The Health-Conscious Chain: B.Good
The Fat-Free Summary: The Boston-based chain is hungry for "hundreds" of locations, says its founder, while retaining its back-to-basics intent of farm-to-table beef, local in-season ingredients and other "real-food" approaches to the quick-service concept.
What's Well-Done: Vegetarian options are usually an afterthought. But the veggie burger here might be the overall standout, no matter which of six preparation styles you choose. (We suggest the "West-Side" with avocado, cilantro, fresh salsa and chipotle purée.) The salads might actually tempt you away from the meatier options, and the kale crush smoothie, a combo featuring local apple, pear, banana and apple cider, easily convinces us to go green.
Why It Sizzles: B.Good eliminates the buyer's remorse that accompanies fast-food burger-buying. And if we can help a locally born business spread a healthier, more sustainable style of business, then that's a big plus on the side.
Our One Beef: It's really nothing against B.Good, but sometimes we want our french fries, well, fried. We applaud a business model built on healthy alternatives, but more frequent culinary innovations (besides the "seasonal special") might keep our wandering eyes from being tempted back to the dark side.