First, Hawaiian poke started to take off in D.C. Now, another food from the Aloha State (and popular in California) seems to be gaining traction: acai bowls. The antioxidant-rich superfruit smoothie bowls typically come topped with a range of fruits, granola, and other ingredients loved by people in yoga pants. Take a look at five local options below.
1094 Palmer Alley NW, fruitive.com
Among the superberry bowl options at this “plant-based” CityCenterDC shop is one with peanut butter and another with spinach and kale. The antioxidant berry bowl (seen here) combines cashew milk, acai, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and coconut sugar with granola, banana, strawberries, and blueberries on top.
South Block Juice Co.
Multiple locations, southblockjuice.com
While cold-pressed juices are the main attraction here, you’ll also find the largest selection of acai bowls. The Caveman Bowl contains a blend of acai, house cashew milk, and bananas plus toppings including granola, dates, bananas, and coconut. Chia seeds are free and double granola is $1 extra.
Jaco Juice and Taco Bar
1614 Wisconsin Ave. NW, jacojuiceandtaco.com
In addition to tacos, burritos, and juice, this Georgetown spot, which opened in January, serves three different acai bowls. Above is the Maui Wow made up of blended acai, banana, pineapple, and almond milk with banana, pineapple, coconut shavings, bee pollen, and granola on top.
Woodward Takeout Food
1426 H St. NW, woodwardtable.com
The downtown sandwich and salad destination recently introduced acai yogurt bowls in the mornings. There’s just one flavor, and it comes topped with various nuts, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, banana, blueberries, blackberries, and a sprig of mint.
1515 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, vitalitybowls.com
This “superfood cafe” specializes specifically in acai bowls. The California-based franchise has nearly 40 locations open or in the works around the country and is slated to open in Rosslyn this fall.