Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Freshii, Chicago

While shopping on the Magnificent Mile, which is oh-so-magnificent, I stopped by Freshii for a wrap. Freshii is an international chain of fast casual cafes serving salads, salads, burritos, wraps, rice bowls, breakfast and soups.

I got really excited when I saw that there was a wrap called "Vegan Wrap."  So as I was about to order it, I noticed it comes in a honey wheat tortilla. So, I asked the woman behind the counter about that and she admitted that was true and that it wasn't really vegan. Apparently there are vegan tortillas available in some locations, but not this one. Okay, well then you should call it the Vegetable Wrap with a note that a vegan option is available only in some locations.  That is very misleading.

Then, I noticed a poster advertising the "Green Wrap." This was a wrap using collard green leaves. It looked great, but again the poster was misleading. At the top of it it stated "vegan, gluten-free, low-carb wrap option that supports digestion, immunity, and detoxification. " Underneath are the Thai Green Wrap and the Buffalo Green Wrap. So, I asked if the buffalo chicken was vegan chicken and they said it wasn't. So the heading on the poster was only referring to one of the two burritos. Um, you need to get a new marketing company.

So, I finally ordered the vegan green wrap. Unfortunately, they didn't wrap it very well so it immediately fell apart while the girl next to me ate a perfectly wrapped one that stayed together. Oh, well. That said, I enjoyed the wrap. It was filled with rice noodles, greens, tofu, carrots, cilantro, bean sprouts, and cucumbers and came with a peanut sauce. It was pretty tasty.

I also ordered a Made blackberry lemonade -- made in Illinois. So good.

So for $12, it was an okay meal. I'd order it again. But, I hope they fix their signage soon so vegans don't accidentally eat the non-vegan wrap labeled "vegan." That's pretty inexcusable.

835 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 202-9009

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