|Photo by William Vo|
|Special requests gladly accepted.|
If you overthink the name, you may overlook the kind of menu Green Tomato Grill has. Sure, you'll find salads, tomatoes and grilled meats. But I found an achiote-beef-and-egg breakfast wrap that satisfied hunger pangs, and the adobo lime popcorn woke up my taste buds. Kyle Markt is the man behind the flavor profiles, and he strives to win over diners with his ability to create a meal to your liking. Here, requests are gladly accepted and delivered.
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So, two guys with no restaurant experience decided they wanted to start a restaurant that could be fast, healthy and tasty. They figured if they could deliver on those three things very well, it would be successful. I came into the picture soon after and strongly advised that it was a terrible business investment. But they persisted, so I designed the menu and most of the overall concept that is now Green Tomato Grill.
We took what was trending in the quick-service industry and made improvements where we thought other concepts fell short. Our biggest dilemma was whether to even promote being healthy. We didn't want the stigma or lack of flexibility of being a health-food restaurant. When we finished the menu and recipes, we decided it was healthy. That's how we would promote it.
All our sauces are gluten-free and either Greek yogurt-, tofu- or vegetable-based. We make EVERY item from scratch. We butcher our meat. We fabricate all of our 20-plus vegetables every day. Our lemonade is made with 100 percent agave. We tried to keep all our entrées in a reasonable calorie range. Most important, our food makes you feel good, and that's why we've been so successful so far.More »