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Dining Out: Green and clean eating at Green Corner Cafe

December 06, 2013|By Lisa Dupuy
  • Burger with a ground patty of beef, turkey or chicken breast, tomato, spinach, grilled onion, sauted mushrooms and cheddar cheese at Green Corner Cafe in Glendale on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The restaurant specializes in organic, non-GMO and gluten-free food.
Burger with a ground patty of beef, turkey or chicken breast,… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

For vegans, gluten-free eaters, allergy sufferers, and those concerned about added hormones and antibiotics, going out to eat must be like stepping into a mine field. Is the food truly toxin-free? Has there been cross-contamination? For sufferers of celiac and other diseases, the threat of a negative reaction is very real.

Enter Green Corner Cafe. This little restaurant in the corner of a mini-mall doesn't just pay lip service to clean eating. They're serious about all their food being organic with no antibiotics, hormones, steroids, animal by-products or GMOs. Every food category including sandwiches, pizzas, crepes and salads, comes with gluten-free options. Many dishes are vegan or vegetarian and all are clearly labeled. They use stevia instead of white sugar and only Himalayan pink or sea salt. On top of that, the chef knows how to properly cook with unconventional ingredients creating tasty dishes that seem to radiate vitality. It's a clean eater's paradise.

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The cafe itself is painted in warm colors with pretty artwork on the walls and classical music on the sound system. It was empty save for my friend and me so we got the full attention of our young waiter. He was well-versed on the menu and asked the chef when he wasn't. We started off with iced tea and hot tea. I was a little surprised that the house iced tea was yerba mate in a bottle, which luckily my friend prefers. I was able to choose from a wide range of hot teas.

Next we tried the butternut squash soup ($4). Creamy and full-bodied, we scraped the bottom of the bowl. I had heard that the service was slow so we were delighted when all of our dishes came out in a timely fashion. The grilled chicken pesto panini ($12) featured slices of hormone-free, delicately flavored chicken on thin slippers of fragrant whole-grain bread cross-hatched with attractive grill marks. They promise me the gluten-free bread is just as delicious. Inside was gently wilted fresh spinach, organic provolone cheese and homemade pesto sauce. Every panini (and other type of sandwich) comes with field greens and homemade dressing. We enjoyed the honey-garlic. It's a little sweet and a little spicy.

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