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Gree Dog Cafe
3543 Columbia Parkway 321-8777
Walking in the new Green Dog Cafe your met by mint-ish green walls that mimic the cafe’s name. Artwork and subtle wood tones warm the almost so cool it’s cold, space. It is clean that’s for certain.
You walk up to the counter to order, that’s a plus in our opinion. Your food is brought out to your table but no tipping is required, that’s also a plus. The menu isn’t vast but it is fairly well rounded. Besides, this food is supposed to be ultra-green and healthy so as you might expect the Green Dog sticks to several good items rather than dozens of run of the mill BS.
We chose the veggie burger at a whopping $11 (includes 1 side) and an order of hand cut fries ($5). The fries were our favorite variety (think Penn Station) and they were as good as we hoped they would be. The curry dip and banana ketchup that accompanies them left us wishing for some good old fashioned Heinz though.
The mixing tin the fries are served in is a cool touch however it results in soaking the bottom inch of the fries heavily in oil. We ate them anyway and they were good, five dollars good, maybe not, but good. The burger left more to be desired. The pile of Arugala was more than we could take, it is easily removed though. Our biggest complaint was the near total absence of seasoning. Bland and flat could have been spicy or savory with a simple dash of seasoning. Falafel might have made a better burger. We don’t expect a true beef burger flavor but when the bun overpowers the flavor of the patty something is wrong. It’s not bad mind you, just not seasoned enough for us.
We also tried a Hey Perro wrap ($11 with 1 side). Brown rice, Cuban black beans, corn salad, tomato salsa, avocados, manchego fresco on a flour tortilla. It featured more flavor than the burger but once again left us longing for a bottle of Cholula to spice it up a bit. We see no reason why healthy has to be bland. Almost all spices are natural, many even have health benefits. The food is obviously made with great care, using top quality ingredients. The concept is right on, if they just add a little zest it might be perfect. It’s fresh, clean and healthy but the prices are a bit healthy as well. Appetizers $4-$17. Salads and sandwiches $11-$14. Rice bowls $7-$10.
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