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Viridian Staff try Cava: A privately owned Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant in Athens, Georgia.
by Jordan Jones and Sydoni Shaw
Similar to restaurants such as Chipotle, Moes, and Panda Express, Cava specializes in healthy Mediterranean cuisine. This fast-growing restaurant chain gives customers the option to choose from customizable salads, bowls, and pitas. With the buildable option, customers may begin by choosing greens, grains, or both. Following, a wide array of meat, vegetables, dressings, and dips are displayed.
My order consisted of the Super Greens which includes kale, broccoli, sliced brussel sprouts, and sliced chicory. Brown rice was chosen for my grains, and the Spicy Harissa chicken for my protein. I chose Tzatziki, Harissa, and Red pepper hummus for my spreads, and my toppings included fire roasted corn, pickled onions, tomato and cucumber, and crumbled feta. Lastly, for dressings my order contained the Lemon Herb Tahini and Hot Harissa Vinaigrette. My order concluded with free side pita chips to go with the bowl.
*****I would highly recommend this bowl. All of the ingredients were fresh and flavorful. Not to mention the portion size of bowls are huge, there was quite a bit for me to take home. Not being super familiar with Mediterranean foods or dishes, Cava provides an easy way for customers to expand their palates. The parts that satisfied me most were the Spicy Harissa Chicken, the spreads, as well as the corn. They were all seasoned to perfection, and the chicken had the spice that I am keen to enjoy. Cava is somewhat on the pricier side in the industry of food bowls, my bowl being 15 dollars. Though, I did not mind because it was worth the price.
Choosing a customizable bowl, my order was short and to the point, consisting of white rice, grilled chicken, corn, tomatoes, and feta cheese crumbles- topped with Balsamic date vinaigrette.
All of the ingredients were fresh and flavorful and complimented some of the other ingredients in my bowl. The grilled chicken was perfectly charred and the tangy vinaigrette paired well with the marinated tomatoes.
However, the feta cheese crumbles were not to my liking being that it was my first time trying feta cheese. The chicken, though flavored and cooked well, was too chewy. In light of this, the serving size was fulfilling and the meal price came out to be under $15.00.
***I would probably not go back here again, but I can see how other people might like it.
Cava has a mission to bring “Heart, Health, and Humanity to Food”
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