The South’s Hottest Restaurant Opening Is in a Walmart in Orlando (Yes, Really)
Talk about a great excuse to go shopping.
How about a "Good Morning Sunshine" juice of beets, orange, carrot, apple and lemon sound to power up your AM? Or maybe gluten-free blueberry pancakes topped in a swirl of fresh berries, maple syrup and whipped butter would tickle your fancy? A Havana sandwich with greens, corn and black bean salsa, cheddar cheese, avocado, and plantain strips to conquer a mid-day energy slump?
Nope, we're not describing a scene out of Miami's hottest new brunch spot. Welcome to one Orlando Walmart, where the usual Subway or golden arches have been swapped for a health-supportive, 100% organic eatery called Grown. The restaurant was founded by ex-NBA player Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon. They currently have five locations, four of which are in Florida.
At the newly opened Grown outpost at the Orlando Supercenter, customers can enjoy wholesome fast food selections with an extensive breakfast, smoothies, salad, sandwich, and wraps menu. There's even a section for the kids with hot picks like panko-crusted chicken tenders, mini pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and gluten-free French toast sticks (don't judge us if we steal a few bites).
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Prices range from $4 (various soups) to $18 (slow-cooked grass-fed brisket bowl). You can also purchase family-style portions which serve three to four people for $42-$54, for an average of around $12 per person.
Indeed, prices here may elicit some sticker shock compared to Walmart's typical eateries. Though considering Walmart sells more organic groceries than any other store in America, demand may help bring those prices down as the trend continues to grow.
Oh, and lest we forget, yes, there's avocado toast, too.