Hot apple cider? Check. Something for vegetarians? One option is soup flavored with squash and red pepper. I’ll be back for brunch again, too. Crackling bread, fried Gulf shrimp, shaved onions, and housemade bread and butter pickles add up to a swell po’ boy.

Last September, The Restaurant at Zinnia opened under the direction of Chef Danny Wells, bringing together the gardens, the tavern, and the recently opened café to offer customers a variety of dining options. Republic, which Wells opened in Takoma Park in 2013, closed last September after a nearly ten-year run.

Zinnia is located in the former home of Mrs. K’s Toll House at 9201 Colesville Rd. in Silver Spring.

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