Fast food typically conjures images of greasy, unhealthy, who-knows-where-it-came-from fare. But that is slowly changing as organic goods are increasingly being offered at fast food joints.
Hot dog enthusiasts line up at the Let's Be Frank wiener stand in Los Angeles, in part because the place offers grass-fed and other naturally raised meats, according to an article in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The beef comes from grass-fed cattle raised on the Hearst Ranch in northwestern San Luis Obispo County. (Full disclosure: The Hearst Ranch is owned by the same family that owns The Daily Green.)
National chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, known for its giant burritos and increasing number of outlets, advertises its naturally raised meats on the menu. Burgerville, with operations in Washington and Oregon, is another fast food restaurant that offers natural meats.
And the options for getting organic food fast are growing. According to an article in the Washington Post, Organic to Go is a Seattle company that has purchased a locally based café chain and will turn the locations into outlets for organic prepared foods. The company hopes to give people what they might like about a grocery store such as Whole Foods healthy, organic prepared foods and make them convenient at lunchtime in a cafe setting.
But they aren't the first with this idea. The article says three Georgetown grads opened Sweetgreen, a restaurant that serves salads that are mostly organic in sustainable packaging, in DC last year. The owners have plans for two more stores, according to the article.
And there are other chains getting in on the act: Evos is a Tampa-based company that offers soy burgers and air-baked fries. Gusto Grilled Organics' flagship restaurant is in Manhattan and offers organic pizzas and sandwiches.
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