Visit Gusto! for bowls, wraps or salads packed full of flavorful sauces and toppings. Former NFL quarterback Nate Hybl started Gusto! in Atlanta as a means of providing fast, but healthy food.

You step up to the counter and begin by picking a base: greens, rice or flatbread. Then choose your protein: chicken, avocado, portabella or shrimp. Finally you choose a topping, which includes a flavor-packed sauce, vegetables, fruit, hummus or different types of cheese.

Chipotle, mango, avocado, is my go-to choice. The sauce has just enough kick and the mango and avocado are juicy and fresh. The tahini, cucumber and feta is also a great pick for lovers of Mediterranean food. By the time you reach the second counter to pay, your meal is ready to enjoy – that’s how fast they prepare your food.

Your kids will love watching the chefs prep the food in the open kitchen, which includes slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, preparing a sauce on the stove or cooking their signature savory sweet potato chips that come as a side with each meal. They also sell frozen yogurt for a sweet treat after dinner.

Why parents will like it: It is a spot where you can easily make healthy choices, but not compromise on flavor. There are so many topping options, already neatly packaged into whatever flavor you feel like for the day: buffalo sauce, Asian, Indian or Mexican inspired. Our pick is the brown rice bowl, grilled shrimp and the chipotle, mango and avocado topping. ($11.95).

Why kids will like it: They will go crazy over the sweet potato chips, a healthier alternative to a side of fries or potato chips. They will also like the freedom to choose their topping: we recommend the chicken and rice bowl with the sweet, soy, sriracha sauce, but they can choose from any of the homemade sauces. They can also order a quesadilla with any of the fillings. Kid’s meals come with an organic apple juice. ($5.50-6.50).

– Teresa Farkas


1935 Peachtree Rd. NE
782 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Hours: Peachtree: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ponce: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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