Tender Greens has not only been open for awhile, they’ve been rapidly expanding all over Southern California with each location employing unique, add-on menus onto a solid, base selection of salads, sandwiches and hot plates. And though they are filed under the “fast-casual” column that has been touted as a 2011 food trend, Tender Greens operates with all the sensibilities of a stand-alone rather than a chain. Or worse – a fad.
I love having Tender Greens near my place as a healthy option should I run out of goods in my refrigerator. Their produce, sourced from Scarborough Farms, is as fresh (not so tender) as any you’ll find at a sit-down restaurant, though at Tender Greens you’ll appreciate the easy way of placing your order at the beginning of line, to pickÂ your orderÂ up (and/or a number for the remainder)Â as you reach the cash register with a minimal wait. Consider it anÂ upscale cafeteria. I like the no-nonsense, and since it saves a few bucks off my check while I can get some solid nourishment, I know what I came for.
On to the “add-on” specials being offered at each location. In West Hollywood, they’re offering one-pots that change daily. I had the opportunity awhile back to try the roast of the day,Â aÂ slow-cooked beef ribs stew, and devour it I did. It’s a great way to mix the menu up should you feel like deviating from the trusty Happy Vegan (with farro wheat with cranberry, green hummus tabbouleh, hazelnuts quinoa with cucumber and beets and lettuce) – my favorite saladÂ here despite my lack of veganÂ status. I’m always smitten when the healthiest item on the menu also happens to be the dish I love.
So go to Tender Greens in West Hollywood and get your one pot on. See what’s in store for the day. Or, if you’re feeling like fittingÂ them Â into your warmer weekend calendar – or are just looking for a good excuse to partake in a whole animal roast – schedule Tender Greens HollywoodÂ for the lastÂ Sunday of the month beginning April 24th (Easter).
In a special event spearheaded by avid home brewer, Chef Eric Hulme, Tender Greens will welcome Tustin Brewing Company into the space on Sunday, April 24th and together they will be cooking up a whole roasted lamb in the restaurant’s caja china – a Cuban roasting box. For $35 per person, you’ll getÂ to enjoy yourÂ Whole Lamb Roast with sauces and sides, beer and dessert on the back patio of the Hollywood location. It also includes tax. Reservations are required, so be sure to contact [email protected] to claim your spot.
With plenty of selections on the menu that aren’t just healthy – they’re also delicious -Â and even special events and items at the individual locations, everyone should experience Tender Greens at least once. Easter is a great opportunity, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be by beforehand since it’s a neighborhood staple. (In case you were wondering, the Aztec Brownie is a solid dessert choice which masquerades as a flourless chocolate cake – it’s good.)
All food and drink were hosted.
One-pots available in WeHo
8759 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Whole lamb roast in Hollywood: Sunday, April 24th, 2011 from 5 – 9 PM
Whole animal roasts every last Sunday for Spring and Summer
6290 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028