Designed to give diners fresh eating options, Freshii opened its first location in 2005 in Toronto. There are now more than a half-dozen in that city, and a lone outpost in Chicago (another is planned for spring 2009).
Organic products are used whenever possible, and the chain prides itself on being sustainable. But, in addition to recycling, the restaurant is focused on serving up delicious, healthy fare like salad wraps, rice bowls and customizable salads with ingredients that range from toasted sunflower seeds to smoked bacon to goat cheese.
You can also choose from one of the restaurant's pre-determined salad combinations, such as the Dagwood, which includes portabella mushrooms, caramelized onions and feta cheese; or the Fiesta Salad, made from corn, black beans, jack and cheddar cheese, avocado, Cajun chicken and a Mesclun mix.
Trying to get fit on the run? You can order food for pick-up or delivery by calling or faxing your order, and you can find nutritional information on Freshii's website.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Erin Brereton