Here's what I love about a place like Sweetgreen. I asked my daughter what she wanted for lunch and she actually suggested Sweetgreen, because she wanted a salad. Her Grammy has taken her there a few times. And, what's not to love about a place that serves healthy, local, and quick meal choices?
Well, for one thing...the price. It's a small fortune for a salad. That's my only complaint about this place, which is tucked away in a corner enclave of Ardmore's Suburban Square, across the street from Plate. I've been here a dozen times since it's opening in December. Sweetgreen uses a lot of local veggies, and it's packaging is all compostable and they use organic ingredients whenever possible. They also use free range, hormone free chicken. Some dressings are made with a yogurt base so they are lower in fat, and the store is preservative-free. Food is mostly grown from within 100 miles. There's certainly no shortage of salad mix, or topping choices. Nuts, berries, beans, chickpeas...if it can go on a salad, it's here, In line, which was long, as usual, I noticed the board on the wall with local foods and growers. Nice.
Instead of picking my own toppings, I chose the Guacamole Salad: Mesclun greens, avocado, grape tomatoes, red onion, crushed tortilla chips; topped with a lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette & a fresh lime squeeze. It was $9.50. I think they charged extra for beans. If I would have added the chicken option, it would have been another 75 cents. If you add in the chicken the salad has 515 calories, and 36 grams of fat. Not exactly low fat, considering that's more than half my fat allotment for the day. So much for those brownies later. I'm thinking the fat is coming from the few tortilla chips, the dressing and the 1/2 the avocado she scooped into my salad. But it does taste really good! I polished my salad off with a fresh squeezed lemonade. My daughter chose a spring mix, with feta cheese, grape tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette, but it was too big for her to finish. Two lemonades, two salads, no meat and the tab is $23. Yikes. I felt a little sad spending that much money for two small salads. I wish that healthy food cost as much as as the junk I can pick up to go at McDonalds.
Oh, the price we pay for healthy food....
I did get offered a choice of white or whole wheat bread, which is always nice. They also serve frozen yogurt with many healthy toppings. It's fat free yogurt with active cultures and "all natural" (whatever that means). In addition to the many salad options, there are also wraps, which I admit are very yummy. There are a half dozen tables set up outside for dining, which is an added bonus.
Bottom line--I like that Sweetgreen is eco-friendly, locally sourced, seeking out organic food. We could work with the price points, I suppose, because right now, this is the quickest, healthiest place in town. Offering up limitless vegetarian and vegan options, this place still gets my vote!