I tried Cava the other day and it was pretty good. Light & refreshing. All-in with tax was $10.79 and came with a piece of pita. I think the one on University is set to open Oct/Nov this year.
I've tried Cava a couple times since this first post and I really like it. I'm looking forward to them coming to FW. There's a couple tricks you need to know for visiting here:
If you're going for lunch on the weekday, get in line before 11:30, otherwise if they have more than 12 people waiting in queue, their ability to dish the food is quite a bit slower than Chipotle. It's the same identical concept just different ingredients. If you are planning to get there mid-lunch, order on the app and they just have a shelf by the door, way easier if you're not dining-in.
Study the menu ahead of time, it's sort of overwhelming with options. Here's my recommendations:
1) you first choose if you want a pita wrap or bowl (just like Chipotle) and most people get the bowl. They still give you a small piece of bread with it.
2) choose either grain, grain / greens (they have several greens to choose from) or greens only for a salad. I like to get grains and greens because I love their saffron basmati rice but don't need to load up on carbs.
3) Next you pick your protein which has a few options, I usually just get Chicken but there's grilled veg, falafel, harissa chicken too.
4) then you pick up to three scoops of their dips which are hummus, baba ghanoush, harissa, spicy hummus, tzatziki or "crazy feta" which is a whipped feta with jalapenos (not bad if you're into that kind of thing)
5) Now you get to choose toppings which are unlimited but they have a ton of options like pickled onion, lentils, corn, cucumber, pickled cabbage, feta, fattoush and a few more I don't recall (I just tell them I'll take everything except the spicy red peppers which have considerable heat)
6) They have 5 or 6 dressings that go on top of all this....everything I've tried so far I liked. Also, for dietary restrictions, you can do gluten free, dairy free, vegan or vegetarian pretty easily here. I cook a lot of similar items at home and their flavors and ingredients seem to be top-notch in my opinion and would cost an arm and a leg if you went to the store and bought all these items.
I wouldn't call this "health food" but for the price point, it's healthier than a lot of other options and you can customize until you're blue in the face to cut out certain items. I think the only thing fried is the falafel otherwise nothing is greasy or loaded with fat, for example their Lemon Herb Tahini dressing is only 6g of fat which isn't horrible I guess compared to ranch dressing.
As mentioned before, total cost for this is only $10.79 OTD which isn't really any different from Chipotle if you get chips and guac. I'll weigh the bowl full of food next time and see how much food they give you, but it feels like about 1.5 lbs.