A trio of childhood friends, one of them a chef, launched the Ballston branch of CAVA in an effort to bring the Greek and Mediterranean fare they grew up eating to all of DC's diners. In the process, they decided to team up with nonprofits focused on spreading a love for healthy eating and urban gardening. For instance, local organization City Blossoms creates gardens where kids can learn how to cultivate food and transform it into healthy meals, and this is just one of many nonprofits that benefit from CAVA's efforts.
So you can feel good about it when you enjoy a fresh feast at this newly opened eatery. CAVA allows you to build your own healthy bowl starting with a base of grains, greens, or pita bread. Then choose a dip or spread, like spicy Crazy Feta mousse or classic house-made hummus, and a protein such as falafel or spicy lamb meatballs. Then load on toppings such as romaine, tomato-onion salad, or cauliflower-quinoa tabbouleh and choose a dressing like sriracha Greek yogurt or spicy lime tahini. Then there's nothing left to do but dig in!