The Original Chop Shop Co.

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Veg Out Issue: January 2015
Group Free

The Original Chop Shop Co. has a simple philosophy: “We believe healthy people are happy people.” To that end, the restaurant specializes in fresh and nutritional food for customers on the go and serves up a handful of tasty vegetarian selections, including a grilled protein bowl with tofu ($7). Served over a choice of heirloom rice, sweet potato hash with bits of onion and kale, or quinoa ($1 extra), the protein bowl boasts four pieces of crispy seared tofu atop a mound of roasted broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, mushrooms, green onions and cilantro.Chefs add green curry sauce to punch up the tofu and garnish with black sesame seeds and sugar snap peas. Roasted in a thin layer of rice oil and olive oil, the vegetables are prepared with a minimal amount of salt and pepper – just enough to bring out the natural flavors, according to manager Chris Fox. If you’re especially hungry, the cubed sweet potato hash lends a little heft to the bowl, but Fox says the nutty and colorful “forbidden” rice is the best pairing for tofu.

The Original Chop Shop Co.
Three Valley locations, including:
35 W. Boston St., Chandler