Sweetgreen

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Sweetgreen is a fast casual salad restaurant chain that began in the DC area in 2007. It has various locations throughout DC and the suburbs, including in Foggy Bottom, Downtown, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Capitol Hill, Crystal City, Ballston, College Park, Silver Spring, McLean, Tysons, Fairfax and Reston. In the interest of full disclosure, I do not often eat salads because I almost never feel full after eating them. The salads at Sweetgreen are no exception in this regard, but they are very tasty and innovative. I can totally see the appeal of this place for those who do like salads, so I am rating it based on that. I ordered a seasonal specialty called the Umami Grain Bowl, which was healthy and delicious (though I was of course still hungry after). There are numerous other inventive salad choices, such as the “Rad Thai,” which is a Thai-inspired salad with shrimp. For those counting calories, however, be warned that some of the salads are highly caloric- the winner in this regard is the “Earth Bowl,” which packs a whopping 775 calories (as a comparison, a Big Mac contains 563 calories). Of course, there’s a lot more to healthy eating than calories, and there is certainly far more nutrition in Sweetgreen’s food than in Mc Donalds’Sweetgreen also has delicious house made fountain drinks and everything (aside from the reusable bowl) is compostable. Sweetgreen gets major points for offering nutritious, environmentally conscious food in a casual, bright atmosphere. It just isn’t a filling enough meal for me

Ikea

Rating: ★★★★☆
 

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Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce and mashed potatoes with a lingonberry soda and a rhubarb tart.

 

 

Ikea is located at 10100 Baltimore Ave in College Park. You might be wondering why I’m reviewing a chain furniture store in a food blog. Well, that’s because Ikea actually has cheap and tasty Swedish food like Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce, gravlax, lingonberry soda, and Swedish pastries. My family has lots of friends in Sweden, so I happen to crave Swedish food. The cafe is very casual and has a vibe a notch above fast food, but is a nice place to grab a bite to eat if you’re in the area.