From the moment I walked into the grand opening party for Midtown’s new restaurant Freshii (located at 309 Gray Street), I knew I would be back time and time again. This place has ALL of my favorite types of food on one menu – wraps, salads, soups, burritos, juices, smoothies, fro-yo, and breakfast. Seriously…what else could a health nut like me want?! I was sold.
Freshii is no newcomer to Houston – there’s already one in the downtown tunnels (1200 McKinney Street), University of Houston, and at the Galleria (5015 Westheimer Road). However, this is Houston’s first freestanding location, and what a location they picked! This place is close to where I work (downtown) and to all the action of the Midtown area. If I still lived right off Gray Street, I’d be eating here like every single day.
From what I saw, the grand opening party was a smashing success. There was quite the crowd inside the tiny restaurant, spilling out onto the brick sidewalk outside. They had a DJ from 97.9 The Box playing music that was getting people dancing, and Freshii was treating us all to little cups of their signature juices with a little something extra – champagne! These delicious takes on the classic mimosa came in two flavors – carrot and beet…certainly a delicious experience.
Eventually, after trying to determine if there was ANYTHING on the menu I didn’t want to stuff my face with (there’s not btw), I settled on a bowl called Buddha’s Satay, a delicious mix of rice noodles, crispy wontons, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, green onions, and peanut sauce, and went outside to look for a seat. If you’re looking for a spicy kick, this is your bowl! I demolished it…no shame.
Like I said earlier, this place is not one that I wanted to try once and forget about. Within two week, I was back again to try out another menu item (…if trying every meal at Freshii is wrong, then I don’t want to be right). This time, I got another bowl called Teriyaki Twist – brown rice, broccoli, carrots, edamame, cucumber, green onions, sesame seeds, crispy wontons, and teriyaki sauce. While certainly less spicy than the Buddha’s Satay, I think I liked this bowl even more. Edamame is one of my favorite things, and the Teriyaki Twist certainly did not shortchange me in the edamame department.
By the end of the lunch, Anastasia and I were pretty much talked into doing one of Freshii’s juice cleanses. There are 3 options – the one day (quickie), the three day (dedicated), and the five day (focused). For each day of the option you pick, you’re provided with four juices and a salad. In the morning, you drink a Green Energy juice, followed by the Carrot Zinger, Mighty Detox, and the Red Power throughout the rest of the day. At the end of your day, you get the Metaboost Salad – field greens, spinach, kale, carrots, mango, edamame, almonds, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. I bet that spinach and kale will never taste better IN YOUR LIFE than after a day of a juice cleanse. Anyway, we’ve decided that we may want to give it a go – just think of how empowered (and healthy!!) would we feel after we both complete this! It would be #juicecleansesolidarity all the way. We’ll keep you posted on this when we decide to do it. Until then, go check out Freshii in Midtown…if you live in the area, there is NO better place to get some healthy yet totally filling and delicious food with friends. Oh, and let us know if you try the juice cleanse!