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Tender Greens, Culver City

November 6, 2009

I finally checked out Tender Greens in Culver City last weekend with Steph after highly anticipating this cafe/restaurant for a while now. The restaurant is smack in the middle of Downtown Culver City with a ton of restaurants, such as Akasha, M Cafe de Chaya and Ford’s Filling Station. Here’s a little description on their website:

We believe there should be a conscious connection between the one who eats the food and the source of that sustenance. These days people eat on the run. If we can’t slow you down, at least we can tell you a little about what you are eating. The majority of our produce comes fresh picked daily from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard. We use organic ingredients wherever we can. Our beef comes from grain-fed hormone free cows. Our chickens are raised on the range of Petaluma Poultry, not in cages. They are nourished with grain instead of hormone-rich feed. Breads are made fresh daily by artisanal bakeries who are dedicated to using the finest ingredients available for their products.

The place itself is not big at all. Right when you walk in, there is a big menu on the side of the wall ranging from soups to huge salads to hot sandwiches. There are also daily specials that feature hot sandwiches or specialty salads. The open kitchen allows you to see your food being prepared right in front of you.

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Steph ordered from the special menu:  grilled shrimp on a sandwich with rustic bread, aioli, and roasted peppers.

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I went with the Grilled flatiron steak salad cooked medium-rare with red and green butter lettuce, breakfast radishes, red and gold beets and horseradish vinaigrette.

The ingredients were definitely fresh and the steak was tender and juicy, but the salad didn’t blow me away. It’s not something I haven’t had before and honestly, they were a little light handed on the steak. For $11, I think I could have scored a couple more pieces of meat, but I guess good quality meat is expensive these days.

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Overall, it’s a nice healthy joint, a tad pricey for the amount of food you get, but healthy food always comes at a price right?
Another thing is that they don’t have ‘normal’ drinks like Coke and Pepsi products, instead they have hibiscus tea and mint lemonade. Beer and wine is served, though.
Tender Greens is the type of place where I can eat relatively guilt-free and truly enjoy it.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Clara Madrid permalink
    February 27, 2010 5:58 pm

    Your hibiscus tea is delicious. Is there sugar in it.

    • andee permalink
      February 28, 2010 7:36 am

      I think there is a slight bit of honey in it.

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