Looking for fast food for the 21st century – fresh, healthy and tasty? Well, if you’re in the neighborhood of French and Transit in Depew you’ll want to stop in at the new Fresh Healthy Cafe. While Fresh Healthy Cafe is a global franchise it has a lot of WNY flavor – local owners, locally sourced products when possible, and a few home town special features. Don’t let the “fresh and healthy” scare you off, one look at the menu guarantees yummy too.
Just a few examples:
Sweet & vegetarian crepes ($5.99)
- Apple Caramel apple, caramel, walnuts
- Florence – egg, mozzarella, spinach, and mushrooms.
Wrap, panini or salad (half $4.59 full $6.90)
- Asian Chicken – chicken breast, romaine lettuce, mandarin orange slices, sliced almonds, crispy noodles, sesame vinaigrette.
- Turkey Pesto – turkey breast, mozzarella cheese, *romaine lettuce, tomato, pesto sauce.
Pure smoothies (med $4.49, lg $5.49)
- Caribbean Splash passion-orange-guava juice, mango sorbet, mango, strawberries.
- Mango Mania passion-orange-guava juice, mango sorbet, non-fat frozen yogurt, mango, banana.
The Cafe will be opening in the Transit French plaza (1402 French Rd.) Friday, December 20. It is owned by John Pasternack of Alden, owner of Construction Essentials, and his partner Mike Gzyl, owner of Susie Cuke’s Pickle Company in Hamburg. This is the first store in the WNY area. There are a few in Cleveland and Albany, about 15 in the western states, some in Canada and 8 overseas.
“The Fresh Healthy Cafe concept originally started out as a smoothie and juice business.” said Gzyl. “I can tell you the smoothies will blow away anything you’ve tried before.” In addition to the long list of juices (any mixture of orange, carrot, apple, celery, cucumber, beet, spinach, kale, ginger [don’t forget wheatgrass]) and smoothies, they now have other healthy options to compliment – wraps, paninis, salads, soups, yogurt, breakfast sandwiches and sides. Some of the unique local offerings include sweet and savory crepes, anti-biotic free meats, gluten free products and vegan menu items. They also have a full coffee/espresso bar with specialty coffees from Buffalo’s own Kornerstone Coffee. Click below to see their full menu and note they cater for personal and business, and offer a kids menu to boot.
At Fresh Healthy Cafe you’ll find a casual seating area that includes a 62″ flat screen TV, a gallery that displays works from local artists, and a specially equipped meeting room in the back with all the latest tech features for businesses, or club meetings that will seat about 20.
Fast food doesn’t have to make you feel bad. Like they say at the cafe -“this is definitely not your father’s fast food.”
1402 French Rd
Depew, NY 14043
Hours: Mon-Sat 6 am – 9 pm; Sun 7 am – 7 pm