Green and Grilled: healthy meets tasty
Green and Grilled
If you love greasy, double-meat burgers dripping with cheese or over-sized breadsticks soaked in garlic butter then read no further. Green and Grilled is not the place for you. If, however, you are are constantly looking for someplace healthy to eat, this is your place and you may commence rejoicing.
Green and Grilled opened very recently in a shopping center on North Rockwell. It is an interesting and polished concept, but it is one-of-a-kind and locally owned. We typically wait a bit before publishing reviews of new restaurants, but I was so excited about my first visit, I just had to spread the word about this new place.
I visited Green and Grilled with a group from work I like to call my “new restaurant tasting crew” so we were able to try lots of different things. While the name “Green and Grilled” on its own was enough to make me want to try it, the meat-eaters in our car were skeptical. I have to admit, I was worried for their sake that there might be no meat entrees so when we entered, I was relieved to be greeted by the words “Grilled Meats” on the menu.
Most of us ordered from this grilled meats section of the menu. There are about five of meat choices and they each come with half of any salad plus one side item. James, the only man in the group (brave, brave James), chose the grilled steak ($7.99 – see a pic) with brown rice and the seasonal fruit with yogurt dip. The steak was a 6 oz. top sirloin marinated overnight in green onion and spiced adobo sauce. He gave it “two thumbs up.”
Ali and I went with the grilled chicken ($7.65 – see a pic) with the bacon spinach salad (see a pic). She chose the steamed potato, and I chose the spinach rice. Both dishes were tasty and served steaming hot on large oval platters.
To me, the food here epitomizes healthy eating. For example, the salads were served with just a small side of honey-mustard. I have to admit, the small container of salad dressing freaked me out at first, but I was able to calm down after I saw that it was plenty. I’m the type that likes a little salad with her dressing, thereby making most salads unhealthy and full of extra fat. Green and Grilled is serving their salads with an adequate but small amount of dressing, helping people like me to actually experience a healthy salad. As another example, Ali’s potato was sprinkled with a very small amount of cheese and salt. Period. No globs of butter, bacon and sour cream to be found here, and no unlimited bread baskets either.
Mom and Susan went with the full Bacon Spinach Salad ($5.49 – see a pic) and the Grilled Tofu ($7.65 – see a pic), respectively. All of the entree-sized salads are the same price, and the tofu dish is listed among the grilled meats (I guess they should call it “grilled proteins”) and also came with half a salad and one side. It was marinated in the same sauce as the steak.
When it cools off, I plan to try all of the soups ($4.39) – portobello mushroom, butter squash, cauliflower, broccoli cheese, vegetable, creamy spinach, carrot, pureed lentil and sweet corn. Sounds yummo!
They also have a kid’s menu ($3.99) which includes a meat, two sides and a drink.
The decor here has a very clean feel with white and lime green accents (see a pic). It is a very polished look which could almost make one thing it’s a part of a chain. But it’s not. It’s a locally owned treasure and I’m happy that the only location (for now) is located so close to my house!
The owner of Green and Grilled, Juan Suarez, joined us at our table upon completion of our meal to get our feedback. He’s originally from Columbia and has over 20 years experience working with chain restaurants, the most recent being Chipotle. He and his wife have always wanted to open their own place offering healthy, well-balanced meals at a reasonable cost. I think they have done just that. Juan says some of their items are organic, and the plan is to become fully organic as they are able. I also enjoyed the fact that they run an open kitchen where you can see everything being prepared.
So, try it and let me know what you think. I’m thrilled to have such a place in my corner of town!
See more photos from Green and Grilled in our Facebook photo album.