Smoked salmon with herbed Labne on a sesame-crusted Turkish bagel. Kale Caesar, or a Roasted Beet and Quinoa Tabouleh. Or how about a breakfast bowl, the Mixed Berry Acai, consisting of honey puffed grains, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, toasted coconut, hazelnuts, mint and acai powder? Or Hummus and Za’atar?
As I perused the menu I wondered – was I at some new Mediterranean restaurant, or maybe on the Turkish shores of the Black Sea? No – I was at WalMart!
No misprint there. Yes, WalMart.
Locations: 25800 Kuykendahl Rd, Tomball, Texas and two locations in New York City
Menu: In addition to a large selection of yogurt and fixings, Chobani Café offers a wide selection of Sweet Creations, Savory Creations, Breakfast Bowls, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Drinks and Juices. After looking over the extensive menu selections at the Chobani Café, I could picture myself coming for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Delicious salad selections include the Mediterranean Chopped, with fresh romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, chickpeas, Kalamata olives, and creamy herbed dressing. Another favorite is the Roasted Beet with Quinoa Tabouleh, a creation of roasted beets and quinoa with spiced pumpkin seeds, pickled onions, shaved fennel, orange segments, chervil, mint, and arugula with a tangy pomegranate vinaigrette.
Want something more substantial than yogurt or salad? Try the selection of Turkish Simit (a circular bread similar to a bagel) sandwiches. Guests can choose from a simple simit with cream cheese, or choose smoked salmon with herbed labne (a traditional Mediterranean cheese spread made from strained yogurt) or roasted turkey with smoked labne, pickled onions, pickled peppers, avocado and frisee (curly endive).
Thoughts: The newest WalMart that recently opened on Kuykendahl Road in Tomball, Texas, also hosts one of only three Chobani Café’s in the nation. Two are in New York City (152 Prince Street and 255 Greenwich Street), with the third being in this north Houston suburb. I’ve been a fan of Chobani yogurt for years. When I learned they were opening a café near me, I imagined a small counter with a dozen selections of their most popular yogurts. Nice for a quick breakfast or a snack, but not much else. Boy, was I wrong!
Like many people, there are times when I want a lighter, healthier alternative to burgers, pizza, pasta and other traditional foods. Chobani has hit the nail on the head by offering some great tasting, healthy alternatives. Good variety, reasonable prices, fast service, and a clean, inviting atmosphere combine to make Chobani Café in Tomball a great choice for a quick snack or meal.
I also like the idea that it is located in Wal-Mart. It is so convenient to grab a few things at Wal-Mart after your healthy indulgence at Chobani Café. After all, who doesn’t have something on their shopping list?
Prices: Entrees under $10. Most other choices $3 – $8.
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