I want to introduce you to Amanda, the new kid on the block. More specifically, the new kid on my block. I have the good fortune to work directly upstairs from downtown Berkeley's newest (and quite possibly first) healthy fast food restaurant, Amanda's Feel Good Fresh Food.
The options for quick, good-tasting, healthy food have heretofore been extremeley limited in downtown Berkeley (trust me, I have looked!) so I am thrilled that Amanda's Feel Good Fresh Food has opened literally downstairs from my office.
My co-workers and I have been watching the construction progress over the past few months and were eager to try it out. So on Thursday we made a rushed run downstairs to grab some lunch.
The results were good! Here are some photos of our food (full menu and prices are available on their site):
Grilled Chicken with Amanda’s Sauce, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Pickles, and Onions on a Fluffy Organic Whole Wheat Bun ($4.50). I ordered this along with the Oven Baked Fries ($1.50) and a really nice Just Squeezed Lemon-Lime Soda ($1.75) that was tangy and very lightly sweetened. I was happy with all my choices.
Summer Seasonal Salad of Organic Peaches, Blue Cheese, Belgian Endive & Almonds with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette ($6.95). This was my co-worker Andrea's order. She had also tried their cheeseburger previously and reported that it was really good.
Naturally-Raised Beef Burger with Olive Oil Roasted Red Onions and Organic American Cheese ($5.00) and a Housemade Veggie Burger with Mushrooms and Walnuts and Organic American Cheese ($4.50). My co-workers Marc and Nick were kind (and silly) enough to pose for this photo with their burgers. Both reported general yumminess on both the beef and housemade veggie burger fronts.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries ($1.75). My co-worker Nick ordered these with his veggie burger. We all agreed that they were the weakest thing we tried. Could have used more seasoning.
The main selling points of Amanda's (besides the location) for me are:
100% compostable - everything they sell can be put in one of Berkeley's wonderful green bins that get fed into the city's composting program. They use recycled paper and their "plastic" is made from corn. Amanda's seems to take the environment seriously - this page of their site details what they do to reuse, reduce and recycle.
Naturally-raised meats - although organic would be my preference, we are talking about fast food here... According to Amanda's excellent web site, "All of our meat-beef, chicken, and ham-is 100% natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free, and almost entirely grass fed on family farms."
Fresh produce - they use fresh produce (as opposed to frozen or reconstituted) and try to use organic whenever possible.
Affordable prices - although I am certainly willing to shell out for good food, many Americans for whom fast food is a mainstay of their diets are not so the prices do matter a great deal. Amanda's offers very reasonable prices.
Low fat & health-conscious - their sodas are sweetened with agave and stevia, their french fries and sweet potato fries are baked not fried, and their salads offer low fat dressings. Detailed nutritional information for all their offerings is available on their website.
Amanda's is located at:
2122 Shattuck Avenue
Feel Good Fast Food Blog is at: www.feelgoodfastfood.org/wordpress/