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Jul 1, 2013 07:13 PM

Tender Greens--Downtown Now Open

Just opened this past Saturday....same menu as the one in Liberty Station. Located at 1st and Broadway. Will now have a healthy and reasonably priced option during the week.

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  1. This place is on my heavy rotation for lunch. Their fare is healthful and delicious. What a great addition to downtown!
    Maybe now Pokez will no longer be (erroneously) considered the vegetarian option for downtown's lunch scene. *shudder*
    (How is the Hodad's down there doing?)

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    1. re: globocity

      never eaten at Hodad's....their burger comes across to me as a thicker In N Out--in which emphasis is on the additions rather the meat itself (correct me if I am wrong).....I am the other way around--I eat a burger for the flavor of the meat in and by itself.

      Tender Greens must be in expansion mode...I was up at the Irvine Spectrum yesterday and they have one there now as well.

      1. re: El Chevere

        Goodness! I just checked their website, and Tender Greens has eight LA locations and two in the Bay area in addition to the three San Diego sites and the Spectrum.

        1. re: RB Hound

          they're the new Koo Koo Roo and Rosti on steroids.

          FYI, I never realized Specialty Cafe & Bakery (on Front Street, south of Broadway in downtown) is also a chain, having run into one on a recent visit to SF.

          1. re: RB Hound

            TG now in danger of being panned on this Board because it's now known to be a [shudder] CHAIN...

            1. re: mcgrath

              I don't know, but I'm guessing that Tender Greens, while it has multiple locations (so we've discovered), isn't a franchise. I'll admit to having a preconceived bias against franchised restaurants, but I don't see a problem with a good restaurant concept by the same owners that has multiple locations. More power to them if they can keep the quality up at all locations. Still, there's probably one that's their flagship. I wonder which it is?

              1. re: DoctorChow

                I'm pretty certain you are correct, Doctor Chow - they are still running the shop at all those places.

                1. re: RB Hound

                  That's correct. Not a franchise ... for now.

                  More info here:

                  From the link:

                  "[Tender Greens co-founder David Dressler] says that at this point, the company has no intention of franchising, but “might consider it if the right experienced regional partner came along.”

      2. Outstanding..going to kick some serious ass in that location.

        1. Just returned from lunch at the new downtown location. It was tasty, expensive and packed (although the line moved very quickly). A welcome addition to downtown weekday lunch options!

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          1. re: salustro

            Funny, I stopped by yesterday at 1 PM and found it empty and the line was moving excruciatingly slow - 25 minutes from door to door with only 5 people in front of me. Clearly training the crew and working the kinks out. But yes, very tasty.

            I've since learned you can order online for pick up.

            A welcomed addition, I've kind of burned myself out on everything in the area.