I’ve been dying to try Tender Greens (http://www.tendergreensfood.com/) ever since it opened in Liberty Station in Point Loma, San Diego. When you walk in, you immediately place your food order. You pass a window of delectable goods, and end up at a cash register where you place your drink order and pay. They hand you your food on a half baking sheet – interesting touch – and you grab your silverware and napkins. You seat yourself either inside or outside. It’s cafeteria style dining, but with 4 star food. There’s a desire to serve great quality food here: most of the produce is from a farm in Oxnard, the tuna is line caught, beef is hormone-free, and the bread and desserts are made daily. There’s even a great beer and wine list to go with that Marinated Flank Steak Sandwich you just purchased.
I went with a friend for lunch, and we grabbed a sunny seat outside. I ordered the special of the day: Grilled Local Yellowtail Sandwich with a Lemon Caper Aioli. I loved the pickled onions, cucumbers and shaved radish. Tons of flavor and super fresh! I wish I had asked for the aioli on the side or requested them to go light. It was really tasty, but it just was a little too much for me. My friend enjoyed her Cobb Salad (I’m starting to notice she orders a Cobb Salad every time we go out! I should have her rank local restaurants Cobbs! Hmmm.) Anyway, I will have to go back because there were so many things I wanted to try.
If you haven’t been to Liberty Station yet, I highly recommend it. In encompasses 95 acres of the former San Diego Naval Training Center, and it is only one of 4 places in the City of San Diego to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next time, I want to take the walking tour. You just arrive at the Commend Center, Building 200 and dial 619.342.0821 (You can find a map at: http://libertystation.com/promotion/9283). The audio tour will guide you through 15 different points in the area. Along the way stop at stores like Scout (http://scout-home.com/), or check out an exhibition at Pulse Gallery (http://www.pulsegallery.org/gallery/) or have some lunch at one of the many restaurants. I’ll post a review of my experience at another restaurant located there, Slater’s 50/50 (http://www.slaters5050.com/), very soon.
So check out the area and let me know your favorite spot! Take Care and Happy Eating!