There’s a new build-your-own bowl restaurant with a taco menu fronting Glades Road just west of Boca Rio.
“We don’t have a freezer or fryer. This is a 100% scratch kitchen,” said Drew DeGrazia, behind CoreLife Eatery here and in Royal Palm Beach. The owner and his brother were New York restaurateurs. DeGrazio has a culinary background, so he was picky and proud of his flavor profiles. Think steak, bacon and bleu cheese with a side of oven roasted sweet potatoes. Or spicy Thai chicken and rice noodles with gluten-free mac and cheese. There’s options for vegan, keto, paleo and low-carb diners, too.
“We source bones from grass-fed cows and antibiotic free chicken. After the bones are slow roasted, we slow simmer them in our kettles in store overnight. That releases the helpful nutrients and proteins like collagen,” DeGrazio said. “Bone broth is very popular with those following a keto eating style as it has no carbs, good protein and fat levels and great taste.”
Every item is made daily, including soups, 10 dressings, five sauces and nine drinks. “We don’t have soda,” he said. Produce is 100% organic, sodium low and food 95% gluten free. Ingredients are listed on every item. If the diner has an allergy, just tell the people behind the counter assembling the food, DeGrazia said.
Self-described as fast casual, customers order and receive their food in 3 minutes, he added. The average full meal costs between $9 and $14, he said.
CoreLife Eatery occupies a standalone building in the GreenWise parking lot. It’s light and bright by design, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Booths and tables in the dining room have 54 seats inside with 35 more at outdoor tables.
Like most restaurants until restrictions were lifted, CoreLife Eatery was relying on takeout and delivery. But Palm Beach County allowing restaurants to reopen 100% won’t change the configuration, DeGrazia said. “There’s personal space when you dine. We don’t pack in the tables,” he said during a busy lunch hour. “We feel we can accommodate more customers and still be socially distant.”
CoreLife Eatery, 8216 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays https://www.corelifeeatery.com/locations/boca-raton-fl-2/