One PB&J Sushi Roll please? The birth of Crunch Salads began with entrepreneur Manoj “Mo” Pandoria’s desire for convenient healthy meal options. Pandoria craved healthier alternatives when he had to make frequent visits to monitor his business The Brow Bar, located inside SouthPark Mall. Pandoria enlisted his good friend Scott Cline, who first made his mark in the Charlotte scene as a chef at Toscana (that name sounds familiar), to make this project a reality. The two have partnered on Crunch, which is now open in the SouthPark Mall food court.
“We have spent close to a year developing our menu and believe Charlotte will embrace our concept and the delicious, nutritious options we offer,” Pandoria said. Cline added, “We’re not taking any shortcuts with Crunch. Our menu features top-notch ingredients and fresh produce.”
The extensive menu boasts 13 salads, seven unique wraps and five flatbread options and is designed to meet the needs of diners wanting convenient, quality, nutritious options including vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. Patrons also can create their own salads by picking four ingredients with the option of adding additional premium toppings (edamame, portobello mushrooms and avocado) and proteins (chicken, turkey, pork, shrimp or tilapia).
The children’s portion of the menu includes a PB&J Sushi Roll (peanut butter and jelly spread on a whole-wheat tortilla; rolled, sliced and served); Nutella Berry (Nutella hazelnut spread and fresh strawberries spread on a whole-wheat tortilla, sliced and served); Baked chicken strips (all white-meat chicken strips baked to golden brown) and Mexican Grilled Cheese (fresh whole-wheat tortilla grilled with cheese).
Courtesy of Charlotte Weekly