100 Favorite Dishes, No. 53: The Popeye At Green Grocer

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This is for your own good.
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

I know what you're thinking: This one isn't even a dish. But you will be thanking me once you accept The Green Grocer's Popeye into your life, because the benefits are impossible to refute.

There aren't many other palatable ways to get this much spinach into your day that don't involve bacon, butter or fatty dressing, and there's a whole bunch of other good stuff swirling around in this plastic cup. Not to mention the drinkable salad actually tastes good.

It's the almond butter and banana that combine to give the Popeye its dominant flavors, and a touch of honey lends just enough sweetness. It tastes so good I was compelled to lift the recipe and proceed to make my own version of the Popeye at home for weeks.

Considering the majority of the next 52 dishes contain meat, cheese or both, you should be excited to down a healthful smoothie. It may not look as exciting as a Rueben sandwich or a thick tavern burger with beads of juice and grease cascading down its surface, but your tastebuds will be pleasantly surprised and the rest of your body will be grateful.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria
No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta
No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot
No. 64: Banana Flower Salad at Mot Hai Ba
No. 63: Cinco Leches Cake At Mesero Miguel
No. 62: Cabrito a la Parilla at El Ranchito
No. 61: Reuben at Kuby's
No. 60: Plain Cheese Pizza Cooked Extra Crispy at Zoli's
No. 59: Enmoladas at Mesa
No. 58: Pig's Head at CBD Provisions
No. 57: Rib "Sandwich" at Baby Back Shak
No. 56: Beef Noodle Soup at Monkey King
No. 55: The Nachos at Spiral Diner
No. 54: Elotes, Everywhere

Location Info


Green Grocer

3614 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: General

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I tried it. Not bad. But I did purchase some lamb bacon there too to make myself feel better afterwards.


I think today is the day the 100 Favorite Dishes list jumped the shark.


Anyone wanna buy a bridge? No way I drink that sh+t........they have you all fooled!  Just another trend like bacon on a doughnut, or an egg on a burger, wearing a fedora, and so on, and so on. 

Here is an idea!  Just don't eat like a flippin' pig, and you won't have to consume that drivel pictured above.  Ya, you heard me; you don't need three squares a day, at three different restaurants.

Here's a tip:  Just make a nice salad at home, it's cheap, yummy and won't have a bunch of crap in it. 

I just love disposable society.......ok, enjoy yer spinach infused grass fed smoothie.

ps-How is this better than a double meat Whataburger (with grilled jalapeno's and Texas Pete)  or The Flaming Rooster at Jake's?  Let's see, Whatabeezie or a dirt smoothie......hmmmmmmmm? (deep, deep questioning that involves mystic eastern religions, god, Thoreau, Camus, old growth forests, Pete Townsend penned The Seeker, meditation, Hinayana Buddhism, The Cumberland Gap, western expansion, and good old fashioned American Indian proverbs. 

High Lonesome Songs I Recommend:

-Joe Ely and Butch Hancock/If You Were a Bluebird

-Flatlanders/South Wind of Summer

-Webb Pierce/Here Stands the Glass....who hasn't lived this? "Brother I'm on my way". 

-Don Henley-Talking To the Moon....so Texas. 

-Eagles-Desperado and Desperado (Reprise)....those songs really haunt me; in fact the whole album does. 


-Rodney Crowell-the Last Waltz

-Hank/Lone Gone Lonesome Blues

"I'm gonna find me a river, one that's cold as ice
And when I find me that river, Lord I'm gonna pay the price, oh Lord"......the gravity of this song still moves me more than most, you can hear Hank's deep  rooted pain. 

What Foods I Recommend this Weekend:

-Blackened Catfish w/Honey Mustard Slaw, on Fresh Tortilla's

-Chicken Thighs on French Bread (marinate the thighs overnight in a red wine mix, reduce the wood, cook covered for a couple of hours) in a Habanero and Honey BBQ Sauce.

-Pulled Pork w/a Carolina Mustard Sauce (oil based)

-Caprese Pizza (everything has to be pulled from the garden for this to be fantastic!)

-Italian Sub........not that crap you buy around here in a sub shop, but the kind they make in NY or Boston. 

Best 24 Hour Trips:

-Roswell, NM (Inn of The Mountain Gods, White Sands, Mountains, Aliens)

-Mena, Ark (it's cool on the top of that mountain.......fishing, hiking, hunting, eat breakfast at the gas station at the bottom of Rich Mountain.

-Beavers Bend


-The Guad.

-The Great East Texas Woods (go to Huntsville, take a left)

-Turner Falls

-Old Platt

-Mount Scott

-Talimena Drive

-Branch, Tx.

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