The fitness culture of Sin City is big....and growing. Of course we've got hundreds (if not thousands) of models, athletes, acrobats, dancers and other performers who call Las Vegas "home." If you think these fine physical specimens get by on a boring diet of broccoli and smoothies, you'd be wrong. For exciting meals that fit their demanding lifestyle, the hip and health-conscious have embraced SkinnyFATS. Now this locally born collection of exciting restaurants is going national.
The slogan for SkinnyFATS is "Live healthy. Live happy." That second phrase is what sets SkinnyFATS apart from stodgy "clean eating" establishments. You'll know you're in for fun the moment you walk in the door and are greeted with a chorus of "hello!" and "welcome!" That positive attitude is enhanced with colorful decor, carefully selected music and a relaxing, inviting design. The restaurants are counter service-style, but you'll still feel pampered from the ordering process to your final bite.
Everything at SkinnyFATS represents their business philosophy, especially the very affordable menu. Certain choices are considered to be indulgent, so the menu is divided between a "Healthy Side" (selections under 600 calories) and a "Happy Side," i.e. those that aren't. Yet even those supposedly naughty choices are whipped up with beneficial twists.
SkinnyFATS starts each day with luscious breakfasts. The ScramBowl ($8.95) is an egg-white scramble made with turkey bacon, zucchini, mushrooms, caramelized onion and cherry tomatoes. Packed with flavor and protein, this hearty bowl has only 295 calories. Healthy Side choices include Cluck Moo, an egg white omelet with shaved NY steak, caramelized onion and avo pico ($11.95) and Berry Strong, a protein waffle topped with berries, strawberry chia jam, orange agave and turkey bacon ($8.95).
Happy Side breakfasts include S'motherload, a burrito filled with filet mignon, sausage, fajita peppers, potato and eggs, then smothered with Cajun cheddar sauce and pico ($11.95). Perhaps the meat-lover in you catches a glimpse of Steak Eyes 2.0, an intriguing plate of country-fried filet medallions and two eggs served with jalapeno cornbread and gravy ($12.95).
For lunch, you've gotta try TOMato Cruise ($3.95), an amazing soup that's the freshest and richest you'll ever slide your spoon into. This vegan delight is topped with 9-grain croutons and boasts a calorie count of only 230. You can add a Grilled Cheese Sandwich for $4.20 more.
If you'd like to whet your appetite with crunch and heat, try CauliFIRE, a spicy vegan/gluten-free shareable of cauliflower, buffalo sauce, pico and cilantro ($5.95). Gobballs ($5.95) are turkey meatballs flavored with spicy arrabiata sauce, pesto and roasted tomatoes. Seafood lovers will adore Pimp Shrimp ($9.95) a cucumber boat filled with tempura shrimp, cilantro slaw and avo pico.
Once you're ready for the main course, dive into dozens of sandwiches, burgers, tacos and "Things In Bowls.” Turnip Tacos ($7.95) serve an insane combination of filet mignon, jicima, pico and habanero lime crema inside two wheat tortillas. Gluten-free Smoke In A Bowl ($9.95) piles agave barbecued chicken, peppers, onions, black bean salsa, pineapple and cilantro “yo” (yogurt sauce) over a bowl of jasmine rice. T.A.T.S. ($9.95) reimagines the BLT as a low-cal winner with turkey bacon, avocado, tomato, spinach and spicy yo on 9-grain bread.
If you're on the way to the gym or just need a kick, fresh juices like Liquid Defense, Hangover Remedy and Green Mile will have you at your best in no time. Of course, naughty grab-and-go cookies like Chocolate Chunk, Salted Caramel and Lemon Blueberry (all $2.95) are also ready for your eager hands. Come by often to discover the latest beers on tap, and their featured Sunday Sundae. Previous hits include Strawberry Cheesecake Quesadilla stuffed with Nutella and Fruity Pebble Cannolis with vanilla ice cream and white chocolate sauce.
The original flagship shop near Raiders Stadium has recently been renovated and expanded. There are six locations in Vegas, with new ones spreading to Salt Lake City and Dallas, TX. The goal is for SkinnyFATS to be in every state by the next few years. So even when you go back home, you'll be able to enjoy a taste that's uniquely Las Vegas.
SkinnyFATS is open daily. Hours vary by location. Pick-up and delivery are available. Breakfast is served all day.