The Hercules Salad at Garden Monsters looks pretty dang good.
While I was sick and not on my A-game, the news of the impending arrival of Garden Monsters was reported by Chad Walsh at the Portland Mercury. Full disclosure: I hadn’t heard of Garden Monsters before this post but I’m sure glad I do now. The menu is primarily salads (“mini” and “monster” sizes), with the option to turn any of them into a wrap, and a couple of “Monster Melts.” They will be renting that little space adjacent to Saima Thai & Sushi that used to be Pono Soul Farm Kitchen’s meat market.
Apparently the owner of Garden Monsters, Kyle Hulings, is going to “use the space as a commissary kitchen for his fleet of carts.” That fleet includes his SE Division cart and TBD locations for two more. Good news for us in Hollywood—he’ll be offering made-to-order grab-and-go salads for the locals and workers in the neighborhood.
There are no plans to put seating inside the space—it’s quite small, though I’ve seen comparable spaces in Queens put in a small table and two chairs (Tawa Food comes to mind). They will provide seating outdoors during the warmer part of the year, which will complement the benches in adjacent Stoll Plaza.
They are looking at an April opening, but that may delay to May if things take longer than expected. Hours will be Monday to Friday, 10am-8pm at first, and then weekends later (same open times).
As for the food, it’s great to see accommodations for omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free needs. I’d like to tell you which of the salads sounds particularly good but they all sound good. I look forward to trying them all when they come to the neighborhood.
Garden Monsters is Coming to the Hollywood Neighborhood This Spring [Portland Mercury]