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Business of the Week: Sweetgreen

May 6, 2022 | Deep Ellum Team

Some days, after plenty of glorious meals including hot dogs, burgers, nachos and salmon bagels with generous amounts of cream cheese, your body starts to want something else. Something vibrant, green and nourishing beyond your emotional comfort.

That’s when you walk to Sweetgreen, the new salad-focused addition on Main Street near Good Latimer Expressway.

The fast-casual restaurant opened Feb. 8, in time for those still clinging to new year resolutions to flock to it. Now, in the summertime, it’s just as welcome offering fresh salads to satisfy and cool off on the warmer days.

There are plenty of cool, green-focused salads, such as the guacamole greens salad. Roasted chicken tops avocado, tomatoes, red onions, shredded cabbage, tortilla chips, chopped romaine and a spring mix, while a squeeze of lime and a cilantro-jalapeño vinaigrette covers the top. If standing in line, the friendly staff will let you determine the dressing amount with a, “there, “that much” or “that’s good” to get just the amount you want.

The warm bowls are also worth getting — still nutritious and even more satisfying with greens and grains. The most popular one is the harvest bowl, with roasted chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, apples, goat cheese, pecans, warm wild rice, shredded kale and a balsamic vinaigrette.

But you really can’t go wrong with the spicier chicken pesto Parm. Roasted chicken is paired with spicy broccoli, tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, za’atar breadcrumbs, warm quinoa, baby spinach, Sweetgreen hot sauce and pesto vinaigrette. Go ahead and have them mix it so that quinoa becomes lovelier mixed in with everything.

If you need more carbs, try roasted sweet potatoes or rosemary focaccia on the side.

While you’re having your healthier meal, try a bottled tea, especially the green-jasmine, which is perfectly earthy and unsweetened.

And Sweetgreen’s not just for those leaf-only-eating folks.

“Our mission is to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. That being said, we are not just for the leaf-eating, we obsess over making really good food, and it all starts with sourcing, curating, and thoughtfully preparing the best ingredients out there,” says Sweetgreen marketing manager Sophie Kacha. “We partner with like-minded local artisans, suppliers and chefs who let nature lead. The result is a seasonal menu of bold, fresh flavors you can’t stop craving, like the Buffalo chicken salad or our chicken tostada bowl.”

You can walk in to order, but online ordering is so easy, and you can jump in and out quickly — even if you’re planning on staying, which you should do because the breezeway just outside the main space is a lovely place to be.

Order online or use the native Sweetapp, which will allow you to order and have your meal ready on your time.

As for getting there, if walking there isn’t an option for you, you can park at one of their three reserved spots in the PEAK parking lot directly across Main from the restaurant.

Need to stay where you are? Order delivery through the Sweetgreen app, UberEats, DoorDash or Grubhub.

Sweetgreen came to Deep Ellum for a specific reason.

“Our strategy and real estate team is always inspired and attracted to the parts of the city with deep culture,” Kacha says. “Our love of art and music instantly drew in SG’s eyes.”

Sweetgreen is located at 2614 Main St. and open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.