Greenz Salads, the Uptown destination for eccentric salads and then some, has recently upped its fresh factor. The 9-year-old café is now rocking a fresh paint job with new artwork, and a fresh, young face at the reigns. Casie Caldwell, founder of Greenz Salads, has introduced Joel Stabile as the new franchisee of the original location in the heart of Uptown. Stabile, who worked for Brinker International and Pappas Bros. before joining the Greenz team, jumped at the chance to take on his first ownership responsibility, and hopes to add to the restaurant’s fresh facelift. “I knew the product was here, it was just missing the right person,” says Stabile. “My goal is to get it back to where it’s thriving again.”
For those who may need a refresher, Greenz boasts a casual feel with fine dining taste, and salads that are anything but ordinary. You won’t find your typical cobb or garden salad here. Instead, picture seriously huge portions of adventurous combinations, like mixed greens topped with poached pears, goat cheese, strawberries and candied pecans tossed in an apple-chamomile-honey vinaigrette. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s the fan favorite, Chipotle Chicken salad, with shredded chicken, tomatoes, jack cheese and toasted pecans in a zesty chipotle cream dressing with crispy tortilla strips.
I know it’s the time of the year we are to be thankful for the bounty of food available to us. But I would be more than thankful if menu creators would do just that–create some interesting salads. Does every restaurant have to serve a Caesar salad? What is it you all love about Caesar salads? And blue cheese? I’m sick of it. The other night I tried this lovely Clean Green Salad at Dish. Instead of a pasty, cheesy dressing, the butter and endive lettuces were oh-so-lightly tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette and topped with aged cheddar, thin slices of green apple, and shaved onion. Thank you chef Garreth Dickey. Anyone else have a chef to thank for a great salad?6 Comments »