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Fearless Critic restaurant review
American, Ice cream
Counter service

Mon–Fri 11:00am–9:00pm
Sat–Sun noon–9:00pm

Features Kid-friendly, outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx


3333 M St. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 337-9338
A salad shop and yogurt bar that’s full of yuppie virtue: healthy, fresh, and overpriced

Opened by Georgetown alums, Sweetgreen is an exemplar of yuppie virtue. All self-admitted members of the bobo clan might too make their pilgrimage to the tiny shack on M Street in search of food that will fill stomachs but not consciences. Indeed, Sweetgreen is a model of righteousness: the space is lined with reclaimed wood planks, and the menus (recycled), containers (biodegradable), and silverware (both) all bear the stamp of sustainability.

Like the design, the food at Sweetgreen is also guilt-free; organic and local ingredients are combined in that most virtuous salad. Visitors are offered the choice to make their own creation (constructed from an extensive list of greens, cheeses, vegetables, meats, crunchies, and dressings) or to sample a chef-designed combo.

“Deconstructed guacamole” (a pricey but justifiable $9) is a mix of mesclun, artfully mashed avocado, grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions, and crushed tortilla strips. The proportions are generous and you’ll thank Sweetgreen for understanding that salads as meals require a little more oomph. Though it’s hard to taste all of the elements of the lime-cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette, the amount strikes a happy balance between coating the salad and drowning it. The salt of the chicken and bite of the onion cut through the fatty avocado, and hunks of warm bread will fill you without fear of global warming or arteriosclerosis.

Dessert will not curb your self-satisfaction. Developed by the owners, Sweetflow yogurt follows Pinkberry to create true frozen yogurt. It is fluffy like fresh, albeit frozen, whipped cream, and the flavor is tart, tangy, and not at all sweet. For $4, you are allowed three toppings that include fresh fruit and a granola scented with spicy ginger. It is a testament to Sweetgreen’s commitment that you will find no M&Ms, caramel sauce, or Oreos anywhere on the premises.

Customers eat their meals sitting squashed in an alley with their fellow diners. All will most-likely be wearing do-gooders’ looks of clarity and self-assuredness. The draw of Sweetgreen is so strong that there is often a line around the corner of devotees waiting to take their turn at the little green shrine. This is a wonderful place for worship. In a street filled with heavy options and frilly cuisine, Sweetgreen is a refreshing place to experience a bit of paradise.

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