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updated: Jan 29, 2011, 9:15 AM
By Ms. Lemonjelly
Silvergreens is one of those places that I'd eaten at before and had the unfortunate experience of ordering the wrong thing. I'd gotten the "half and half" option of half a sandwich, with salad and cookie - which is actually good - but I picked the bread as baguette, convincing myself that something baked in-house had the probability of being good. However, it had a rock hard crust and was really difficult to eat. There was no way I could get an actual whole bite of sandwich in my mouth, I had to eat it open face, and it still tore up my mouth, while also putting my nose into the nest of mayonnaise and sprouts on the top of the sandwich. I've since learned that their honey-wheat bread is the way to go. It's softer, tastes good, and has more fiber.
So I went to Silvergreens recently to check out their "happy hour" special offering a burger and a beer for $6. This deal is available from 3-7pm, 7 days a week. It's any one of the burgers on their menu and any bottle of their beer, or you can pay $2 more for a glass of wine instead of the beer.
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The burger selections are nice. I got the sundried tomato and avocado burger, that's normally $6.99 a la carte. There's also a pepper jack cheese and bacon burger, a pesto burger, cheeseburger, and a classic plain burger. Beer options include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, Firestone, Corona and more. There is an option to get a non-alcoholic beverage in place of the beer, and note: Beer is only available to dine in, you cannot get any alcoholic beverage to go. I wanted my meal to take away, so I selected a San Pellegrino Limonata, but could have taken ice tea or some other drink.
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The burger was nicely composed, using the tasty honey-wheat bun; the beef was cooked by default as medium, with a little pink in the middle. The sundried tomato added a lot of flavor to the burger, and the avocado made it nice and creamy. The bun was cut a little thick in places, but that helped it hold up the heft of the juicy burger. I also liked the use of spinach as the greens instead of the normal iceberg lettuce.
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Other things I liked about Silvergreens:
* Itemized nutrition information printed on my receipt. The meal cost $6.53 after tax, it was 728 calories (150 was the Limonata) with 4 grams of fiber, 30 grams of fat and 36 grams of protein, and the table showed what percentage this contributed to a 2000 calorie or 2500 calorie diet.
* Free coffee refills, after your first purchase of a coffee, and reusing the paper cup provided with that first purchase. I had some friends working nearby, and they had wandered over to Silvergreens throughout the day for top-ups on their coffee.
* The coffee and ice tea served there all came from Green Star, a local purveyor specializing in fair trade coffee and tea. And remember, free refills.
* The interior is bright and tidy; the fellow working the counter was super friendly.
Overall, rather nice and a very good deal. I'd originally accompanied my friends, who were there for the coffee, but once I'd gotten the burger, they came back later for those, too. Everyone ate dinner for about $6.50 each and it provided lots of energy for everyone working late into the night on an art installation for the SBIFF opening party.
Silvergreens (two locations)
791 Chapala Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
900 Embarcadero del Mar,
Isla Vista, CA 93117
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