SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Scottsdale Quarter is the new home for MIXT restaurant, a California-based chain known for seasonal ingredients, fresh farm-to-table food and a menu that provides endless combos of bowls and salads to create your favorite healthy dishes.
The food is healthy, yet hearty. Check out the "MIXT 30" salad: It has baby spinach, cabbage, roasted butternut squash, goji berries, mango, carrots, cucumbers, toasted coconut chips, toasted hemp and sesame seeds, fresh herbs and a matcha citrus vinaigrette. And how about the "Bachelor" salad? It features greens, arugula, grilled flat iron steak, blue cheese, herb roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes, savory herbs, balsamic vinaigrette, and is topped with caramelized onions and breadcrumbs.
"When it comes to great food, we don’t think you should have to choose between fast and healthy," reads a statement on the restaurant's Facebook page. And when you look at the menu, it's apparent that choice is the name of the game. (The names are fun, too.) Pick a salad (like the Beetnik, the Orchard or the Cowboy,) a grain bowl (like the Zesty or the Pacifica) or a sandwich (such as the Rooster or the Royale.)
So how did MIXT come about? In 2005, owners Leslie and David Silverglide were coming back from a day of skiing in Tahoe when their conversation turned to great food. Their frustration over the lack of delicious, healthy, high-quality casual restaurants spurred a big idea, and from there, MIXT was born.
The couple calls MIXT more than a restaurant; they say it's a "movement." Each signature salad is meticulously crafted, developed after months of testing flavor profiles and preparation methods. The kitchen staff spends weeks perfecting the signature dishes, especially the salads. "A salad is more than just a bunch of ingredients tossed together. It should be a well-balanced nutrient-rich meal that brings a smile to your face," the couple says.
The MIXT philosophy? "From sprout to plate, we obsess the details to bring better eating to everyone," according to the website.
The Silverglides are also launching the new Scottsdale location with a focus on the safety and well-being of their customers as coronavirus fears spread across the country. They issued a statement to diners, detailing all the health and safety precautions restaurant staffers will be taking to make sure everyone stays safe.
The couple says precautions include upping the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting public areas, urging team members to take (paid) sick time if they are showing signs of illness, and "pausing" the use of refillable food and beverage containers. The restaurant will also be waiving all delivery fees for catering orders, to make it easier for folks to dine at home or in the office.