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A very high potato to meat ratio.
A very high potato to meat ratio.

Heading into Tender Greens, I was expecting the worst. I couldn’t believe that a restaurant had the audacity to put the word “greens” in it’s name. I almost felt myself burning as I crossed the threshold.

Inside, I saw the menu, which included an array of salads, but luckily there was a “Hot Stuff ” menu, with meats. I decided to get the Angus Flank Steak. Each dish came with mashed potatoes, a salad and garlic bread. When I placed my order, I asked if I could get double the potatoes and no salad. The woman seemed baffled and I must admit I felt a little bad for asking for a greenless meal at Tender Greens. Nevertheless, she was able to process my request in the computer. I also asked to get my steak cooked medium, which continued to confuse her.

It was only when I made my way down the counter to pick up my food that I realized the reason for the latter confusion. The steaks weren’t exactly cooked to order, and were just being cooked and sliced up the same way for everyone. This wasn’t a big deal, because they were cooked pretty close to medium (more like medium-well), however, the size of the steak was of concern to me. Compared to the giant dollops of potatoes, the steak looked miniscule.

It actually tasted pretty good for a “greens” restaurant but, as suspected, it left me wanting more meat. The potatoes were quite good, but there really is a limit to how many mashed potatoes you can have in one sitting.