green2go serves truly clean, healthy, and delicious “fast food” in Brea, California
Joulia and Anita wanted to do something different than the daily work grind. The green2go idea came through necessity in 2008. Joulia’s husband had a heart attack at a young age, which forced a major change in his eating habits – foods that have no salt, no sugar, are low fat, etc. Joulia’s daughter also suffers from celiac disease – she can only eat foods that are gluten-free. When the family wanted to eat out, there were very few choices that would fit their family’s dietary needs so Joulie spent most of her time cooking at home. Anita and Julia’s food and health research forged the way for green2go to become a reality in 2012, where they can share their love of truly clean, healthy, and delicious foods for everyone. Their restaurant is located in Brea Union Plaza in a building set along with nékter Juice Bar, Bruegger’s Bagels, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
The interior feels like a small town café or diner with the checkerboard table cloths, but trendy with local craft brews and wines showcased in their small bar.
Once you decide, walk up to the counter and put your order in. If you choose a Build-Your-Own option, walk around the counter and pick out your toppings, sauces, and dressings.
Brews on tap rotate out when the keg is empty. At the end of September, these are some brews that were on tap: Bootlegger’s Brewery Rocco Red, Fire & Earth Red Ale, Smog City California Love Amber Ale, Barley Forge Brewing Co. Dog Day’s Amber Ale.
Tri-Tip Taco ($5 each) is made-to-order with hand sliced, organic, grass-fed tri-tip atop organic corn tortillas (or leaf lettuce), house-made kaleslaw, guacamole, pico de gallo, and sesame ginger dressing. This dish is gluten-free and non-GMO. One taco is a meal in itself. The tri-tip is nicely seasoned and absolutely delicious! The pico de gallo adds a little bit of acidity and sweetness. The guacamole is creamy and has a luscious texture. The kaleslaw adds a refreshing crunchy texture. Rating: 5/5
Hawaiian Style Tuna Poke Salad ($17) is raw ahi tuna mixed with organic wakame seaweed, sesame seeds, and onions atop mixed organic greens served with poke dressing and toasted ciabatta crostini. This salad is organic and gluten-free. This salad has been on the menu since 2012 before the big “poke shop” wave that has hit in the last 6-12 months. If you read my blog post about Pokéworks, this poke would be categorized as “haole-style” as it is mixed together to-order instead of marinating overnight. But this is definitely a healthy salad with enough taste from the poke to flavor the salad greens. If you need more, the poke dressing is on the side for you to add more. Although I prefer ogo with my poke, wakame is a good one to use too. Rating: 4.5/5
Roasted Brussels Sprout & Farro Salad ($9) is made with roasted brussels sprouts, house candied pine nuts, local bleu cheese, organic farro, and herb vinaigrette. This salad is organic and gluten-free. This is an absolute stunner with the green brussels sprouts and herb vinaigrette contrasting with the purple microgreens. As a graphic designer, I just love when dishes have complementary colors! The salad tastes as good as it looks. The brussels sprouts are roasted to sweet perfection. The farro adds a nutty, grain-like flavor. The bleu cheese just adds the right amount of tangy and creamy flavor. Rating: 5/5
Grass Fed Bison Burger ($16) is grilled to order with choice of brioche, squaw bun, or leaf lettuce wrap and choice of cup of salad or potatoes. Standard burger is topped with organic lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a dill pickle. Or you can Build-Your-Own and add up to 4 choices from the ingredients bar. I went with bleu cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions. The bison burger is juicy (just order it from medium-rare to medium due to the low fat content of bison). The combination of the bacon, bleu cheese, and caramelized onions is one of my favorites for burger. The salty, creamy, pungent, and sweet flavors worked well with the bison. This is now one of my favorite burgers in OC! Rating: 5/5
green2go also has a gluten-free bakery so save some room for these yummy treats!
Fair-Trade Chocolate Flourless Cake ($9) is an organic rich dark chocolate cake with organic berries and vanilla bean ice cream. Joulia describes it as, “If a chocolate cake and brownie had a baby, this would be our chocolate flourless cake.” I might describe it as a chocolate truffle due to the dense texture and melt-in-your-mouth feel. It is definitely for the chocoholic in your life, like my hubby! Rating: 5/5
Seasonal Baked Cobbler ($9) is made with organic fruit with house gluten-free streusel and served with vanilla bean ice cream. This cobbler is amazing! It tastes like someone’s grandma made it. You can really taste the love that goes into this one! The berries give it the natural sweetness along with tartness. I like it because it is not overly sweet, just naturally sweet. The streusel on top is absolutely divine with its crispy brown top and almost chewy, granola-like texture right above the berries. The vanilla bean ice cream slowly melts and provides a crème anglais effect. Rating: 5/5