CoreLife Eatery had its grand opening in Hyde Park Plaza on Friday, July 20th. Their fast food is unique due to their non-GMO, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners and no artificial colors or flavoring. Additionally, their chicken and steak were sustainably raised without antibiotics or added hormones. Plus there is an abundance of options that are vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Finally, some fast food with integrity!
You can choose from three options:
- Green bowls
- Grain bowls
- Broth bowls
Their menu is located by the front door in the format of a newspaper. Additionally, you can see all of your options on their chalkboard at the front of the restaurant as well. However, if you are like me, you would browse their many options on their online site and app to see what interests you before even stepping foot into their restaurant! I like looking online because it tells me what is included in the meal, how many calories it is, and what the macronutrients are. If you are confused by the menu, that is okay, because there are different menu options available on the walls you can look at while waiting in line at the CoreLife Eatery. There are 5 options on the kids “Power Menu” that you can personalize based on your child’s preferences. They are all very tried and true kid’s favorites like Chicken Noodle Soup, Power Pasta, or their Power Plate. Then, there are more interesting choices like their Cranberry Poppy Salad or Cukes and Carrots Salad. Finally, there is an abundance of beverage options ranging from Beet Lemonade to Hibiscus Black Tea.
We were feeling adventurous, so instead of playing it safe with a salad (or a Green Bowl as CoreLife likes to call it), we decided to order the Spicy Thai Chicken & Rice Noodles and the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup. The Spicy Thai Chicken & Rice Noodles has Napa cabbage, spicy Thai rice noodles, spicy chicken, peppers, scallions, sesame Sriracha sprouts, Thai chili sauce totaling only 450 calories. You have the option to get it tossed with Thai Cashew dressing (which I did) for another 200 calories. I got the Thai chili sauce on the side because I was unsure how spicy it would be; however, it really made a difference when adding it to my meal and would definitely recommend it!
The Coconut Curry Chicken Soup has rice noodles, spicy sesame sprouts, peppers, onions, chicken, and coconut curry broth totaling 840 calories. I personally liked the soup better than my noodles because it was warm and flavorful, unlike my Spicy Thai Chicken & Rice Noodles were cold like a Thai pasta salad (however, it was also very flavorful). We topped off our meals with the Watermelon Agua Fresca, which was refreshing and delicious!
The next time I visit, I am eager to try the Chicken Cobb Salad (my weakness) or the Chicken & Rice Noodle Broth Bowl!