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The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


USD 2 - USD 10
American, Cafe, Barbecue
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Half Rainbow Sandwich $5.95
The Rainbow Sandwich
A three layered sandwich w/ homemade chicken salad, pimento cheese & cucumber spread on crustless white & wheat bread served w/ chips and a pickle "or build your own layers"
Bread: Wheat, Sour Dough. Sandwich Choice: Turkey, Ham, Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese, Cucumber Spread. Cheese: Mild Cheddar, Pepper Jack, American, Provolone, Swiss. Toppings: Tomato, Lettuce, Onions, Pickles, Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup. Add Ons: Grilled Onions $.75, Bacon $1
Whole $7.95
Half $5.95
Deli Sandwiches
Served with chips and a pickle
Grilled Cheese
Swiss, cheddar & american cheese on wheat or sourdough bread
Reg $5.95
Jumbo $6.95
BBQ Sandwich
Pork or chicken topped with regular or spicy slaw
Piglet Pak
Three piglet sandwiches with pork or chicken. Served w/ chips and pickle
Bowl $4.95
Cup $3.95
Chili Pie $6.75
Homemade Chili
Cheese, chive, sour cream, jalapenos on top of fritos
Dressings: ranch, lite ranch, blue cheese, 1000 island, honey mustard, house (Italian vinaigrette). Extra dressing free, extra dressing $0.35 each
Smoked Chicken Salad
Garden salad loaded with green peppers, cucumbers, cheese, green onions, bacon bits, tomatoes, and our smoked chicken breast
Garden Salad
Chef Salad
All the veggies as above with, turkey, ham, cheddar and swiss cheese
Side Salad
All the veggies as above
Without Meat $5.95
Stuffed Potato
Stuffed with your choice of butter, sour cream, cheese, chives, bacon bits, jalapenos, pork or chicken
BBQ Plate
Pork or chicken served w/ 2 sides & texas toast
BBQ Plate Combo
Can't decide! Then get pork & chicken w/ 2 sides & texas toast
BBQ Tacos
2 soft tacos with lettuce, cheese, choice of pork or chicken w/ sour cream on side
Charcoal Grilled Hamburgers
Served with chips
Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla
Chicken and cheese covered in our wing sauce & ranch dressing
All beef grilled hot dog topped with pork and slaw served with pickle
BBQ Nachos
Cheese Quesadilla
BBQ Quesadilla
Pork or chicken includes cheese, chives, slaw & jalapenos (sour cream on the side)
when available
Small Rib Basket
Served w/ 1 side & texas toast
3 Rib Combo Plate
W/ pork or chicken and served w/ 2 sides & texas toast
Large Rib Basket
Served w/ 1 side & texas toast
Rib Sandwich
Plain Hot Dog
The Works Hot Dog
Kids Pak
Your choice of a hotdog, corndog, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets or 1 piglet bbq sandwich. Comes with chips, a treat & a koolaid jammer
Small $2.25
Large $4.25
Small $2.5
Large $5.25
Hot Slaw
Small $2.25
Large $4.25
Baked Beans
Corn on the Cob
Small $2.5
Large $5.25
Hashbrown Casserole
Small $2.5
Large $5.25
Potato Salad
Texas Toast / Buns
BBQ or Plain Chips
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here between visits to Ruby Falls and Rock City. This made for a quick and tasty lunch! All 3 BBQ sauces are good but I prefer the sweet sauce. The pork bbq is tasty and I had potato salad and slaw. It was...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank AgentAutumn
Reviewed 30 December 2018

Had lunch. Chicken, ribs, pulled pork were all good. Chili is good; similar to Wendy’s but a bit more flavor and spice. But it was very good. Staff were good, prompt and courteous. Very good. Noted the juxtaposition while there: old fashioned setup (see note...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PJM102
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

The food was good, but the atmosphere was just so cozy. I got the chilli pie with jalapenos. Go, you won't regret it!

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank haleyiam
Reviewed 4 December 2018

We were greeted and seated quickly. The waitstaff were very pleasant. I had a burger and it was very tasty! I have been there a couple times previously and each meal was delicious!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DarnedYankee
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

Visited at an odd hour: 3:30 and found the place mostly full. Thoroughly enjoyed their barbecue sandwiches. Highly recommend for a casual meal.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank suzip95
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Unique little restaurant located very near the base of the lower Incline Rail Station. Friendly server and great service. Because of other reviews, I tried the Rainbow Sandwich. Pretty presentation, but I found it just okay. My husband had the BBQ Quesadilla which he thought...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank BGBark
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Came through for lunch around 11. Decided we wanted sandwiches for lunch with the heat. Kids ordered hot dogs and grilled cheese. My husband got the BBQ hotdog, I ordered a turkey sandwich. Grandparents got a sandwich and BBQ tacos. Everything was absolutely delicious. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank CatDaCosta
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Great place to eat and great prices. Parking is tight, but can park for $2 across the street at the Incline Railway.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank c o
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

I had heard about this place from several locals. I tried it out and it was delicious. I had the ribs and spicy slaw. The slaw was delicious and just spicy enough. The ribs! OMG! Literally fall off the bone. Though can choose your own...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank SherryA889
Reviewed 15 August 2018

This is a great local restaurant. It is decorated so cute. The employees were extremely friendly. The food was good and my grandkids really enjoyed it!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank kathygirrl2018
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Sandy H
14 June 2016|
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Response from Amber W | Reviewed this property |
They have a small lot right in front of the restaurant. Very convenient.
17 March 2016|
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Response from ChattaElder | Reviewed this property |
The menu is classic BBQ entrees, hot dogs and a few salads. There is not a specific "gluten free" anywhere on the menu.
2 November 2015|
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Response from whitewater4 | Reviewed this property |
Nope, definitely not your spot.
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