Founded: 2007 in Washington, DC
Current locations: 64 in Virginia, California, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, DC
Sample salad: The Rad Thai with organic arugula and mesclun, bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, citrus shrimp, and spicy cashew dressing
Right off the bat you should know that Sweetgreen is almost definitely the bougiest option on this list of primarily bougie places. If the contemporary farmhouse design -- complete with reclaimed wood and shared-seating benches -- doesn't give it away, the lines of uber-hip eaters wrapping around the shop like it's the entrance to Space Mountain will do the trick.
Founded by three Georgetown graduates who were simply trying to answer the question "why are there no great fast-salad options?" Sweetgreen works on a Chipotle-style set-up. You can create your own salad, but the curated offerings are just too uniquely crafted and balanced to skip -- and the puns are just too fun to say. Look no further than the Kendrick Lamar collaboration, "Beets Don't Kale My Vibe." And yes, it's seriously called that (and has kale and beets, natch). It also single-handedly solves the "I don't want salads in the winter" conundrum by offering warm bowls that don't taste soggy or forced. The Harvest Bowl adds hot organic rice to a mixture of kale, chicken, and toasted almonds. And the menu is a checklist of local purveyors, so don't be surprised if you see some names from your area's premier farmers market pop-up on the roster. It's a little more expensive and time-consuming, sure, but it's also memorable... and not just for the puns.