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With more and more eateries spotlighting impossible to pronounce—and equally impossible to resist healthy ingredients like pitaya and jicama—it’s no surprise that a certain Brazilian-born bowl is popping up all over Philly.
We’ve scouted out the top locations for the on-trend superfood dish right here in the City of Brotherly Love: The Acai Bowl.
Ánimo is a Spanish word meaning energy, spirit, and vitality, all of which you’re sure to find in the antioxidant-packed power acai bowl from this healthy burrito bar in the heart of Center City. At Ánimo, a blend of acai pulp, frozen banana, almond milk, and a touch of honey form a creamy, naturally sweet base. And if the fresh seasonal fruit toppings don’t quite curb your sugar craving, add chocolate sauce for a small (but we say worth it) fee. For our South Jersey friends just across the bridge, you can find Ánimo in Haddonfield, NJ.
P.S. & Co., short for Pure Sweets & Company, offers up three delicious bowls that stay true to its name. The nutrient-focused eatery believes that indulgence and health go hand-in-hand, and they serve a plant-forward menu — with all the decadence and none of the additives or preservatives. The “Protein Packed,” a mouth-watering acai/dragonfruit hybrid is our recommendation. Dig in at their cozy quarters or stroll your bowl to nearby Rittenhouse Square.
Boasting locally sourced, organic, and non-GMO ingredients, Stripp’d Juice knows it’s what’s on the inside that counts… but they also know that the outside is pretty important, too. Stripp’d serves up the most Instagrammable acai bowls in the city, that come standard with rows of stacked strawberry, banana, gluten-free granola, and your choice of three superfood toppings (house-made peanut butter, anybody?).
If you’re the token fit friend in your group, look no further for a healthy joint the whole gang can enjoy. Complete with a coffee shop, juice bar, beer garden, and indoor & outdoor bars, Front Street Café serves up locally-sourced, organic eats and indulgences. Go ahead and grab a guilt-free beer with your dessert-worthy acai bowl. As we like to say, it’s all about balance.
This eatery is diet-inclusive, so you'll find a stacked menu full of gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free bowls of all varieties, like açaí, hot oatmeal, pitaya, and kale. Order the Naked bowl for a classic, stripped-down acai experience.
Leave your worries (and yoga mat) at Bimini's 2nd Street Northern Liberties door and grab a custom acai bowl that won’t break the bank. What’s in a bowl? The eatery blends acai pulp with guarana, banana, and almond milk for a nutrient dense pick-me-up. Up to three toppings are included, but you can keep ’em coming for a small fee.
SoBol Philly is an acai oasis. Their menu is entirely blended, and offers customizable acai and pitaya bowls, plus a slurry of smoothies. But what really sets SoBol apart is their extensive toppings bar. They’ve got the standards: banana, strawberries, blueberries, coconut, honey. But step up your game with some mango, chia seeds, kiwi, pineapple, nut butters, and even Nutella.
Fuel has three spots in the city, each conveniently located less than half a mile from a gym or boutique studio. Coincidence? We think not. Their menu is super-charged with plant-based, nutritionally-balanced options perfect for post-workout recovery. And their acai bowls, blended thick and full of banana, granola, strawberries, and coconut (and 12g of protein) are less than $6, so you can flex your muscles, not your wallet.
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