Particular palettes, we can deal with. Sometimes the hardest part about filling little bellies fast is the actual ordering process (hello! epic temper tantrum in front of the cashier). One of D.C.’s newest micro-chains hopes to streamline the lunch line (and help keep kiddo in line) by putting fast food ordering back into the customer’s hands. Eatsa recently opened its second location in the DMV, and here’s why it just might become your fams go to for on-the-go meals.

screenshot-2017-02-13-at-2-08-02-amPhoto: Eatsa

What is it?
If junior loves robots, he’ll love Eatsa. The automated fast-casual eatery specializes in nutritious quinoa bowls that are ordered online and magically appear in a store cubby. Really! The only employee you’re likely to encounter is a red-shirted concierge that’s on hand for recommendations or technically difficulties.

screenshot-2017-02-13-at-3-09-26-amPhoto: Joseph T. via Yelp

How does it work?
Diners place their orders on a phone app or at in-store kiosks (a fave of the under10 set). Then, you move to another area of the restaurant that features a screen where diners names are displayed. When your food is ready (it typically takes 90 seconds to 4 minutes) a number appears next to your name. The number coincides with a cubby number where your food can be picked up in one of the most dramatic ways–double tap the screen on the cubby and a door opens displaying your food. Really, what kid wouldn’t be in awe?

screenshot-2017-02-13-at-2-11-16-amWhat should we order?
Kid favorites include the Aloha Bowl with edamame, orange miso sauce, macaroni salad, and island style quinoa, and the Smokehouse Salad with cheddar, crispy onion strings, BBQ portabello, and toasted red quino (lunch and dinner bowls are around $6.95). Eatsa also serves breakfast bowls ($3.95) and sparkling fruit drinks. YUM!

1627 K St., NW (Farragut North)
1701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Farragut West)

Have you tried Eatsa yet? Tell us about it in the comments section.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady