BY CLEVELAND.COM – Açaí bowls have become a popular food trend, thanks to their Instagrammable quality and health benefits. Vitality Bowls, a fast-casual restaurant specializing in the so-called superfruit, recently opened in Rocky River.
The café, at 19511 Center Ridge Rd., is the first location in Northeast Ohio for the California-based chain, which now has about 100 restaurants in 18 states.
“From the first bite I took of an açaí bowl at Vitality Bowls, I knew it was the start of a new journey for me. The incredible taste of the fresh ingredients and the feeling it provides is just an unbeatable combination,” says franchise owner Chloe Co in a release. “My son is a big fan of all the menu items, too! I love that this café will be a place that adults and kids can both enjoy.”
The menu features a wide selection of healthy-conscious items like smoothies, juices, paninis and salads. But the star attraction is the açaí bowls, which are typically ordered for breakfast or as a snack. Açaí berries, rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, are either pureed or blended with coconut or almond milk to form the base. The bowl is then finished off with a variety of fruits, greens, nuts, granola and other toppings.
Bowls start at $7.49, but the average price is about $12.50.
Popular choices include the Green Bowl (with organic graviola, spirulina and hemp seeds), Dragon Bowl (featuring organic pitaya, coconut milk and bananas) and Vitality Bowl (with organic açaí, strawberries and honey). The company says everything is made to order using whole ingredients. The kitchen is designed to avoid cross-contact for people with food allergies.
“Simply put, we created Vitality Bowls to be a place where health-conscious individuals can go for a nutritional meal and enjoy a huge assortment of superfoods not typically found elsewhere,” says the company’s founder Tara Gilad in the release. “We believe that healthy food can be an option for fast casual food and we are excited to have Chloe on board with this. We look forward to seeing Chloe grow her business in Rocky River and sharing the Vitality Bowls message with the community.”
The café is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.