Healthy fast food may sound like an oxymoron, but that’s what Sabrosa Mexican Grill is all about. The Chipotle-style restaurant opened today in Riverhead, serving up healthy versions of Mexican favorites like burritos, tacos, quesadillas and salads.
Jay Andreassi, Sabrosa’s owner, worked with celebrity sports nutritionist and best-selling author Cynthia Sass to create a menu that is low sodium, low in oil content and also offers vegan and vegetarian versions of many of their most popular items, including soups and chilis. Andreassi also joined the Wellness Foundation, which collaborated with him on the Sabrosa menu.
“We have nothing processed here,” said Andreassi. “Everythings cooked fresh daily, our salsas, our sauces. Nothing comes from a package.
“Cynthia Sass doesn’t endorse restaurants, but she just fell in love with our concept,” explained Andreassi.
The concept of Sabrosa is nutrition, wellness and philanthropy, Andreassi said.
“We give back to the local community to help special programs,” he explained. “The 100th customer who comes in today, that person’s purchase sale is doubled and put in a fund. At the end of the month, we take $1,200 collected from that fund and give it to a local charity. It’s really important for us to do that. So it’s not just good food, its not just good service and it’s not just one of the cleanest food establishments on the island, it’s about everything else.”
Sabrosa’s Riverhead manager, Joe Lissy, said he and his wife are vegetarians, which makes it challenging to find something to eat when they go out.
“We’re always stuck with salads or fish,” he said. “At Sabrosa we try to be very conscientious of people’s dietary restrictions. We offer quinoa, which is very high is protein and a great option to rice. We have veggie chili and in the fall we’re going to offer a turkey chili. We’re also going to offer a vegetarian version of the soup of the day.
The restaurant kicked off with a vegetarian barley.
“We are very excited to be open in Riverhead,” Lissy said. “Our goal is to create a discussion on the way people perceive food, fast food in particular.”
The Riverhead location, which officially opened Friday, is the second for Sabrosa after debuting in Water Mill on the South Fork. At least three more locations are scheduled to open in western Suffolk County.
Sabrosa Mexican Grill is located at 1767 Old Country Road in Riverhead.
It open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Contact them at 631-740-9346 and for more information please visit sabrosamexicangrill.com