Chickpea in the D now serving fresh, healthy lunches downtown

Downtown workers and residents who often find themselves frustrated at the lack of healthy food options in the city have another place to go for lunch.
Chickpea in the D officially opened for business Sept. 10 at 2 John R, the tiny 60-square-foot space that was previously a hot dog stand and before that, the very same place where Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes got its successful start.
Chickpea in the D offers fresh, healthy food at a reasonable price. Its theme is hummus, and they offer four different kinds of hummus made fresh in-house daily. Flavors include the standard original, extra garlic and green olive, plus the "hummus of the day" and "hummus of the week." Recent special flavors included banana bread, roasted portabella, buffalo, and pickle. It offers a variety of dippers with the hummus, like pita bread, tortilla chips, pretzel rods and veggies.
In addition to hummus they also serve healthful smoothies made with ingredients like carrot, kale, agave nectar, whey protein and flaxseed. They also have a small selection of sandwiches including a sandwich of the week and items like chicken salad and Mediterranean "nachos" (made with hummus and feta). Everything is house-made with ingredients purchased from local markets daily. All items are $5 and under, and they offer a lunch combo for $7. "This is a place you can go to get something that's healthy and tasty that's not going to break your wallet," says co-owner David Ayyash.
Chickpea in the D is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. It is carryout only. Soon they will also offer catering.
Source: Chickpea in the D co-owner David Ayyash
Writer: Nicole Rupersburg

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