Lunch today was at HealthFare Restaurant, on the SE corner of Jasper Avenue and 103rd Street (officially 10279 Jasper Ave). I went with my sister, whom I am lucky enough to work with, and we were joined by two co-workers who had the same idea. I think we caught them off-guard. One of those awkward situations where they probably wanted to be alone, but felt obligated to join us. More the merrier I say!
HealthFare is about fresh and clean, and this is reflected in their decor. The place is surrounded by windows and is bright, cheerful, clean and spacious. The menu is posted on LCD monitors, the staff friendly, and the food choices are all about clean eating. I selected the butternut squash soup and side beet salad, which was filling and delicious. My sister had the charred chicken salad, and claimed it to be delicious, but, she was nervous about some of the vegetables (she wasn’t able to recognize them) and she wanted salt. There was nary a salt shaker to be found. She had to get up and ask at the counter. After some effort, the single salt shaker was found in the back corner of the restaurant.
I am pleased with HealthFare. I was impressed with their menu, and their commitment to healthful, vegan meal choices. I’ve heard their service can be a bit slow, but we had to wait only a few minutes. Most impressive is they don’t have a soda fountain or commitment to Pepsi or Coke type of company, and sell absolutely no sugary fizzy pop. Beverages choices range from my fav San Pellagrino water to my not so favourite V8, to bottled fruit juice with chunky bits which caused much mirth at our table.
So as Crack Chicken keeps losing its allure, and fresh wholesome eating becomes the craving, I can see that HeathFare has the potential to become a favourite lunch destination.
PS: Before you start congratulating me on my new healthy lifestyle, let me add that Michael and I are meeting very good friends tonight at Red Lobster.