Now open: Energy Kitchen, no-fry fast food with burgers and fries under 500 calories


( Energy Kitchen )

So now, here’s Energy Kitchen, which opened today at 1901 L St. NW. The New York import, which is the brainchild of the guy who co-founded Vitaminwater, Mike Repole, promises to let you continue eating all the fast food you crave without piling on calories. Nothing on the menu has more than 500 calories. “Fast food, not fat food,” goes the slogan.

Without having tasted anything on it, the menu appears to offer promise for those who would proritize Five Guys over the five food groups. There’s actual meat in the burgers! Choose from bison, sirloin, turkey, chicken or veggie, with toppings like turkey bacon and fat-free cheddar cheese (we’ll skip that, thanks). Energy Kitchen’s bacon cheddar burger tips the scales at a reported 490 calories (compared to 630 calories for a Little Bacon Cheeseburger at Five Guys). You can even order fries — baked, of course — for an extra 190 calories.

Energy Kitchen also serves breakfast, wraps, smoothies and frozen yogurt. It’s open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Are you interested in checking it out, or will you stick to your full-calorie splurges and add some extra time onto your workout? Chime in in the comments.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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