I love noodles and fried chicken and sushi and pizza. But the one thing I just live for is a good and well composed salad. Substantial, well thought out, and with an excellent dressing. I’ve stopped going to places because despite having wonderful dishes, they have had AWFUL salads and I don’t even want to know what % of my overall dining budget is spent on overpriced Chicken Cesar Salads (my favorite).
So when I heard about Urban Plates, especially after an opening service that supported the Boys and Girls Club, I could not wait to go.
Half of Silicon Beach had the same idea though and it was CROWDED, made worse by their badly thought out entrance. They have a similar layout to Lemonade and similar concept of salads and sandwiches and braises and desserts. Tender Greens fans will find most of their favorites complete with fancy greens here too. Even though the entrance was crowded, we were quickly ushered into salad and entree lines. If there was someone wanting a braise and there was no wait at the braise station, you could go ahead. They had THREE checkout stands and an excellent POS system so that my check out was quick and painless.
I of course got the chicken cesar salad which was wonderful. It hit all points, with good chicken, good dressing, excellent greens and great croutons. MUCH better than the awful CCS at Tender Greens (They don’t even try). I also picked up these giant chocolate chip cookies for my team. They were ‘butterless’ but really good. Next time I SO want a slice of their Hummingbird Cake! I finished it all off with one of their fruit drinks, which was a no sugar added Pomegrante, Cranberry, Apple, Ginger combo. It did not cost $8 like one of those fancy cold pressed placed and was actually tastier than most of those.
The only things that were a miss was the grilled bread that came with the salad (meh) and their pizzas come with a pre-fab crust. But overall, I’m happy to have this as a lunch option! They will also be opening in Pasadena soon (and have a few locations in OC)