Chicken with salad and spanish rice at Green and Grilled in Oklahoma City

Green and Grilled: healthy meets tasty

by | August 9, 2011 | 29 Comments


Green and Grilled

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8547 N. Rockwell Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

Exterior of Green and Grilled in Oklahoma City

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!

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  • Green & Grilled says:
    August 10th, 2011 at 6:58 pm   

    Thank you so much Sarah for your kind review! We appreciate it so much and are happy you enjoyed your experiance and food at Green & Grilled! And also we want to thank our loyal costumers for the positive comments you have been posting and for sharing your experiance with your family and friends. We are always working hard to make our food the most enjoyable and fresh for you. We are also happy to provide a healthy, modern, and fresh place that is a pleasant twist on the day to day diner. And for those who haven’t tried our food, please stop by and have a bite. We’ll be happy to serve you!

  • littlemonster says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 9:04 pm   

    Healthy? Any muscle meat—including red meat, chicken, fish and seafood—can produce carcinogenic substances called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) when grilled.

    Other carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are formed when animal fat drips on an open flame or red-hot coals and makes smoke. The smoke then comes in contact with the meat, and you eat it.

  • JPSmitty says:
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:37 pm   

    Recently tried it. The salad items were fresh and grilled steak tasty. Place has a nice clean uncluttered appearance. Overall, I am very pleased and will definately be a frequent customer. I do think, however, they should change how they prepare some of the salad items. For example, tomatoes and cucumbers are diced rather tiny and you have to keep stabbing at them with fork to get them. Would prefer if tomatoes were sliced wedges and cut in half, and cucumbers to be sliced like half-moon shapes or whole….either way.

  • Rob says:
    August 18th, 2011 at 9:29 pm   

    I have seen the future of dining and Green and Grilled is it! The concept is simple, but remarkable: freshly-prepared healthy food that is actually satisfying.
    If Mr. Suarez is not a multi-millionaire (by either expansion or franchising) within a few years I will be very surprised.

  • Tim says:
    September 13th, 2011 at 7:56 pm   

    Took the whole family to Green and Grilled tonight. Having been twice now, I will give a few of my thoughts. The meats and sides are very good I think.

    I’ve been less impressed with the soups. I’m not a fan of their consistency, which is somewhat grainy. I’ve also felt they are under-seasoned. I’ve tried two of the soups – the mushroom and the broccoli cheese – and both have been this way. Plus, the soups ring up at $4.39 for a small cup which is more than half the cost of a whole meal, so I’ll stick with the meat plus two sides from now on.

    But aside from the soup, everything I’ve had here has been enjoyable. The concept is great, the interior is clean and welcoming (though it can be a little loud with all hard surfaces) and the service is very friendly. My 9 year old particularly enjoyed it. He had an adult-sized meal with steak, corn on the cob and spinach rice and cleaned his plate.

  • Tim says:
    September 13th, 2011 at 8:35 pm   

    I should also mention that you can get a soup as one of your two sides, which effectively makes the soup less expensive and is a more cost-effective way to go if you want to try the soups.

  • Bobbie says:
    September 15th, 2011 at 9:39 am   

    I’m not sure if Tim just got a bad batch of soup or something but I LOVE their soups! Yesterday I had the Butter Squash and it was fantastic! Very creamy, flavorful and decadent.

    I am not a fan of any Broccoli Cheese soup so I won’t be trying that one. :)

    However, I plan to go back very soon and try the Mushroom soup (which is usually a fave of mine so I would be a pretty good judge.)

    Also, to get the soup as a side you just need to ask! They don’t have it listed on their menu that you can get it as a side.

  • Emily says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 1:13 pm   

    We visited Green and Grilled this past Saturday and LOVED it! My husband had the grilled steak and I had the tofu. He doesn’t even like steak but could not stop talking about how incredibly delicious the steak was!

    Sides and salads are UH-MAZING. I could eat their spinach rice all day long.

    The food there is super fresh, lean, and prepared with care. You can tell this isn’t mass-produced stuff that’s been sitting under a heat lamp, partially because you can see the kitchen from the dining area and it’s obvious the staff takes pride in what they serve.

    Everyone there is super nice and eating there is fun. We’re going back to try more healthy goodness next week!

  • Steven McKinley says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 7:00 am   

    So first, the overall rating… 5 stars (out of 5).
    The food is amazing, perfect portions, well seasoned and grilled just right, no matter what food you order (and that includes the tofu which was just the right consistency all the way through and crisped at the bottom so that it lay on the fork all the way to your palette). Price, again… well thought out. If the price were any higher, they would lose a huge advantage they have going for them. Any lower and they would lose the appeal of being an upscale-ish restaurant. The people are awesome… a little too “let me explain everything” but all-in-all, nice people. They have a beautiful woman behind the counter and a handsome man taking the order with a smile who I believe may be the owner. The menu is easy to figure out, the atmosphere is trendy, yet flowing and subtle. The music choice started well, latin calm yet festive sounds… but then turned south when Lady Gaga came on… note to owner, no more Lady Gaga. Some people like her music, not us, and she’s not the best choice for dining music anyway. Food Nd service are top notch. A little rough around the edges and in your face a bit… but they’re new and curious about the customer experience which means they want feedback in case they may need to improve on anything, that’s a good sign. The location, horrible but they will overcome that due to the high quality. That area is home to the worst traffic offenders and crime rate but they are so hard to see, most unsavory types don’t even know that part of the shopping center exists. I will definitely eat there again… the food is just too good.

  • Kyle says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 8:45 pm   

    Our whole family loves Green and Grilled! They have excellent tasting food. The entire restaurant is very clean, even the restrooms. Most importantly for me, the food is great. I look forward to trying more items on the menu. 5 stars! Our new favorite place!

  • Matthew Sanders says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 2:01 pm   

    This is one of my favorite places to eat in the city. They have excellent menu options and for me the portion size is exactly what I’m looking for.

    The cranberry-apple and spinach salad is one of my favorites.

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