If you’ve ever lived in the Washington, D.C. metro area, you know Cava. Ever since going to school down in D.C., I’d been hearing about the elusive Cava near our school, a favorite of almost every student I talked to.
Once I tried it nearly a month into my freshman year, I got it. I understood all the hype, I understood all the myth surrounding it.
Cava is incredible.
From the outside, it looks like any other fast-casual chain restaurant, and it is. It’s akin to the wave of “build your own”, assembly line-style restaurants like Moe’s, Subway, Chipotle, and Qdoba that have been taking over the fast food scene recently.
But it’s better than that. It’s Mediterranean food.
You start with a base of either a salad, a pita bread, or a “grain bowl” consisting of rice and lentils. Then you add up to three delicious sauces which include Mediterranean treats like eggplant + red pepper dip, harissa (a spicy tomato spread), different types of hummus, tzatziki (made from cucumbers and Greek yogurt), or their “crazy feta spread” made of jalapenos and Greek feta.
Next you add a protein, choosing from falafel, chicken, meatballs, beef, veggies, braised lamb and my favorite, spicy lamb meatballs. Then you finish with some toppings like kalamata olives, mint, feta, pickled onions, and dressings galore.
Cava’s slogan is “for those who savor” and it reigns true–you won’t want to put your fork down. Each bite is better than the last, and sometimes the flavors are so rich that you can’t finish it all in one sitting, but leftover Cava is even better.
Once I heard they were opening up a Cava in Connecticut, I was elated. They’ve been testing out their products recently across the country, and have recently expanded the brand from the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area to locations in California, New Jersey, and New York City.
They already sell Cava spreads in multiple grocery stores across Connecticut, but this is even better. Check out the Greenwich location opening soon!
Try some Cava spreads before they open the Greenwich location at these stores in CT: