BUDDHA, POKE, ACAI, & MORE: ALL THE HEALTHIEST BOWLS CLEVELAND HAS TO OFFER

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LAYNE GIBBONS

APR 15, 2019

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Back in the day, the only healthy thing to get at restaurants were veggie filled salads. And while we love a good salad here and there, sometimes they just fall flat. Thankfully, someone decided to add nutritious oats, beans, and proteins to these salads and decided to call them bowls: Buddha bowls, poke bowls, and the ever-fruity acai bowls, to be exact.

Now, we get flavorful and nourishing meals all mixed together in one convenient bowl! Consult this goodie-packed list when you’re ready to go bowlin’.

It’s been a year since Coastline Bowls launched in Cleveland, and they’re still blowing our minds with their acai and pitaya bowls. This mobile cafe pops up around Cleveland’s hottest studios and fitness events. Made with local fruits from the West Side Market, each bowl is jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and a whole lot of goodness. Pick your favorite combination of fruits, nuts, and seeds, and get to chowing.

Restore might be well-known for their cold-pressed juices and super smoothies, but don’t judge a store by their name — this cozy cafe is also whipping up some yummy bowls too. There are bowls filled with matcha, bowls with chia seeds, and bowls packed with cacao nibs. With so many variations, you might have to try two or three until you find which one’s your favorite. You know, in more than one sitting…

Beviamo Cafe may be known for their roasts and coffees, but they also need some major credit for their raw and vegan goods — notably their acai bowls. Though this cafe was once in Tremont, they’re soon re-opening with a new spot on Professor Ave. With over 10 different combinations of fruits, juices, milks, and veggies, these bowls are seriously good and seriously unique. Tryout their Coffee Bruh bowl, made with cold brew coffee, skim milk, espresso beans, banana, and 100% natural chocolate whey protein.

We don’t think the name of this cafe can be any clearer; they’re fresh and they’re healthy. A global chain (find them in North Olmsted, Strongsville, and Beachwood), they bring Cleveland hearty goods that will make you feel at home. Their Power Bowls will make you say “screw you” to smoothies, and opt for a spoon instead. From pitaya and acai to peanut butter and Greek yogurt, these bowls are fabulously filling. Oh, and they have hot power bowls, too!

Cultivate is a place to grab brews, snacks, and plates from local producers. Nestled in Chagrin Falls, Cultivate has awesome take-away options for people on the go… which brings us to their bowls. We’re talking about free-range cashew chicken bowls, roasted vegetable bowls drizzled with a carrot ginger dressing, and a whole lot quinoa. If you love a bowl on the go (they’re so easy!), Cultivate is your new hot spot.

Bib-i-what? Bibibop is a spin-off of the Korean word bibimbap, meaning ‘mixed rice.’ And that’s what every customer gets to chow on when they come over for the Asian-inspired menu. The bowl-hungry get to choose their base (purple or white rice, salad, noodles, or a roll), some toppings (black beans, potatoes, sprouts, kale, corn, and more), proteins (organic tofu, chicken, and steak), and one-of-a-kind sauces. Mix it all together and you have one hell of a bowl. And while Bibibop is already in University Circle, they’re approaching three more locations in the area — better invest in a spork.

A lot of bowls today seem pretty Instagram-worthy, and Beet Jar’s Bravocado Power Bowl is no different. This colorful and savory bowl is designed after their famous sandwich, made with avocado, greens, coconut flakes, red onion, and cashew mayo. It’s crunchy, it’s filling, and it’s waiting for you in Hingetown.

Like Bibibop, Boaz Cafe (on Lorrain Ave.) is for those who like all the power — you can create your own bowl. And in this case, it’s deliciously Mediterranean. Lucky visitors get to choose an array of colorful vegetables, hummus or baba, rice, and leafy greens. Top it all off with some mango cilantro dressing and you have yourself one hell of a Buddha bowl.

Now, when we first heard that West 29th’s Cleveland Tea Revival served up more than just tea, we were pumped. Nothing against tea, but we’re always down for a quick bowl before hopping onto the next errand. Try the ever-popular Matcha-Miso Rice Bowl in between sips of unique teas and soak in the easy afternoon vibes.

When you’re in a need of a pick-me-up, find a pHuel Cafe at one of their two locations on Euclid or Chester Ave. This plant-based cafe wants to fuel (obviously) Clevelanders up with some clean goods — bowls included. Stop by on your way to work for their Steak and Egg Breakfast Bowl (jam-packed with a whole lotta veggies), or save your hunger for the ride home with their Ahi-Tuna Fire Bowl. Just try not to eat it all on the car ride home…

We can’t talk about clean eating and hearty bowls without mentioning the Good to Go Cafe in the IMG Building. Specials change all the time, but one thing remains the same: their menu makes being healthy easy — from raw to vegan to gluten-free to non-GMO. Really, Good to Go Cafe is as clean as it gets with a mouth full of flavor. Keep your eyes peeled for some unique Buddha and acai bowls because specials change daily!

C’mon, we can’t talk about bowls and not mention Public Square’s ReBOL. We mean, ‘BOL’ is literally in their name. Choose from their list of signature bols or build your own from scratch! Just show up, mark what you want in your bowl on a paper, and await to have your taste buds wowed. But what’s the best part about ReBOL? They serve up breakfast bowls as well. That’s right — ReBOL all day, everyday.

West 25th’s TownHall always has the most amazing specials going on weekly, but you can always count on their insanely good bowls — from General Tso’s Tofu Bowl for vegans to their cold bowls filled with vegetables, fruits, meats, and more. Honestly, their list of bowls is extensive. Just see for yourself—scratch that—taste for yourself.

There are a ton of places to choose from when you’re wandering around University Circle, but when you’re in dire need for a good poke bowl, try out Kenko. Their poke bowls are a beautiful combination of white or brown rice (get brown), two different proteins, veggies, sauces, and toppings. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is, so come hungry.

Want to know a fun fact? Yuzu in Lakewood is an Izakaya-themed restaurant. That’s Japan’s version of a gastropub, and if you didn’t know, you’re not coming here enough. Yuzu has an extensive list of Rice Bowls (you can even choose cauliflower rice, instead!), varying from Thai Beef, Little India, Sushi Poke Bowls, and a whole lot more. Oh, and want to know another fun fact? They even have a small menu for your dog!

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