We recently tried Greenleaf, a fast -casual dining restaurant that opened its first Orange County outpost in Costa Mesa. The gourmet chopshop, as they are known, is a healthy concept that prides itself on using fresh and healthy ingredients as well as being built in environmentally conscious locations using recycled and compostable products. They make to-order salads, wraps and sandwiches using flame-grilled proteins and organic, locally-grown produce. With seven types of lettuce, 16 meats and proteins, 60 toppings of vegetables, carbs, nuts, herbs, cheese, legume and fruit and 17 dressings to choose from, the possibilities are endless! And if you don’t want to create your own, they also offer numerous specialty salads and a seasonal salad of the week. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.
The first thing you notice about the restaurant when you walk in is the large communal table made from reclaimed wood in the open floor plan and eclectic furnishings of wood tables and metal chairs. There are several dining vignettes, both indoors and out, as well as a beer and wine bar and a juice bar.
As mentioned, it is a fast-casual restaurant, so you need to order at the counter and then grab a seat and they will bring you your order. Below are a few of the items that we sampled.
In addition to all the menu items mentioned above, Greenleaf also offer small plates. We tried the turkey melt on pretzel bread, turkey meatballs and steak sliders
The LA locations are only open for breakfast and lunch, but Costa Mesa is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The latter also has a happy hour but you have to get their early (3-5 p.m.).
234 E 17th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (Hillgren Square Shopping Center)
A second Orange County location is scheduled to open later this summer at the OC Mart Mix.
3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626