I’m pretty vocal about how much happier I’d be living in DC as opposed to the ‘burb burbs. Two burbs, because I am THAT FAR. One of the biggest frustrations is our options for dinner. Would you like Ruby Tuesdays, Chilis, or Buffalo Wild Wings tonight, dear?
I used to be a picky eater, and since meeting a close group friends in 2008 while planning my wedding, they’ve completely opened my eyes to all of the amazing options in DC and I eat things like pork belly and brussel sprouts and fancy pizzas with things like honey on top. Not just eat…crave.
So when I was offered a chance to try out Boloco, a restaurant in DC that does burritos and wraps, with a recommendation to try any of their products made with Nasoya tofu, I jumped. Mostly because, the idea of tofu is disgusting to me – maybe its a texture thing, but why would I order tofu when the restaurant serves meat that is humanely-raised, with no antibiotics or growth hormones? But in light of my more adventurous eating habits recently, it was time to try it.
I hope their PR company doesn’t think I’m a total monster, because they sent me the giftcard to visit at the beginning of July, and it took me three weeks to get out there – scheduling issues, and friends not able to join me, and not being as close to DC as I’d like (more sad violins, please) but I finally got to head out there last week.
The first thing I saw was a guy holding a tray of warm chocolate chip cookies for me to try. Well, everyone. I started working in restaurants at 15, and bartended until right before I became pregnant with Guinevere, so I’m a stickler for good service. A bright smile and cookies? That’s good service.
It is HOT in DC right now – 90 degree miserable humid days, and Boloco’s a/c was out. But weirdly, there was a good crowd and almost every table was full – and I say weirdly because the corner where they are located is “express” food city – Sweet Green, Potbelly, Energy Kitchen, Chop’t, Crepeaway, etc, plus I was outside of the typical lunch rush time – closer to 2pm. I couldn’t believe how many people were choosing to eat inside when it was hotter in than out, but I think it says something about both the food and the restaurant. The free Wi-Fi probably didn’t hurt either. Why don’t all establishments offer that in 2013?!
You could go up to a counter to order, or use a touch screen to order yourself. Love this option since it gave me a chance to sit and debate customizing my burritos, and it made my wait time VERY short.
They have three sizes – original (think Chipotle-sized), small, and mini. I REALLY loved this, because I am a girl who orders a McDonalds kid’s meal for better portion control (no one needs that many fries in a regular combo!) and likes smaller sizes. I decided on two mini burritos to get to try two different flavors and got the teriyaki and classic mexican with a strawbana milkshake. Bonus – at $12 it was a pretty stellar deal.
Other menu items that intrigued me – breakfast burritos and bowls (I’m a sucker for huevos rancheros), smoothies and drinks like a nutella milkshake (get in my belly) and fun burrito flavors like memphis bbq and cajun.
So here’s the verdict on tofu – I was convinced that they messed up my order and gave me chicken. It wasn’t the slimy, mushy weird tasting thing I expected. It seriously reminded me of chicken. The burritos were REALLY good and I’m not sure I could pick a favorite between the two – loved the options outside of traditional mexican. I saved the classic mexican for dinner that night, and it reheated really well – and tasted as good as I’d expect it to straight on my tray in the restaurant.
Which then led me to google the health benefits of tofu because my summer class right now is Nutrition 295 and I do things like that now, and per the Nasoya page it appears to be low-fat, low cholesterol, low carb and high protein. All in all…sounds pretty dang healthy. And it tasted good. Nasoya also threw in some coupons for me as well as a recipe for cooking with tofu and while I am NOT a food blogger, I feel intrigued enough to share. So stay tuned for that 😉
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