It's been a while since I've done a Family Monday recap, so I think I'll go ahead and share with you about this new cafe in Santa Monica. Well, it's more like new to us but I sure have been eyeing it for a solid 2 years.
Now onto the restaurant. Tender Greens Cafe! It's one of those places that you can easily miss in the busyness of walking around Santa Monica as you're frantically looking for that other cafe you were determined to find. Tender Greens is one of those eateries where you order, pay, and seat yourself a la Chipotle style. The line seems dauntingly long at first impression, long enough to make you double minded on whether or not you should eat there, but be sure to stand in line for about 5 minutes and you'll be paying for your food before you know it!
While there, Greg pleasantly surprised me with his order! You know that feeling you get when you sneak in super healthy ingredients into everyone's dish, and you can't help but snicker with a creepy smile? (Not that I've done that or anything) Yes, that feeling. You can imagine that same creepy smile resurfaced yesterday as Greg ordered the Chipotle chicken salad which, according to him, was pretty good for being "so fresh".
As for me, I wanted nothing more than a plateful of greens and veggies--after all, they are called Tender Greens--so I got their featured special, the Scottish salmon plate atop a bed of tangy citrus salad. Let me tell you. The food tasted incredibly high quality and the meat was nothing short of succulent! Oozing with juice from every which way...Mmm. Even Selah loved the salmon given that she ate at least half of it, that is until she started eyeing the bread that the nice lady next to us was eating. The poor lady didn't know whether or not she should give her bread to Selah.
Greg also ordered hot coffee and I had their cold brew iced coffee. I would say that my first cold brew experience wasn't half bad! Tender Greens serves Groundwork Coffee and neither of us had tried it before. Unfortunately now I'm regretting that choice, only because it was one of the best simple coffees around in my opinion. It had that complex flavor that's hard to come by. It's not extremely bold, nor is it watered down. It has a slight smoky flavor that makes you go "mmmm" with each sip. Groundwork, please come to the South Bay!
All in all, we highly recommend Tender Greens for a refreshing foodie experience. They cater both to omnivores and vegans alike, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, know that the prices go up to $12 on average, so make sure to save up or use that visa gift card you got on your birthday. ;)
After dinner we did our usual favorite, walking around town and spending some quality time together. Plus a quick visit at Gap since they were having some pretty good sales, heh! I got this $70 high waisted pair of jeans for $20 which is a big deal when you're shopping for jeans, right? I also had a Visa gift card so I only paid $2 out of pocket. #thankfuldoesntevendescribe
High waisted jeans are my favorite! I'm curious to know, what's your favorite style?
Tender Greens in Santa Monica
201 Arizona Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401 // website
What are your first choices when you eat at "green" restaurants?
Best coffee you've ever had?