Most great ideas are inspired by personal experiences or passions. In the restaurant/food industry, many concepts emerge from the love of a particular ethnic food, a visit to another part of the world, or a need that has yet to be addressed. Bottom line is that we create based on our own motivations, successes or challenges. Being known as the “fat kid” growing up was challenge for Matt Matros, but helped to motivate him to shed 60 pounds eight years ago. His vision after dropping the poundage was to help people everywhere live the healthy lifestyle that they want to live. His brainchild? “Protein Bar”, a new food venue downtown Chicago where folks can quickly get a meal with essential proteins needed to live a healthy active lifestyle.“Protein Bar” has signature protein drinks, signature whole grain bowls and a plethora of boosts too choose from along with fresh made wraps, soups and salads. There is also an option to build your own drink or bowl if you’re not feeling any of the signature options, but a must try signature protein drink is the “Wrigley Peeled”, consisting of chocolate protein, a choice of milk, all natural peanut butter and banana. “Protein Bar” uses either whey, soy, or egg as a protein and has four different types of milk. Some of their boosts include an “Anti-Oxidant Blend”, “Fat Burner Blend”, “Hangover Blend”, and “Libido Blend”. Gotta try the “Libido Blend”! Their whole grain bowl options are steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa, power granola, or Kashi Go-Lean Crunch. Try the “Crackberry” bowl if you like Acai berries mixed with vanilla protein, yogurt, power granola and a fresh banana. All items are high in protein and fiber and low in sugar. The “Chipotle Roast Beef with Guacamole” highlights their wrap selections.
“Protein Bar” provides nutritional facts about all of their menu items, which is very helpful for the health conscious individual. The menu explains the differences between proteins and compares the nutritional differences between their signature items and similar selections found at Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Duncan Donuts and Chipotle. Overall, “Protein Bar” is a new favorite of yours truly, another former “fat kid”, and will be a frequent stop on my protein tour.
“Protein Bar” is located at 235 South Franklin Street. For more information log onto www.proteinbarchicago.com. Check out www.efete.net for more restaurant reviews and an inside look at Chicago’s newest restaurants via Fete Select TV.