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Pick 5: Kale and Beyond

It’s winter and kale has sauntered back into the dining scene, flaunting those vibrant leafy greens with an array of health benefits. It packs one of the highest levels of antioxidants in vegetables and has as more iron per calorie than beef. These fibrous friends have a rep they don’t want to lose, but if you’re looking for a way to ease into them into your diet, we’ve found some restaurants that sneak these onto your plate.

Cook Hall

kale Ceasar salad from Cook Hall

kale Ceasar salad from Cook Hall

3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
This kale Caesar salad will fill you up more than the usual romaine salad. Creamy dressing and salty parmesan clings to kale’s thicker leaves. Extra protein is added with a fried egg, and we recommend breaking the yolk before you take a bite.

Souper Jenny
56 East Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta
Super greens soup is a triple whammy of, well, super greens. Kale, swiss chard and spinach team up with artichoke, asparagus and zucchini in a silky puree. This warms you from your first slurp to your core.

Chai Pani
406 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
Crispy kale takes on an Indian flair for a gluten-free fritter. Made with curried chickpea batter, the kale pakoras give a spicy crunch when you take a bite, but the kale itself still keeps a chewy texture. Bring on the heat with the green chutney or mellow it down with creamy yogurt.

Kale Me Crazy
300 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
Nine of the beverages at this kale-named juice bar feature the green guy. The vibrant “kale yeah!” juice is a fresh detox of kale, spinach, cucumber, apple and lemon. But if you can’t stomach straight juice, the “kale-licious” smoothie is creamy and sweet thanks to banana and almond milk.

kale mashed potatoes from Poor Calvin's

kale mashed potatoes from Poor Calvin's

Poor Calvin’s
510 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta
A take on comfort food, the kale mashed potatoes are buttery and smooth. This is the stuff that sticks to your ribs. Wondering what that bite is? It’s the wasabi powder.

-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog

3 comments Add your comment

Wilton Towe

January 17th, 2014
2:32 pm

Kale has been around for ages and someone just discovered it? This is one fad, along with “Gluten-Free” I will be glad to see go away.

Ned Ludd

January 17th, 2014
3:24 pm

Methinks thy kale lovers should organize a ‘Kohlfahrt’. It is a long standing and traditional holiday in parts of Germany celebrating the kale harvest and centering around a walk to a local tavern large quantities of alcohol, and a prize for the last patron left at the drinking table. All together now—”I Wish You A Merry Kohlfahrt, I Wish You A Merry Kohlfahrt”—–What good times—

Katlyn Palmer

January 19th, 2014
6:14 pm

Despite being an obvious fad… kale is a versatile ingredient. You’ve got to try a few recipes before actually liking it (or not). Self proclaimed foodies tend to eat absolutely anything with a drizzle of olive oil and kosher salt, even if it tastes like grass…

Check these recipes for a better picture: 10 Sublimes and Tasty Recipes for Kale