Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sweetgreen Opening

Sweetgreen’s opening on April 12th was marked with widespread excitement. I had been looking forward to the opening since Sweetgreen’s Facebook photo contest several months ago. I was asked to "like" a picture of my friend in front of the Sweetgreen’s window. Whoever’s picture received the most "likes" received a free bike. With widespread publicity like this and its prominent location, I wasn’t surprised to arrive at Sweetgreen to find a line winding around the small restaurant and ending in a crowd of people pressed against the front windows.

The Sweetgreen menu included salads, wraps, soups, and frozen yogurt. It showed similarity to the Gia Pronto menu. However, there was the added bonus of a selection of pre-formulated salads and wraps. I ordered the Curry Gold salad with baby spinach, roasted chicken, cucumbers, beets, dried cranberries, and toasted almonds. I was intrigued by its curry pineapple yogurt dressing. Meanwhile, my friend munched on her Santorini salad of romaine, roasted shrimp, feta, grapes, fresh mint, and chick peas, topped with cucumber basil yogurt dressing and fresh lemon squeeze.

While unique salads and wrap options like these are an exciting addition to Penn’s on-campus food selection, the eatery’s frozen yogurt is its biggest perk. Sweetgreen’s simple, tart frozen yogurt is fat free and made from natural ingredients and can be topped with a variety of fruits and garnishes, such blackberries, strawberries, chocolate, and even mint.

3925 Walnut St
Philadelphia PA 19104

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