Healthy eating in the heart of Hollywood.
You may not have noticed the transformation Hollywood is undergoing in recent months. A lot of Apartments and Condos are being built, all reaching into the sky.
Of course the ground level of these establishments are all commercial, so…if you move into one of these, you best like what’s available right under your feet.
Which brings us to Greenleaf Gourmet, which is a mini-chain spread throughout a couple of So-Cal locations.
For me, it was good, but…
The but being…I don’t get the fuss over this place. While Urbanspoon was up and running, it was one of the most talked about locations in Los Angeles.
And I guess there’s a reason.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s good. It’s inexpensive. It’s got a great look. It’s healthy.
It’s just the fuss I’ve seen kicked up…for me, that’s a meh.
It was the name that did it for me. I swear I thought it was a Grocery Store when I drove past it so many umpteen million times. No, I didn’t see the outdoor seatings, or the bar. I was on my way to other things, and since there’s been a mess of construction in this area (as of publication). Let’s just say I was more worried about avoiding an accident instead of checking out the new digs in the neighborhood.
But, I’m not being fair, am I? How can I hold a place’s buzz against it? How can I hold a name I found odd against it? How is Greenleaf Gourmet in and on its own?
Like I said, I actually liked it. I liked it despite the fact that it’s leaning healthy. It’s a very nice establishment. It’s got a great look and feel to it, and it’s decently inexpensive. It’s even got an indoor/outdoor bar at the heart of the restaurant, that I could hang out at all day or all night. You know, have a nice glass of wine, nosh on something healthy. Wonderful.
So why am I only giving it a decent score? Why am I only giving it a B- instead of an A?
Well, of all the things, there was one thing…just one thing that drove me up the wall. One.
What is it? Read on.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I got the Turkey Sausage and Romesco Pizza. And this was…well…conditionally delicious.
Yes, I said conditionally.
The toppings were amazingly delicious. Not just because of the Turkey Sausage, but baby arugula, ricotta salata & shaved fennel. All together it formed a zesty melange of flavors and tastes that I can still feel all these days later.
But that crust man…
If they’d just put that on a traditional crust, I’d be shouting about this place from the rooftops. Instead they put it on…what I can only assume is one of those Gluten-free, wheat-free crusts. It was like putting one of the Luggage’s Room’s premier pizzas on a Saltine. Actually, that’s not right, Saltines taste better.
Yes, I know it’s better for me. Actually, I know people “say” it’s better for me, but that’s what they used to say ever Saturday before my Allergy Shot. (Sure, I took my shots, but would I rather have been watching Saturday Morning Cartoons? Hell and yes.)
Plus, the taste and sensation of freshly baked bread is just a true love of mine. Coupling that with these ingredients? Dman.
That crust just didn’t do it for me. It distracted from the overall taste. It robbed it. It dulled it. It’s leaving me to imagine what wonders could have been done
It’s otherwise a sensational pizza, very conditionally delicious. And that damn crust is the only thing that kept me from loving this place.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: As slick and as hot as it looks from the outside, it’s set up…well…more like Boston Market than you’d expect. You walk up to the counter first, and order then sit down.
PARKING: Deceptively easy. The Parking structure for Greenleaf Gourmet is buried inside the Residential/Retail complex it calls home. The only trick is finding the entrance.
When you pull up along Hollywood Blvd., in this case headed west, you’ll see the restaurant on your right. The first right after you see the restaurant is Argyle Ave. Pull onto Argyle, and you’ll see the entrance. As I remember, Parking with validation was free or nearly free. I think I paid a buck or two, but that was it. Plenty of spaces inside the garage, but you might have to hoof it a bit within the complex.
6201 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 120
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel: (323) 380-5127
Daily 10:30am – 10:30pm