Enjoy premium salads and sandwiches in the fast-casual restaurant’s rustic-chic dining room or large, shady patio.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, a gourmet salad eatery from Los Angeles, opened to rave reviews at its first Orange County location on Costa Mesa’s bustling 17th Street. Greenleaf’s menu features a wide variety of organic soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and entrees that pack in both nutrition and flavor. Enjoy the Zorra the Great, a Mediterranean-inspired salad filled with romaine and baby arugula, tomatoes, cucumber, feta, olives, red onion, fresh herbs, marinated artichokes and pita chips dressed with garlic herb vinaigrette with a generous serving of hummus at the bottom of the salad. For something more exotic, order the Lemongrass Chicken made with grilled chicken with mango, grilled pineapple, jicama, toasted coconut, cashews, Thai chili and Thai basil served over a bed of mixed greens and dressed with a light and flavorful lemongrass lychee vinaigrette. As for sandwiches, try the Turkey Melt, which was voted “Team Green Favorite.” Made with carved turkey, wilted greens, caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese melted between two soft pieces of pretzel bread, the kitchen is serious about this tasty creation and does not allow modifications! Compliment your meal with a tapped beer or a glass of wine from Greenleaf’s wine bar. The bartenders also sling soju cocktails such as the Sangria-licious, a refreshing concoction of grapes, apples, celery, mint, lemon and soju served in a charming Mason jar. Start your day at Greenleaf with nourishing grab-and-go options, fresh-pressed juices or specialty omelets and griddle items. Shop the adjoining marketplace for a selection gourmet goods, fresh produce and take out items to help maintain a healthy lifestyle on the go. 234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.200.3950. greenleafchopshop.com