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Tastes from the Kitchen – The Garden Griddle

The Garden Griddle is a family restaurant, in every sense of the word. Not only is it family-owned and operated, it’s designed to be the kind of place you can take your family for a comforting, fresh meal that will satisfy any palate…young or old. More than that, the staff treats each customer like they’re family…a fact that means you’re sure to find “regulars” scattered throughout the restaurant, no matter when you choose to visit.

Because Sarah Cox and her family used to own the Mattawan Market, they have nurtured longlasting relationships with local farmers. This means that they have access year-round to fresh ingredients and the menu is full of dishes that feature local produce. They focus on preserving what they can so that, during long winter months, diners can continue to enjoy Michigan’s abundance. The Garden Griddle offers the kind of from-scratch, comforting and fresh food that reminds you of days gone by.

The Garden Griddle just relocated from its previous location in Mattawan to its new home in Paw Paw, where seating has more than doubled. The increased square footage allows the restaurant to accommodate events in the evening. The Garden Griddle is also home to a full service catering company, Creative Catering Services, which makes it the perfect place for a rehearsal dinner or baby shower.

Many items on the menu are made-to-order, allowing customers to design a dish that is perfect for them. This means that vegetarians and meat-lovers as well as those with food allergies or sensitivities can find something they’ll love. The Garden Griddle serves breakfast and lunch every day but Sunday, with old favorite like Eggs Benedict, omelets and Reuben sandwiches and unique creations like the Good Morning Quesadilla, the French Toast Sandwich and best burger winner The Devil Dog Burger. WWMT recently recognized The Garden Griddle as one of the top three breakfast places in West Michigan.

The Garden Griddle is famous for ending each meal with a sweet treat. If customers don’t choose a delicious dessert from the menu, they at least leave with a homemade muffin or cookie. The staff bakes hundreds of cookies each week and they are constantly looking for new flavor pairings to delight their guests’ taste buds. Sarah has generously offered to share their recipe for our guests to experiment with and find their own favorite combinations.

Create Your Own Cookie

  • 2 ½ C. flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 C. butter
  • ¾ C. sugar
  • ¾ C. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla (more if you like)
  • 2 C. of your favorite add-in combination


  • Andes mint pieces + chocolate chips
  • M&Ms + chocolate chips
  • Bacon pieces + chocolate chips
  • Caramel chips + pretzel pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugars until one texture and color. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again till same texture and color. Then flour, baking soda, salt and preferred add-ins (your imagination is your only limitation!) and mix until combined. Use an ice cream scoop to portion onto baking sheets, then bake for 12-14 minutes.

Erica Shier is a married mother of four who loves reading, scrapbooking & thrift stores. When she’s not driving her small pack of children around, she spends her time volunteering, writing & trying to keep on top of the laundry.

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