Living the Sweetgreen Life
Last month, I took my daughter to Washington, DC for college visits and we discovered Sweetgreen: a restaurant known for sourcing local and organic ingredients from farmers they know to create wholesome made to order salads and wraps. With 17 current locations (10 in DC, 2 in Maryland, 3 in Virginia, and 2 in Pennsylvania) and 3 to open soon (1 in Boston at 659 Boylston Street this summer and 2 in New York City at 413 Greenwich Street in Tribeca and 1170 Broadway at 28th Street adjacent to the NoMad Hotel), there is no better place to go for a casual, healthy lunch when visiting these cities.
Sweetgreen was started by Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman, and Nathaniel Ru, three friends at Georgetown who decided to open a fast casual eatery offering the foods they wanted to eat but couldn’t find: local, fresh, and healthy. After graduating in 2007, the three put their energy into Sweetgreen and now, 6 years later the restaurant chain has a loyal and fast growing fan base. The company aims to have as small an ecological footprint as possible and reflects this commitment through menu options and the storefronts themselves – uncluttered modern storefronts in green, white, and brown wood panels.
Bases: The six base greens include baby arugula, mesclun, baby spinach, chopped romaine, chopped kale or warm grains.
Vegetables, Legumes, Grains and Herbs: The largest category with 25 choices.
Crunchies: Chose among toasted almonds, multigrain croutons, raw seeds, dried cranberries, tortilla chips, pita chips and parmesan crisps.
Proteins: Chose among roasted chicken, bacon, roasted tofu, hard-boiled eggs, and falafel.
Cheese: Four year-round choices including shaved parmesan, feta, white cheddar, and goat chevre with blue cheese from time to time, when available.
Dressing: There is something for everyone here with 14 choices: lemon tahini, caesar, extra virgin olive oil, cucumber basil yogurt, lime cilantro jalapeno, agave dijon, balsamic vinaigrette, pesto vinaigrette, sriracha, carrot chili vinaigrette, champagne vinaigrette, truffle oil, miso sesame vinaigrette, a fresh lemon squeeze, or a fresh lime squeeze – all of which can be tossed with the salad (lightly, medium or heavy) or placed on the side.
Sweetgreen is salad nirvana and we were hooked from the first visit. Meals can be enjoyed on location or take away. Service is friendly and quick with salads and wraps priced between $6 – $11 depending on the type and if extra toppings are chosen. Dessert is a tart all-natural yogurt with live cultures and various toppings. Sweetgreen also offers five organically pressed 12-ounce containers of juice for $7 or a choice of drinks that include lemonade, ice tea, and various waters.
For a list of locations, the menu, or more information on Sweetgreen, go to the company website: www.sweetgreen.com