Green & Grilled focuses on serving healthy food.
Its a focus that has paid off, and it proves that simple, flavorful and (gulp) healthy food can be really good. Really, really good.
Your choices of entree are few but powerful: chicken, steak, pork and tofu. Each comes with a side and half a salad ($7.99 for steak, chicken and pork, $7.65 for tofu).
Why only four choices? Probably because quality is the top priority. A big menu can be impressive, but it can also mean scattershot quality.
Thats not a problem at Green & Grilled. Ive tried just about everything on the menu, and its spot-on.
My personal favorites are the pork and chicken because both of them have a tender texture and provide a showcase for Green & Grilleds marinades. The chicken rests overnight in green onion and spiced adobo. The pork adds in pineapple. The result is a flavor that tantalizes without becoming overpowering.
The sides ($1.50 when purchased separately), too, are simple. Spinach rice and carrot rice are fluffy with a mild garlic flavor. Theres also a steamed, salted potato and corn on the cob or, if youre the sort who frets about carbs, an avocado.
A word, if you dont mind, about portion sizes. I like big portions. I shouldnt, but my waistline is a clear indication of how often an overflowing mountain of food is put in front of me and a clean plate is taken away.
Green & Grilled serves enough food to sate your hunger, but not so much as to stuff you. You know how some people stop eating when theyre not hungry? Yeah, I dont do that. Unless I order a second entree (its been known to happen), I cant overeat at Green & Grilled. Its kind of nice, honestly.
Salad? Yeah, OK. A whole salad will run you $5.49 if you dont get the meal. Very fresh. Very tasty. The bacon spinach salad was a winner for me. Its a big pile of baby spinach topped with sliced mushrooms,
hard-boiled egg and kalamata olives. And bacon, of course. Enough to
taste it, not enough to make it a breadless BLT. It comes with honey
mustard dressing, which is fine, but I prefer the herb ranch or cilantro
lime vinaigrette, myself.
sure to try some soup ($4.39), too. Tuesdays broccoli cheese isnt a
creamy cheese dip like some places make it, and Fridays pureed lentil
was hearty and earthy. (Full disclosure: I added some salt to mine. And a
dollop of heavy cream to the lentil when I took it home. Why am I telling you this? Are you my new therapist?) The portobello soup is available daily, and I would probably eat it daily. Its tasty.
And thats true of almost the entire menu. Its tasty.
would eat it if it was bad for me, but its not. Its healthy. And so
long as youre not allergic to inexpensive, delicious meals that will
fill you up without making you burst, I think youll enjoy it. Because
enjoying your food is healthy for you, too.