With Jared declaiming his smaller size and Burger King offering a bun-less burger, itís obvious that the Next Big Thing has surfaced in the fast-food world, and this time, the trend is about not being the Next Big Thing. Enter B.Good, a local take on the seeming oxymoron sweeping the nation: healthy fast food. Like its big cousins, B.Goodís angle is to provide alternative methods for preparing traditional fast foods that are healthy, but donít stray too far from the familiar.
If purists can get past the fact that the sauce in the Buffalo-chicken sandwich ($5.95) is merely drizzled across the breaded chicken breast along with low-fat blue-cheese dressing, theyíll discover a light sandwich that still has enough kick to keep it real. The cucumber in the Asian-barbecue-chicken sandwich ($5.95) lends a cool core to the grilled chicken breast covered with hoisin sauce and served up on focaccia bread. Healthy food isnít just for lunch, and like the other entrées, the house-roasted turkey dinner ($7.42) tweaks the traditional. No stuffing or potatoes here ó the moist white-meat turkey comes with brown rice and crisp vegetables, including broccoli and red peppers. But is gravy really that evil? The staff assured us that itís "in development."
The corporate feel of B.Goodís décor, along with table cards that compare the nutritional content of its menu with that of franchise heavyweights Au Bon Pain, Panero, and Burger King, hints at aspirations beyond the eateryís spacious Back Bay location. Eat your heart out, Jared.
B.Good, located at 131 Dartmouth Street, in Boston, is open Monday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call (617) 424-5252.