Photographs by Julie Bidwell
A recent newcomer to the healthy-quick category, Myx Creative Kitchen serves convenient meals from a simple menu that emphasizes clean eating. Think veggie-based grain bowls, salads, gluten-free flatbread pizzas and sandwiches, all with the option to add in different types of proteins, meat and fish, including charred chicken, Asian pork, turkey meatballs and spice-rubbed shrimp. You can pick seasonal rice and noodle bowls right off the menu or build your own. We like the Casablanca with kale, quinoa and cauliflower in a Moroccan sauce and the Korean Barbecue with spinach, zucchini and mushroom. The same is true with the salads (try the Mykonos or the tasty Kale Caesar), which can all be customized. With the range of global flavors among the dishes created by Chef Fausto Mieres, who’s also worked for Oak + Almond and bartaco, you could eat here for lunch or dinner five days in a row and not get bored with the menu.
In addition to your garden-variety add-ons, there are also special toppings such as farm caponata, zesty tomatoes and lime jalapeños for an extra flavor boost. While plenty of cafés and salad spots let you create your own, what sets Myx apart from other eateries (besides its variety) is the unique online ordering system. When you order online, you can customize not only the ingredients but the nutritional info, too. As you click on photos of different ingredients to add them to your salad or bowl, it tallies the calories, fat, protein and carbs. You see the total before you check out, so you can tweak things as needed and subtract items to get to your desired numbers. It’s ideal for people who are tracking what they eat as well as those with special diets.
Myx is open for breakfast, too, so you can order healthy options any time of day. Check out the egg sandwiches, avo toast, egg ‘bowls’, acai bowls, smoothies and house-made juices. There are also grab-and-go healthy snacks (good for a guilt-free pick-me-up when you’re shopping the Avenue), such as pumpkin seeds, peanut butter energy bites, trail mix, fruit salad and more. And a big perk for those in hurry: There’s dedicated parking in back.
MOST POPULAR DISHES
Korean BBQ, Sesame Chicken and Moroccan bowls; Kale Caesar, smoky Southwest, and Mykonos salads and Insalata and Napoli flatbread pizzas.
Try the Banana Whip for summer. It’s a 100-percent banana frozen dessert that tastes just like ice cream.
Myx hosts a series of speakers and tastings with authors, nutritionists and other wellness experts, including Robyn Youkilis, author of the blog Your Healthiest You; check social media or the site for a schedule.
19 West Elm Street,
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.