Restaurant: Protein Bar, multiple locations
Picked by: Alpana Singh, sommelier and proprietor, The Boarding House, Seven Lions and Terra & Vine, Chicago
"The items you eat at fast casual Protein Bar make you feel nourished and full, and you feel good when you’re finished. You can have lunch there and go back to work and not feel weighed down. Places like Protein Bar signal a pivot in options of what people are looking to eat and its Southwest Salad, with all-natural chicken, organic quinoa, black beans, cheddar, avocado, salsa, hot sauce, romaine, broccoli, carrots and kale, has all the buzz words. It’s got healthy grains, 40 grams of protein, and it’s about 480 calories, with enough carbs to get you through the day and it’s gluten-free."