"I was frustrated I couldn't find a high-quality meal that was less fussy than a fine dining establishment." MIXT CEO and co-founder Leslie Silverglide says, readily. Passionate about health and wellness, Silverglide says she loves to eat salads that don't leave her feeling hungry two hours later, and were real meals.
She wanted to build a restaurant focused on quick service in a fast-casual environment with nutritious ingredients, but customizable in-house. When she and her husband, David, decided to move forward with this idea, friends didn't think it would work. "People told us we were insane, but we knew there was an opportunity to create a better food space," Silverglide says. "We were going to try this even though people thought it was a terrible idea."
In 2020, MIXT opened its 16th location, the first in the Valley, with other locations in California and Texas. There is a minimalistic quality to the surroundings, which is intentional.
"I wanted to think about the environmental footprint of our space and make certain it was a green build," Silverglide says. It is an entire philosophy that is employed within MIXT restaurants. There is a conscious effort to think about energy efficiency, water conservation, and landfill diversion. "This isn't just talk. I am proud to say MIXT is the first multi-unit restaurant to become a Certified B Corporation." That means MIXT is "legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment," by B Corporation.
MIXT's green efforts extend to food, too. The mantra, according to Silverglide, is to "bring better eating to everyone." Part of this movement means the organic greens for salads are supplied on a daily basis. Silverglide emphasizes that "broad line distributors are not used, but local and regional companies are sources for these ingredients."
A focus on sustainability doesn't mean taste is compromised. Guests have the option to customize their salads or go with signature options like The Bachelor — arugula, greens, grilled flat iron steak, blue cheese, herb roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes, savory herbs, and balsamic vinaigrette topped with caramelized onions and breadcrumbs. All dressings are made in-house as well.
For those craving something heartier, market plates allow patrons to pair their choice of meat with two sides. Grain bowls are also available. Kombucha and craft beer from local sources are some beverage options. For convenience, MIXT also has a salad valet where customers can order online and pick up their lunch or dinner curbside. This is an effort to make healthy food accessible for those on the go.
Silverglide says people are embracing the MIXT message so far. Why? "When you come to MIXT," she says, "you don't need to sacrifice taste for health."