Small Plates: Sweetgreen Brings Its Yogurts and Salads to the Hill

Posted May 11, 2010 at 5:51pm

Capitol Hill will finally get a chance to get in on the yogurt craze later this month. Sweetgreen, a yogurt and salad shop started by a handful of Georgetown graduates, will be opening its fifth location just a few blocks from the Capitol.

The shop, which will replace Trover Books at 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, will offer fat-free tart yogurt priced at $4.40 for a small cup and $6 for a large cup, with three toppings included. Extra toppings, such as fruit and nuts, will cost 50 cents each. Sweetgreen also features a variety of salads, most around $10. Customers can make their own salad, choosing from four types of lettuce and dozens of other ingredients, including six types of cheese. The restaurant also offers a menu of signature salads such as the Guacamole Greens, Curry Gold and Caesar Reggiano.

Like all Sweetgreen locations, the Pennsylvania Avenue shop features a lot of recycled materials. For example, the tables are made from wood that was previously used for bowling lanes in Pennsylvania. The ceiling was created with wood stripped from a Virginia barn.

“Our goal as much as possible is to be sustainable in everything we do,” general manager Sean Ryan says.

The Capitol Hill location is slated to open at the end of May.

Bargain Lunch at 701

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but at 701 (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) there is such a thing as a very affordable lunch. Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj is offering patrons an entree and a glass of wine for $15.

The menu, which will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., features five options including Goat Cheese Cavatelli, the Chicken Cobb Salad and the 701 Classic Burger. The wine menu gives diners a choice of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir.

The special is available weekdays in the bar and lounge.