Food Review: Fresh Healthy Cafè

PC: Levi Ventura

PC: Levi Ventura

Danica Dishes


More often than not, the start of a new year brings with it a fresh batch of New Year’s resolutions–and what’s the most common New Year’s resolution most years: to eat healthier! This new year brings some new content for The Clocktower, including my new food column! What better way to inaugurate my column than by reviewing Lincoln’s newest fast-casual, healthy food eatery? That’s right, I used fast-casual and healthy in the same sentence.

Starting the semester off right, I took a trip downtown with some friends to visit Fresh Healthy Cafè. While I was originally thrown off by the redundancy of the name, I went in with an open mind. Upon walking into the bright, well-lit cafè, we were cheerfully greeted by the baristas, who didn’t hesitate at the opportunity to tell us their favorite menu items.

The menu, which offers a widespread selection of smoothies and juices, sandwiches and wraps, smoothie and protein bowls, soups and so much more, was easy to read and well-varied. Considering the high-quality, filler-free foods the cafè offers, I found the pricing to be more than fair. I decided on an acai bowl and avocado toast, while my friends tried a variety of items, including the mango smoothie, a turkey bacon and avocado wrap, a ginger wellness shot and a chicken caesar wrap.

My review, in a nutshell: yum. But in all honesty, I have no complaints. My whole group truly enjoyed what we ordered. Some of us, myself included, have already gone back. The smoothie bowls were refreshing and, paired with the avocado toast, the meal was quite filling. On top of the delicious food, Fresh Healthy Cafè offers free wifi and a 10 percent student discount, making it a great place to study when you need to refuel and get a change of scenery from the library, your bedroom or a local coffee shop. Plus, it’s just 10 minutes away.

On top of the discount, the cafè also boasts a nice rewards program, offering one point for every $5 spent. A 12 ounce smoothie is totally free with only 10 points and the rewards just keep going up from there.

The cafè’s brand thrives on being all-natural and it shows through their 100 percent biodegradable packaging. As an added bonus, Fresh also now offers delivery via Metro Dining Delivery and Picnicker, with plans to expand delivery options to UberEats, Grubhub, Postmates and WAITR coming soon. If you’re looking for a fresh place to start your semester, Fresh Healthy Cafè is worth a try.

Danica Eylenstein is a senior studying communication.