Living the #Sweetlife

Living in a city, it’s impossible to keep track of all the new restaurants and business –opening, closing, renovating, or changing locations. It’s like if you don’t walk down a certain street for a few weeks, or even walk on the wrong side of the street, you can completely miss all the gems staring you right in the face.

Photo Sweetgreen Boston

When I finally noticed the new Sweetgreen on Boylston (after it had been open for two months) it hit me like a punch in the face. How did I not know about this place? I wandered in on a Thursday afternoon and have been smitten ever since (as in, I went back again the next day).

Photo Sweetgreen interior

Sweetgreen is an upscale, fast-casual eatery offering organic, farm-to-table salads, wraps, and yogurt. While you have the option to “create your own” their menu features eight pre-designed salads  and one signature salad each month, boasting all the best flavors of the season.

 The August Salad

Photo of August salad

Mixed greens, local peaches, basil, toasted almonds, ginger goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette.

Their featured drink for August is a wonderfully refreshing Blueberry Basil lemonade. They also have a Fro-Yo flavor for the month, Dark Chocolate. (Which I haven’t tried. I’m more of an ice cream kind of girl). Other salad options include the Earth Bowl with warm grains, the Misoba salad with soba noodles and sriracha, the Kale Caesar, and an omega-3 power punch, the Guacamole Greens (my day-after selection).

Guacamole Greens

Photo guacamole greens

Mixed greens, roasted chicken, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and red onion, cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette.

Behind the counter, a board proudly displays the locations of all their locally sourced products –so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Sweetgreen's list of locally sourced products

At the core of the Sweetgreen mission is sustainability. Besides offering an all-organic menu, their interior is furnished with reclaimed hickory, barn board pine, and bowling alley tables. Additionally, their packaging is 100% plant-based. So if the patio is too full for you to enjoy your lunch there, you can take it with you to go –and know that you are leaving a gentle mark on the environment.

Sweetgreen 100% compostable packaging

Sweetgreen doesn’t even waste energy or resources on paper. With their pay-by-phone app, you can have receipts emailed to you. This feature allows you to purchase a quick and healthy lunch without your wallet, and unlock rewards. For every $100 you spend, you’ll earn $10 in credit.

Photo Sweetgreen Rewards

The Boylston Street location is the chain’s first in Boston, with other locations in Philadelphia, New York, and D.C. It is perhaps not the cheapest of lunch options, but eating clean and eating local is worth the cost. Paired with friendly and efficient service, Sweetgreen is my new favorite lunch spot in Boston. I absolutely plan on overdosing on the August Salad for the rest of the month.

Check out this video to learn more about the Sweetgreen story, and how you can live the #Sweetlife.