Why hasn’t someone done this sooner?
For a self-righteous, militantly-fit community like South Tampa, you wonder sometimes about the business opportunities people jump on (juice bars), and the ones they seem to look right past.
I have always, since I have cared about my diet, wondered why there isn’t much healthy ‘fast food.’ Fitlife and others have nibbled away at the market for such a thing, but none have perfected the combination of BYO (build your own), body-consious, and delicious.
That is, until Fresh Kitchen.
I don’t want to oversell it here…but it is UHmazing. I don’t consider myself a foodie and prefer rather to spend my money on clothing, but this is a menu I can evangelize.
At a minimum, it is cheap. Not dirt cheap, but enough to leave you feeling like you got a hearty meal for the price. It is comparable, +/- 10% of Chipotle and the like, for a selection of meats, veggies, and carbs that is far superior.
The first time I tried FK, I had the Pokey bowl, which is all chia, warm sashimi tuna, avocado, and sticky rice goodness. The next time I had the BBQ chicken bowl, which comes with some amazing spiced sweet potato mash.
This weekend, thanks to my friends at Never Have I Ever Tampa, I sampled an array of the FK snacks and bottled drinks. Best liquid: pumpkin spice cold-brew coffee. Awesome, super light, just a hint of basics’ favorite flavoring.
And the best edible: I loved the zucchini brownie. SO MOIST. And like, so low-sugar, right?
I closed with an FK fit bowl, which is simple grilled chicken, brown rice, quinoa, and broccolini. Topped with avocado-caesar dressing. Again, not a single nit to pick.
Though I get a kick out of how bro-tastic the clientele at FK is, I cannot dispute its appeal. Efficient, well-trained staff. Delicious offerings, big portions. Easy price point.
Best of all, the Ciccio Restaurant Group, FK’s owners, have transformed a prime, underutilized Hyde Park corner into a bustling spot. Urban planners, rejoice. As a former Dekle Avenue resident, I just wish it’d all come sooner.
If you haven’t been to Fresh Kitchen, make it your next takeout-night stop. You’ll love it, and won’t feel guilty for indulging.