Blaine Duhe’s passion for food started early.
“My dad always cooked,” he explains. “I thought it was so cool. When I should have been watching ‘The Simpsons’ or some other show growing up, I was always watching the Food Network.”
Those hours in front of the tube eventually paid off. In late 2013, Duhe and his friend, John Zimmerman, opened the first location of their restaurant, Crisp Salad Company on Lower Greenville. They had a lot of fun curating the menu.
“We invited friends over every Sunday night for ‘salad nights,’ ” Duhe says. “We did all types of taste testing. We’d say, ‘Let’s see who can build the best Caesar dressing.’ ”
Crisp has a core of 10 salads, including the street taco, curry Waldorf and NY steakhouse. Customization also is an option for visitors, but a rather daunting one — the restaurant offers six varieties of lettuce, 10 proteins and more than 20 salad dressings. If you’re on the go, have your salad converted into a wrap or flatbread. Complete the meal with a cup of soup. No pressure to abandon your favorite burger joint, though.
“We don’t expect you to eat healthy 24/7,” Duhe says. “But when you are looking to, we are here for you.”
Crisp Salad Company
2020 Greenville Ave.
Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
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You can order online. Just choose a location and schedule your pickup time.
More fresh bites
Salad bars get a bad rap, but Salata is out to change that. Nestled in Preston Center, the restaurant whips up its own dressings and offers more than 50 fresh toppings, including jicama, pumpkin seeds and fresh strawberries.
8307 Westchester Drive
You’re never too far away from Snappy Salads. There’s one in NorthPark Center and another on Forest Lane. Order the yellow fin tuna, grilled avocado or crispy artichoke salad. Half sizes are available for those with smaller appetites.
5915 Forest Lane Suite 300
Snap employs a team of nutrionists to evaluate its menu. That means anything you choose will be healthy. In addition to lunch and dinner, the grab-and-go chain offers breakfast. Try steak and eggs, breakfast tacos or pancakes.
6025 Royal Lane Suite 314
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