Review: Sweetgreen


Maddy Torres

The Sweetgreen salad bar display at Downtown Gardens.

The cycle of eating cleaner and healthier is becoming more popularized each year. Now more than ever, Jupiter has vast options for clean eating places; one of these places being Sweetgreen. Sweetgreen, a salad and bowl establishment, has locations across the United States and is a rapidly growing business. 

In 2007, three college students aimed to create a restaurant that wasn’t expensive and slow nor cheap and fast, they achieved this and opened their first Sweetgreen in Washington DC. Originally, these three owners wanted to achieve a menu with healthy eating, however, as their business grew, they added a new goal to become carbon-neutral by 2027.  

With the mission of serving nutritious foods, helping climate change and improving farm animal welfare, I had high hopes for this restaurant. 

Sweetgreen is located in the Downtown Palm Beach Gardens, which has recently undergone renovations to give it a modern touch. Sweetgreen itself is surrounded by windows  allowing you to see people inside, as well as a light green LED sign that engages people’s eyes as they walk by. 

The first thing I noticed was how packed it was. Not only were there people waiting in line, the outside and inside dining was almost completely full. 

The two main options on the menu are warm bowls and salads. As a customer, you can choose any bowls from the menu or custom-make your own. I loved the flexibility of this option because it allows people to swap out items they may not like in their food. 

In the store, the menu lists out every item that is going into the bowl and they make it right in front of you. I was a big fan of this concept because the customers can see firsthand what is going into their food which is advantageous for diet-sensitive people or people that aim for specific goals. 

I also noticed right away that they had meals suited for vegans, vegetarians and pescatarians. 

The menu is expanded further online; when looking at their website, each food item has the calories and macronutrients listed. 

Besides warm bowls and salads, they offer plates, kids’ meals, local items, sides and a dessert. 

The dessert was a crispy rice treat, however, it is made with millet and sweetened with honey date caramel–a decision that takes away the added sugars and makes it easier for our body to enjoy and digest. 

I was completely pleased with the presentation of the place, the menu and the look of the food. The big question is, was I satisfied with the food itself?

In a simple answer: yes. 

I got the shrimp, citrus and avocado bowl. The bowl had a mix of spinach, cabbage, quinoa, shrimp, avocado, tomatoes and roasted sweet potatoes topped with a ceviche dressing. 

There was a perfect balance of grains and greens, and the dressing didn’t overpower the flavors of the mix. As a pescatarian, there were a lot of options for me to choose from, and it was an easy way to change up how I usually eat shrimp. 

My bowl came out to be a little under $17, which can be considered pricey. Yet, compared to a lot of similar restaurants in Jupiter, the price matches a lot of items. The bowl itself is also large and filling, as well as much larger in comparison to Bolay. 

Overall, from the scenery of Sweetgreen to the taste of the bowl, I would highly recommend this new restaurant. Their inclusivity of meals and health benefits makes it an easy choice to choose when picking where to eat.