City Blends’ baristas create 1 of 25 smoothies on the spot for each client, filling blenders with ingredients ranging from blueberries to oreos. Many drinks are designed to help slim bodies from the inside out, and help sippers reach their goals of burning extra calories, building muscle mass, or sweating pure apple juice. A selection of additives includes infusions of creatine, vitamins, or wellness boosters.
Chef Chris Borden has sliced, diced, and sizzled up countless gourmet dishes for more than 17 years. A master of making fine food on a tight caloric budget, Borden's career spans work at establishments ranging from luxurious country clubs to diet-conscious healthcare facilities. At Fresh 'n Fit Cuisine, he's backed by a highly trained culinary team and a registered dietitian, all of whom work to make the finest meals no matter what the client's nutritional needs. Borden uses fresh ingredients, shying away from the frozen, dehydrated, or astronaut-friendly ones often used in other premade meals.
The menus rotate regularly, and meet the guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Cancer Society. After Chef Borden and his team prepare the dishes within a USDA-approved kitchen, they’ll prep them for pickup at one of Fresh ‘n Fit’s 79 area locations.
Cuisine Type: Innovative, fresh, fun regional cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Offering: Creative burgers, mac 'n' cheese, tacos
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Baja Cafe's menu is designed to satisfy those who may want a more traditional American breakfast or lunch, as well as those who would enjoy Baja-style southwestern cuisine. Our chef is super creative and loves to try new things, as well as continue to make guest favorites. Baja Cafe offers red velvet, snickerdoodle, [and] salted caramel pancakes. We offer dishes with nopalitos, fresh Hatch green chiles, [and] regular and jalape?o bacon. We offer some of the most amazing and creative eggs benedicts around. Our build your own mac 'n' cheese is out of this world, as are our fish and pulled-pork tacos. Our burgers are grilled and made specifically to order for each guest. We offer vegetarian options as well. [It's] seriously fun food.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Baja Cafe is a new restaurant on the east side of Tucson. It is a hidden gem waiting to be found in the Gas Light Theatre parking area on Broadway and Kolb. Our chef takes great pride in the food he prepares and wants to brighten everyone's day who comes into Baja Cafe. We try to deliver the best food and service around. Our food choices will be pleasing to those who want eggs, bacon, and toast or a yummy burger [and] those who want chipotle mac 'n' cheese or flavorful fish tacos. We offer yummy sweet-potato and black-bean burgers. We offer huge and filling salads with homemade dressings. We make the cinnamon bread for the french toast homemade onsite. We love making people smile and love feedback and ideas. If we have the ingredients, we will make it.
Floor-to-ceiling windows adorn the front wall of Sparkroot, showering light onto a small tree that sits at the center of a circular wooden table. This café space, lined with the work of local and international artists, aims to spark creativity with paintings, varied seating options, and a lofted area that takes advantage of the towering ceiling. Within these confines, tunes blast from a classic jukebox, harmonizing with the chatter of conversations and fingers typing on laptops.
Of course, customers don't watusi into Sparkroot just for the atmosphere, so the staff works to create a menu as innovative as the decor. Behind the counter, baristas brew espressos and lattes using Blue Bottle coffee, a small roaster that uses organic and pesticide-free, shade-grown beans. The drinks, which also include craft beers and wines, are complemented by housemade vegetarian meals, including pressed ciabatta sandwiches and crunchy granola.
Honeycutt Coffee, located in the Maricopa Business Center, wakes up patrons headed to work with fresh cups of coffee and a menu of cafe-style breakfast sandwiches and baked goods. During the afternoon, its dark wooden tables and comfy leather chairs often host professionals having lunch meetings or researching sick-day illnesses they could have plausibly contracted since 8 a.m.
Fueling their activities are sandwiches and salads, including spicy turkey paninis with a chipotle pesto spread, roasted garlic chicken paninis, and chicken caesar salads. Honeycutt tries to source its wares from local businesses whenever possible, and its coffee is roasted by Phoenix's Espressions.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. In addition to their extensive juice menu, their commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads. Customers can also kick-start their days with six varieties of Energy Bowls?antioxidant-packed blends of fresh fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits like acai berries and strawberries?all made to order and packaged in a convenient portable bowl.
In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit?which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
With nearly 600 stores serving Energy Bowls, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.