PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- If you're looking for fresh, local cuisine with spectacular desert views, look no further than Gertrude's in Phoenix, located right inside the Desert Botanical Garden. The restaurant is known for its seasonally-inspired cooking that combines American favorites with classic flavors from around the globe.

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Gertrudes' seasonal menus celebrate Arizona’s growers while offering a sophisticated culinary experience in a peaceful desert setting. Many ingredients come directly from the farm and pasture to the plate. The dishes served are bursting with color, flavor and freshness, and can often resemble a botanical garden on a plate.

The menu emulates what you might find in a garden. Whenever possible, Gertrude’s purchases locally-grown, sustainable, naturally-raised and organic products.

The restaurant’s highly-acclaimed patio is the perfect setting for a quick lunch, leisurely glass of wine, or exquisite four-course dinner in a stunning garden setting. It's a great location for a date night or even a romantic spot to pop the question. "We have proposals, weddings. We get to be a part of a lot of celebrations of different parts of life and it’s fun."

While the meal delivers delicacies of the desert, it's even better followed by a leisurely stroll in the garden. "As you drive downtown, you can see cactus everywhere. But to see it set like this and in a garden setting, with all the floral and the fauna and the little critters and the lights, I think that it is a gem and I think that more and more people will discover it as time goes on."

Gertrude, the restaurant’s namesake, was a rare gem herself. Gertrude Divine Webster founded the garden in 1939. She was a humanitarian a little ahead of her time. "She felt that this plot of land here spoke to her. She handpicked it out; she worked it with her hands, and set it up to a place where people can come and reflect and to find peace."

Try appetizers like crap dip and smoked/fried tofu, salads like the Smoked Salmon salad or the Grain & Seeds Bowl, of mail dishes like Korean Chicken, Roasted Half Duck or Seared Scallops.

Gertrude's:

Open for brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails and kid’s meals. For info, go online or call 480-719-8600.

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Lunch and dinner service from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Brunch: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dinner: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Desert Botanical Garden

1201. N. Galvin Parkway

Phoenix, AZ 85008

 

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