Health fare has a come a long way from its humble beginnings, when a single super-heated atom of granola exploded in the cosmos somewhere over Los Angeles. Today's Groupon shows you the evolution of health fare: for $10, you get $20 worth of fresh fare and drinks at Fuel, redeemable at the East Passyunk Avenue and Walnut Street locations as well as the Arch Street location, which will open in September.
Fuel chef Rocco Cima sets out to alleviate his diners' financial and caloric guilt by making sure everything on the menu is fewer than 500 calories and, for the most part, less than $10. The Fuel Stacker stuffs portobello mushrooms with a mix of grilled eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomato, homemade mozzarella, and pesto ($8.95), forming a Tower of Babel on the plate that transforms itself into a gospel choir on the palate. Seafood swims across a number of the small plates, including Spanish skewered shrimp dusted in adobo and crushed red pepper ($8.95) and smoked-salmon canapés embracing asparagus, charred corn, and fresh melon ($8.95). Choose from a phalanx of fruity beverages ($3–$6) at Fuel's juice and smoothie bar, which all boast the option of adding extra boosts of protein or fat-burner for a dollar more, and sip in-store or grab a picnic’s worth of dishes to go.
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.