By pure luck, my two employees and I stumbled on this restaurant during our extensive stay in the Mason area for work this summer. What we thought would be a nice dinner away from the hotel became a weekly event (at minimum). Basically, something cheerful to help make our stay away from home a little better. As my employees time in Mason came to an end, my dining experiences at Wildflower became more frequent. It was so nice to have a place where I could dine by myself, but not feel alone. I never felt out of place dining by myself! The team made me feel welcome and so very spoiled. I never dreamed that I would become so connected to the Wildflower team and I will always remember the hospitality that was given to me. Todd, Brittney, Alan, and Tessa will always have a special place in my heart (I haven't had much interaction with the others, but I am sure they are wonderful too). This cafe has that 'X-Factor' that so many restaurants are lacking today.
From early June - August, I visited at least 20 times. Business brought me back to the Mason area Thursday and Friday (11/15 & 11/16), so I was able to enjoy back to back visits with my friends. The menu changes seasonally, so it is difficult to become bored (one reason why I visited so frequently).
I can safely say that every dish I ordered at Wildflower has been absolutely wonderful. I did take a few pics along the way, so I will attempt to load some of the pics later. For dinner, I tried practically every dish (Jerk Pork, Gravel Knolls Chicken with Puff Pastry, Ravioli with Balsamic Reduction, and countless beef and fish dishes). The salad is great (maybe because it is so fresh) and the cheeseboard is wonderful. A few times during the end of my stay, they had a mouthwatering Gumbo with Dirty Rice. I'm such a fan that I am trying to replicate it at home. I did have a few opportunities to enjoy lunch too. The grilled cheese is mouthwatering, the burger is the best I have ever had, and the quiche was amazing.
My dinner Thursday night was Butternut Ravioli with a Chardonnay sauce. It was like nothing I have had before. Simply delightful! Before driving home Friday, I enjoyed dinner again. This time I had Almond Crusted Trout with Risotto and Broccoli, along with a Wildflower salad. The trout was cooked perfectly, as always. This establishment is all about taking time out to relax and enjoy your meal. I love that.
What about the beer and wine? I have to say that I have enjoyed my fair share during my visits. I just love that everything on tap is a craft beer. I believe they have 6 on tap at any given time. The selections change frequently, but I was always able to find at least one that I enjoyed (I love Belgium's/Wheat's/Pale Ale's). If you enjoy wine, I highly recommend ordering one made by Burnet Ridge. I had the pleasure of having dinner when the winemaker was dining. Let me tell you how wonder those conversations were! I like both reds and whites, so I did sample some of each along the way. My favorite red is the Purple Trillium. As for white, the Pinot Gris is my favorite.
For those of you who are local, give this restaurant a try. You will not regret it! Don't forget to make reservations.