. Either meal can be washed down with coffee, juice or something stronger, like a signature cocktail. Later in the day, Kirkland’s focus shifts to catering throughout the .ZACK building and beyond.
While You’re In The Neighborhood, Visit …
The Bronson House
The newly renovated patio of this 132-year-old Victorian home is a beautiful place to enjoy drinks and live music.
3201 Washington Blvd.
The Fountain on Locust
Ice cream is a must at this art deco-inspired eatery, whether drenched in house-made sauce or floating in a specialty libation.
3037 Locust St.
Sweetie Pie’s The Upper Crust
This venue’s delicious soul food attracts customers near and far, helped by the popular reality TV show, “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”
3643 Delmar Blvd.
This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District. Pick up your complimentary copy.
Photography by Carmen Troesser.