Sweetgreen was the brainchild of three eco-conscious Georgetown University students who wanted to provide homegrown, healthy options for their neighbors. Today, these eateries are popping up all over town, and in other cities, too. The eatery “sources local and organic ingredients from farmers we know” to create seasonal salads and wraps. Choose one of the eight or so signature salads (my fave: the kale Caesar with roasted chicken) or create your own using organic greens and all sorts of interesting fresh ingredients, like spicy pickles and roasted sweet potatoes. All Sweetgreens favor the same modern and streamlined look, but size and seating capacity vary greatly. This location has seating for about 14 inside and 40 more on the sidewalk in pleasant weather. Note: Teaism has a location at 800 Connecticut Ave. NW, that presents another excellent option for healthy dining in, or for a carryout picnic lunch (weekdays only, and it closes at 5:30pm).
- Elise Hartman Ford