Ok, I really wanted to check out Ford's Filling Station but didn't have the funds, so I slipped into the shop next door, Tender Greens.
It was hard to figure out their concept at first. They boast an extensive menu of leafy stuff, but there's also listings for meat dishes. Flexitarian food?! I tried the chipotle chicken salad and my parents shared a cobb salad. Each cost $9, which in this day and age is pretty reasonable.
Behind a high glass partition, the chef tosses the ingredients in front of you and sends it to the cashier. When I finally saw my plate o salad I admit I was disappointed by the measly portion. California Chicken Cafe had conditioned me to eat more than I could chew, and well, this salad was maybe 1/3 the size of a CCC dish.
But when I took a bite, it was absolutely delicious. These guys know how to toss salad! Unlike other places, this salad is very refined. Never used that word in this context but it's true.
Everything is cut just a tad bit smaller and blends so well it nearly melts in your mouth. From my scattered memory, the chipotle salad was mixed with smoky chicken, crispy wonton bits cilantro, mixed greens, queso fresco, almond slivers, and nicely lubricated with mashed avocado and a creamy ____ dressing. I nearly licked the plate.
I admit, I could've eaten another salad but that woulda set me back another 9 bucks. So I summoned my inner waif and held out.
Defintely not a place for sumo wrestlers but very tasty nonetheless.
9523 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
addenum: ok, it's an organic joint. Everything is locally grown.