Rachel’s Kitchen: A Healthy Alternative to Fast Food

By Christie Lewis

Tired of McDonald’s but still looking for something fast, while also hoping for something a little bit healthier?  Rachel’s Kitchen could be exactly what you are looking for!

As a busy high school performing arts teacher and graduate student, I am always on the lookout for quick food options that won’t break my bank, but will also satisfy my comfort food craving and

not be as bad for me as a fast food restaurant.  I like knowing that my food is fresh and won’t sit heavily in my stomach as many fast foods tend to do, though sometimes, I would just really like some French fries.

Debbie Sofer Roxarzade moved to Las Vegas in 2006 from Beverly Hills where she had seven cafes.  Her goal was to serve high quality food with a gourmet touch at an affordable price.  Her newest venture in Vegas, named for her daughter Rachel, has led to a small but growing franchise.  She has two Rachel’s Kitchen locations: in Summerlin at Hualapai and Desert Inn and also at the District in Green Valley near the Pottery Barn.

The menu has a little bit of everything.  There are salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, and fresh fruit smoothies.  Omelets, muffins, and scones are even available for breakfast, which, as a bonus for those of us who like to sleep in, is served all day.  Rachel’s is even friendly for those people who have a gluten intolerance offering gluten free bread and quinoa pasta.

I can only write from my experiences at the Summerlin location, which has a small, modern, café type atmosphere, and features indoor mosaic café tables and a long bench along one wall, as well as an outdoor dining patio.  Depending on the time of day, the inside can be crowded since space is limited to about 40 people. The menu is family friendly; and strollers are not uncommon, so getting a table can sometimes be hard. Fortunately, there are to-go and curbside pick-up options.  Additionally, you can even place your order online and it will be ready when you arrive.

My friend and I first happened upon Rachel’s Kitchen, when looking for a quick lunch, but not wanting the chain fast food that saturates the area.  It was a pleasant surprise, and I’ve now been back a couple of times.  My go to when I want something easy and classic is the chicken tender wrap.  It is simple and, along with all of the wraps, comes with a generous helping of potato fries, onion rings, or sweet potato fries.  All are equally delicious.  There is also the option for a side salad if you’re looking for something a little bit healthier.  The main course size salads and pastas are served in generous portions.

While observing other customers, I have only ever seen people smile when taking that first bite.  There always seems to be a passing of the plate so that everyone at the table has a chance to try what everyone else is eating.

Along with many others out there, I’m trying to watch what kinds of food I eat.  Rachel’s has the healthier options and takes the guesswork out of the cooking for those of us who may not always have the time or patience to cook at the end of a long day.  One feature on Rachel’s menu is the “lighter option” category, where you can find the standard salad and veggie wrap, but also a turkey sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, and veggie burger, all for around 300 calories.

In addition to the food, Rachel’s Kitchen has philanthropic ambitions, hosting a St. Baldrick’s event, where people will shave their heads to raise money to fund childhood cancer research.  This year for their second hosting of the event, they had 35 shaves and over $10,000 in donations.

The prices range from a grilled cheese at $7.75 to pasta dishes at $10.75.  Rachel’s Kitchen is a wonderful alternative while supplying simple classics.  Even the pickiest of eaters are likely to find something to eat on the menu.  The people who work there are friendly and the food fresh, meaning it’s not as fast as a drive-thru, but the food is definitely worth the extra few minute wait.  Enjoy!

Sources

About Us. (2011) Retrieved March 29, 2012 from http://rachelskitchen.com/.

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