Think eating on the go means burgers and fries? Forget the golden arches and get to the Greek at CAVA, a new “fast casual” Mediterranean-style restaurant with locations in Jersey City and Paramus.
Started by three childhood friends, CAVA celebrates the traditions and flavors of their Greek and Mediterranean families with food that “fills and fulfills”. CAVA’s delicious dips, hummus, and spreads, like Crazy Feta, with jalapeno and onion, harissa and tzatziki are made daily from scratch and in small batches and have been available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide for a whle, but the company’s move into full-fledged eating outposts in locations from Massachusetts to North Carolina is yet another fresh idea.
CAVA is about a way of eating each day that fits into the way you aspire to live. Their build-a bowl-style meals feature locally sourced produce as often as possible and are all about customization: Start with a base (organic greens, warm pitas, grains or rice, soup, etc), add up to three of CAVA’s signature smears (hummus, tzatziki, harissa, and more), add a protein (falafel, grilled chicken, braised beef or lamb, roasted seasonal veggies, and more), pile on up to 14 of your favorite toppings (diced veggies, pita crisps, Feta cheese, etc.) and finish off with a drizzle of one of six delicious dressings. Finish off with one of CAVA’s seasonal house-made drinks with flavors like Blackberry Orange Shrub or Apple Cinnamon Sage or a fresh-baked cookie from one of their local bakery partners.
Plus, you can feel good about more than the healthy food you’re putting in your belly (and the veggies your kids will gobble up) because CAVA partners with a handful of organizations focused on creating kid-driven green spaces, providing garden-based learning, and training the next generation of community-minded urban farmers.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your Greek to go, in advance, or sit and stay a while at one of the warm-wood-topped tables in CAVA’s bright and airy dining room. This place is sure to become one that you and your kids will be saying “Opa!” to.
CAVA 600 Bergen Town Center Drive, Paramus Hours: 11am to 10pm daily (201) 255-2858