Most people prefer the smoothie—which turns fruits into irresistibly silky beverages—over its competitor, the roughie, which transforms fruits into hardened criminals. Go the smooth route with today’s Groupon to Fuel. This Groupon is valid at the locations in Center City and South Philadelphia, as well as the location on Arch Street, which is scheduled to open in January. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of smoothies, coffee drinks, and organic, low-calorie fare.
- For $25, you get a punch card for 10 16-ounce smoothies or coffee drinks (up to a $50 value).
Fuel’s array of paninis, salads, and blended drinks, concocted from 100% organic ingredients, contain fewer than 500 calories, with gluten-free substitutions available for most items. In addition to fresh ingredients, the BYOB eatery includes calorie counts, grams of protein, Weight Watchers points, and batting averages for all items on the menu. Gleaming bowls of guacamole mix bright avocados with a choice of charred corn or tomato and goat cheese ($7.95). Skewers lanced with cubes of feta cheese, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, and red onion rest atop the greek salad’s bed of colorful mixed greens ($6.95), which diners can intersperse with chicken ($2 extra) or shrimp ($3 extra). Arranged on wraps, bread, as a salad, or as an impressionist mosaic, paninis arrive tableside in inventive combinations, such as portobella mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, and house-made mozzarella ($9.95). Fuel’s juice and coffee bar blends thirst-quenching smoothies from veggies, fruits, and nonfat yogurt ($4–$5/16 oz.) and pours steaming coffee drinks ranging from peppermint mochas and skinny lattes to hot cocoa spiked with ancho chilies ($3.75–$4.50).
Due in part to its eponymous cheesesteak, Philadelphia hasn’t always been known for healthy foods or organic ingredients. But chef Rocco Cima knows the demand is there, and his menu of 100% organic ingredients meets it. Every item, except for the sandwich bread, contains 500 calories or less.
Yet, as Haute Living points out, Cima “understands that eating right shouldn’t feel like punishment.” Instead, taste buds can party around deconstructed guacamole salads with fresh avocado and citrus jalapeño dressing or the thai chicken or tofu panini with fresh basil and spicy peanut sauce.
The festive atmosphere is furthered by TVs playing dance music videos and lounge-style furniture that moved Philly.com to call the atmosphere “a cross between a club and a gym.” But instead of cocktails or protein shakes, diners savor fresh smoothies and espresso from the juice and coffee bar.