Sweetgreen [DC]

221 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(plus, tons of other locations)

Elizabeth and I decided to go to DC for the weekend just for fun! Not for an interview, or a conference, or some sort of paid trip, but for fun. We’ve been here for a total of 7 hours, but we already did a ridiculous amount of touristy things. As a matter of fact, we just got Library of Congress cards and we’re sitting in the main reading room as I’m writing this.

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Anyhoo, DC is also the birthplace of one of my favorite salad bars, Sweetgreen. There are a couple locations in Boston, and I’ve been meaning to review it for ages. But since the chain started in DC, I figured I’d review it in DC while I’m here. It has a menu of salads to choose from, or you can make your own, and choose from all the organic, locally-sourced grains/greens/veggies/nuts/cheeses that you want.

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I got the Harvest Bowl, which comes with organic wild rice, shredded kale, apples, sweet potatoes, toasted almonds, local goat cheese, roasted chicken, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The wild rice base makes it pretty filling, but the contrast between the sweet apples, and the sour goat cheese makes it one of my favorites.

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Elizabeth got the Spicy Sabzi, which includes organic baby spinach, shredded kale, spicy quinoa, spicy broccoli, raw beets, carrots, sprouts, basil, roasted organic tofu, sriracha, and a carrot chili vinaigrette dressing. “Oh my god it was so good,” Elizabeth exclaimed. “I replaced the tofu with falafel, and I loved it. It was pretty spicy because I got just a little bit of dressing, but a ton of sriracha. It was great how customizable it was.”

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We’re staying with Elizabeth’s friend from George Washington University, Ilana, and she’s being amazing and taking us all around. During her work break, she joined us for lunch! She ordered the Guacamole Greens, which comes with organic mesclun, tomatoes, red onion, tortilla chips, avocado, roasted chicken, fresh lime squeeze, and a lime cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette (she switched out red onion for corn). “It’s my go-to lunch!” Ilana explained. “My only complaint was that there were a few too many tortilla chips.”

Elizabeth and I would love to have a Sweetgreen closer to MIT’s campus, but I guess for now we’ll either have to walk across the river… or go to DC.