Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Shape Shop

Driving back from the mall one day I noticed the sign for the Shape Shop. In a Westover plaza, the outside had a red/white checkered theme that was reminiscent of a picnic. It sounds like a weight loss shop, but after some research, I found out it is, indeed a small restaurant. How had I not heard of this before?

Apparently the Shape Shop opened in 1976 in Charleston, WV. It's based on the idea of making healthy, delicious food in portion-controlled sizes available to the community. In 200, a second location opened in Huntington, WV.  And eventually a Morgantown location was opened.

This restaurant has a few tables, as well as some grocery items for purchase. It's like a store/restaurant combo. They even have some refrigerated and frozen items. When we walked in, there were more employees than diners. In fact, the whole time we were there, we were the only diners. Guess I wasn't the only one who didn't know about this place.

The employees were genuinely friendly and wanting to help. It was, however, a little overwhelming to have so much attention right on you when you're just trying to figure out what to do. But they were kind and helped us out. We looked over the menu, and I decided on a Greek in Spinach Wrap ($5.50) that was a spinach wrap, lettuce, black olives, onion, feta, tomatoes, pepperocini and caesar dressing. I also got a cup of stuffed pepper soup.

They made the wraps right off to the side, in front of you. And before I knew it, I had a fresh, delicious wrap sitting in front of me. It was more flavorful than I had anticipated - all the ingredients were flavorful, fresh and combined beautifully. I did take out some of the pepperocinis - a little too spicy for me. But overall, it was very tasty. An extra something would've really punched it up though.

The soup was also hearty. Warm and different, the soup was tasty. It, too, could've used some more spice to really punch up the flavor, but it was still good. If you want to try a new, healthy place with very friendly, knowledgeable staff, this is the place.

Grade: B
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