Welcome to our blog series, 90292 Eats, which explores dining in Marina del Rey. The staff of the Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau is more than happy to try out our local restaurants and point you in the right direction of what to order. Bon Appétit!
The new kid over at Waterside, Marina del Rey, brings farm-fresh salads and bowls to the busy lunch crowd looking for a quick but healthy meal. The best news is that there’s so much flavor packed into these made-to-order salads (some offered recipes, or build your own) that you’ll hardly notice you’re eating good-for-you plants!
Sweetgreen prides itself in offering ingredients from reputable farmers, many local or regional. In fact, a giant chalkboard at the entrance lists purveyors for everything from lettuces to garlic cloves. The menu offers a few suggested salads, such as the Mediterranean-focused “Hummus Tahina” and a “Kale Ceasar,” or you can design your own creation. Beyond salads, Sweetgreen dishes up hearty bowls that start with a warm grain of your choice (quinoa, wild rice, or chickpeas) then topped with a smaller portion of greens and a protein. A deconstructed fish taco of sorts currently comes with roasted steelhead trout that might get two thumbs up instead of one if it came with mahi instead.
Orders are taken at the counter with five or so customers helped simultaneously. It’s a bit hectic shouting out your choices to your chef over the glass divider, but once you’ve got it set, there’s a flurry of activity with all the chefs rapidly tossing and mixing ingredients in metal bowls. It’s dizzying (or maybe you’re light-headed from hunger), but all of a sudden you have a beautiful, colorful meal. Dig in!
Find Sweetgreen at the Waterside, Marina del Rey, shopping center
Open daily, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Online ordering offered with a pick-up counter at the front.