Have you shopped yourself to physical exhaustion and need to recharge? Michigan Avenue
-based Bloomingdale's now offers Forty Carrots, a light and healthy lunch spot on the sixth floor. Pastel and cream-colored walls and menus, a delightful staff and high-energy healthy choices will help you forget that you just maxed out your credit cards in the clothing stores below.
Fort Carrots offers bunched lunches including soup, half a sandwich and the restaurant's own frozen yogurt for $13. Or dine lite with the trademark carrot soup for $5. The menu's Carrot Patch includes Zorba's chopped salad, caesar salad, Forty Carrots chopped salad, crabmeat salad and the Flagship Trio platter, all $10-14. If you need something a little more filling, try one of the classics: Astoria spinach pie, fruit salad, high-protein veggie lasagna, veggie burger, grilled turkey burger, grilled king salmon, or the open-faced grilled veggie salad, $9-17. Signature sandwiches include the No Mayo tuna salad, Sonoma chicken salad, turkey eastsider, or the sandwich trio platter, $10-12.
Forty Carrots' delicious beverages include fresh lemonade, iced tea, soft drinks, and international beers ($6), or Harley & Sons Chai iced tea shakes for $6. If recharge means caffeine, there's also coffee, espresso and cappuccino.
And now that you've avoided unhealthy calories for lunch, why not splurge on dessert. Choose from the apple pot pie, chocolate cake, and New York-style cheesecake, all $5. Add the aforementioned Forty Carrots frozen yogurt for another $2. Or if you're in a hurry, order a frozen yogurt smoothie for $5.
We can't forget the fresh-squeezed juices — carrot, apple, celery, beet, parsley, spinach, cabbage, or combos, $5 for 16 ounces.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Jacob Wheeler