For those who have been looking for a healthy spot to grab a quick bite to eat during your lunch break or to refuel after a workout, Fayetteville Foodie has the answer! CoreLife Eatery has a menu complete with delectable soups, salads, and bowls full of sustainably-raised meats and organic ingredients free of GMO’s, trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners.
When I visited CoreLife the day before its grand opening, I was immediately impressed. As soon as I opened the door, the bright and spacious area created a welcoming atmosphere. Once you walk in, you are able to grab a newspaper-style menu, complete with photos and detailed descriptions of menu items. As you go through the line, you watch as your bowl is being prepared, making it easy
to customize your bowl – extra avocado please! I was also pleased to see that all proceeds were to be donated to USO of North Carolina. This was a great way for CoreLife to connect to the Ft. Bragg community before the doors were even officially open.
After sitting down with a member of CoreLife’s Corporate Marketing Team, I was able to find out how and why this restaurant began. The owners struggled on their own lunch breaks finding a healthy place to eat. They would often resort to a sandwich place that appeared to be a healthy option, but actually had meals filled with excessive amounts of condiments and sodium, with nothing about the meal being remotely fresh. They banded together and decided to start CoreLife eatery, a true healthy restaurant option, and the rest is history! The Fayetteville opening marks the 36th branch of the chain out of Syracuse, New York.
The CoreLife menu is easy to navigate, with everything divided into Green Bowls, Grain Bowls, Broth Bowls, Warm Rice Bowls, Plates, Kids’ Favorites, and Teas & Lemonades. Under each menu item is a list of allergens and a dressing suggestion. Don’t forget, each item can be modified to be vegan- or vegetarian-friendly!
Teas & Lemonades
Most restaurants carry the basics when it comes to drinks – a variety of sodas, sweet tea, and coffee. CoreLife blew me away with their variety of fresh-made drinks. I tried the Cranberry Ceyenne Lemonade, Honey Ginger Lemonade and the Beet Lemonade. Though they were all amazing, the winner by far is the beet lemonade. Who would have thought that freshly-squeezed beets would make for such a refreshing beverage? I am officially a beet lemonade addict.
Calling all sushi lovers! This one is for you. If you haven’t tried poke before, make this bowl your first! Described as “sushi in a bowl”, this contains ahi tuna poke, kale, napa cabbage, cucumber, quinoa, carrots, scallions, ginger, edamame, avocado, sesame seeds, and almonds. I’ve tried poke and I’m never looking back!
Southwest Grilled Chicken & Purple Rice Blend
This is a bowl I would recommend to someone who typically tries tex-mex options on menus. When you try this blend of antibiotic-free chicken, warm purple rice, chopped romaine, avocado, jalapeños, tortilla strips, tomatoes, black beans, scallions, corn, and shredded white cheddar, you will find that it is a 10/10 on the freshness scale. The tortilla strips also add a nice crunch to the entrée.
Steak, Bacon & Bleu Cheese
I wouldn’t be doing this blog justice if I didn’t try a salad, would I? Each salad on the menu has a very unique mix of flavors, with everything from sesame siracha sprouts to parmesan crisps. The contents of this salad include copped romaine and mesclun mix, grass-fed steak, nitrate-free bacon, cranberries, walnuts, tomatoes, and gorgonzola bleu cheese.
Chicken & Rice Noodle
Since the bone broth is slow-simmered in-store all day, I had to try one of their signature soups! The Chicken & Rice Noodle soup is like your grandma’s chicken noodle, just a healthier version. The simple combination of antibiotic-free chicken, chicken bone broth, rice noodles, shredded kale, carrots, celery, and scallions will definitely become a go-to once winter rolls around.
We think this new restaurant, located in the new Freedom Town Center at the corner of Cliffdale and Skibo, is a fabulous new addition to the health food scene in Fayetteville.