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South LA Food & Drink Diary: green tomato grill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brea, CA’s green tomato grill.

How did you end up in the restaurant business?
Green Tomato Grill was built around the core principals of serving fast, healthy, affordable and sustainable food to the community. We created a menu centered around unique flavors, fresh ingredients and lots of vegetables. Unlike other fast establishments, we butcher and marinate our own meat and cut all our vegetables fresh in house every day. All of our sauces are either vegetable or Greek yogurt based and also made from scratch. Everything is made to order, allowing us to serve many different special dietary needs including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan entres.

Our sustainability program includes low waste culinary practices, recycling, organic cleaning supplies, biodegradable sugar fiber paper goods and corn plastic cups. We work with our local produce provider to bring in as much organic produce as possible and our chefs personally source our beef and poultry from the southwest region.Most emphatically we do not want to capitalize on healthy dietary trends and green business practices solely for monetary gain. We are not 100% organic and do not serve the healthiest food on the planet, nor do we have the best sustainable practices of any restaurant. But we do strive every day to provide a better product that is in line with our values and the values of our customers by constantly challenging the industry norms and serving food with conscience.

Our chefs are constantly seeking out new ways to provide healthier, tastier and more affordable products to help our community break free of the bondage of fast food. So when you’re ready to graduate from fast food to fresh food, we’ll be here for you.”

We’d love to learn more about the struggles you’ve had along the way.
I’ve been cooking my whole life. I started in kitchens when I was 15 so really I don’t know anything else. Cookign comes easy to me, but the business end is a constant challenge. Learning the hard away about leading and motivating 50 employees to care about the product we serve has been the biggest challenge for me as a chef and restauranteur.

Tell us something interesting or unique about green tomato grill.
We make everything from scratch. 14 sauces from scratch. 10 protien choices (3 of them vegan). We offer braised meat dishes inspired from mexico, vietenam and indian. We are a hodge podge of everything the world has to offer with flavor for less than 10 dollars.

Most Popular Items

Chile Verde Steak Bowl

Grilled Steak sauteed with Bell Peppers, Black Beans, Cilantro, Corn, Onions & topped with Avocado. Served over Cilantro Lime Rice with Chile Verde
Make it SPICY with Habanero Fire Sauce
Dietary: Gluten-free

Vegan Char Burger

Our signature Vegan Char-Burger with Vegan Cheddar, Caramelized Onions, Grilled Mushrooms, Arugula, Roma Tomato, Pickles, Avocado, Veganaise & Chipotle BBQ Sauce on a Sesame Seed Bun. Served with Chile Lime Popcorn on the side.
Dietary: Vegan Gluten-free

Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke

Wild Raw Ahi Tuna tossed with Avocado, Cucumbers, Edamame, Onions & Sriracha Sesame Vinaigrette. Topped with Seaweed and Sesame Seeds. Served over White or Brown Rice.

Parking Advice:

We have tons of parking! Super easy in and out. We do a lot of online carryout orders.

Happy Hour:
No happy hour. But all our beer and wine is pretty cheap. $3-6 for craft beers

Average Entre Cost:$8-9

Address:796 n brea blvd brea ca 92821

Phone:714 987 3766


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