Tender Greens is a local LA chain that specializes in locally sourced health foods. They have a diverse menu of salads, hot plate meals and desserts.
We typically opt for the salads/ plates options. My favorite is the simple spinach salad and Loee’s the hot plate with the chipotle chicken, spinach salad and tomato soup.
When you are trying to eat healthier, Tender Greens is our favorite option as the food is fresh, local, organic and you know that they are handling it cleanly. It’s great to see a restaurant so dedicated to supporting sustainable farming and Southern California produce purveyors.
The Tender Greens in Santa Monica is great because it is huge and there is always enough seating. They also have a nice patio dining area.
What is an added bonus at Tender Greens is that they have a small wait staff to help bus the tables and refresh your drinks. Loee loves their seasonal agua frescas and their ice tea and lemonade are delicious. Make sure you ask for one To-Go on your way out 🙂
The price point is higher than your Panera’s or smaller cafe’s but the quality and portions completely make up for it.
With six locations in LA, (and three more coming soon!) you will definitely find a smarter healthier option for a nice lunch or dinner.
PS The brownies are amazing, and they have some amazing vegan friendly desserts – YUM!
Check them out at http://www.tendergreens.com/