Playa Bowls serves up delicious drinks, bowls


Looking for a new place to eat in the Center? Well lucky for you, Playa Bowls just opened up! Playa Bowls is a new acai bowl place located where Potbelly previously stood. Just a short walk from KO, I’m sure that Playa Bowls is going to be a huge favorite among students.

When you walk in, you’re greeted with the delicious smell of fresh fruits and smoothies. The decorations are very modern, bright and welcoming. There’s plenty of seating at high chairs and wooden tables, but it can get very busy. Especially on opening weekend, it was packed, and even on a school day after lunch can be pretty crowded.

I went on a half-day after lunch and there was barely any seating. Since it just opened, it’s hard to say what the average wait would be to get your bowl or smoothie. For us, there was no line to order and we got our acai bowls fast. I ordered the Pura Vida acai bowl with Nutella which is pure acai topped with granola, strawberries, and blueberries. It was $11 but you get your money’s worth. The bowl was filled all the way to the top and was hard to get at first.

I’ve never really liked acai bowls, but the one I got from Playa Bowls changed my mind. I was obsessed! I had never tasted acai like it. The texture and combination of toppings were perfect. It was heaven in a bowl.

My friend ordered the Nutella bowl. This one was more expensive, but it was worth it because she loved it. Their menu allows you to make your own bowl. You can choose between seven bases and then you can choose pretty much any fruit toppings like strawberries, bananas, kiwi, or pineapple. Finally, you can get a drizzle like honey, Nutella, or peanut butter. They have different acai bowls, pitaya bowls, coconut bowls, banana bowls, and even oatmeal bowls.

However, acai bowls aren’t the only thing that Playa Bowls sells. They have smoothies as well. You can get acai, pitaya, or protein added as well. I haven’t tried their different smoothies, but the acai smoothie in their bowls was delicious. It was blended so well. They also have juices if you’re not a smoothie person.

You must be thinking that acai bowls sound familiar. That’s because there’s another smoothie bowl place in the center that we all love: Robeks. I’ve had Robeks’ acai bowls twice, and I can say without a doubt that Playa Bowls does the smoothie bowls better. Playa Bowls’ smoothies are just the right amount of sweet and the texture is so smooth. Not only is their food amazing, but their staff is also so nice. They were so welcoming when we walked in and helped us order because we had no idea what we wanted or how it worked.

Overall, my experience at Playa Bowls was good, and I’m definitely going back for another acai bowl. If you haven’t already tried it out, I highly recommend going to Playa Bowls. You are missing out!