I recently visited Tender Greens with my friend Taylor. Taylor and I first met at Snooze, one of my favorite breakfast spots in San Diego. Ignore my earlier review from Snooze's Denver location, as the pancakes at Snooze are to die for.
Anyway, we went out to dinner at Tender Greens, one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in West Hollywood. It's a fast casual salad shop with some sandwiches on the menu too; think of it as Panera but with a much more upscale feel to it. I spoke with the order taker (what else do you call the person who takes your order, right?) about my gluten free options and she suggested the Thai Shrimp which has little gem lettuce, green papaya, thai basil, citrus peanuts, coriander, chili lime vinaigrette. I was a little nervous about the order because she didn't seem 100% confident that the item was gluten free, so I asked her to double check. After she double checked with the manager I felt assured that the salad would be gluten free. As we walked down the line towards the cashier to make our payment and spotted some delicious-looking gluten free treats. They had both a gluten free chocolate chip peanut butter cookie and a flourless treat so obviously Taylor and I ordered both.
The salad was delicious. I appreciate Tender Greens' salads because they don't go super heavy on the dressing and are just flavorful enough to taste good while still appearing to be healthy. Perhaps this is only an appearance and the salad actually had ten million calories, but if that's so it definitely fooled me.
The chocolate chip peanut butter cookie was delicious. It had big chocolate chunks in it and halved peanuts so it had a very natural taste to it. The flourless treat on the left of the above photo was also great; very dense, but great. I would definitely choose the cookie over the flourless item, but that's just me.
Do you love it or do you love it?
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110 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101 (Map)