Healthy Fast Food Drive Thru Opens

Amy’s Drive Thru is taking on McDonalds, one veggie burger at a time. The new eatery offers healthy fast food choices such as burgers, fries, pizza, chili and shakes—all organic, with no genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), and plenty of gluten-free and vegan options.

With their new venture, Andy and Rachel Berliner, founders of Amy’s Kitchen line of vegetarian frozen foods, are serving up “authentic American classics presented in a new American style.”

Amy’s Drive Thru opened July 20 in Rohnert Park, California, less than 10 miles south of Amy’s Kitchen headquarters in Santa Rosa.

According to their website, Amy’s Drive Thru is “returning to the roots of American fast food, serving lovingly handcrafted food to nourish hard-working citizens, busy families and road-weary travelers.” A refreshingly new take on fast food, Amy’s Drive Thru is the first of its kind worldwide. There is absolutely no GMO content in any of the food; 95 percent of the ingredients are organic; and locally-sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. Most produce is grown locally, milk for the milkshakes comes from nearby Sonoma County farms and the pickles are brined at Sonoma Brinery.

Prices Are Easy to Swallow

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the prices, which are incredibly reasonable considering the quality of the food. “The Amy,” a double veggie patty with double cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and Fred Sr.’s secret sauce (reg or spicy), is $4.29. A single patty is just $2.99.

An organic burrito, served in a wrap or a bowl, contains red beans, red rice, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and Fred Jr.’s Chipotle salsa (mild or spicy). It costs just $4.69. A brown rice chili bowl with cheddar and green onion is $3.89.

Kids of all ages can feast on traditional mac ‘n cheese, either plain or with broccoli, tomato and green onions. Organic pizzas include cheese, margherita and spinach flavors, in regular and vegan varieties, with gluten-free crust available. Potato fans will enjoy Amy’s regular fries, chili fries or chili cheese fries.

Not surprisingly, Amy’s Drive Thru also dishes up a variety of salads. Small and large salads, $3.99 or $5.99 respectively, feature seasonal produce. The Sweet Salad contains lettuces, toasted yellow beets, dried cranberries, candied pecans and goat cheese, and costs $7.99. The Super Salad features seasonal lettuces, quinoa, hummus, baked tofu, shredded cabbage and pumpkin seeds, and also costs $7.99.

For beverages, Amy’s Drive Thru has organic chocolate, vanilla or strawberry milk shakes, in regular and non-dairy. It also features freshly squeezed lemonade, as well as brewed coffee and iced tea.

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