Your Wildest Greens Have Arrived
Dream restaurant delights nutritional lifestyle fans
Many of us who have adopted a nutritional lifestyle – be it vegan, Paleo, gluten-free, lectin-free, or other – know that dining out can be a challenge. We are lucky to have a variety of quick-stop options for breakfast and lunch, but when it comes to a nice, relaxing dinner out, the choices are limited. When a new restaurant comes to mind, the first question is usually, “Do they have much we can eat?”
With Denise DuBarry Hay’s new Palm Desert restaurant, Wildest Greens, the answer is an unequivocal “YES!” In fact, it will take numerous visits to get through their enticing and extensive menu.
Hay is also owner of Bikram Yoga Plus and has been a healthy lifestyle advocate her entire life. She and husband Bill recently became empty nesters and as they increased their dining out, she realized it was hard to find places that catered to their dietary choices. So, she decided to create a place she would want to go.
Hay first designed the menu with inspiration from favorites around the globe and built the kitchen around the ingredients. She designed the layout to include a coffee and fresh-pressed juice bar, soup and salad bar, grab-and-go versions of healthy offerings, both kombucha and beer on tap, an extensive wine list, and a comfortable sit-down restaurant. The ambiance is warm and friendly with a mixture of comfy couches and decorative pillows, café style tables, a large farmhouse table, and high tops with wicker chairs. Bright colored art adorns the walls, and there is ample bar seating.
Wildest Greens opened in January and while they are still tweaking the menu, they are steadfast in their mission to appease an array of healthy palates and their commitment to quality. “We cook with minimal oils, minimal salts, and don’t add sugar to salad dressings or other places they tend to hide. All our meats are grass-fed and hormone-free, and most produce is certified organic.” An example of their commitment to choices is their two styles of mashed potatoes: white with cow’s milk and butter served with meat dishes, and a purple mash made with almond milk served with vegan dishes.
While it’s very rewarding to hear people so appreciative of her creation, she says it can also be challenging. “People come here for food as medicine and therefore, it is important that we get it right. Some may have food allergies, intolerances, or simply strong preferences. We continue to educate our staff to know as much about dietary options and ingredients as our customers.”
I have visited many times and it is my new favorite. Their brunch/lunch menu offers close to 100 items with multiple variations on each and takes time to look over. Some of my popular choices include a warm cup of bone broth; their Asian noodle salad with spinach, kale, ginger, cashews, quinoa and kelp noodles; and their tasty flatbreads made with an optional cauliflower crust (stable enough to eat with your hands) and choice of vegan nut cheese. I also like the ‘build your own salad’ checklist completed at and delivered to your table (checklist is also offered with grain bowls, wraps and smoothies). The Golden Dragon dressing is a must for turmeric fans. Simply thinking about their healthy creations makes me smile with appreciation!
The dinner menu is more condensed, yet still vast in its offerings. I absolutely love their grass-fed petite filet with green peppercorn and bone broth gravy (gluten-free) served with mashed sweet potatoes, pureed beets and mashed potatoes, and their yucca (a tuber root vegetable) braised with lemon olive oil (extra virgin), garlic and Italian parsley. Other entrees I plan to try are their vegan raw lasagna and the grilled wild salmon. Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and raw desserts are also offered…Truly something for everyone!
Happy hour features small plates and creative hand crafted cocktails with wine-based liquors (yes, tequila and rum made from wine). Their Desert Mule features house-made kombucha in lieu of ginger beer (much less sweet), and their Cosmo is made with cold pressed ‘Beauty Juice,’ a combo of watermelon, mint, lemon, ginger, and parsley – fun to try and share.
Wildest Greens is the restaurant many of us have been dreaming about and does not disappoint for comfort, nutrition or taste. Be sure to give it a try!
Wildest Greens is located at 72990 El Paseo at the corner of Highway 74. Their coffee market is open at 8:30am daily; Brunch is served 7 days a week from 9am-3pm; Happy Hour is Tuesday – Sunday 4-6pm and dinner is served Tuesday-Sunday 5-9pm. For more information and full menus visit WildestGreens.com.