Yesterday, I had lunch at Green Zone (534 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel) with Bax and Prim. Green Zone serves organic Chinese food.
At first, I was a skeptic, but the clean design of the restaurant instantly won me over as soon as I stepped inside. Totally not your typical Chinese restaurant.
Better yet, the food and service were both fantastic. From start to finish, we were surrounded by deliciousness and good cheer. As Bax said twice, we had the "nicest server ever."
The passion fruit iced tea ($2.50) was sweet, refreshing, and seriously awesome -- not just regular awesome. It was so awesome that I had three glasses. Bax had four. Refills are free and plentiful. Obviously.
Both Prim and I ordered the combo noodle bowl ($6.50), which contained pork and shrimp wontons; pork, shrimp, and Chinese mushroom dumplings; and your choice of egg noodles, rice noodles, or the house Taiwanese noodles. We both opted for the Taiwanese noodles. Duh. They're Taiwanese! I was excited that the place was run by Taiwanese peeps.
The broth was a little on the bland side, but it was nothing that a little hot oil couldn't fix. The wontons and the dumplings were filled with excellent ingredients, and the noodles had my favorite bounce-in-your-mouth quality.
Bax had wild salmon on organic greens ($8.95) dressed with mixed nuts, flaxseed sprinkle, dried berries, and house vinaigrette. She loved it.
This place was such a great find. In the grand tradition of #71 of Stuff White People Like, Bax, Prim, and their blonde hair happily stood out. Fun!