The Carson Apartments continues to expand its neighborhood with the opening of three healthy options this month, G-Love, Mama Bird, and Carioca Bowls. All three serve up healthy meals with a focus on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
G-Love is a reverse steakhouse where vegetables are showcased in entrees and proteins play a supporting role as side dishes. Vegetables are sourced through a partnership with family farm - Olde Moon Farm. Chef and Owner Garrett Benedict has already planned a full year growing schedule with the farm team, having the ability to collaborate on produce variations and colorations. The restaurant has a full beverage program curated by Collin Nicholas, an award-winning bartender, with a produce and fruit-inspired cocktail menu that pairs seamlessly with the food.
The interior design of G-Love takes its cues from the 70's, with a light-filled airy space and a beachy vibe that includes a large, open kitchen, rough concrete, hand stamped natural leather coasters, and light-colored ash wood used throughout the space. The restaurant’s vibrant color palette was inspired by classic cars. G-Love focuses on exploration and experimentation with no dish exceeding $20.
We recommend: Spiced Oregon Hazelnuts, Chirashi Bowl, Bucatini and a Side of Porky Pork
Mama Bird stays true to its mantra that “delicious is healthy” with a menu featuring wood fire grilled chicken, farm fresh grilled vegetables, polenta, and an array of desserts. Their bone broth has a loyal following and is sold a la carte. Mama Bird is warm and welcoming and features 10-12 draft beers as well as a nice wine selection. Take-home family dinners are available for those busy weeknights.
We recommend: Quarter Bird with Extra Chimichurri, Grilled Stone Fruit, Ayers Creek Creamy Polenta, Bone Broth and Table Side S'Mores
Carioca Bowls serves handcrafted acai creations with more than 50 toppings to choose from. As an added bonus, they are offering 20% off your first visit through October 31. Acai bowls have a cult following for their sustainable energy that supports an active lifestyle. This is Carioca Bowls second location and it features a Signature Bowl menu and a Build Your Own menu choice for your base and toppings. They will also serve Brazilian feijoada-inspired vegan dishes, avocado and nut butter toasts, and gluten-free Brazilian cheese breads. Carioca Bowls serves the highest quality ingredients and will be open from 8 am to 5 pm daily.
We recommend: Yogi Bowl, Avacado Toast and Drip Yerba Maté
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