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Hungry Leaf

Posted by LAB 3 Jul 2013 3 Comments

Hungry LeafI recently stopped by Hungry Leaf, a newly-opened, revamped version of the old Chopped Greens on Erwin Road. Hungry Leaf offers salads and wraps – both off-the-shelf and “build your own” versions.

Although this type of salad concept is popular in other parts of the country (Chopt, anyone?), salad-oriented fast casual restaurants seem to struggle a bit in the Triangle. I’m a big fan of well-executed, customized salads though, so I was anxious to partake.

The space itself is pretty small, with a handful of indoor and outdoor tables. There’s a focused menu with roughly 10 pre-determined salad combinations that are freshly made to order. You can also design your own salad or have it made as a wrap. The menu includes vegan and gluten free options.

The two staff members behind the counter were very friendly and helpful as I navigated the menu. I ended up ordering the Quinoa Mexicana salad, which is made with romaine, quinoa, black beans, grape tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, cheddar cheese and corn nuts ($6.50). I substituted corn for the red onions (no charge) and added avocado for $1. The suggested dressing, a “spicy ancho ranch”, is apparently made from scratch and went well with the ingredient combo.

Salad

There are some interesting and healthy ingredient options, like red cabbage, edamame and chopped kale. I enjoyed my salad – the portion size was ample, the ingredients were fresh and the salad wasn’t overly dressed (a pet peeve of mine). The piece of bread that accompanied the salad was a bit stale though.

Hungry Leaf is a nice addition to the fast casual restaurant scene in that part of town, with healthy options and reasonable prices.

Hungry Leaf

2608 Erwin Road

Durham, NC 27707

Monday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm

3 Comments »

  • liz said:

    I went here and thought the salad didn’t have enough fillings – for the $1 extra I paid for avocado, it had like 3 chunks. Not impressed.

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