CAVA, the Mediterranean chain that just bought Zoes, now open in Park Road Shopping Center

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CAVA, a Washington-based fast-casual Mediterranean chain, is now open in the space formerly occupied by Fuel Pizza in Park Road Shopping Center.

This is CAVA’s third Charlotte area location — others are in University and Huntersville. In addition to these locations, CAVA also has restaurants planned for Atherton Mill and Waverly.

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It’s next door to Cantina 1511 in PRSC. Fun fact: CAVA recently purchased ZOES Kitchen for $300 million

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CAVA’s menu features dozens of greens, grains, dips, spreads, proteins and toppings used to create customizable bowls and pita wraps.

Locally, the closest comparison would be Yafo (although I think Yafo tastes materially better) which also just expanded into Plaza Midwood and will open a Dilworth location in December. Both concepts feature eastern Mediterranean staples like falafel, hummus and harissa.

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Ordering at CAVA is similar to ordering at Chipotle — without signature menu items, it’s up to you to build your own.

For a CAVA first timer, the customization options are pretty overwhelming. You’ve got about 59 million possible ingredient combinations.

I’m a signature menu item guy (shout out Yafo Schwarma bowl), so I wish I didn’t have to pull all the right flavors together myself. I always add too many toppings.

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Here are all the CAVA Charlotte menu options:

Base: Greens + grains bowl ($9.37), grain bowl ($9.37), salad ($9.37), large pita ($8.75), mini pita ($3.95), mini pita + soup ($7.92), kids meal mini pita ($5.95)

Greens: Arugula, SuperGreens, baby spinach, romaine, SplendidGreens

Grains: Saffron basmati rice, brown rice, black lentils

Dips & Spreads (up to three): Tzatziki, hummus, eggplant + red pepper dip, crazy feta, harissa, roasted red pepper dip

Proteins: Grilled chicken, falafel, grilled meatballs, seasonal roasted vegetables, spicy lamb meatballs (+$1.45), braised lamb (+$1.45).

Toppings (unlimited): Shredded romaine, pita crisps, cabbage slaw, tomato & onion, diced cucumber, tomato & cucumber, Kalamata olives, cauliflower quinoa tabbouleh, pickled onions, lemon wedge, fresh mint, pickled banana peppers, crumbled fetal, sumac radishes

Dressings: Yogurt dill, lemon herb tahini, Greek vinaigrette, sriracha Greek yogurt, green harissa, spicy lime tahini

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