Souplantation: a start to healthy restaurant dining

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Images taken inside of Souplantation in Puente Hills.

When you’re searching for a healthy alternative restaurant, it is a difficult mission to find food you would be willing to eat. You should expect an everyday boring prepackaged salad with mediocre cold chicken typically sold in major fast food restaurant chains. A unique buffet style chain restaurant, Souplantation, ends the struggle with their homemade decadent signature tossed salads, fresh ingredients, warm soups, savory desserts and more. They offer immense types of dishes, catering to everyone’s pallet.

Before you pay, you are greeted with the first portion of the buffet: the salad bar. You can either choose to create your own salad with various ingredients such as broccoli, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, and homemade croutons, or you can try their signature salads including the Asian inspired Wonton Happiness and a twist to a classic Caesar Asiago. Also, there are deli salads consisting of creative flavor infusions, hence the names of these dishes: Joan’s Broccoli Madness with Bacon (gluten-friendly) and Whole Grain Confetti Couscous with Feta (vegetarian). Sampling these uncommon sides is the fun in tasting food you might have never tried before.

Then, you pay for the buffet. The prices for kids ranges from $2.99-$6.99 and adults $10-$11, depending on the location of the restaurant. Plus, if you join Club Veg (free), you will receive weekly coupons via email, usually offering a discount of $2-$3 per adult. Considering their food is fresh, healthy, delicious, and homemade, this is a bargain deal!

After, you can head to the second portion of the buffet leading to more selections featuring their bakery, soups, bread, pasta, and dessert. With their soups, they also add a new twist to American classics and some will remind you of your childhood such as their Big Chunk Noodle Soup, Clam Chowder with Bacon, and Deep Kettle House Chili (gluten-friendly). Don’t forget to add a hefty slice of Buttermilk Cornbread or sourdough bread. A sweet ending is their desserts with options from Chocolate Lava Cake, Red Velvet Lava Cake, and Apple Cobbler. If the day is hot you can try out the frozen yogurt with granola or peanut bits with chocolate or caramel syrup.

If you want to know about the nutritional content, locations, menu, join Club Veg, etc. , go to Souplantation.com and discover everything they have to offer. There are several locations throughout California and one is located in Puente Hills, 17411 Colima Road, which is a short 15-20 minute drive from Rio Hondo College.

Maybe healthy food is out of the norm for you or you’ve had horrible experiences with a sad flavorless salad, but Souplantation never leaves you unsatisfied.