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Clean Plate: Organic and sustainable, at a price

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The house burger with pepper jack cheese and grilled ’shrooms

Which brings me to the burger. The description is simple: grass-fed beef, spring mix, onions, tomato, mayo and Dijon mustard. Every bite is juicy and pleasing, but there aren’t a whole lot of them. Add-ons are offered, and definitely jazz up the experience, but do little to make up for MIA fries (they had run out during our visit and were substituted with sautéed seasonal veggies). It’s not hard to clean your plate after all.

Much like with other local eateries that offer sustainable fare, The Clean Plate’s selling peace of mind. It helps when that tranquility that comes from eating grass-fed beef and GMO-free tortillas also happens to satiate your belly. It’s easy to compare The Clean Plate to The Cove or chef Michael Sohocki’s Restaurant Gwendolyn, which only sources food from a 150-mile radius. The Cove’s popularity might have increased after a televised visit from a certain donkey-sauce pimpin’ spiky-haired reviewer, but the city had already embraced the joint’s locavore-driven values.

Open only for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Clean Plate has a steady stream of patrons stopping by for a bite to eat. If New and Polinard hope to keep providing clean food to the masses, they’ll have to fix portion sizes and price points. San Anto wants and will pay for pristine eats, but there’s a limit, and be warned: take cash or be prepared for a 35 cent credit card fee. Chef is still tweaking prices while slaving away in the kitchen; and if the teensy corner spot overcomes visible growing pains, it’ll definitely earn a place in the hearts of San Antonians looking for that worry-free place to eat.

The Clean Plate

1022 N Main, (210) 229-9866
Best Bets The mesquite-smoked mahi-mahi tacos are different enough from the city’s offerings to be worth a shot; the juicy grass-fed beef burger leaves you wanting more.
The Skinny Lunch-time spot expands sustainable and organic clean food options in the city.
Hours 11am-4pm Mon-Fri Prices $9.25-$14.25

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