Grubbin’ on some mean green at Myrtle Beach salad spot

For Weekly SurgeJanuary 8, 2014 

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    Green Grubbin’ at 803 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and the number is 712-1563.

Setting the Table

Green Grubbin’ has been open in Myrtle Beach almost a year at the site of a former seafood market, and locals and visitors have been steadily checking out its salads, wraps and ice creams.

Three friends from Ohio developed the concept, which they thought filled a healthy niche along a beach filled with fast food options. Vegans, vegetarians (lacto- and ovo-) and carnivores who like to go easy on their meats once in a while should all find something to meet their needs.

The setup is extremely basic with several small dining tables and a counter where food is ordered. Behind that counter is a long line of salad toppings divided into four categories: 22 basic toppings, eight cheeses, eight protein toppings and nine premium toppings.

Down the Hatch

For $7 you can choose one of five greens: Romaine, spinach, iceberg, cabbage or mixed greens; four basic toppings such as broccoli, black beans, chow mein noodles, grapes or roasted red peppers; and a dressing. There are 20 dressings ranging from bacon vinaigrette and fat-free Ranch to citrus soy and sriracha lime.

Extra toppings cost extra. For example, arugula is an extra 69 cents, adding avocado is $1.49, a portion of tuna or chicken salad is $2.69, walnuts cost 79 cents and blue cheese is 99 cents. If you order four or five meats, nuts and cheeses, it would be easy to have a $15 salad.

Several salad recipes have been developed for those who’d rather let someone else make the decisions, and they range in price from $7-$9. The portions are huge. The salads come in plastic bowls with lids that hold at least half of a chopped head of iceberg. The salads can also be rolled into tortilla wraps.

My husband enjoyed the Chef Classic with Romaine, iceberg, ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss and Cheddar cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, carrots and red onions; and the recommended Russian dressing.

Our son had the Waldorf with mixed greens, grapes, Craisins, tomatoes, apples, walnuts, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. He ate the entire salad in one sitting, but commented he thought the dressing was a little too heavy on vinegar.

I ate half of a Popeye salad with spinach, bacon, red onion and sliced raw button mushrooms with the recommended tomato/bacon vinaigrette. The salad part was OK (although next time I’ll add walnuts to give it more crunch), but the dressing was odd. Each salad comes with two plastic ramekins filled with dressing, and one of mine was liquid while the other was gelatinous goo, and neither one tasted good.

Luckily I tasted the dressing before putting it on my salad, so it was saved by blue cheese dressing out of my refrigerator.

Check, please

Our tab for three signature salads and no extra toppings came to $27.28.

Green Grubbers can also go sweet with 13 ice cream (Reese’s Peanut Butter, butter pecan, cookies and cream) and sherbet (orange or rainbow) flavors with two sugar-free options (chocolate or vanilla). More than a dozen topping choices are available, or the ice cream can be made into a milk shake.

The Green Grubbin’ guys deliver far up and down Kings Highway. To the north they’ll go to the Dunes Club area at 82nd Avenue North, and they’ll go south all the way to Surfside Beach.

Becky Billingsley serves up fresh news daily at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.

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