The original Tender Greens location in Culver City became an instant hit with fresh salads, huge sandwiches -- and even some fancier entrees like Angus flank steak, and free-range chicken for under $11. Their second Los Angeles location is already as busy as the first, but fear not the wait. One can find a seat at one of the outside tables on Santa Monica Boulevard, or in one of the booths just inside the huge windows of the cavernous new space, which make it a great place to see and be seen.
Like the original, you place your order with the friendly cashier at the counter, pick your table, and wait to chow down. Start with a $5.50 simple salad like the one with red and green butter lettuce in tarragon dressing, or maybe baby spinach with goat cheese, hazelnuts and cabernet vinaigrette. Add a hot entrée for just $5 more, like the herb-brushed albacore tuna.
If you get a hot entrée, you can have it served either on a rustic bread roll with aioli and roasted peppers, or as a plate with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and choice of salad. There are also deliciously fresh soups like the roasted roma tomato bread soup with basil, and the rustic chicken soup with lemon thyme.
Don't skip desserts like the carrot-top frosted cupcake, the toffee crunch devil's food cupcake, and the crunchy-but-gooey chocolate chip cookie. It's amazing that it's taken this long to get a healthy restaurant in this body-conscious nook of WeHo.
Tender Greens West Hollywood
Address: 8759 Santa Monica Blvd.
Cross Street: Hancock Ave.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Phone: (310) 358-1919
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm