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Category: Healthy

Bareburger

Bareburger

“Healthy” burger bar with locations throughout NYC. We visited the Park Slope location.

What We Had

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I had the Roadhouse Burger (pepperjack, roasted red peppers, avocado) with elk on a tapioca rice (gluten free) bun.

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My DH had the Maple Bacon Burger (maple bacon, sharp cheddar) with bison on a brioche bun.

Both burgers had great taste, were juicy, and were wholly satisfying. My bun was also great.

Decor

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Lots of bright colors and Scooby Doo on the TV.

Service

Not terrible.

Overall Impressions

I can’t really argue with this place’s ethos – grass fed everything; buffalo, boar, elk & ostrich on top of beef, poultry & vegetarian options. Gluten free & paleo friendly. This place represents one of the very best compromises in my DH and my eating styles – it’s a burger joint, which he loves, but a burger joint with slightly less horrible for you options, which I need in my life.

I can take exception with the screaming gaggle of children that finally, mercifully, left after holding the door open so every shred of warmth escaped the building – sometime after the onset of unruly child-induced headaches set in. But, it is a burger joint, and it is in mommy-drone central, so that just has to be worked around. We have since been back and the children weren’t as cringe-inducing in subsequent visits.

Rating

4 out of 5, despite the screaming groups of children.

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Energy Kitchen

Healthy fast food. We visited the location near Central Park.

Nothing on the menu is over 500 calories. Everything is steamed, baked or broiled; nothing is fried. They serve smoothies, platters, wraps, burgers, salads, breakfasts, and only low calorie fountain beverages.

What We Had

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We both had the bison steak & cheese wrap with mushrooms, low fat cheese and onions and a side of baked fries. The sandwiches were pretty good – just enough cheese to know it’s there; the meat & cheese together was juicy enough to be satisfying and feel decadent enough for fast food. Not fine dining, but good enough for a quick meal.

The fries were fabulous and virtually guilt-free.

Decor

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Bright and welcoming mostly white interior with pops of blues and greens.

Service

Typical fast food counter service.

Overall Impressions

This is a place I could see us coming to again. It’s fast food I can get behind. The menu is varied with lots of great looking sides I’d like to try, including a black bean and mango salad, mashed sweet potatoes, and asparagus.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for decent food and being a healthy option for lunch on the go that isn’t necessarily a salad.