Urban Plates -- Woodland Hills
I get really excited when I find affordable, healthy options that also taste delicious. So I'm delighted I can now add Urban Plates to that list. While there are several locations across Southern California, there are none right near where I live, so I hadn’t been by to check it out. I stopped into the new Woodland Hills location this past week, and I was so impressed by the both quality of the food and the options Urban Plates offers.
The menu is expansive, and there are four stations you can order from—salads, plates & sides, bowls & soups, and sandwiches. And of course, you’ll want to save room for dessert. I was honestly overwhelmed by the options, but the staff was so nice and helpful. Feel free to sample items if you aren’t sure what you want! There are (I’m pretty sure) 20 options for sides, so if you are the kind of person who can decide what you want without tasting a few items, I’m impressed. But also, you’re missing out. TRY THE SIDES.
Some of my favorite included Roasted Brussels Sprouts with turkey bacon, Harissa Cauliflower & Zucchini, and Glass Noodles & Shiitake Salad with sesame ginger sauce. The Chickpea and Kale Soup was also great. I would definitely come back just for that.
For my main dish, I tasted both the salmon and sea bass, but settled on the latter. It was prepared upon my order and tasted so fresh and light. I also enjoyed the Asian Chicken Salad. The salad is served with grilled free range chicken, organic carrots, green onions, oranges (my favorite part,) spicy roasted peanuts, crispy wontons, red bell peppers, cilantro, spicy peanut dressing.
Now, I have a very strong sweet tooth. So I was especially excited to see what an abundant dessert selection Urban Plates offers. It includes a variety of made-from-scratch cookies, cupcakes, tarts, brownies, layer cakes, cheesecake, cream pies. Talk about overwhelming...My favorites included the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Crunch Cupcakeand Heaven and Hell Cake--angel food cake layered with devil's food cake, peanut butter cream cheese frosting, topped with spicy peanuts. I was obviously in a very peanut butter heavy mood when I visited. But the options are wide, and there are even gluten free desserts available, like the flourless chocolate cake.
The décor is also worth noting—the detail that clearly went into designing Urban Plates’ beautiful interior is impeccable. It feels warm and homey inside, so there is no rush to take your food to go. I will definitely stop back in anytime I am near an Urban Plates. Please open one in West Hollywood next!