Coolgreens: fast, fresh and healthy
Coolgreens - 405-841-2665
6475 Avondale in Oklahoma City (map)
Coolgreens - 405-286-9304
14201 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City (map)
Coolgreens - 405-600-6444
204 N. Robinson in Oklahoma City (map)
Coolgreens - 405-562-1020
1189 E. 15th Street in Edmond (map)
Coolgreens - 405-701-5000
3700 N. Robinson Street in Norman (map)
Mission statement of Coolgreens: Through our vision of fresh, healthy, custom made food, Coolgreens is focused on becoming the most convenient choice for healthy and fresh meals and snacks served quickly in a cool, clean and environmentally sustainable setting for lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
I would say they are well on their way to accomplishing their goals, and I love it that owners Allan McMurrain, Dr. Stephen Lee, Tom Wolfe and Marc Silver have even taken the time to create a mission statement. The original idea for this restaurant came from one of the owners’ daughters who is in school in Washington D.C. She talked her dad into coming out to see a DC restaurant she really liked, and he asked the owner there if he would be interested in opening a chain in Oklahoma City. The owner said no, but that he wouldn’t mind if he wanted to open his own restaurant using his concepts. And that’s how Coolgreens was born. FYI, one of the owners is also a partner with the very popular Big Truck Tacos, as well OKC staples like The Metro and the Coach House.
Upon entering, one must order at the counter, and one might be a little intimidated at the sheer number of selections available. This is a build-your-own salads and wraps place so the decisions can be a little overwhelming. I think I estimated about 64 choices of ingredients for salad alone. This is why I grabbed the nearest menu to select a combination that was already pre-determined. The owners said that’s exactly why they created a menu — for first-timers or for people who have trouble making decisions.
I took several friends to Coolgreens on my visit to celebrate Mom’s birthday, and so we got to sample a good variety of entrees. From the seasonal menu, I chose the Greens Margarita flatbread pizza ($7 just for pizza or $11 with a side salad), which was topped with grape tomatoes, fresh garlic, mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. I chose the Greek salad as my side. Both the salad and pizza were more than I could eat and very fresh and tasty. The flatbread is not your standard pizza crust, but is probably way more healthy.
My friend Ali chose the Southwest Spicy Chicken Wrap ($9) which contained greens, roasted chicken, avocado, poblano, corn, cumin, black beans, red onion, blue corn tortilla chips and queso fresco cheese. It was as good as it sounds and more than she could eat.
Sue Ellen chose the Ahi Tuna Nicoise salad ($11). It was a beautiful looking mixture of greens, arugula, grilled ahi tuna, fingerling potatoes, pickled onion, grape tomatoes, snap peas, kalamata olives, capers and boiled egg with raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
Susan tried the Plaza Skinny salad ($9) containing arugula, roasted chicken, sliced avocado, bean sprouts, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm and toasted sunflower seeds.
A side note to all of you soda drinkers — they don’t serve it here. But there is a wide variety of teas and homemade smoothies.
A lot of Coolgreens’ produce is organic. The produce that is not organic is locally grown. They have a goal to go completely organic, but say there is a little ways to go before it can happen.
One of their mottos is “Your body, our world.” This comes into play not only with healthy choices for food, but also in how they constructed the actual restaurant. The plasticware is made from compostable potato skins. The floor is made of cork. They have used LED lights to complement the natural lighting. Kudos to the owners for being green all the way around, even down to using ionized water to clean the tables, as opposed to bleach and other chemicals.
So, if you’re a man and reading this review, you may question whether a green, organic, salad place heralded by four ladies is right for you. I can only tell you that one of the biggest surprises the owners say they have seen is the number of men who frequent the place. Though they originally thought their target market would be young to median-aged women, it turns out most everyone is looking for healthy alternatives to dining out these days.
I will also say that our site owner, Tim, told me that a bunch of guys he works with considered Coolgreens to be a little pricey and the portion sizes small. I’m not sure how it’s possible to consider these portions small, but perhaps if you’ve got a huge appetite, that might be a factor. As far as the price, I consider it a good value for what you get.
Regardless, I think Coolgreens is at least worth your attention for the unique approach they’ve brought to Oklahoma City. Try it out for yourself, and let us know what kind of salad combination you came up with!
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