There are, however, plenty of reasons to stop in if you are a raw foodist or need a quick, casual, nutritious meal for cheap. There are some really different options beyond your normal veggie fare here.
It's always been a nudging desire of mine to have a raw restaurant or cafe that's in Center City or in Philadelphia proper. We have raw offerings scattered about and quite a few in the suburbs, but nothing exclusive.
I try to eat raw at least a few times a week, if not once a day. So many meals just naturally do not require cooking that I don't even think about it.
Atiya Ola's does not have your typical veggie crowd, either. I was the youngest person there, and one of the few that ordered veg. There are breakfast meats on the menu and fish, but it is not fast food. Rather, there is a healthier approach.
The raw and vegan items were listed on a chalkboard with many daily veggies and condiments to choose from for a platter or in addition to a wrap. I went with the Grand Garden Wrap, which came with two sides from the menu, so I chose a nutty hummus and the "couscous". Other offerings included dill cucumbers, coconut yams, some were raw and others did not sound like they were, but nothing was specified. It was a bit confusing.
I had to order a Green Power Juice. They had a small for $3, which is actually a steal if you are used to paying $10 for juice in NYC, and a large for $5. The kale-plantain-apple combo was refreshing. It tasted like the juice I make at home, but could have used some ginger or citrus to kick it up.
My wrap was huge and intense, packed with my beloved combination of kale and tahini, greens, tomatoes, couscous, hummus, and onions. It was so filling and jammed with greens that I swear I had more veggie servings than I could possibly ask for and enjoyed every second. I took the other half of my wrap to go, with intentions for a repeat veggie fest later.
|The Green Power: Petite, yet powerful.|
Atiya Ola's Spirit First Foods
4505 Baltimore Ave