No. 84, Lemongrass Chicken Salad at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

No. 84, Lemongrass Chicken Salad at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
Edwin Goei

Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!!

Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to highlight dishes from restaurants we'll never fully review, or secrets from old standbys. Anyhoo, let the march begin...

The lemongrass chicken salad at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, which has made a name for itself in making salads, makes people feel good about themselves. Perhaps it's because the restaurant is designed to make its customers feel good about their dietary decision to eat there. There's a working garden outside and non-HFCS soda dispensed in the drink fountains. The place looks like a log cabin built by hipsters.

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The salad will have chicken, but it will be beside the point. This salad would be good without the chicken. What makes it a great is everything else, including the tender, delicate baby mixed greens, the mango, the grilled pineapple, the jicama, the toasted coconut, the cashews, and most of of all, the lychee vinaigrette that will have hints of Thai chili, Thai basil and the perfume of that magical herb, lemongrass.

The list:

85. Tofu Soup at Tasty Thai 86. Take-Out Dim Sum at Capital B.B.Q. and Dim Sum Express 87. Hodo Gwaja at Cocohodo 88. Popcorn Chicken Salad at Guppy House 89. Fried Okra at Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar 90. Salted Egg With Bitter Melon & Scrambled Egg at Tasty Noodle House 91. Boysenberry Lemonade from Bautista Creek Local Produce at SOCO Farmers' Market 92. Scallop Carpaccio with Curry Oil and Yuzu Vinaigrette from Cafe Hiro 93. White Board Specials at Taco Adobe 94. Coney Dog at LinX 95. Halal Pizzas from San Giovanni Pizzas 96. Clayuda at El Fortín 97. Lunch Buffet at Dosa Express 98. The Meats at Darya in Orange 99. Panocha at Taquería Zamora 100. Bean-and-Cheese Burrito from Del Taco

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Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop

234 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3832

949-200-3950

www.greenleafchopshop.com


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