Everyday Eats: Acai Bowl at OB Smoothie Bar & Subs
Blended acai and fresh fruit make this bowl like a portable quart of summer sunshine
Posted Monday, September 3, 2012, 02:00PM
The acai bowl doesn't get top billing in the business name at OB Smoothie Bar & Subs, but it should. Yes, the subs are tasty, and I'd never say no to a colada cooler, but a tub of frozen acai puree topped with granola, bananas, strawberries, and frozen blueberries is like a portable quart of summer sunshine.
The blended acai has the consistency of a slushy smoothie, and with the fruit and granola on top, it's also a bit like a parfait. You can get your acai buzzed up with either soy milk or apple juice. For me, the juice is the way to go. It adds a secondary sweetness, and the soy can sometimes taste a bit chalky.
You can also add mango for an additional charge, or some sweet, shredded coconut on top. When mango is in season, it's worth the upcharge, but skip it if it's not. The beauty of the bowl (besides its aesthetics) is that it's delicious anytime, whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. A whole bowl is makes a good meal, but I love splitting it with a friend, and pairing it with something more savory, like the OB Special (an Italian-style sub with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, and pepperoncinis), or the Chipotle Chicken, with sprouts, tomato, and spicy chipotle sauce mixed with a dash of creamy mayo.
The best seats are right by the window, looking out onto Newport. If you can nab them, dig in while you watch the local color, or get your bowl to go and walk a few blocks down to the beach. It's best to grab a fork and a spoon, since you'll need the fork first (for stabbing fruit) and the spoon second (for scooping up acai).
About the author: Erin Jackson is obsessed with finding the best cheap and tasty eats in San Diego. Keep up with her other food finds on EJeats.com.