Just as soup is a key factor to surviving a winter up north, acai bowls are of the like to a Floridian’s summer — a necessity. And while all bowls appear very similar — a smoothie-like blend of antioxidant-rich acai topped with an assortment of fresh fruits — 3 Natives, which opened June 6 west of I-95 on Yamato Road, was a different experience. One I thoroughly enjoyed.
As I quickly beat the clock five minutes to closing, I was greeted with a friendly “hello” and aided with choosing one of its eight bowls to please my palette. I ordered The Bird; organic acai, granola, banana, strawberry, pineapple, kiwi, organic shaved coconut, honey and peanut butter, which I swapped for almond butter.
Courteous of its closing, I opted to sit outside at one of the various tables. To my surprise, the bowl had scarcely melted by the time I finished eating at a moderate pace. The acai blend was similar to a thick sorbet rather than a smoothie, which counteracted the sweltering heat. Not to mention the packed layer of fruit atop a tier of granola acted as a force filed to the sun’s rays. Out of the fair share of bowls I’ve consumed this season, 3 Natives’ dairy free and non-GMO varieties stood out as a top contender.
If a spoonable smoothie container isn’t your thing, 3 Natives also offers wraps, salads, bagels, smoothies, cold-pressed juices and shots.
3 Natives is open Monday to Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
(3natives.com //1200 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton // 561/717-8121)