We went to Culver City Sunday early evening to eat and then go to the Cozy for some shuffleboard. We pulled in front of Sabor a Mexico and it was closed! Starting July 8th, they close at 3p on Sundays. Broken hearted, I pulled myself together and tried to think of another place to eat. I wasn't in an any Mexican food mood; I was in a Sabor mood. We passed Tender Greens and decided to give it a shot, as my second choice, Markie's, would've left us nearly physically incapable of continuing the night on our feet.
About Tender Greens: I liked the airy, flowy space and the large wall mounted menu offered some interesting choices. I opted for the flat iron steak sandwich with a caesar salad. My girlfriend ordered the large Mediterranean salad, their version of a Greek salad but with spinach.
I was slightly turned off by the assembly line, very measured in terms of portions, style of salad and sandwich preparation. It comes off cold and impersonal, kind of like a bartender measuring shots in a jigger to make a drink. Just like I want him to spill a little alcohol, I'd like the sandwich guy to give me enough steak to make a sandwich have steak in every bite.
The steak sandwich is four strips of steak, roasted red peppers, and mayonnaise on a lightly griddled ciabatta roll. If there were more steak and the steak itself had more character--char, beef flavour, juice--then the sandwich would have glowed in its simplicity. As it was, it was moderately enjoyable, inoffensive, and dainty. The side caesar had fresh, crisp lettuce, but the dressing was flavourless. It needed punch. it was punchless.
The large Mediterranean, priced the same at $10, was overpriced comparatively, having no meat and not enough of the greek ingredients. It was a spinach salad first; Greek second.
This is a good place to go if you want to be light on your feet after eating and you want an enjoyable spot to eat your food. This is not a soul satisfying great food experience type of restaurant that you'll make your friends try.
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