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The Acai Ascension

The acai bowl cometh.


Long touted as a superfood, the acai berry is being blended into bowls at a growing number of Bay Area businesses.

At the Castro’s year-old BeBeBar (3809 18th st., near Church St., 415-203- 8406), there’s the lucia bowl, a blend of acai, banana, and guarana berry. Basik Café (1958 Polk St., near Pacific Ave., 415-655-3283), a Hawaii-inspired establishment that opened in February, serves the islander: a blend of acai and hemp milk topped with fruit, coconut shavings, and hawaiian honey. A typical offering at the Bowl’d Acai truck, which rolled out last fall, is these nuts, whose many ingredients include peanut butter and bee pollen.

In the richmond, Nourish Cafe (189 6th ave., near California St., 415-571-8780) opened in March with two bowls—its “green” option is endowed with spinach and broccoli. And there’s Vitality Bowls (101 Spear St., near Mission St., 415-278-9817), a San Ramon–based chain that opened in Rincon Center in March and will add Russian Hill and Marina locations this summer. Their offerings will include the warrior bowl, a concoction that features broccoli and flaxseeds. While it may not offer eternal life, it will definitely satisfy a fruit craving.


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco

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