And then it gets complicated.
I was leafing through the latest issue of Tucson Weekly, the local independent free newspaper, when I saw a small ad for a restaurant—Choice Greens—promoting that it is, although not exclusively so,
Choice One is which greens—iceberg, romaine, spinach, or spring mix. OK, pretty simple so far.
Choice Two are the “choppings” which range from eight cheeses, four nuts, and abundance of other options. Do you want crunchy? There are tortilla strips and Chinese noodles (like the La Choy ones that come in a can). Do you want fruit? How about strawberries, apples, raisins, Mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, or grapes? And then there are about thirty-three “veggie” options. For the base price of $6.75 you can choose four “choppings” with additional items costing 59¢ each.
Choice Four is the dressing. There are four fat free options, four reduced fat options, and seventeen other choices.
You hand your order to the nice young woman at the cash register, she punches some buttons, and your choices are transmitted to what I am calling the assembly line.
Assembler Number One grabs a large bowl and dishes out the greens and “choppings.”
This is all very efficient, and given the number of diners filling the restaurant during our visit, such efficiency is necessary.
Having reviewed the on-line menu before our visit, we were ready with our choices. For me it was spring greens with sprouts, mushrooms, snow peas, and Chinese noodles. I added chicken and choose the hot Thai peanut dressing.
Chuck went with romaine with black beans, peas, chick peas, snow peas (See a trend here?), Swiss cheese, and tortilla chips and ranch dressing.
Choice Greens isn’t just “design your own” salads. There is a list of sandwiches and paninis, a list of house salads, and five yummy sounding soups. And, if creativity isn’t your thing, they also offer a selection of house-designed salads.
We really liked Choice Greens. Our lunch came in at under $20.00, and we didn’t see the ubiquitous “tip jar” anywhere. In fact, we liked Choice Greens so well that we award it 5.0 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.